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Super Soft Merino Fluted Cowl

Our Fluted Cowl combines two of our very favorite things: elegant drama and Super Soft Merino! If you haven't heard, Super Soft Merino is Purl Soho's new, very own yarn, and we couldn't be happier about it!

A loosley spun single ply of 100% Peruvian merino, Super Soft Merino is beautiful, decadent and yes, super soft. For cozy warmth and cuddly comfort, it makes the consummate neck wrapper!

This Fluted Cowl is the perfect expression of everything we love about Super Soft Merino. It is lush and wonderfully indulgent, easy and versatile; it is why we knit! The scale and elegance of this cowl give it an operatic sweep that will carry you through the winter in style.

This fascinating texture is created by a simple pattern called the Fluted Fabric Stitch. Slipped stitches add depth and loftiness, while gentle ribbing creates a soft rhythm. Easy for beginners, quick for everyone? Think holiday gift!


The Materials


The Pattern


3 1/4 stitches = 1 inch in pattern stitch

Finished Size

15 inches high and 60 inches around


The Fluted Fabric Stitch works in the round on any multiple of four stitches.


Cast on 196 stiches.

Place a marker and join for working in the round being careful to not twist the stitches.

Round 1: *K1, slip 1 with yarn in front (sl1 wyif), k1, p1, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 2: *Sl1 wyif, p1, sl1 wyif, k1, repeat from * to end of round.

Repeat Rounds 1 and 2 until piece measures 15 inches from cast on edge, ending with Round 1.

Working Round 2, bind off in pattern.

Weave in your ends and get cozy!

Reader Comments (119)

I love your site and think your patterns are so beautiful. I'd like to make this cowl for my niece, but would like to ask if this pattern curls and would require blocking. Thanks and best wishes!
January 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJo
Hi Jo-

This pattern will not curl.

Thanks so much for your great question!

January 13, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi Cheryl-

Yes, you can knit this straight but you have to alter the pattern. Please see the response to Julie in the previous comments for the straight pattern.

Thanks for your question!

January 13, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi I would love to try this for my next project as I'm pretty new to knitting. Just a couple quick questions though. I wanted to see if I can use the needles I already have instead of buying a new one. Right now I have US : 13 straight. Obviously I will have to stitch it straight and then attach. Also is there any other soft yarn you carry that you could recommend instead of this one? I wanted more color options and preferably a multi color blend one. Thanks!
January 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLan
Hi Lan-

Unfortunately your needles are too small and would make the stitch very tight and dense. Also, if you're planning on knitting this straight you have to adjust the pattern. Please see the response to "Julia" earlier in the comments for the straight version.

If you're new to knitting I would suggest following the original pattern including the suggested needles.

Thank you for writing in and please let us know if you need any more help!

January 28, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Almost finished but a little confused with how to bind off with round 2?
May I get a little more detailed instruction on how to bind off?

January 29, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkatie
Hi Katie-

Here is a more detailed description of the bind off:
sl1 wyif, p1, pull the sl1 over the p1 as if to bind off sl1 wyif, pull the p1 over the sl1 as if to bind off, k1, pull the sl1 over the k1 as if to bind off repeat from * around

Thanks for your question!

January 31, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Just wanted to say a BIG THANKYOU to all who work at PURL BEE . After 40 odd years of non stop working i have finally retired HOORAY and then i found your wonderful site. You have given me the inspiation to start knitting again, now i have the time. Your patterns are fabulous you always answer any questions posted and i think you need recognition for your hard work, so from one happy person a very big THANKYOU . Regards Catherine
February 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCatherine
I tend to be a tight knitter - would I be ok to go up to the #19 32" circular?
February 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSarah
Hi Sarah-

Yes, you can use whatever needle size you need to get the correct gauge.

Thanks for your question!

February 8, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Do you think this would look nice in the orange? I'm a little hesitant to order orange online!
February 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSarah
Hi Sarah-

I think this would look great in the orange if you're an orange lover! The Super Soft Merino Handwarmers really show off the color well I think, if that helps your decision at all:

Also, as long as you don't wind the yarn into balls you can always exchange it for a different color if you don't like it.

Good luck with the project!

February 10, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Thanks for the binding off details but where do I repeat * from? And do I still purl once after sl1 wyif because it seems there will be 3 on the right needle instead of 2 to bind off
February 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKatie
I was in such a hurry to knit this cowl I couldn't wait to order the yarn. Instead I went to a local yarn store and bought Ericka Knight British Wool with the same specs as your Merino. It came out beautifully with the same softness and drape as your example. It is very easy to knit though the resulting stitches look so complicated. I now want to knit another but as a scarf and was happy to see the alternate instructions. Thanks so much!
February 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSonia S
Just a trick I learned from my local yarn store when I started this cowl and had to rip out my first few rows and start again-as a new knitter it was really helpful for me to put markers every 4 stitches so you know where you are and don't get lost. (I used a different color scrap yarn because I didn't have enough jumbo stitch markers and they work great)! I hope this helps others, because my cowl looks so beautiful. Thank you purlbee! :)
February 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKathleen
Hi Katie-

You should have two stitches on the right needle then pull one stitch over, then work the next stitch on left needle in pattern and then continue to bind off in this manner.

Hope this helps. Thanks!

February 14, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I love your scarf- is it available for purchase?
February 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLiz
Hi Liz-

We don't sell any finished projects but we do sell all of the materials to make them! Everything you'd need to knit this scarf is linked in the "Materials" section of this free pattern!

Thank you!

February 22, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee

This pattern is giving me a lot of trouble. I have started the cowl over 4 times and it still does not work. I have been knitting for 30 years and it's the first time I run into that kind of issue.

I follow the instructions, I have many of your patterns and this one is giving me a headache. What could be wrong?
1. checked nos of sts
2. had a marker.
February 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChantal Champagne
Hi Chantal-

I talked to Faye, who knit the original. She said she broke the stitches down by using multiple markers: 48sts, pm, 48sts, pm, 48sts, pm, 52sts. She also double checked as she went until I got the hang of the pattern. She also wanted me to let you know that you won't see the pattern until like two inches in.

I hope this helps! Please let us know if you have any more questions!

February 27, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I am an experienced knitter and I cannot get this stitch pattern to look like the photograph. I chose the color teal super Soft Merino- does the stitch pattern only pop in light colors? In teal you can't see it and it has no definition.
I had two very expereinced knitters try this pattern out as well and they had the same result. I love the look of this fluted cowl and would appreciate any helpful hints. Thanks
March 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKathy
Hi Kathy-

Stitch patterns like this do show up better on light yarns but it shouldn't be that much different. Would you mind sending me some pictures so we can try to figure out what's going on? Email them to molly AT purlsoho DOT com and we'll get to the bottom of it!


March 13, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I'm going to start this this Easter. I only have 80% of the yarn that the pattern calls for. Do you suggest I take this off the length or the width for the least impact to the look and feel of this scarf? (I have 4 skeins / 428 yards). Would be grateful for your recommendation!
March 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHannah
Excellent and chic projects, many congrats!!! When you knit with straight needles, do you bind off as to row1 or as to knit all stiches? Thank you!
March 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLila
Hi LIia-

You bind off in pattern.

Thank you for your question!

March 27, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I'm confused by row 2:
Slip 1 wyif, p1, slip 1 wyif, k1....
I understand that I must have the yarn in the front to slip the first stitch...usually I would put the yarn in the back at this point over the slipped stitch. Is this correct for this pattern? If I put the yarn in the back, how do I purl the next stitch?
April 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCynthia
Hi Cynthia-

You'll want to slip the first st wyif and lleave the yarn in front to purl the next st.

Please let us know if you have any more questions!

April 4, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I'm from Australia and was wondering what the equivalent wool would be ? Is it 12 ply ?
May 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSteph
Curious question, and it might just be because I'm a beginner however how do the finish project end up being 60" if the circular needs are 32"?
Thanks, Cara
May 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCara
Hi Cara-

When knitting in the round your circumference will always be larger than the length of the needles. This is so the work can fit around the needles without stretching. The stitches on the needles are sort of squished together so they all fit. It might not make a lot of sense until you try it!

Thanks for your question!

May 28, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi Steph-

It will be roughly equivalent to a 12 ply but the most important thing is that you're getting the right gauge: 3 1/4 stitches = 1 inch in pattern stitch

Thanks for writing in!

May 28, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee

I love the pattern but I am in agreement with Patti and Kathy in that I can't get the knit pattern to line up. I think you have a typo in your pattern some where in your circular knitting pattern. I'll see if I can figure out and post the correction.


June 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCandace
Hi Candace-
The pattern is correct. If you are looking at the pattern from the wrong side the knit columns should line up, not on the right side.

I can see your confusion because the top photo shows both the wrong side.

Thanks for your question!

June 13, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I am about to attempt to knit it straight and not in the round and am just wondering why in the round its length should be in a multiple of 4, but in your response to Julia for the flat pattern you suggest it should be a multiple of 4 plus one? Thanks in advance!
June 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKristy
I am completely in love with this scarf!! I splurged on the yarn (Desert Blue, I believe the name is) and it was worth every penny!! Seriously! It is so soft

I am using a 29 inch circular needle and it works just fine (I saw someone asked about that)

I suggest using markers every 20 stitches or so to make sure that you aren't making any mistakes. I had to restart mine a couple times because I was messing up stitches and had no idea where I made the mistake. I cannot wait to wear it. Thanks so much for this pattern :)
July 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRachel
I have just started and only done 4 rows but can already see mine isn't lining up. The stocking stitch has a purl stitch cross it. Each time I end the round on the correct 4 th stitch but I know already its not right. I cast on 184 stitches.
July 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLiz
I sent a message yesterday but cant find it. I have done 3 rounds and I'm sure it's wrong. On your photos there is a definite stocking stitch pattern. I emailed a photo to
I have recounted my stitches. Not sure what is happening.
July 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLiz
Hi Liz-

I have received your email and will respond directly to you shortly. Your previous comment just hadn't been approved yet since it was left over the weekend. The stitch pattern on this is not a stockinette stitch and the pattern takes a while to become clear as you're knitting. I have sent your photo to Faye, who knit this cowl and I'll let you know what she has to say.

Thank you for getting in touch!

July 22, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi Molly
Now that the work measures about 6 inches I can see the pattern and its going well. However have found one stitch on the wrong side on the rib line that is wrong and I'm not sure how to go back and correct it. I can locate which of the 4 stitches it is but have only ever undone plain knitting down to the error. I really don't want to pull off all the rows. Hubby says its barely noticeable. I'll send a picture of the actual stitch.
July 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLiz
HI Liz,

Unless you're very experienced, you'll have to rip out your knitting back to the mistake in order to fix it. Maybe hubby's right!

Thanks for asking and I'm so happy it's working out!

July 31, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Just want to confirm that every time the pattern says to S1 that it is always purl wise no matter what stitch comes after it.
September 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAmy
Hi Amy-

Yes, you're correct, it's always slip as if to purl.
Thanks for your question!

September 25, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I have starter this project 4 times, and i am having problems seing the pattern. I wonder if Chantal, Kathy, and Liz figure it out. I am to my end wits.
September 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMariana
Hi Mariana-

I'm so sorry to hear you're having a problem with this! The pattern is correct. What are you having problems with exactly? Please let us know. We'd be happy to try to help!

September 27, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I just finished this scarf and absolutely love it! It knit up pretty quickly and is my first infinity scarf. I've only knit toques prior to this and it was a great project for something new and a little more challenging. Just in time for fall! Absolutely love your site, thanks for the pattern!
September 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAmy
Hi! I love this pattern. I'm about to cast off. Do I have to cast off in pattern on row 2? I just wanted to double check since I wasn't sure if the slipped stitches would make my cast off kind of tight. Thanks!
Ps. I love your whole website!
October 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJessica
bonjour votre modele est tres mais je voudrais savoir que veux dire P1 et K1 merci
October 16, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercéline
Hi Molly,

I've got it! At first I did not realize that the pattern shown in the pic, was at the back of the knitting. And then I must have made some mistakes. But finally I got it, I am at 13 inches wide, almost done!! and it looks really nice, Thank you!
October 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMariana
This is a beautiful pattern! Do you think it would work with Plymouth Baby Alpaca Brush and size 13 needles? I noticed that you sized up four sizes from what the Merino calls for and my Plymouth yarn calls for a size 9 needle.
November 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLaney
Hi Lacey-

Our Super Soft Merino takes a size 13 needle normallly so we didn't move up in needle sizes. I'm not familiar with the yarn you mention but it sounds like it would be a bit thin. You need to look for something that is a chunky weight that gets a recommended 2.75 stitches per inch in stockinette stitch.

Thank you!

November 29, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee

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