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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)

Hello, I love your pattern, but I don't understand how to knit it :( the point's name are different in france, so it is difficult for me to translate this !!
Is it possible to have more information about it? thanks!
December 13, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterclémentine
Is there any chance there is a pattern to crochet this cowl. It is beautiful and I would like to crochet it not much of a knitter. Thanks.
December 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTheresa
Hi Theresa-

We don't have a crochet pattern for this specifically but we do have a similar crochet cowl, made from the same yarn here:
Thank you!

December 16, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi Theresa-

We would love to help you but we aren't sure what extra information you need. We don't speak French so we're not sure how we can help. But please let us know if you have any specific questions!

Thanks for getting in touch!

December 16, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Im a little confused, im new at knitting and so from my understanding the length of the circular needles will basically be the length of the scarf? Why is it that when I look for the circular needles it seems but shorter? Does the scarf stretch out after you take it off the needles?
January 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLyna
Hi Lyna-

Yes, needles can fit quite a lot of stitches on a circular needle and once you take the scarf off of the needles it will be the correct circumference.


January 6, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I was just wondering if there is a way to adapt this stitch pattern to be a hat. I am absolutely in love with my cowl, but cannot seem to find instructions on how to decrease in the fluted fabric stitch for the top of a hat
January 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCaitlin
Hi Caitlin,
Unfortunately at the moment we do not have the resources to turn this pattern into a hat pattern. We would want to test different decrease methods in combination with stitch counts before blindly suggesting a particular technique. We will definitely put it on our list of requests though. We really do appreciate your interest and hopefully we can get to this soon.
Thank you for writing in.
January 17, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hey! I love this cowl and would love to make it, unfortunately due to shipping and prices I can't quite get the wool used, I have alpaca cotton at home, 50g, approx 148yards to a ball and used with 5mm needles (us size 8 I believe.)

I was wondering if this could work with the pattern and if so how many should I cast on? I just adore this pattern and would love to make it with the beautiful wool I have.

February 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBecca
Hi Becca-

You can certainly use whatever you have and adapt the pattern! You will need to to a gauge swatch, in the round, in pattern to determine how many to cast on. Once you know how many stitches per inch you are getting in pattern you multiply that number by 60 (inches) which is the finished circumference. For instance, if you end up getting 5 stitches per inch you will need to cast on 300 stitches. Just make sure the cast on number is a multiple of 4.

With that said, the great thing about a pattern like this, which doesn't need to fit as precisely as a sweater or a hat, is that it's pretty flexible. As long as you cast on a multiple of 4 stitches the pattern will work. It's really up to you how large you want to make it.

Thank you!

February 18, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I am newish knitter and am currently working on this cowl. It is gorgeous and easy to do. I read all the comments and found the tip of adding the stitch markers at 48, 48, 48 and 52 has helped to make sure I don't make a mistake. Highly suggest for new knitters. This is absolutely gorgeous and can't wait to make another one using the Purl Soho yarn. I am making mine with a cheaper yarn as I wanted to make sure I could do it before making the investment. I just wish I could visit NY and come to the store.
March 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJulie
I just discovered your site and I am so impressed with everything I see. I am especially with Molly. You seem to have "the patience of Job" with those of us who are new or renewed to knitting. The comments and answered questions are so helpful.Thank you Molly, I hope you know what a treasure you are to us.
March 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSandy Kilpatrick
Hi Sandy-

Thanks for writing in, that is so sweet! I'm the comment moderator so that's why you see my name after a lot of answers. But the technical questions that help people though a patten are usually answered by the pattern's specific author.

Thanks again- you made my day!

March 6, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi, I bought malibrigo's mecha for this project, but Because the gauge is a bit smaller than that of the yarn that you used, I was wondering if I can still yield the same result? The mecha isn't as chunky.
March 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSerena
Hi Serena-

The only way to tell for sure is to knit a swatch in the pattern, in the round, and then measure the gauge you're getting. If you are getting a smaller gauge you can just cast on more stitches. This pattern works by casting on any multiple of 4 stitches.


March 21, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee

I made this cowl recently and and came out beautiful except I realized when I was done that the bind off edge was a smaller circumference and tighter than the cast on edge. To put it another way, my cast on edge is able to stretch while there is no give on the bind off edge. Perhaps I did something wrong? Do you have any suggestions to avoid something like this in the future?

March 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLindsay
Hi Lindsay-

It seems like you may have bound off too tightly. It's a very common problem so a lot of people use a needle 3 sizes bigger just for the cast-off (doesn't matter the type or shape or circular or straight).

Hope that helps!

April 1, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I have completed all of this pattern and love it, but I have not binded off as I am not sure how to "bind off in pattern" with this (I have never completed a pattern with that requirement before). Would it be possible to receive more detailed instructions on how that goes?

Thank you!
June 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterZoe
Hi Zoe.
You end with Row 1. So you'll want to bind off in pattern while working Row 2. To do this....

*Slip 1 wyif, p1, use the left needle to pick up slipped stitch and pull it over purled stitch and off the right needle, k1, use left needle to pick up purled stitch and pull it over knit stitch and off the right needle... then you go back to the *, so you'll slip 1 wyif and use the left needle to pick up the knit stitch and pull it over the slipped stitch and off the right needle, then you'll p1 and bind off that slipped stitch and then youll knit one and bind off that purled stitch, etc etc etc.

Does this help clarify? Please let us know if you have any questions at all!
June 25, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee

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