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Initiation marks the crossing of a threshold into new knowledge and abilities. Open the door to learning new skills with this double-sided cowl. If you are unfamiliar with some of these techniques, this is a fantastic opportunity to challenge yourself and proudly emerge on the other side with a hard-earned work of wearable art!

This piece is knit in the round, and grafted closed at the end. Completely reversible, this cowl features a unique design on both inside and out.

Charts as well as written instructions are available for the color work.

Available in 2 separate sizes: Small (Medium)
From a cozy fit to help block the winter chill, to a more relaxed fit perfect for showing off your handiwork.

Blonde model is wearing the Medium size, the brunette model is wearing the Small size.


approx. circumference around after blocking
20 - 23” (51 - 58cm)
approx. height once folded and grafted
8” (20cm)

approx. circumference around after blocking
32 - 36” (81 - 91.5cm)
approx. height once folded and grafted
8” (20cm)


Provisional Cast On, knit, purl, lifeline (optional), stranded knitting, Garter Kitchener Stitch


Two pairs of 16 (24)” US 5 3.75cm circular needles
Second pair is to graft stitches in finishing, can also use a smaller gauge


Size F crochet hook (for provisional cast on), contrasting color waste yarn, tapestry needle, 9 (12) stitch markers, scissors


This pattern is designed for a DK weight yarn
I used HiKoo® Sueño
80% Merino Wool, 20% Bamboo, 1 hank equals 100g /255y 3.5oz / 233m


26 sts & 32 rows = 4” 10 cm in colorwork
Approx. 6.5 x 8 sts per 1” 2.5 cm after blocking


SMALL Yarn Requirements
MC - 1 ball - 255yds 233m
CC - 1 ball - 255yds 233m


MEDIUM Yarn Requirements
MC - 2 balls - 390yds 357m
CC - 2 balls - 390yds 357m


I’d love to see your cowl!

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  • Initiation pattern is © Hannah Mann of Dear Ingénue 2020. All rights reserved. In purchasing this pattern, you agree to print the pattern and the items made from it only for personal non-commercial use. You may not distribute or sell electronic or paper copies of this pattern or parts of this pattern. 

    If you are dissatisfied with your pattern purchase, please reach out to me via the contact page. 

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