Mysteriosa Cowl


Mysteriosa Cowl is a cosy, textured cowl knitted top down in one piece with a slight flaring toward the bottom.

And yes, this is how the Mysteriosa Shawl started out – as a cowl.

  • It’s not lacy, although there are holes
  • There is no stranded colourwork but contrasting colour accents appear
  • There are no p2tog or p2togtbl1
  • Easily upsized for a larger cowl or to work with 4ply/sock yarn. (The pattern includes counts and cast on also for such a larger version but only the original size has been test knitted.)

Mysteriosa Cowl requires less than one skein of DK (or sock yarn). If you want a larger cowl, either follow the suggested larger counts or add one or more repeats to the cast on, and lengthwise, too.

The yummy green cowl was knitted with Posh Yarn Francesca (Obsessed with Lichen and Every which Way, both one of a kind colourways. Sadly!)

The contrast bands can be knitted with more than one colour. Here’s a brrrrright version in Wollmeise Merino DK.



The main colour is Herzblut, the bands are Mörchen and Zarte Knospe. But only because I didn’t have any properly bright pppppink! I really wanted red, orange and pink, like my Marimekko-ish Mysteriosa Shawl…


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  1. The Mysteriosa Shawl (a Mystery KAL in 2014) which because it’s knitted back and forth requires knitterly agility and vigilance for its slew of ptbl and p2togtbl. The cowl has twisted stitches, but only knitted ones. A breeze.