Folk Art - Cowl & Cuffs

A plain cowl and fingerless mitts are transformed into a whimsical delight with the addition of an embellished collar and cuffs. The use of rustic, single-ply yarn enhances the folk art look of this project.

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Sizes
Cowl: Adult (one size fits most)
Gloves: Adult small/medium (large) 
Instructions are given for smaller size with 
larger size in parentheses. When only 1 
number is given it applies to both sizes. 
Size of glove shown is adult small/medium.
Finished Measurements
Cowl
Circumference
: 21 inches
Length: 10 inches (unfolded); 7 inches folded 
Gloves
Circumference: 71/4 (8) inches 
Length: 7 inches (with cuff folded)
Materials
• The Fibre Company Terra (worsted 
weight; 40% baby alpaca/40% 
wool/20% silk; 98 yds/50g per 
hank): 4 hanks beet (A); 1 hank each 
eucalyptus (B), African violet (C) and 
redwood (D) 
• Size 5 (3.75mm) double-point needles
• Size 7 (4.5mm) 24-inch circular and 
double-point  needles or size needed to 
obtain gauge
• Size G/6 (4mm) crochet hook or size 
consistent with larger needle
• Stitch holder
• Stitch markers
• 6 (3/4-inch) buttons
• Sewing needle and thread to match buttons

Gauge
18 sts and 24 rows/rnds = 4 inches/10cm 
in St st with larger needle.
To save time, take time to check gauge. 
Special Abbreviations
Make 1 Left (M1L)
: Insert LH needle 
from front to back under running 
strand between last st worked and next 
st on LH needle. With RH needle, knit 
into back of resulting loop.
Make 1 Right (M1R): Insert LH needle 
from back to front under running 
strand between last st worked and next 
st on LH needle. With RH needle, knit 
into front of resulting loop.

Pattern Stitches
1x1 Rib
(worked in rows with odd 
number of sts)
Row 1 (RS): K1, *p1, k1; rep from * end. 
Row 2: P1, *k1, p1; rep from * to end.
Rep Rows 1 and 2 for pat.
1x1 Rib (worked in rnds with even 
number of sts)
Rnd 1: *K1, p1; rep from * around. 
Rep Rnd 1 for pat.


Special Technique
3-St Buttonhole
Step 1: Work to buttonhole location, 
bring yarn forward between needles, sl 
1 pwise, bring yarn back.
Step 2: *Sl 1 pwise, bind off 1 st; rep 
from * twice more, then slip last bound- 
off st back to LH needle.
Step 3: Turn work and cast on 4 sts as 
follows: *purl into first st on LH needle, 
then slip new st back to LH needle; rep 
from * 3 more times.
Step 4: Turn work and slip first st on LH 
needle to RH needle. Slip 2nd st on RH 
needle over first st (binding off). Pull on 
working yarn to snug sts.
Cowl
With larger circular needle and A, cast- 
on 97 sts. 
Border
Work 4 rows in 1 x 1 Rib.
Buttonhole row (RS): K1, p1, work 3-St 
Buttonhole, work in established pat to 
end of row.
 

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Body
Work 1 row even.
Row 1: [K1, p1] twice, knit to last 4 sts, 
[p1, k1] twice.
Row 2: [P1, k1] twice, purl to last 4 sts, 
[k1, p1] twice.
Work even until piece measures 
7 inches, ending with a WS row, and at 
the same time, work Buttonhole row on 
RS row when piece measures 21/2 inches 
and again when it measures 41/2 inches.

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Fold-over Collar
Note
: WS of cowl becomes RS of collar 
when folded over.
Row 1 (WS): [P1, k1] twice, purl to last 4 
sts, [k1, p1] twice.
Row 2 (RS): [K1, p1] twice, knit to last 4 
sts, [p1, k1] twice.
Rep Rows 1 and 2 until cowl measures 
10 inches.
Bind of f.


Finishing
Weave in all ends. Block, stretching rib 
slightly so width is approx the same as 
St st portion. 
With crochet hook and B, knit side 
of fold-over collar section facing, and 
beg in right corner, work crochet shell 
st (see Crochet Shell Stitch Edging on 
page 34).
Referring to photo for placement, 
with C, make 5-petal lazy daisy flowers 
spaced along edge. The top loop of 
flower should be within 1/4 inch of the 
scalloped edging.
With D, work French knot in center of 
each flower.
Sew buttons on edging opposite 3 
buttonholes.
Fold top section of cowl over and 
steam crease gently. Button buttons, 
tucking top edge of right folded area 
inside left folded area and overlapping 
so as to align with buttoned edges. Sew 
a button through all layers to join.
Using a double strand of D, work a 
running st along creased edge of fold-over 
portion, about 1/4 inch away from fold.
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Fingerless Mitts
Make 2 alike

Fold-Over Cuff
With A and larger dpns, cast on 36 (40) sts. 
Note: For purposes of pat, the RS of work 
begins with purl row of fold-over cuff. 
This is considered the RS until knitting is 
finished and cuff is folded over.
Row 1 (RS): [P1, k1] twice, purl to last 
4 sts, [k1, p1] twice.
Row 2: [K1, p1] twice, knit to last 4 sts, 
[p1, k1] twice.
Rep Rows 1 and 2 until piece measures 
13/4 inches, ending with a WS row.
Dec row: [P1, k1] twice, p2, p2tog, p5 
(6), p2tog, p6 (8), p2tog, p5 (6), p2tog, 
p2, [k1, p1] twice—32 (36) sts. 
Turning row: Purl across.
Ribbing
R nd 1: Change to smaller dpns; 
distributing sts evenly on dpns as you 
work, work 1 x 1 Rib across; mark be of 
rnd and join. 
Note: Purl side of fold-over cuff will 
be facing.
Work even in established rib until 
piece measures 5 inches.
Change to larger dpns. 
Thumb Gusset
Rnd 1: K1, kfb, knit to end of rnd— 
33 (37) sts.
Rnd 2: K16 (18), pm, k1, pm, knit to end 
of rnd.
Rnd 3 (inc rnd): Knit to marker, sm, M1L,
gusset sts. 
Hand
Rnd 1: Knit to marker, remove marker, 
place next 11 (13) gusset sts on waste 
yarn, remove marker, cast on 1 st by 
making a backward-loop cast-on on 
needle (see page 127), knit to end of 
rnd—33 (37) sts. 
Rnd 2: Knit around.
Rnd 3: K15 (17), k2tog, knit to end of 
rnd—32 (36) sts.
Rnds 4–6: Knit around.
Change to smaller dpns; work 4 rnds 
in 1x1 Rib.
Bind off in rib. 
Thumb
Transfer gusset sts from waste yarn to 
3 dpns. Leaving a tail at least 8 inches 
long, use A to pick up and knit 3 sts 
over gap. Mark beg of rnd.
R nd 1: Knit to 4 sts before marker, ssk, 
k1, k2tog (reposition the marker after 
the k2tog)—12 (14) sts.
Rnds 2–4: Knit. 
Bind off loosely.

Finishing
Weave in all ends, paying special 
attention to the space where the sts 
were picked up for the thumb and using 
the long tail to strengthen if necessary.
Block as desired.
Referring to photo for placement, 
work shell stitch edging and flowers as 
for cowl on fold-over area of cuff. Fold 
cuff over and steam crease gently.
Using 2 strands of A, work running st 
on page 127 along creased edge as for 
cowl beg and ending at point where 
cuff side edges meet. Make a back st at 
the end to draw cuff edges tog, knot 
securely. Attach button over backstitch, 
sewing through all layers. ■



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