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Climb and Swirl Cowl, Deluxe Version

When the new colors of Lana Vida’s beautiful Hannah yarn arrived this fall, I planned on making another Climb and Swirl Cowl. I designed the cowl last year as a quick knit to stave off the suddenly cold weather. It’s made with just one skein of Hannah, which is a luxurious blend of baby alpaca, fine merino wool, and cashmere, so it makes a fun knit and a great gift.

Climb and Swirl Cowl, Deluxe Version

By the time I was ready to cast on for the new cowl, Rowan’s Kidsilk Haze had arrived. I’m a huge mohair fan; it takes dye brilliantly and has a soft fuzzy halo. I love putting a strand of mohair with other yarns. It adds depth to the color and, of course, makes it softer. Combining Hannah and Kidsilk Haze gives you a fabric made of baby alpaca, fine merino, cashmere, super kid mohair, and silk – in other words – fantastic luxury!

Climb and Swirl Cowl, Deluxe Version, detail

So with one strand of Hannah yarn in the color Forsythia and one strand of Kidsilk Haze in the color Ember, I cast on and knit the Climb and Swirl Cowl, Deluxe version. The only thing I changed from the original free cowl pattern was using a size 11 needle. The result is a soft fabric with beautiful drape. I wish I could send a swatch to you through the internet.

There are lots of fabulous combinations of these two yarns. Here are a few I think would look great.

Hannah and Kidsilk Haze Yarns
Hannah in Lake, Grass, and Rust; Kidsilk Haze in Trance, Fern and Marmalade
Hannah and Kidsilk Haze Yarns
Hannah in Bloom, Regal, and Charcoal; Kidsilk Haze in Blushes, Dewberry, and Smoke


one size – 14 inches tall, 23 inches in circumference

1 skein Lana Vida Hannah Yarn, shown in Forsythia
1 ball Rowan Kidsilk Haze Yarn, shown in Embers
16-inch circular size 11 needle or size to achieve gauge

Holding a strand of each yarn together, CO 75 sts. Join in the round, being careful not to twist.

K2, p2 until piece measures almost 14 inches. BO in pattern. Weave in ends.

For this pattern, it’s better not to mark the beg of the round. Just repeat the stitch pattern until you’re ready to bind off.


14 thoughts on “Climb and Swirl Cowl, Deluxe Version

  1. Craig! This is genius! Do you think Hannah in magenta would work with Kidsilk in Candy Girl? Thanks!

  2. I love this! I just bought the materials to make one for my MIL for Christmas. Anyway you could do a quick video tutorial going over double knitting with such a fine yarn?

  3. Rina, there’s no double knitting involved. You just hold the two yarns together throughout the project.

  4. I’m so excited to cast on with the gorgeous turquoise Hannah & Artyarns Rhapsody I bought yesterday after Clara’s class. It’ll be even better wearing it, remembering how much fun the class was & how fun it was with Craig & Clara helping me choose the yarns. 🙂

  5. Amy, you’re so sweet! I can’t wait to see how your cowl looks. Please stop in when you’re done or send pictures. Thanks!

  6. Found this pattern online, started in the K2 P2 pattern and my cowl doesn’t look
    like your pattern. Any ideas of what I am doing wrong mine looks like the ribbing of a glove or mitten. Thanks!

  7. It sounds like one of two things is happening, Sherri. Either you cast on an even number of stitches or you went off pattern by knitting or purling more or less than two in a row. Hope that helps!

  8. Hi Craig-
    Thanks for the advice, I figured out what I was doing wrong was when I got to
    the end of the 1st row ended up with 1 purl stitch I just P1 and continued onto
    K2 and that made the ribbing stitch pattern. Maybe this will help someone else.
    Thanks again happy knitting!


  9. Love the cowl, the materials, the look, the softness. Has anyone designed a pattern for a hat along the same lines–possibly on a smaller needle or two up to the crown and then decreasing somehow to keep the pattern. I’d apprecaite any thoughts. Nancy Bazemore

  10. […] of my other favorite patterns at the moment is the Climb and Swirl Cowl.  I’ve made at least five so far.  It works up beautifully with pretty much any worsted […]

  11. What would you suggest for doing this without the mohair? Is there another yarn you would recommend without mohair?

  12. You can use Hannah by itself, which is our original Climb and Swirl Cowl. Just use a size #8 needle instead of a size #11.

  13. Can I double this pattern and cast on 150 stitches?

  14. Yes, you can, just cast on an odd number of stitches.

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