Silk Garden Hat and Cowl


Note about these patterns: I designed these for myself and they fit me as written. The stitch pattern has an 11-stitch repeat each repeat is about 2 inches, making the cowl and hat about 18 inches around. You can add/remove pattern repeats to increase/decrease the cowl's circumference in 2 inches increments with ease. If you want to make the hat bigger or smaller, however, you will have to rework the shaping at the top.

Yarn: Noro Silk Garden: 3 skeins [I used color #82].

[Sorry, it really takes a little more than one skein apiece for both the cowl and the hat. You would be better off to get the third skein and not have to stress about having enough yarn to finish both].

Needles and notions: 1 set US5 (3.75mm) double-pointed needles and/or 2 US5 circular needles.

[I knit my cowl and started the hat on two circular needles using the method that many knitters use for knitting socks on two circulars. The link is to a very well presented explanation on how to do this. I would like to mention the author by name, but I can't seem to find it anywhere].

6 stitch markers (recommended)
Tapestry needle

k knit
p purl
k2tog knit two together
ssk slip, slip, knit slipped stitches together
s2kp2 slip two stitches together knitwise, knit 1 and pass the slipped stitches over

Stitch pattern: (11 stitches, 11 rows)
row 1 and 3: *(k2tog) twice, (yo, k1) 3 times, yo, (ssk) twice; repeat from *
row 2, 5, 7, 9, 11: knit
row 4 and 6: *p1, k9, p1; repeat from *
row 8: *k3, p5, k3; repeat from *
row 10: purl
This stitch pattern was adapted for circular knitting from a stitch pattern used in the pattern Opulent Options by Kathy Zimmerman that appeared in the Spring 1999 issue of Knitter's magazine.


Cast on 99 stitches and join without twisting.

Work 5 rows in garter stitch beginning and ending with a knit row. [Garter stitch in the round alternates knit and purl rows].

On the next row, begin the pattern with row 1. Work nine pattern repeats around the row.

Work pattern rows 2 and 3.

Work 5 rows garter stitch beginning and ending with a knit row.

Work 3 repeats of pattern rows 1-11.

Work 2 rows garter stitch beginning with a purl row and ending with a knit row.

Work pattern rows 1-3.

Work 4 rows garter stitch beginning with a knit row.

Cast off knitwise and weave in ends.


Cast on 99 stitches and join without twisting.

Work 5 rows in garter stitch beginning and ending with a knit row.

*(Work pattern rows 1-3. Work 5 rows garter stitch beginning and ending with a knit row.); Repeat from * 3 times.

*(k10, k2tog) 9 times. [There should be 90 stitches left].

Knit in stockinette (knit every row) 2 to 2-1/2 inches.

set up row: k15, place marker, 6 times.

decrease row: k2tog, knit to two stitches before marker, ssk. Repeat around the row, decreasing before [ssk] and after [k2tog] the markers.

Knit next row.

Next row, decrease as before, before and after the markers.

Alternate plain knit rows and decrease rows until 3 stitches are left between each of the markers.

On next decrease row, s2kp2 6 times. 6 stitches remain.

Break yarn leaving a long tail and use tapestry needle to thread tail through remaining 6 stitches.

Pull tight to close and weave in ends.

I hope these directions are clear enough. Needless to say, these patterns as written are mine, not to be distributed or sold. Make as many as you want, just don't sell them.

I was able to wear both the hat and cowl on my trip to the frozen north and they served me well. The hat could still be a bit deeper than I made it and I've written the pattern to reflect that. It was fine for normal wear, but slipped repeatedly when I was out chipping at some ice on the sidewalk. Let me just say that the hat really is more of a fashion accessory than a functional piece anyway. I mean, a lacy pattern over the ears? Not really designed for maximum ear warmth.

I also had an accidental experience with washing Silk Garden. The cowl was stuffed into the sleeve of my fleece jacket when it went into the wash. It came out softer and slightly fuzzier, but otherwise was unharmed and essentially the same size. It air-dried completely overnight.