Manic Panic Cowl


The beauty of a cowl, whether it is short or long, is that it is, in essence, one never-ending loop. With a scarf you are limited by having two ends that must be pulled up or held together in some manner, but the cowl is able to twist and turn into a scarf, a hood, or even a shrug with just the slightest movement of fabric. In this variation on the Mini Mania Scarf, I’ve thrown out the ends and created an epic, endless loop in a manic color palette all your friends will want.

The best part about this cowl is you can knit it with all those little bits of leftover yarn that have been multiplying like rabbits in the corners of your stash. Make it unique by knitting it big or little, fat or skinny, in a loop or even twisted as a moebius!

This pattern uses the eponymous fabric stitch, or linen stitch, so named because it looks similar to a woven linen fabric. The stitch uses simple slipped stitches to create a dramatic finished project and is knit lengthwise to most accurately replicate the style of a woven garment.

Don’t have any scrap or miniskeins and need some to get started? I offer pre-packaged kits of indie, hand-dyed and LYS-quality fingering weight yarns in various color combinations.

Get The Pattern

You may directly download a .pdf of this free pattern by clicking the image to your left, or follow the link here to Ravelry, an online community for fiber enthusiasts, to cast on. Happy knitting!


1 thought on “Manic Panic Cowl

  1. veggietoni

    Thanks for this! I came across your blog while looking for more info on how milk protein fiber yarn is made (great job on that research, btw). I am a big fan of Cat Bordhi’s work in the area of Möbius (Moebius) knitting. When I was working on my very first Möbius project, I even emailed Cat with some questions about applying the Möbius theory to an actual knitting project, and she actually wrote back, and was very sweet and complimentary towards me. I’ve sort of fallen in love with Möbius knitting as a result of the whole experience, and plan to make another Möbius project soon. Anyway, thanks again for the quick linen stitch pattern! ☺


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