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Knit Manitou Cowl

It’s time for our next Fall Market Prep Pattern! This cowl may look complicated but once you get the special cable stitches down, it is going to fly right off your needles, making it perfect for market prep or holiday gifting. Who doesn’t love a one skein project?

For those of you who haven’t been lucky enough to visit Manitou Springs, Colorado, add it to your bucket list. The alternating cables are reminiscent of the steep roads that bring mountain residents to downtown. The best part? Their motto, much like Portland, Oregon, is “Keep Manitou Weird”. It is full of family run businesses, coffee shops and unique finds like apothecaries and a frontiersman store.

I hope you love this pattern as much as I do. First, here are the deets!

Want to make a matching hat? Grab a second skein and click here

For a printable pdf of the Manitou Hat and Cowl set, click here.

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Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: Toddler (Child, Teen/Adult Small, Adult Large)


  • 1 Skein, Lion Brand Thick and Quick Yarn or Comparable Super Chunky (6) Weight (Approx 80 yards)
  • Size 15/10mm, 16” Circular Needles
  • Cable Needle
  • Stitch Marker
  • Tapestry Needle


  • K               Knit
  • P               Purl
  • KFB           Knit Front and Back
  • SL1P         Slip One Purlwise
  • K2TOG      Knit Two Stitches Together
  • ST(s)         Stitch(es)

10mm Stockinette 1” = 2.5 Stitches | 3 Rounds


Special Stitches:

C2B+K1: Slip 2 ST onto a cable needle and hold at the BACK of work. Knit next stitch. K2 STs from cable needle.

C1F+K2: Slip 1 ST onto a cable needle and hold at the FRONT of work. K2 STs. K ST from cable needle.


  • The italicized STs will be your slipped ST from the previous two rounds.
  • Tension is key with the cabling in this pattern. If you struggle to meet the gauge, try going up a pattern size rather than using size 17 needles.

 This pattern is easily adjusted by increasing in multiples of 4.

Let’s get started!


With size 15/10mm needles:

Cast on 40 (48, 52, 60) (add one additional stitch if you join by slipping last stitch over first.

Join your work to knit in the round (careful not to twist work) and place stitch marker to indicate beginning of round.

Bottom Ribbing:

  • Toddler/Child: K1, P1 around for 3 rounds.
  • Adult: P2, K2 around for 4 rounds.

Body of Cowl
Row 1:  K2 *SL1P, K3; Repeat from * around. SL1P, K1

Row 2: Repeat Row 1

Row 3: *C2B+K1, K1; Repeat from * around.

Row 4: Knit all

Row 5-6 (2 rows): Repeat Row 1


Row 7: K1 *K1, C1F+K2; Repeat from * to end

ROW 7 NOTE: The cable will be knit after the stitch marker. Begin Row 8 immediately after you knit the stitch off the cable. Do not change position of stitch marker.

Row 8: Knit all

Repeat Rounds 1-8 until cowl measures 5”(6.5”,7.5”) ending on row 4 or row 8. Feel free to continue the repeat for a taller cowl. Keep in mind, the top ribbing will add approx. 1.5 inches to the total height.

Top Ribbing:

  • Toddler/Child: K1, P1 around for 2 rounds.
  • Adult: P2, K2 around for 3 rounds

Bind off in ribbing pattern. Weave in ends and you are done!

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