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Melodeon Cowl

This soft squishy cowl made in three colors of a luscious merino wool is simple to knit in the round. The characteristics of the knit fabric make the alternating bands of color/stitches draw together in a squishy accordion pattern, or it could be blocked flat. Keeping it squishy, though, means it can be worn in a variety of ways to keep you warm and toasty!

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Finished Size: Approx 30” in circumference x 11” tall if blocked flat, approx 7” tall unblocked.


Approx 270 yards of DK weight Merino wool evenly divided into three colors. Model shown in King Cole Luxury Merino DK, 1 skein each in 3388 Leaf (A), 3394 Dill (B) and #3388 Leaf This yarn is available at you local yarn store or at LoveCrafts

16” circular knitting needles sizes 4/3.5mm and 6/4.00mm or size needed to obtain gauge

Stitch marker

Tapestry needle

Gauge: 18 sts to 4”/10cm in st st on larger needles. This cowl is like silly putty so row gauge is not important – just be sure you have a pleasing fabric.


K – knit

P – purl

Rev – reverse

St st – stockinette stitch


It is recommended that you use a jogless join when changing colors

Note that the all stockinette stitch sections have 5 rows but the reverse st st sections have 6. That first knit row in the new color is to smooth the color transition.


First Border:

With smaller needles and A, cast on 130 sts. Place marker for beg of rnd.

Pattern :

Rnds 1 – 5: Change to larger needles, with B, knit.

Rnd 6: With C, knit.

Rnds 7 – 11: Purl

Rnds 12 – 16: Knit

Repeat the stitch pattern as established (see Note), using the following stripe pattern which starts at the very beginning.

A – ribbing

B – st st

C – rev st st

A – st st

B – rev st st

C – st st

A – rev st st

C – st st

B – rev st st

A – st st

C – rev st st

B – st st

Second Border:

Rnd 1: Change to smaller needles, with A, knit.

Rnds 2 – 5: *k1, p1. Rep from * around.

With A, cast off in ribbing.


Block if desired, but I admit I did not. I like the squishiness.

Weave in all ends.

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