Monroe Cowl

Monroe Cowl

Monroe Cowl


Monroe is a set of gorgeous vintage-inspired accessories in a simple lozenge pattern. As part of our British Wool special issue (Let’s Knit! Issue 71), Kelly Menzies has designed three matching accessories using Excelana’s vintage-inspired British wool. The hat and mittens can be found here, with the cowl available as a free bonus pattern download. The subtle diamond pattern is easy to achieve and will look great in the autumn months. (LK magazine)


To fit average sized woman’s neck
Depth (approx): 19cm
Width when flat (approx): 33cm


Yarn: Excelana DK Luxury Wool, shade Nile Green, two 50g balls
Needles: 4mm circular (40cm)
Stitch marker
Tapestry needle


22 sts x 28 rows 10cm x 10cm moss stitch 4mm needles

Instructions are provided in written format.
Originally published August 2013
Photography: Let’s Knit! Magazine


Using 4mm circular needles, cast on 144 sts, pm and join in the round being careful not to twist sts


Rnd 1: * k1, p1, rep from * to end
Rnd 2: * p1, k1, rep from * to end
Rep Rnds 1-2 three more times.

Main patterned section

Rnd 1: * p1, k9, p1, k1, rep from * to end
Rnd 2: * k1, p1, k7, p1, k1, p1, rep from * to end
Rnd 3: * p1, k1, p1, k5, (p1, k1) twice, rep from * to end
Rnd 4: * (k1, p1) twice, k3, p1, k1, p1, k2 rep from * to end
Rnd 5: * k2, (p1, k1) three times, p1, k3, rep from * to end
Rnd 6: * k3, (p1, k1) twice, p1, k4, rep from * to end
Rnd 7: * k4, p1, k1, p1, k5, rep from * to end
Rnd 8: rep Rnd 6
Rnd 9: rep Rnd 5
Rnd 10: rep Rnd 4
Rnd 11: rep Rnd 3
Rnd 12: rep Rnd 2
Rep Rnds 1–12 once, then Rnds 1–7 once more


Work six rows in moss st as for first edging
Cast off

To Make Up

Weave in all loose ends and block lightly to shape