Free Knitting Pattern: Taffy Twist Cowl

With autumn approaching like a falling leaf to the ground, it is time to think about transitional pieces to balance the bit of evening chill in the air. For me, the cowl is just such a piece since it stays in place, adds a bit of color to any outfit, and can carry you through winter into spring.

Here is my Taffy Twist Cowl knitting pattern on Ravelry.
It’s FREE!
*throws confetti*

A cowl for handspun or colorful bulky yarn

180-250 yards (164-228 meters) Bulky or heavy aran Weight yarn, I used di.vé fiamma

9 mm or 13 US circular knitting needles 

Holding a Rainbow

Helpful Resources:
• A video showing both the Russian Join and the Felted Join thanks to Abigail’s Crafts How To.

surprisingly stretchy bind off.

Doubled around the neck, it blocks out any breeze and is a comfort when you have a sore throat. Twice around the neck with the second one pulled up over the nose and mouth blocks out cold air, especially good if that is one of your asthma triggers. And, let’s face it, wearing this looks a lot less creepy than donning a balaclava or ski mask when you’re around town. Worn loosely around the neck it gives any shirt a whole new look. Once around the neck then again just behind your forehead and it warms your neck and ears as a kind of hood. Twice around the head makes it a cosy headband/earwarmer. Here are a few photos of the cowl in action:

A Cosy Hand Knit Cowl Looks Less Creepy Than a Balaclava

**[Taffy Twist Cowl][1]**

A Cosy Hand Knit Cowl Looks Less Creepy Than a Balaclava

If you like Di.Ve‘ Fiamma, it is available from Knitted Together or you can hunt for it on Ebay. It is soft – very soft. Though it goes from thick to thin, it is strong and sturdy. I never had any breakage though keeping it from splitting while I knitted in the dark watching a movie was occasionally a challenge. The colorway is delicious! It reminds me of the rainbow swirl mashmallows some gourmet cafés serve in their hot chocolate. The care allows for hand wash in luke warm water, but I think blocking after any dampness or washing is recommended to retain your pattern’s desired shape. I’m grateful to have eight more skeins of this in two colorways to play with.


Please please comment here or on the Ravelry pattern page if you end up trying this cowl pattern. Of course, you can also comment for fun.


  1. Bonny says:

    I love the description for the colours! Almost makes me want to taste the yarn! I did something similar outnof handspun thick’n’thin yarn. It ended up being Rob’s cowl because he liked the colours so much. The one I made had more purple in it.
    “Hello” from the east coast of Canada. We’re still in Halifax, NS but our time is nearly at an end. We go home on Wednesday.

  2. Bevin says:

    Wow – that’s really cool – I love the twist part of the recipe. 🙂 LOL! I LOVE the colors too. If you check my Ravelry – I have a red scarf in Di Ve wool – it’s WONDERFUL …
    I know you’ll enjoy wearing your cowl and keeping out the Irish wind. 🙂

    • evinok says:

      Twist only once means that when you would join in the round with the stitches lined up exactly, you would twist the stitches once so they are joined in the round perfectly lined up but offering a little spiral to the rows you’d then knit. It will not effect your knitting. Not twisting still produces a lovely cowl.

  3. Lana Hurn says:

    This is beautiul. Am going to do this one. Have made different cowls, but this is delightful in its colors and textures. Love it!

  4. Suzette Belk says:

    I am really having a hard time finding the color and yarn. Where would you suggest that I get it? Thank you for your time.

    • Suzette Belk says:

      I did see that you said to check Knitted Together or Ebay but everyone seems to be out of it right now. I will keep checking.

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