Diane L. Augustin


Emily's Cowl

Here is an easy way to add beautiful beads to your knitting.
While knitting my Straightforward Stripes pattern, I was inspired to knit another cowl with the same stitch pattern and add beads. I hope you enjoy it! The beads are featured in this pattern and they are lovely with Rios yarn. Other light worsted yarn or dk weight yarn would work with the pattern. Although beading is a focus in the pattern, the method used makes them optional, as well.

Two Skeins of Malabrigo, Rios. Gauge is 4 sts./in. before blocking. Pictured is #850 Archangel. When I see this color, I think of Emily?
Size 9 circular needles, 24" length. Stitch Marker. Yarn needle.
The cowl is 6" deep x 50" in circumference before blocking.
After wet blocking, the cowl measures 6" deep x 62" in circumference.
Gauge is 3 sts./in. after wet blocking.

You must use uniform and smooth beads. I recommend TOHO brand because they have the largest holes and are very yarn friendly. They will also string onto light worsted weight.
782 TOHO 6/0 round seed beads were used in this project. Purchase 60 grams.
Dental floss threader. Beading surface. Beads are available at many of the LYSs and online at:

I met Emily a few years ago and taught classes at her shop. She is smart, funny, kind, wise beyond her years, an artist and a great collaborator, among other wonderful gifts. It was recently her birthday and I wanted to name a pattern after her, in appreciation of our friendship. I chose this Malabrigo color way in particular because they were "Emily" colors. We share an enthusiasm for knitting with beads, and they are added to this design. I hope you will enjoy the pattern for Emily's Cowl.

Pattern Detail

  • no charts
  • no schematics
  • no sewing
  • fall/winter
  • no sewing, circular, bottom-up / toe-up
  • 6" x 50"
  • digital PDF has 2 pages (letter size)
  • easy
    • 4 x 4 in
    • 5.5 mm
    • US 9
    • 16.0 st st
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