Colorado River Cowl – Crochet Pattern


Hand crocheted cowl designed with wearability in mind. The soft merino and silk gently cradles the neck in a layer of warmth, perfection.


You know how there are those yarns that remind you of a moment in time much like a photograph?

While winding this skein of hand dyed merino and silk I thought about my travels and the many waterways I have seen coast to coast.  The name of this cowl is derived from one of my western adventures because of the way this incredibly soft yarn caught the light as it flowed from cake to hook and onto my project.  It reminded me of the Colorado River.  As the water gently cascades down the path it has artfully carved in the Colorado River Basin it catches the light as it reaches different depths, speeds and impediments along its way to the Gulf of California in northwest Mexico so too does this yarn as it transitions from cake to hook and to finished object.


Materials:       Knudsen Knits DK Hand Dyed Collection  (70% Merino, 30% Silk, 250 yards per 100 gram skein); Color: Steel Blue, 1 skein

Hook :             US Size G

Notions:          Tapestry needle

Gauge:             16 sts x 8 rows = 4″/10cm sq in dc

Size:                 Adult, 7.5″/19cm high  x 24″/61cm diameter


Alternative yarns:

Knudsen Knits DK is a smooth tonal yarn available in a range of colors. A good substitute would blend a yarn of similar weight, consider a superwash wool as they tend to be smoother than traditional untreated wool or wool blends.  Acrylics will not perform as well and will not present as nicely when worn.  The silk content of this lovely yarn gives it the perfect sheen to catch the light in the cables.

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I’m sure you’re wondering…. photos by Gale Zucker Photography in case you too want to work with a fellow small women owned business. Yarn by Knudsen Knits, another small women owned business. When you support one, you support us all.


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