Meskill Cowl FREE Knit Pattern | KT and the Squid

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The Meskill Cowl is a cowl that is worked like a half circle shawl and then is joined in the round. It’s easy to wear and only takes 1 hank of Homestead by Plymouth Yarns.

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 Meskill Cowl FREE Knit Pattern | KT and the Squid

One size
25” opening at the top, 26” opening at the bottom and 11” tall at the front.


1 skein of Plymouth Homestead in Gold (100% wool; 100g/ 191 yards; medium weight)


US 9/5.5mm 32” circular needle


Please read all instructions before beginning.

This cowl is worked flat to make a half circle. Then it is worked in the round using the magic loop method.


14 sts by 28 rows in pattern = 4” square (blocked)

Gauge Pattern

Co an even number
Row 1-4: K
Row 5: K3, (yo, K2tog) to last 2, K2.
Repeat rows 1-5 to desired length.


Co = Cast on
St(s) = stitch(es)
K = knit
P = purl
Yo = yarn over
K2tog = knit 2 together

Meskill Cowl FREE Knit Pattern | KT and the Squid


Garter Tab
Co 3, knit 6 rows, without turning pick up 3 sts along the garter edge, pick up 3 sts of the co edge. You will have 9 sts on your needle.

Row 1: K (9)
Row 2: K3, yo, (K, yo) to last 3 sts, K3. (13)
Rows 3-4: K
Row 5: Repeat row 2. (21)
Rows 6-9: K
Row 10: Repeat row 2.(37)
Rows 11-14: K
Row 15: K3, (yo, K2tog) to last 2, K2. (37)
Rows 16-19: K
Row 20: Repeat row 2. (69)
Rows 21-24: K
Row 25: Repeat row 15. (69)
Rows 26-29: K
Row 30: Repeat row 15. (69)
Rows 31-34: K
Row 35: K3, (yo, K, yo, K2tog) to last 3, yo, K3. (91)

Repeat rows 21-33.

Using the magic loop method you will now start working in the round.

Round 1: P
Round 2: (yo, K2tog) to last st, K.
Round 3: P
Round 4: K
Round 5: P
Round 6: K
Round 7: (yo, P2tog) to last st, P.
Round 8: K
Round 9: P
Round 10: K

Repeat rounds 1-10 two more times.
Purl 1 more round.
Bind off, block, weave in ends.


  • Jeannie C

    Garter tab – knit 6 rows (of 3 st) – “pick up 3 stitches” – both of those instructions (PU 3) – HOW? Do you mean “add 3 stitches” – where would you pick them up FROM? I’m sorry – I’m a pretty good knitter (not an expert) but I don’t understand this. Please help! I REALLY want to do this 🙂

    • ktandthesquid

      Hi Jeanie!
      So the 3 sts are picked up across the side of the garter bumps then you pick up the sts from the cast on. You can look up “garter tab cast on” and there’s lots of tutorials that might give you a good visual for this.
      It’s basically a little tab of garter sts that eliminate the funny dip in at the start of half shawls.
      Hope that helps!


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