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.