Howling: a fictional Sussex village in Stella Gibbons’ classic novel, Cold Comfort Farm.  A place where gumboots are essential and the wind comes in “snarling cries”.  Also the name for this easy to memorise, mock rib cowl that’ll keep the snarling cries at bay.

Worked in the round the cowl is completely reversible so pull it on in the morning and you’re off. Inside out or upside down and it’ll still look good.
If you fancy a little bit of luxury it can be made with our Mohair and Silk Lace and our Merino and Silk Single held together throughout.


For something little sturdier one strand of our BFL DK Roving will produce an ultra soft and cosy cowl.



An easy to memorise mock rib pattern worked in the round makes this cowl completely reversible.  Knit in Kid Mohair and Merino and Silk it has a cloudy haze and fantastic drape and uses one ball of mohair and half a skein of the merino silk.  Or for an ultra soft, cosy cowl use just one skein of Ainsworth and Prin BFl DK Roving.


For Mohair version: 50cm/19.75in in circumference and 28cm/11in deep after blocking.
For DK version: 50cm/19.75in in circumference and 24cm/9.5in deep after blocking.


For Mohair version:
1 x Ainsworth & Prin Kid Mohair and Silk (lace weight: 72% Kid Mohair, 28% silk, 210m per 25g).  Colour shown: Miss Maggie.
200m x Ainsworth & Prin Merino And Silk Single 4ply (70% Merino, 30% Silk, 400m per 100g).  Colour shown: Miss Maggie
Yarns held double through out.

For DK version:
1 x Ainsworth & Prin BFL DK Roving (100% Blue Faced Leicester, 200m per 100g).  Colour shown: Neptune.

Needles and Notions

1 x 4.5mm / US 7 40cm/16in circular needle, or size needed to obtain correct tension.
Stitch marker.
Tapestry needle.


Slip stitch pattern: 25 sts x 38 rounds = 10 cm/4in, after blocking.


k: knit
p: purl
patt: Pattern
pm: place marker.
rep: repeat
RS: right side
sl: slip the next stitch purlwise
sts/st: stitches/stitch
wyib: with yarn held at back of work (away from you)
wyif: with yarn held in front of work (towards to you)
WS: wrong side


With 4.5mm needle cast on124 sts by the long-tail method. Join in the round, being careful not to twist the cast on edge.  Place a marker to signify the beginning of the round.

Round 1: *K1, sl1 wyif, k2, rep from * to end of round.
Round 2: *p3, sl1 wyib, rep from * to end of round.

These two rounds form the pattern and are repeated until desired length has been knitted.

Cast off loosely, sew in ends and block.

Download the pdf with pictures here, or without pictures here.

Thank you to Morten, our model, who fulfilled the modelling role to perfection and to Alan who took the photographs, well the ones in focus.  I don’t think he’d want to claim the others!







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