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Shine Bright Cowl

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From now until the end of 2023, I will donate a portion of the proceeds from pattern sales to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), the leading anti-hate organization in the world. The ADL provides education, resources, and research and works to keep communities safe from antisemitism, bias, and hate.

Skill level: Beginner

The Shine Bright Cowl is a colorful and cozy cowl in a squishy waffle stitch pattern. It’s a happy, quick knit using two strands of fingering weight yarn held together. The resulting tweeded marled look is enhanced by the colorful stripes.

For the third year in a row, I’ve created a “Festival of Lights” Hanukkah yarn box (it’s sold out for 2023). Each year, I design a special piece (or two… or eight…) to accompany the yarn in the sets. This year, the theme of the yarn set was “Hanukkah Yarn Party” and I wanted everything to represent lighting the menorah, preparing (and eating!) delicious foods with family, celebrating miracles, and bringing light to the world. While I only intended to design one piece for the set this year, the events of October 7, 2023 pushed me to design this second, simpler project for my customers who might need something mindless to knit right now.

Construction Details:

The Shine Bright Cowl is worked in the round using a simple knit/purl pattern.

Skills Required:

Cast On/Bind Off

Joining in the Round


Weaving in ends

Sizes: Small - pulls on over the head (Large – infinity loop).

Finished measurements: 23.5”/58 cm circumference and 11”/28 cm depth (44”/110 cm circumference and 5.5”/14 cm depth).

Gauge: 17 stitches and 26 rounds = 4”/10 cm in Waffle Stitch using size needle to obtain gauge.

Needles: US 9/5.5 mm circular needle or size needed for gauge in 24”/60 cm (40”/100 cm) length. Adjust needle size as necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Yarn: Fingering Weight (CYCA #1) to be held double strand.

Main Color (MC): 250 yards.

Contrast Color (CC): a total of 250 yards of assorted colors.

Sample shown uses Hand Dyed Yarn by Shaina Bilow “Bounce” (80% superwash merino wool, 20% nylon; 400 yds / 100 g) in 1 ball Natural (MC) and 1 set of 9 mini skeins from the Festival of Lights 2023 collection (CC).

To work the cowl with one strand of Worsted Weight (CYCA #4) yarn, 250 yards are needed.

Other Materials: stitch marker, tapestry needle.

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