Structured Colorwork Cowl

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A motif found on a pair of traditional Latvian mittens tessellates across the fabric of this toasty cowl. Accents in a third color lift and energize the fabric, allowing for a wider range of color play. Two of every twelve rounds require working all three colors at once to achieve this effect. The Tessera cowl is worked in Loft from a provisional crochet chain; a subtle funnel shape is achieved by changing needle sizes, and the self-facing is grafted to the cast-on edge for a seamless finish. Counting the fabric layers and the floats sandwiched inside, that’s four layers of wool between you and the elements.

Tessera is also available as part of Jared Flood’s first print book, WOOLENS.




Fingering weight wool yarn in the following approximate amounts:

  • 535 yards Color 1 (C1)
  • 445 yards Color 2 (C2)
  • 140 yards Color 3 (C3)


Brooklyn Tweed Loft (100% American Targhee-Columbia wool; 275 yards/50g)

  • 2 skeins of C1
  • 2 skeins of C2
  • 1 skein of C3

Sample 1 photographed in colors Hayloft (C1), Bale (C2), and Fossil (C3)
Sample 2 photographed in colors Old World (C1), Flannel (C2), and Barn Owl (C3)

Please note: the stitch patterns in this garment are charted only.

  • 24 stitches & 28 rounds = 4” in pattern from Tessera Chart with Size A needle, after blocking

Size A (for Main Fabric)

  • One each 24″ circular needle in size needed to obtain gauge listed
  • Suggested Size: 4 mm (US 6)

Size B (for Needle Shaping)

  • One each 24″ circular needle, one size smaller than Size A
  • Suggested Size: 3¾ mm (US 5)

Size C (for Needle Shaping)

  • One each 24″ circular needle, one size larger than Size A
  • Suggested Size: 4½ mm (US 7)
Finished dimensions
  • 13¼” [33.5 cm] height
  • 28″ [71 cm] circumference at center of cowl

Tutorials for all special techniques listed below are included in the pattern:

  • Speed-Swatching for Circular Knitting
  • Color Dominance
  • Kitchener Stitch (Grafting)
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