Nova Cowl

Chevron stripes fade into a center band of stars in this generously sized, mosaic colorwork cowl. The slipped stitches create a sturdy fabric, finished on both ends with a ribbed casing. A tasseled drawcord gives this practical winter accessory a playful touch!

Mosaic knitting is the comfort food of colorwork, and if Nova is you first time trying it, you’re in for a treat! The impressive patterns in this cowl are created using just one yarn at a time, making the finished cowl appear far more complicated than it is!



Pattern is written for one size with instructions for modifying the circumference


CIRCUMFERENCE: 27.5”/68.5 cm
HEIGHT: 13”/32.5 cm


YARN: In fingering or sport weight yarn,
C1 - 200 yds/183 m
C2 - 175 yds/160 m
C3 - 150 yds/137 m
C4 - 150 yds/137 m

A buffer is added to the estimated yarn amounts, so if you’re using a yarn with 200 yds per skein, you should not need more than one skein per color. Sample was knit with Hudson + West Co. Weld (70% Merino, 30% Corriedale; 200 yds/183 m per 50g) in Ash (C1), Jam (C2), Gold Leaf (C3), & Aspen (C4).

NEEDLES: 20-24”/50-60 cm circular needle in US 3/3.25 mm OR size required to obtain gauge, a spare circular needle of a similar length in US 3/3.25 mm or smaller to be used for joining the drawstring casing, optional dpns in US 3/3.25 mm for making i-cord

NOTIONS: waste yarn for provisional cast on, stitch markers, large safety pin, drawstring if you don’t plan to make your own, and a tapestry needle for weaving in ends


28 stitches and 54 rows = 4 inches in mosaic pattern