Yellowbrick Cowlette

Yellowbrick combines the appearance of a shawlette with the ease of a cowl. It starts out worked flat like a top-down shawl, and is then joined and worked in the round to the bottom edge. I call these hybrid patterns, “cowlettes.”

Yellowbrick alternates marled sections of stockinette with eyelet stripes of mohair for a light and lofty fabric with a fuzzy halo glow. The twisted rib border incorporates a smocked chevron pattern (like yellow bricks), and shaping that coaxes the bottom edge into elegant points.

Smocking is the technique used to create the chevron brick pattern in the bottom border of the cowlette. Check out this video on my Youtube Channel for a tutorial!


Pattern is written for one size, and is shown on a person who wears a women’s small shirt.


HEIGHT (center back): 8½“/21.5 cm
MITERED HEIGHT (center-front): 21”/52.5 cm


400 yds/365 m of light fingering weight yarn
450 yds/411 m of lace weight mohair or mohair blend.

Sample shown was knit with La Bien Aimee Cashmerino (75% Merino, 15% Cashmere goat, 10% Nylon; 474 yds/433 m per 100 grams) in Yellow Brick Road and Mohair Silk (70% Mohair, 30% Silk; 547 yards/500 m per 50 grams) in Lise.

When choosing yarn, a light yarn with good drape in the finished fabric will work well for the light fingering weight yarn and any lace or cobweb weight yarn with a fuzzy halo will work well for the lace weight.

US 5/3.75 mm, one 24”/60 cm circular needle, or size required to obtain gauge
optional - one needle 2-3 sizes larger for binding off loosely cable needle in US 5/3.75 mm or smaller

NOTIONS: 23 stitch markers, a needle for weaving ends


19 sts and 27 rows = 4”/10 cm
Gauge swatch is worked in stockinette, holding one strand of each yarn together as one, and measured after blocking.