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Breakthrough Cowl Pattern

Knitting Pattern Download

Pattern Information


MJ Yarns
Tough Ram
Fingering / 4-Ply
Per Skein:
360 yds / 329 m in each 3.53 oz / 100 g skein
Fiber Content:
80% Superwash Merino Wool, 20% Nylon
Background Color: Azurite (Blue); Main Color: Amber (Gold)
Number of Skeins:
Background Color: 1; Main Color: 1
Length Required:
Background Color: 115 yds / 105 m; Main Color: 105 yds / 99 m


  • One 24 in / 60 cm circular needle for magic loop in size needed to obtain gauge, or your preferred method for small diameter knitting
    • Designer Used: US 4 / 3.5 mm
  • 1 stitch marker to indicate beginning of round
  • 1 yarn needle for weaving in ends
  • If choosing the tubular cast on, 32" / 81 cm of smooth, non-pilling fingering weight yarn or an extra 24" / 60cm interchangeable cable with endcaps
  • If choosing the tubular bind off, a second 24" / circular needle to hold stitches for grafting

Gauge in 4" / 10 cm

  • Colorwork chart in the round using larger needles, washed and dried flat : 31 sts and 36 rows
    To produce an even colorwork without puckering or holes in the fabric.


One Size
  • Circumference: 23" / 58 cm
  • Height: 6.25" / 16 cm

Construction & Schematic


This cowl is worked in the round from the bottom up. Choose one of three cast ons based on your confidence level and then jump into the ribbing section. Work a decorative braid, and then it’s onto the colorwork section. There are some long sections of stranding without changing colors and it is recommended to wrap floats every 6-7 stitches. Work another lateral braid, some more ribbing, and bind off with one of two bind off choices.

Schematic for One Size

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