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Project – The Foxy Cowl – Hand Knit October 17, 2014

Posted by myblueheavenknits in Free Patterns Page.
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Foxy Cowl

FOXY COWL by Linda Jensen

of myblueheavenknits.wordpress.com

Pattern Notes: A new yarn came out recently and you know I had to experiment with it.  It is very silky, smooth fur.  I bought several to try it out and I made the hand knit pattern below of the one I liked the best.  Try it and put a picture of it up on Ravelry!


Needles: Size 13, circular 24″, 29″ or 36″


Yarn 1 (Fur Yarn): 1 skein Ice “Smooth Fur”, color is Brown/Copper

(also out there is Lion Brand “Romance”, but you need 2 skeins)

Yarn 2: 1 skein Red Heart Boutique “Midnight”, color is Harvest Moon

Additional Notions: One marker, tapestry needle


With Yarn 1, cast on 91 sts and join in the round (that is, knit stitches #1 and #91 together). Place Marker.

Row 1 – Knit

Row 2 – Purl

Row 3 – Knit

Row 4 – Purl

Rows 5 through 8 – Change to Yarn 2, and Knit, knitting in ends

Rows 9 through 12 – Purl

Rows 13 through 16 – Knit

Rows 17 through 20 – Purl

Rows 21 through 24 – Knit

Row 25 – Change to Yarn 1, and Knit, knitting in ends

Row 26 – Purl

Row 27 – Knit

Row 28 – Purl

Cast off loosely all stitches and weave in ends securely with a tapestry needle.  (For my loose cast off, I purl 2 stitches together, then transfer the stitch I just made on the right hand needle, back over to the left hand needle, and repeat.)

BlueFox Cowl

This is another version – The Blue Fox Cowl, knit using Lion Brand’s Romance yarn (2 Balls)  in the color of “Grey Shades” and Red Heart’s Boutique yarn, Midnight (1 skein) in the color of “Misty”.  So soft and beautiful, I think I will keep one of these just for myself.

Also, if you don’t like the “jog” in the knitting pattern when you switch from knit to purl sections (and the purl to knit ones too), then try this to minimize the jump:  slip the very last stitch in the section, right before the marker, slip the marker and continue as stated in the pattern.  You will see that the sections no longer “jog”, but transition smoothly.




1. Mary Still - October 18, 2014

This is beautiful!

myblueheavenknits - October 23, 2014

Thanks, Mary!

2. janet m phillips - October 18, 2014

my daughter just asked me if i could knit her a scarf like she saw in a store. Thank you this is perfect i ll get started!

3. janet m phillips - October 23, 2014

what on earth is “awaiting moderation” just accept comment for what it is…

myblueheavenknits - October 23, 2014

Done. And sorry, when I open my page now, the comments are harder to see than they used to be.

4. jazzyjude123jazzyjude123 - December 4, 2014

Is the blue cowl worked with 1 ball Romance at each end as I see it uses 2 balls instead of 1 like your pink one. It is AWESOME!! Many Christmas gift to be made. Thank you.

myblueheavenknits - December 4, 2014

It really needs 2 balls of the Romance yarn. You start the first edge with one strand of Romance only, then you switch to the inside with one strand of Boutique Midnight yarn in the stockinette and reverse stockinette section, then back to one strand of Romance. But you will run out of Romance about two rows from the end, so that is why you need two balls of it. I tried to skimp on one and it did not have that POP, so I went back to my original and people just go ga-ga for them.

jazzyjude123jazzyjude123 - December 4, 2014

Thank you. You are so generous to share this for free. Thanks for the speedy response.

myblueheavenknits - December 4, 2014

And thank you for reading my blog. Check back often to see what I am up to!

5. Margaret R - April 10, 2016

Hi, I just made this with Lion Brand Pelt and Red Heart Boutique Midnight. It came out beautifully, but smaller and more like a neck warmer cowl instead of the longer ones that you have pictured on your blog. I was wondering if you could give me the gauge in 4 inch by 4 inch for the pattern so that I can modify my needles and get my cowl larger to look more like the ones you have made? I used size 13 needles, but I think I have to go up to a 15 or 17 because I tend to be a tight knitter. Thank You. Love this pattern.

myblueheavenknits - April 10, 2016

Hi There! I am a loose English Style knitter, so if you are a tight knitter, probably a size 15 would work better for you. I will try and do a gauge on it tomorrow for you and see what I get. I have done many yarns, but I like the Boutique Midnight and smooth fur of the now discontinued Lion Brand Romance. You can still get it on EBay though. Pelt is a little stiffer, but still is a spectacular one for this cowl.

6. Margaret R - April 10, 2016

Thank You So Much! I forgot to ask you also if you can get these measurements for me:

Finished Circumference at Neck Edge:
Finished Circumference at Lower Edge:
Finished Height:

I am a continental knitter. I tested out my knitting in a gauge swatch and it matches my finished cowl on the 13s so I agree, at least 15’s. Your purling looks a lot more open than mine for sure! Thank You for all your help. 🙂 I really appreciate it!

myblueheavenknits - April 11, 2016

OK, I had to knit one to measure it and I just finished it. Laying it flat on a table, it measures (both edges because you do a loose cast on and cast off), 25″ or 50″ circumference, but when you hang it like it will be worn, i.e., hung vertically, it measured 28″, or 56″. The height across is 6″ relaxed and laid flat, but again, it stretches out and becomes only about 4″. I got 6 stitches over 4″, so now you will probably have to go up in needle size to get that 1 and 1/2 stitches per inch.

Margaret R - April 11, 2016

Thank You SO MUCH!!! I appreciate your response and info on this pattern 🙂

myblueheavenknits - April 11, 2016

Alrighty then. Keep calm and knit along!

7. Margaret R - June 4, 2016

I just finished the Foxy cowl with the Lion Brand Romance yarn. Just wondered if you had any tips with the Romance. It is very slippery so I had to knit and weave in the ends as knots do not hold. I just wondered if you had any bind off tips, as well. I bound off pretty loosely but because of the cord holding the fur to it being so slick and stiff and the yarn being heavy, I had a heck of a time and it is bound off loose, but not as loose as the cast on. Thank you in advance and thank you so much for this beautiful pattern.

myblueheavenknits - June 4, 2016

Hi there! Yes, I love and hate Romance because it is so smooth. For the joins, I do a surgeon’s knot as that seems to hold and then knit the ends in as I go. For the cast off, I use the “purl two together, transfer the stitch from the right hand needle to the left hand needle and repeat” method which gives you a nice stretchy cast off. For the last stitch, I leave about a 9″ tail to weave in going through about 4 stitches, than back over those two times, then weave in the end until it disappears in the eyelash.

8. Margaret R - June 4, 2016

Thank you so much. I appreciate it 🙂

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