Ha! And indeed ha. OK, joke finished. This project was made because I had only 1 skein of gorgeous Manos del Uruguay Maxima yarn in the luscious deep colours from under the sea. I wanted to be able to feel the soft texture of this yarn on my skin, so I dusted off my circular knitting needles and got to work on this sumptuous neckwarmer. It’s been a while since I knit anything, so this was perfect to get me back into it – simple stockinette knit in the round, so I could do it while watching telly or chatting with friends.

The pattern is a variation on Joelle Hoverson’s Pashmina Cowl from Last Minute Knitted Gifts, but I made some alterations to suit my yarn and tastes. I didn’t want the top edge to roll down like Joelle’s, so I replaced this with a few rows of K2 P2 basketweave to make a flat edge that stands up.

Here’s my variation…. cast on and knit away!

Easy 1 skein cowl pattern:


Exactly 1 skein Manos del Uruguay Maxima (and I do mean exactly… be careful if you knit loosely!)
5mm circular knitting needles – 59cm or shorter

17.5 stitches in stockinette = 10cm

Finished dimensions:
Aprox 30cm diameter x 33cm total length


  • Cast on 96 stitches (or any multiple of 4 to get desired diameter).
  • Knit 5 rounds, then purl 1 round.
  • Knit in rounds until the length is 26 cm from the purl row.
  • P2 K2 for 3 rounds.
  • Now K2 P2 (purl the knits and knit the purls from the previous round).
  • Do another round of K2 P2.
  • Bind off in pattern.

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Miko Coffey
Miko Coffey
Miko is addicted to crafting, and can often be found late at night drooling over Ravelry, or muttering "just one more row...". At last count, she had 187 different kinds of yarn in her stash, and is currently seeking storage for more. Ch2 and turn.