Cowichan-Inspired Hats & Mittens Pattern


Over the last century, the Coast Salish people of Vancouver Island in Canada have been producing the Cowichan Sweater, a unique garment of bold motifs and interesting construction techniques. These mittens and hat incorporate motifs used in some of the traditional pullovers and cardigans.


This Cowichan-inspired pattern for matching hats and mittens, knitted circularly, is written for four sizes: 4-6 years (Small), 8 years to small adult (Medium), medium to large adult (Large), extra-large adult (Extra-Large).  Each size features a different traditional motif. The pattern has theory boxes, tutorial photographs, charts, a list of abbreviations, and a book list for further reading.

Featured Techniques:  Avoiding the purl crescent in ribbing, weaving with 2 yarns in the right hand.

Gauge:  Knitted at 14 stitches per 4 incheson 10 1/2 needles, these projects are quick and fun to make!



Finished Measurements:

Circumference: 6 (7, 8, 9)”/ 15 (17.75, 20.25, 22.75) cm

Length: 7 (8.5, 10.5, 11.5)”/ 17.75 (21.5, 26.5, 29.25) cm



Finished Measurements:

Circumference: 19.5 (20.5, 21.75, 23)” / 49.5 (52, 55.5, 58.25) cm

Length with ribbing turned up: 8 (9, 10, 11)”/ 20 (22, 25, 28) cm



Yarn:  4 skeins of yarn will complete a hat and set of mittens (3 for the smallest size).  Each size features a different motif, used in both the hat and the mittens.  I have chosen Brown Sheep Company’s Lamb’s Pride Bulky for these designs, as this yarn is a single-ply like the original yarns.  The yarn  approximates the weight used for the traditional Cowichan sweaters (albeit a bit thinner than the traditional). I used colors in the brown range, Sandy Heather, Sable, and Cream.

Needles:  All you need is a set of US size 10.5 double-pointed needles and a 16″ circular needle.

Notions:  Stitch markers, a stitch holder, and a tapestry needle.