Cowichan-Inspired Scarf 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 scarves incorporate motifs used in some of the traditional pullovers and cardigans.


This Cowichan-inspired pattern includes directions for three sizes of circularly-knitted scarves: Large Child, Medium to Large Adult, Extra-Large Adult. The four motif options correspond to the four sizes of the hats and mittens in my pattern (and kit) Cowichan Hats and Mittens (M, L, XL) and (Small Child).  The pattern has Theory Boxes on how to weave the stranded yarns English style and how to avoid the purl bump when changing colors in ribbing. The pattern also includes charts, a List of Abbreviations, and a Bibliography.

 Gauge:  Knitted at 14 stitches per 4 inches, these projects are quick and fun to make!

Approximate Length: 39 (45, 45, 54)”/ 99 (114, 1114, 137) cm

Width: 5 (6, 6, 6)”/ 12.5 (15, 15, 15) cm

You can adjust the length by repeating the motifs and plain sections in the middle of the scarf, but you may need to buy extra yarn.


Yarn:  I have chosen Brown Sheep Company’s Lamb’s Pride Bulky for this design, as it is a single-ply like the original yarns and approximates the weight used for the traditional Cowichan sweaters (albeit a bit thinner than the traditional). The typical colors are in the brown range, Sandy Heather, Sable, and Cream.

Needles:  One set of US size 11 double-pointed needles.

Notions:  Stitch markers and a tapestry needle.

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