Yellow Brick Road

Fall is here. It cannot be denied. Yesterday was the best example for the cool, windy and rainy weather we will have to deal with more and more.

Did you get out your scarves yet? Maybe some of the lighter ones – for what we Germans like to call the ‘transitional period’, meaning it is colder but not really cold, yet you need some extra warmth around your neck, for example, while a lighter coat is totally sufficient.

In case you do not have anything suitable available, fear not but follow the “Yellow Brick Road” pattern for a versatile cowl knit in a scrumptious soft yarn. I used only one skein of Tanis Fiber Art “Orange Label” – which is marvelously soft and wonderful to work with – to get a little something just the right size to keep your neck cozy in multiple ways.

I used colour “Gold” and five leather shank buttons. There are more colours and buttons to be had!

Use the buttons to wear your cowl multiple ways – however you please. Best of all: no sewing or grafting involved!  Also, this particular knit/purl pattern is reversible meaning it looks the same on both sides.

Find the pattern right here.

By the way, if you want to brush up on your finishing techniqes for projects that actually require finishing, there are spots left in the two classes offered! For more information what it is all about, check here.

Happy Knitting!

– Mona

26 thoughts on “Yellow Brick Road

  1. Maria Gemmell says:

    I’m confused on the pattern. Do I k4, p4,k4 – then start the repeat k4, p4? Not sure how to read it. Thanks, Maria

    • Mona says:

      Hello Wendy,

      Yes, you are right – the written pattern does not match the chart because there was no way to mark the repeat.
      Please do refer to the chart for the pattern repeat, marked with a box. All you have to do is work the stitch 1-8 over again,
      until there are only 4 stitches left, then work stitches 9-12.

      I hope that helps!

    • Mona says:

      Hello Pam,

      as stated in the pattern, the cowl circumference when buttoned is 22″ and the height (when knitting the width) is 9.5″.
      I hope that helps.


      • Pam Chander says:

        Thank you so much. I could not find the same wool so my gauge is different than yours.
        Thanks for your prompt reply

  2. nokkie du toit says:

    good day , i also battle with the pattern , row 3 purl 12 and then what , knit 12 and the row 4 knit 12 and then what purl 12 , ididnt knit for many years ,just started again and is a little bit stupid . regards.nokkie du tit

    • Mona says:

      Hello there,

      It looks like you are working from the written out pattern – sadly, I could not accommodate a repeat there. However, if you want to glance at the chart, you will see that on row 3 all stitches are purled, and on row 4 (since it is a WS row) all stitches are knit.

      Meaning it should read: Row 3: Purl
      Row 4: Knit

      I hope that helps!

    • Mona says:

      Hello Crez,

      The size is as follows: The buttoned up cowl measures about 22″ around, and 9.5″ high.
      I hope that helps!


    • espacetricot says:

      Hello Carolyn,

      Do I understand correctly that you are not able to download the pattern? I tried from the Espace Tricot blog and it worked without a problem, but you
      could also log into ravelry (I do hope you have an account) since it is available there also as a free download.

      I hope you’ll be able to work this out –


    • espacetricot says:

      Hello Lonnie,

      This message ended up in my spam folder – sorry for the late reply!

      The pattern instructs to work rows 1 and 2 of pattern (or chart) and then work the buttonhole row on row 3 (RS). As you replace every stitch you decrease with k2tog, with a yarn over, you just have to work the stitches of the chart on the following WS row to keep the pattern intact.

      I hope this helps,

  3. Sandra White says:

    It’s been a while since I made 2 of these and now I pulled out the pattern to make another one. I feel like I am brain dead because I don’t remember how I did it. I’m confused with the P12 & K12 rows. According to one of your replies above, should it just be P & K for these rows without the number 12 afterward. In other words should it say P and K across the entire row? Have you ever done a video of this pattern? They are lovely when they are finished. Thanks for the pattern and any help you can give me.

    • espacetricot says:

      Hello Sandra,

      Thanks for coming back to this and want to knit it again. The software I used for the chart only writes out the repeat, so four stitches are neglected. But you are correct, the last two rows of the pattern are knit all stitches, and then purl all stitches. If you have a look at the included chart, it is more clear. I hope that helps!

      Happy Knitting, as ever.

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