DIY: Knit Okinawa Cowl and Free Pattern

This pattern for our Okinawa Cowl creates a fine mesh garment that is light as a feather. The wool used here is Manos del Uruguay Marina, which is a 100% merino lace weight yarn. I picked up the yarn last summer in Montreal at Effiloche but had trouble deciding which colour until I saw this one called Denim. Just like any good pair of jeans, the colour goes with just about anything in your wardrobe.

We named this cowl after the Japanese island Okinawa because the fine mesh stitch reminded us of a fishing net. The tonal colours of this denim colourway is interesting yet neutral, which will give texture to any outfit.

DIY: Okinawa Cowl and Free Pattern


  • 1/4 skein lace weight Manos del Uruguay Marina in Denim (approximately 25 g or 200 metres)
  • One set size 2.75mm/ US #2 circular needles (23.5″/ 60cm)


  • 20 stitches = 10 cm / 4″ in stockinette stitch


Finished width: 28 cm/ 11″

Finished height: 36 cm / 14″


  1. Cast on 120 stitches.
  2. Join to work in the round, being careful to not twist the stitches.
  3. Rows 1-6: work in stockinette stitch
  4. Row 7: *Yo, k2tog; rep from * to last st
  5. Row 8: Knit
  6. Rows 9 -108: repeat rows 7 and 8 until piece measures approximately 25cm. Note- this piece relaxed by about 10 cm more after blocking.
  7. Rows 109 -114: work in stockinette stitch.
  8. Bind off loosely in stockinette stitch.
  9. Weave in ends and block.



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2 Replies to “DIY: Knit Okinawa Cowl and Free Pattern”

  1. Angela Rowland says: Reply

    Thank you for sharing

  2. I love the look of this, so I am going to attempt to make one#wonderfukwednesday@_karendennis

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