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  • Writer's pictureMary-Lynn Dalrymple

Cuillin Cowl

I'm so excited to share that my latest pattern is now live! The Cuillin Cowl is the perfect accessory for the cooler weather that's starting to hit us here in the UK.

The Cuillin is a range of mostly jagged rocky mountains on the Isle of Skye in Scotland. This pattern was inspired by a trip to the island back in November 2021, where we enjoyed its breathtaking scenery - and biting winds! I originally submitted this pattern for the Highland Retreat issue of Moorit Magazine. Sadly it wasn't selected for the magazine, but I couldn't let the idea go. I finally got round to finding and purchasing the perfect yarn back in the summer of this year and got to work on the pattern - and it turned out exactly as I had envisioned!

The pattern is worked top down using DK weight yarn. My sample uses Giddy Aunt Yarns Yak DK (60% Superwash Merino, 20% Yak, 20% Silk, 212m/231y/100g) in the colour Carnelian. I cannot recommend this yarn enough! It is so soft and squishy, and combined with the Tunisian knit stitch it creates such a thick, warm fabric. Traditional crochet stitches are used for the ribbing and then picked up with a Tunisian crochet hook to create a knitted look for the main body of the cowl.

Below you can find all the details for the Cuillin Cowl, including links to purchase the pattern. Please do share your cowls on Instagram using the hashtags #CuillinCowl and #WhollyHooked so that I can see and share them - I cannot wait to see more Cuillin Cowls appear!

Pattern Details

The Cuillin Cowl is the perfect accessory for cooler weather, combining regular and Tunisian crochet to create a thick, warm fabric. It's worked top down and in the round. The pattern includes full written instructions as well as a supporting video tutorial.


Finished cowl measures 19.5cm x 60cm/7.75” x 23.5”, blocked.


18 stitches by 25 rows in 10cm x 10cm/4” x 4” with 6mm hook in Tunisian knit stitch, blocked. Swatch may be worked flat rather than in the round.


The sample shown uses 285m/312yds of Giddy Aunt Yarns Yak DK (60% Superwash Merino, 20% Yak, 20% Silk, 212m/231y/100g) in colour Carnelian.

Yarn alternatives: any DK weight yarn should work well for this pattern. Fibre content is not hugely important but a cosy yarn is recommended!

Other materials

  • Hooks: 3.5mm (US E-4) & 5mm (US H-8) traditional crochet hooks, plus 6mm (US J-10) Tunisian crochet hook (either double-ended or interchangeable with cable), or size needed to achieve gauge

  • One stitch marker (optional)

  • Scissors

  • Darning needle

You can purchase the pattern by following the links below. Use the code SKYE10 for 10% off until midnight BST 29th October!

I can't wait to see your Cuillin Cowls!

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