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How to make a reversible "doodle" cowl

Updated: Jun 14, 2022

Do you love pumpkins, ghosts, and all things spooky, and ALSO love the crisp wintery snow and hot cups of cocoa? Do you want to knit a cowl that is versatile enough to last you from October through March?

This pattern hack will show you how to create a reversible, double sided cowl that evokes Autumn on one side and Winter on the other!

IMPORTANT: You’ll need to have both the Holiday Doodle Cowl and Autumn Doodle Cowl patterns to complete the pattern below, as they will provide both the “doodle” chart sets, as well as instructions on how to use them to design your own motifs.

This pattern is designed for Pacific Knit Co. by Jamie Lomax.

Share your progress and connect with the community by tagging your pictures with #holidaydoodlecowl, #autumndoodlecowl, and @pnw_knitdesign! I can’t wait to see what you make!


For this pattern, you can use either:

  • 3-4 skeins of DK weight yarns OR

  • Multiple colors of various stash or leftover DK or light Worsted yarns

NOTE: You’ll need approximately 750-775 yards [685-708 m] to complete this project. However, due to the customization options within the charts for main colors and contrast colors, the exact yardage will depend on your unique and festive choices!

You’ll also need…

  • US 5/3.75 mm, 24in [60 cm] circular needles or size needed to obtain gauge

  • Crochet hook for provisional cast on

  • Spare circular needles, US 5/3.75 mm or smaller

  • Stitch markers, tapestry needle, waste yarn


24 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches in colorwork (blocked)


This pattern includes small (large) sizes; however, you can further adjust by adding more or less chart repeats to suit your personal taste. Sample shown is the large size.

  • Finished Height: 11.5 in [30 cm]

  • Finished Circumference: 24 in (28 in) [60 cm (72 cm)]

  • Flat Dimensions (for blocking, pre-Kitchener): 23 in [60 cm] height x 14 in [36 cm] width

Pattern Instructions

Using waste yarn, a crochet hook, and the provisional cast on method, cast on 144 (168) stitches.

Change to main color, and knit 1 round into the crochet chain cast on.

Place marker for BOR and join in the round, being careful not to twist stitches.

Set Up

  • R1: Purl 1 round.

  • R2: Knit 1 round, placing marker every 24 sts.

Autumn Doodle Side

In this section, you will “create your doodle” by using the charts available in the Autumn Doodle Cowl. Follow the instructions in the pattern PDF to determine which charts to use, and it what order.