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Chauntecleer Cowl knitting pattern

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This cowl uses two colors and an eyelet stitch pattern. Worked in the round on circular needles in a worsted weight yarn, this cowl can have a variety of looks based upon the colors selected--do you want to emphasize the contrast of colors or have them blend more together? Pattern includes both written directions as well as a chart for the body pattern (which is also written out).


madelinetosh vintage (100% Merino, 200 yds/183 m per 100 g skein); 1 skein for C1 and 1 skein for C2; sample uses colorways Moorland (C1) and Ember (C2)

or 200 yds (183 m) each of another worsted weight yarn in two colors (such as Round Table Yarns Lancelot)


US 7 (4.5 mm) 24" (60 cm) circular needle, or two sizes smaller than larger needle
US 9 (5.5 mm) 24" (60 cm) circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge
Stitch marker


19 sts and 31 rows over 4" (10 cm) of pattern stitch on larger needle

Finished Measurements

35" (89 cm) circumference x 8" (20 cm) tall

Printing Details

The pattern has been professionally printed on 80# cover stock and uses a half-fold binding (created by folding a single sheet that is twice the size of the finished product in half, creating a 4-page publication). The size of the pattern is letter size (8 1/2" x 11").

Electronic PDF Version Included

On the print copy of the pattern, you'll find a sticker with a coupon code. Enter that coupon code on Ravelry and a PDF version of the pattern will be added to your Ravelry library. That way if you ever lose the print copy, the pattern will still be available to you. If you just want the electronic version of the pattern, you can purchase it on Ravelry here.

The Story Behind the Pattern Name

In Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, the story told by the Nun’s Priest is a beast fable, which takes place in a farmyard. Chauntecleer is the rooster in the yard and is well known for his excellent crowing as well as how precisely he kept the time. Along with him, the farmyard has seven hens, and the one most important to the story is named Pertelote. One day, Chauntecleer has a terrible dream, and upon Pertelote’s urging, he tells of his dream, in which he saw a hound-like beast who was trying to get into the farmyard to kill Chauntecleer. The image in the dream alone is almost enough to stop Chauntecleer’s heart. Pertelote’s reaction to the dream is rather unfavorable as she finds Chauntecleer to be acting like a coward, so she spurns him, dismissing his fears as nothing but a dream. (They proceed to have a lengthy discussion upon the nature of dreams.)

Chauntecleer regains his bravery by realizing how wonderful Pertelote is and how much her support means and they go about their day. However, a fox has started prowling around the yard--the narrator laments that Chauntecleer did not head the dream, which was a warning. Chauntecleer sees the fox and starts to warn the hens, but the fox starts talking to the rooster, offering flattery, which Chauntecleer completely fell for. So when Chauntecleer starts to crow, to show off, the fox grabs the rooster by the neck and runs off with him!

While the fox is running away with Chauntecleer in his mouth, Chauntecleer speaks to the fox, causing the fox to answer. While making his reply, the fox opens his mouth and Chauntecleer is able to escape.

Photos copyright Karen Robinson. Pattern layout by Elizabeth Green of Stitch Definition.

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