Zoz Cowl Pattern

I had a hard time coming up with a name for this pattern. I thought about calling it Zzzs because the stitch pattern looks sort of Z shaped but I wasn’t really happy with the name. Sometimes I read numbers as letters and the other day when I looked down at the ball band to the yarn I used for this, I read “Zoz”. It just kind of stuck. Zoz is a cozy cowl featuring a migrating ribbing that is broken up by eyelets. The ribbing gives it a little more structure when it’s tucked into a coat and the eyelets help prevent the alpaca from being too toasty.


1 skein of Plymouth Yarn Baby Alpaca Grande or 110 yards of Bulky Yarn
8mm circular needles
Stitch Marker

Gauge of repeated rows 1-2: 10st x 15rows = 4x4in


Finished Measurements: Approximately 24 inches around and 10 inches deep.

– P Purl
o Yo Yarn Over
_ K Knit
/ K2tog Knit two together


Cast on 60 stitches and join in the round. Place marker.

With Chart:
Chart represents 1/6 of the stitches. Each chart row is meant to be repeated 6 times per knit row.

Work rows 1-10 of the chart.
Repeat rows 1-2 ten times.
Work rows 1-10 of the chart.
Bind Off.


With out Chart:

Round 1: *P2, yo, k2tog, k1; repeat from * to end of round.
Round 2: *P2, k3; repeat from * to end of round.
Round 3: *K1, p2, yo, k2tog; repeat from * to end of round.
Round 4: K1 *p2, k3; repeat from * to last 4 sts, p2, k1, slip st to right needle, remove marker, pass slipped st back, and place marker. This is now the beginning of the round. Remaining st becomes part of the next round.
Round 5: *K2tog, k1, p2, yo; repeat from * to end of round.
Round 6: K2, *p2, k3; rep from * to last 3 sts, p2, k1.
Round 7: *Yo, k2tog, k1, p2; repeat from * to end of round.
Round 8: *K3, p2; repeat from * to end of round.
Round 9: *P1, yo, k2tog, k1, p1; repeat from * to end of round.
Round 10: P1, *k3, p2; rep from * to last 4 sts, k3, p1.

Repeat Rounds 1-2 10 times
Work Rounds 1-10.
Bind off.


Mods: If you have more yarn, you can make a deeper cowl by repeating rows 1-2 more than 10 times. If you want a wider cowl, increase your stitch count by increments of 5.

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24 responses to “Zoz Cowl Pattern”

  1. Handsome cowl. Thanks for sharing the pattern.

  2. So happy to finally find a great pattern for my 1 ball of Alpaca Grande! Thanks so much!StaceyKnitsIt ravelry

  3. The YO is Missing in your Written Instructions. Just found this out while working the W. Instructions.StaceyKnitsIt

  4. Ellisen

    Thanks for sharing this pattern. I love it! Might make it right now!

  5. Debi

    I have a stash of this yarn and this pattern will help to make it disappear. Love it!!

  6. Nancy

    Did the missing YO referred to above get corrected in the pattern? I don’t want to start the cowl until I know that the written pattern is correct.

  7. Nancy

    Did the missing YO referred to above get corrected in the written directions?

    1. Yep! There’s a note about it at the end of the post.

  8. Teresa Laite

    Just wanted to thank you for the pattern. Been looking for such a cowl to knit that would not take too long. Thanks again.


  9. rose mscicluna

    I like the pattern it is very easy to make thank you.

  10. Diane

    Could this pretty cowl be made with a worsted weight yarn?


    1. You’d need to modify the pattern slightly if you’re getting a different gauge, but that wouldn’t be hard to do! You’d just need to make a swatch and find out how many extra repeats you’ll need for your gauge.

  11. Sandra

    we don’t have this yarn in Australia, would you be able to tell me what the ply is and the size of the ball in metric or the weight of the yarn needed .. it sounds like you are using a fine yarn with a large needle .. thankyou

  12. Dotty

    Could you tell me where to find the corrections.. I have the original and am confused.. thanks

    1. The version in the body of the post has the corrections.

  13. Sheila stewart

    I love this pattern. Can you tell me what the blanks in the chart mean? They obviously do not mean to knit or purl so I’m confused. Thanks

    1. There’s a key where the terms are defined, and you can always read the written instructions if you’re having trouble with the chart!

  14. Katherine

    would you please tell me how to print this pattern off. Thank you. Katherine

    1. Ctrl + P will do the trick if you’re using a Windows-based system.

  15. Charlene

    I have tried this pattern 4 times and each time I finish round 4, round 5 has one stitch left over and the pattern does not seem to right. What am I doing wrong? When I look at the chart it doesn’t correspond to the written directs as in round 4. Please help.

    1. All increases are paired with decreases, so if you have an extra stitch, try checking for an extra YO or a missing decrease.

  16. norma assante

    8mm circular…but how long should the circular needle be?…18″, 24″, 36″ or what?

    1. I use the modified magic loop, so any length will do the trick. If you’re not a fan of that method, choose a size that’s shorter than the finished circumference of the cowl.

  17. Vee

    Thanks for the pattern! I have one suggestion for modifying it. Once I finished I noticed that the beginning of the cowl has 5 diagonal eyelets before the ‘main column’ of eyelets begins, however the end of the cowl had only 4 diagonal eyelets after the main column ends. Being a bit OCD this bothered me, so I redid it to add two additional rows (rows 1-2) after the last repeat of rows 1-10. This fixes the issue and you end up with 5 diagonal eyelets at the end of the cowl as well, so it is even with the beginning.
    If you think about it it makes sense because in the pattern as written you are doing 10 rows at first, then 11 repeats of rows 1-2 (the ‘main column’), then only 8 rows after you’re done with the main column (because rows 1-2 of the last 1-10 round will appear as part of the main column). Adding the 2 rows at the end makes it 10 to start and 10 to end.

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