Fire or Water Cowl Pattern by Idea Studio

Idea Studio

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In 1871, the Chicago Fire destroyed nearly every structure in the city. Among the few that survived, the Water Tower stood as a symbol of hope, and in 1872 the rebuilding began.

Remember the 150th anniversary of Chicago rising from the ashes with this cowl in either fiery reds or watery blues. The cowl is knit in the round in a two-color stranded pattern. You do not need to weave any of the floats, as they will be hidden on the inside of the tube. Just remember to keep the floats loose so they allow for stretching in the blocking!

Make the red or blue (MC) the dominant color by carrying it underneath the background color while stranding.

Finished Size: 7" wide by 52" long tube

Gauge: 7 -7.5 sts = 1" in stockinette stitch


  • 2 skeins of Fangirl Hand Dyed Yarn (75% Superwash Merino, 25% Nylon), 463 yds each
  • Fire Colorway: 1 skein “Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight” (MC) & 1 skein “Irish Girl at North Ave Beach” (CC)
  • Water Colorway: 1 skein “L Platform in January” (MC) & 1 skein “Driftwood” (CC)
  • US #5 (3.75mm) x 16” circular knitting needle, or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Stitch marker(s)
  • Smooth waste yarn
  • Yarn needle