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The Kelp Forest Cowl

The Kelp Forest Cowl is knit with fingering-weight yarn held double to create a plush, dense, squishy cowl. It’s perfect for brisk morning walks, cuddling up by a campfire, stargazing on a chilly evening, and more.

Below, you’ll find links for where you can buy the pattern, specs and details, and inspiration for the cowl.

A gray, cabled cowl is looped around the neck of a white dressmaker's form. In the background is a brick fireplace with coral and a ginger jar on the mantel, along with some antique prints on the wall.


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About the Kelp Forest Cowl

This pattern is for a cozy, cabled, knit cowl inspired by the kelp forests in the Santa Barbara Channel. It features cables that look like tall kelp plants and bubbly lace columns. This pattern will be a good fit for any intermediate knitter, and a knitter who has mastered the basics will find it a fun challenge.

A circle scarf is great for anybody who wants to avoid having loose ends in their clothing. It won’t shift, budge, or fall off. It will also keep you extra warm on chilly days.

The pattern for this infinity scarf has both charted and written instructions.

A close-up on the Kelp Forest Cowl, showing its columns of eyelets.

Easy Shopping List

In case you want to knit this cowl using the exact materials I did, here is a shopping list with easy links for you. Some of these are affiliate links, which means if you choose to buy something through those links, I’ll receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I will always identify affiliate links for you. Thanks for supporting my work!

Manos del Uruguay Alegria Yarn

24″ (60 cm) Addi Turbo needles, US Size 6 (4.0 mm) (affiliate link)

Stitch markers (budget option) (affiliate link)

Stitch markers (fancy option) (affiliate link)

Kelp Forest Cowl Details and Specs

Here are all the details about the Kelp Forest Cowl including its materials, needles, tools, and more.


One Size


400 – 445 yards (366 – 407 m) of fingering weight yarn, held double

Sample shown knit in: Manos del Uruguay Alegría


24″ (60 cm) circular needles in US size 6 (4 mm)


Stitch marker

Tapestry needle for weaving in ends



Techniques: cables, increases, decreases, knitting in the round

If You Like This Pattern, You’ll Also Like…

The Sycamore Canyon Cowl, which also has lots of juicy texture

The Plenitude Shawl, which uses lots of seed stitch for maximum effect

The Amicus Socks, which also feature fun cable details that are easily memorized

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