Knitting Pattern,  Scarf/Cowl

The Green Arrow Cowl


The Green Arrow Cowl is a two-toned cowl knit in the round with fair-isle technique. The pattern was inspired by pine needles, and turned into a super cool reverse arrow design.

It took several attempts to figure out the best way to create the cowl. The first try was made back and forth, rather than in the round and I discovered that purling in fair isle is the worst thing ever. I am an English style knitter (meaning I hold my working yarn in my right hand) and found that purling with my left hand was going to take an eternity. I mastered knitting with my left hand so I decided to convert the pattern to being knit in the round, so that it was all knit stitches, no purls for the color work!

The intent was to do a provisional cast on, knit a tubular scarf until it was quite long, then seam it together. It ended up I didn’t have enough yarn and couldn’t find any more of the green yarn at any stores! So I scratched the tube idea and instead created a fun, short cowl with ribbing edges.

The name “Green Arrow” is from D.C. Comics. Green Arrow is a vigilante/super hero (Oliver Queen by day) who has nearly perfect bow & arrow skills. The cowl kind of looks like something his sister Thea Queen might rock on a winter day.


  • US size 8 needles circular 32″ or double pointed needles
  • Main color (gray) worsted weight yarn¬†approximately 100 yards
  • Contrasted color (green) worsted weight approximately 100 yards
  • Stitch markers (4)
  • Tapestry needle


  • Blocked: 19 stitches = 4 inches; 22 rows = 4 inches

Final measurements:

  • Blocked: width = 12 inches


  • CO = cast on
  • K = knit
  • P = purl


  1. Using the main color yarn and size 8 needles, CO 110 stitches. Place unique stitch marker and join in the round.
  2. *K2, P2* repeat until you reach stitch marker. Do this K2, P2 ribbing for 6 rows total
  3. Begin knitting first row of color chart, using fair isle method with the contrasting yarn held in left hand and main yarn in the right hand. Every stitch is a knit stitch. Place stitch marker at end of each 22 stitches, and repeat chart for a total of 5 repeats.
  4. Continue in the chart for the 11 rows. The unique stitch marker indicates when to go to the next row.  Repeat for total of 5 times (55 rows or 11 inches from ribbing).
  5. *K2,P2* ribbing for 6 rows, then bind off and weave in ends. Block and enjoy!


White square is main color, green square is contrasting color.

Potential alterations:

If you would like a longer cowl, you could do a provisional cast on, skip the ribbing and knit in the chart for whatever length you want ending at row 11, then kitchener stitch together.

Let me know what you think about the pattern in the comments! Feel free to ask questions if anything is unclear.


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