Ruth's cowl by Ruth Sørensen, knitting pattern

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Knitting pattern for Ruth's cowl with fair isle pattern, by Ruth Sørensen.

Ruth's cowl is a beautiful cowl with variations designed by Ruth Sørensen. The cowl is made in beautiful colors and worked in fair isle pattern, a technique that Ruth is well known for mastering. The pattern for Ruth's cowl is full of details and expert tips. It is a double cowl, meaning that the cowl is knit together in the end, so only the beautiful pattern side will be visible. The pattern also include instructions on how to combine colors and weaving ends as you knit, to help you get a stunning result.

The cowl was originally intended as a stash project. It can be knitted from a minimum of two colors, but as few or as many colors can be added as you have / like or want to work with. If you choose many different colors, you should plan for having approximately 200 g available. In the example in the picture, 8 different colors are used.

Yarn kits will be available again in 2023.

The pattern is a PDF file. Immediately after purchase you will be able to download the pattern directly from the purchase confirmation page. You will also receive an e-mail with a link to your pattern, and the pattern will be available here at the site via your personal account - so remember to create an account :-) Read more about digital knitting patterns here.

App 200 g yarn, e.g. Önling No 20,
100% Shetland wool, produced in Scotland, and it runs approx 225m/50g.

3,5 mm circular needle – 60 cm
+ one more circular needle for finishing,
Crochet hook for casting on

Gauge: 23 sts x 29 rows = 10 x10 cm on needle 3,5 mm / US size 4 in stranded knitting.

Recommended circular needle: 3,5 mm / US size 4

This pattern is a digital file that will be available for download immediately after purchase.


All patterns from Önling are delivered digitally - and 95% of these will be sent immediately after purchase. Read more about how to get hold of your digital knitting pattern here.

The exception is patterns from Katrines Favorite Corner:

- When you buy a pattern for a design from Katrine's Favorite Corner, you will receive a digital pattern by mail (and in your Ravelry library). Please allow 1-2 days for your pattern to be sent, as this is handled manually by our brilliant customer service team. See the designs in question here.


Wool can last for years, but it requires good care. Washing is tough on your woolen garments and in general wool needs to be washed much less than other materials as it has a self-cleaning effect.

Find our instructions for how to wash your knitwear here.

Washing instructions for your knitwear
Wool can last for years, but it requires good care. Washing is tough on your woolen garments and in general wool needs to be washed much less than other materials as it has a self-cleaning effect. Often it is enough to hang your woolen sweater / garment outside in the humid weather or bring it with you into the bathroom, when you take a long, hot shower - the steam will often be enough to freshen it up it and remove any unwanted odors.

Specifically for knitwear knitted in Önling's Everyday Kit
Neither Önling No 12 nor No 13, is pre-washed when you receive it on cones. You get the best result if you soak your finished knitted garment in lukewarm water for approx. 2 hours. Then wash the garment as you would otherwise with washing detergent for wool, either by hand or on a wool program in your washing machine. Dry it by laying it flat.

Specifically for knitwear knitted in Önling's Silk kit
As the Silk Kit from Önling contains 3 different qualities (linen, wool and silk), we recommend that you always wash your silk sweater / garment by hand, to avoid it changing shape or appearance during wash. The three qualities will react differently to water, temperatures, etc. Önling can not take responsibility for the result if you wash your silk sweater in the washing machine. Your garment made from the silk kit should NOT be spun or tumble dried. Instead, dry it by laying it flat.

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