Valentine Cowl…

After making the Big Lace Cowl, I thought that my appetite for Camilla’s beautiful handspun yarn would subside. But that Camilla keeps coming up with amazing color schemes and this one I truly could not resist. I didn’t want to make another cowl just like before. But I do oh-so-love a cowl and the 68 yards per skein of Camilla’s yarn is the perfect amount for a cowl. And then there was the issue of this button.

This button was the extra with a beautiful knitted vest I received for Christmas.  As with all extra buttons, I put it in my very special button holder {ie: an old Chinese soup takeout container}. But this particular button kept calling to me. So as soon as I had this yarn in my hands, I knew that whatever I made needed to incorporate this one very special button.

So I went in search of a pattern for a button cowl and couldn’t really find what I was looking for. Now I’m sure they are out there and possibly even one just like this…but my yarn arrived in the mail amidst my computer free weekend and I was itching to get started…so I just made the pattern up as I went.

As you can see, the cowl is made with two button holes for a few different looks. I have worn this more than two different ways and love how I can adapt it to my clothes, needs, and wishes!

It’s a very quick and easy knit…an hour or two, max! You have time to make a couple before Valentine’s Day! I’m sharing the pattern with you because I love you…but I am a relatively novice knitter and I am rather not technically inclined in such things…I’m more of a fly by the seat of my britches type of knitter. The pattern makes total and utter sense to me…but if you are an established knitter {which I know many of you are} please forgive any directions that seem questionable and go ahead and do it the right way! For instance…I had no idea how to make a button hole so I made it up {again…I was without computer and the button was very important}!!!!  Okay then…


68 yards of Magnolia Handspun thick and thin yarn

68 yards of complementary bulky yarn {I used Loops & Threads Charisma in Off White…which for a craft store yarn is super soft and really nice to work with!}

Size US 19 straight needles

Tapestry needle

Button {mine is 1.5″ in diameter…could do bigger or smaller}

Embroidery floss


If you are using a smaller button, you may not even need to make button holes. If your button can fit through your stitches…just ignore the button hole rows and continue in seed stitch for the entire piece.


With both yarns together, CO 13 stitches  {Make sure your tail is about 8″-10″ so you can use it to tighten up your button holes at the end if needed}

Row 1: *K1, P1* to end of row

Row 2: *K1, P1* to end of row

Row 3: *K1, P1* to end of row

Row 4  {button hole row}: *K1, P1* three times, YO, Sl1, K2tog, psso, *K1, P1* to end of row

Repeat Rows 1 & 2 until piece measures 5 in from CO row

{2nd button hole row} *K1, P1* two times, YO, Sl1, K2tog, psso, *K1, P1* to end of row

Continue K1, P1 pattern until piece measures 28″

Bind off

Using embroidery floss, attach button about 1.5″-2″ in from BO row

Weave in ends {you can use that extra long cast on tail to go in and tighten up the button holes if you need to…it’s helpful to have the button attached so you can try it on and see how much tighter they need to be}

Enjoy & go spread the LOVE!!!

Love it, it is so pretty and the colors are amazing.

Gorgeous! That button is beautiful. I can see how it called to you. I am a beginning knitter, but I’m definitely going to try this before Valentine’s Day. Thank you!

I heart this!
Truly lovely…and super that you mixed with other yarn…that makes it so special and so “you”.
….and I heart the little “thread heart” detail in the first image- too cute.

It is just gorgeous!! Love it… thanks for sharing all the details. And doesn’t everyone have a random container of extra buttons? :)

this is so pretty!
thanks for sharing your tutorial :)

So very very yummy ! Thanks for sharing the pattern too !

That is so pretty. Those colors make me think of candy. I don’t know how to knit but if I did I would make one of these!

Beautiful, cozy looking without being too much. Love the soft colors. I too am inspired to crochet one more thing for the season. I found a nice pink and think that will ease me into spring…should it ever arrive.

great work,lovely!

I so wish I was a knitter!

Maegan super cute cowl. I love the knobby texture and the yarn is to die for. Just the right amount of color to help kick the winter blues.

That turned out so nicely! I love the idea of doubling the yarn w/ the thick and thin to make it fluffier and thicker. Mind wheels are turning… 😉

it looks great. beautiful yarn.

Love the colours in the yarn, beautiful and great photos.

That is so pretty! I’m going to have to try making one.

Wonderful, both the scarf and the images! Thanks for sharing the pattern, I’m very bad at knitting but I love knitting scarves and I’ll definitely want to give this one a try! I just hope I’ll be able to “translate” all the American measures and terms.

I love your wonderful blog and I hope to be able to take part in the Creativity Boot Camp in spring, it sounds wonderful!

I love the first photo and the small detail that the thread is in the shape of a heart!

OK. I can’t knit…but now I want to.

I really need to convert the scarf I’ve been working on for the past four months into a cowl … or else my mom is going to be waiting until it’s, like, 90 degrees to wear it as that’s how long it’s going to take me to get a full scarf!

i love love this.

Hello Madeline,

I am doing an interview with Camilla of Magnolia Handspun and would like your permission to use your images. I wanted some pictures of finished products that used Camilla’s yarn and I love your pictures of your Valentine cowl.

Actually, i love ALL your pictures! You take great shots!!!

Would you mind if i took photos of your cowl to use on my blog? I will link the image back to your blog, or to this particular post if you prefer. Please let me know. The interview will go up on Friday, 17th June.

Meanwhile, if you’d like to check out the blog before you agree to anything, here is the address.

Thank you!

With love and blessings,


Love this easy and quick pattern! I’m making it in black and white and it looks great. Thank you!

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