New Pattern: Alicorn Cowl

The latest edition of Knitty just dropped – and I have a new cowl pattern in it!

Alicorn Cowl

The yarn I used for the pattern is June Cashmere laceweight (100% Kyrgyz cashmere) in ‘Silver Bell’. If you haven’t knit with cashmere before, I really recommend- especially for a knit like a cowl. Considering how delicate the skin is around your neck and chest, the buttery softness will be a welcome treat! This super soft cashmere cowl can be knit in two sizes – a smaller single skein version for those that like a simple cowl, and a double version that takes 2 skeins for those that like to double loop their cowl or have more versatility when wearing it.

Single skein version:


Double skein version, worn as a single loop or a doubled up:

The pattern is really very simple, and would be fine for a fairly new knitter as well- there are only four different stitches in the whole thing – knit, purl, yarn over, and slip slip knit (ssk). That’s it! The twists are really just a travelling ssk, so it looks more complex than it really is.

I hope you will help me get the word out about this new free pattern- give it a like on Ravelry, or add it to your queue! There are so many new launches in the fall, it’s hard to see all the amazing patterns that come out around this time of year.

If you are wondering about the name, an alicorn is another word for a unicorn’s horn, and the gentle swirl of stitches on the cowl mimics the appearance of a spiral horn. A luxurious cashmere cowl that has swirls like a unicorn’s horn… what could be more magical than that?

If you are interested in trying out the June Cashmere yarn I used for the pattern, they are offering a $5 shipping discount when you sign up for their newsletter! Always nice to save five bucks where you can.

What do you think of the cowl? Any preference for the single skein or double skein version?


  1. Duni   •  

    It’s lovely! I tend to prefer close neck coverage, so I usually make longer cowls for doubling. Great job on the design.

  2. Loulou   •  

    That is beautiful, Julie. It’s such a pretty pattern and the yarn must feel amazing! Way to go.

  3. Lisa   •  

    I always love looking through Knitty, glad to hear you’re in it this go round. I can’t wait to give this one a try (along with everything else I need to do!)

  4. Stefanie   •  

    You are gorgeous. I can definitely see the unicorn’s horn in your cowl design. Ho’omaka’i on making Knitty!

  5. Urielh7   •  

    Oh! This pattern is gorgeous and I love the yarn you used!!!

  6. Stephanie   •  

    Congratulation, Julie! I am so intrigued with this stitch pattern. You are right–it looks way more complicated than it is. I have a few skeins of Lux Adorna laceweight cashmere in my stash and this seems like a good opportunity to put them to use for the longer cowl. And–most importantly–I now know what an alicorn is! Thanks!

  7. miss agnes   •  

    A gorgeous cowl in laceweight yarn, hooray! I’ll take it double, please, I just love it when I can squeeze soft yarn around my neck. And I have so many laceweight beauties in my stash, it won’t be hard to find the perfect skein for your pattern. Congratulations on this new design and the publication in Knitty.

  8. Melissa Littlefield   •  

    Well done, Julie! Congrats on the new pattern. The cowl is beautiful and has a lovely drape to it.

  9. Meredith MC   •  

    I love the cowl!

  10. Alina   •  

    It’s really lovely, dear Julie!!! Must feel so great to have this luxurious cashmere fabric next to the skin! And it seems like a great mindless knit with just enough details to keep you interested!

  11. Suzanne   •  

    Congrats on the design and thank you for teaching me a new word. I am off to favorite the pattern.

  12. Anna   •  

    Julie, I love this. I think if I made one it would be the double skein version. We are just going into Summer here, but I have added it to my queue and might tackle it in the Autumn.

  13. Tien   •  

    What a beautiful cowl! I am in love with the stitch pattern. I especially like the versatility of the longer version.

  14. Nikki   •  


  15. Nikki   •  

    It is really lovely! I will have to add it to my queue.

  16. Mary Evans   •  

    Hi, KB, I have read the pattern on Ravelry and want to make this cowl. However, I am unfamiliar with one of the words. ‘Spacer’ used 4 times. I am wondering if this is a typo on Ravelry… is ref’d to the needle, and 3 other times. Please advise. Thanks!

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hi Mary,

      Spacer is probably how your browser is interpreting the little bullet point image that uses on their pattern webpages- try a different browser, and that should help!



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