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Meringue Hand Knitted Cowl. Free Pattern for Kids and Adult

Thank you so much everyone for interest in this pattern. If you are not familiar with brioche knitting, learn Brioche knitting basics and beyond with Faina Goberstein during this knitting webinar available HERE.

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As lightweight and delicate as the perfect meringue dessert, this cowl makes for a most enjoyable treat. Luxurious and chic, versatile and playful, this delicacy of a cowl is hand-knitted in a blend of baby alpaca and mulberry silk (but can be made in other yarns as well). The cowl features an airy stitch Fisherman’s rib pattern and adorned with crocheted band. Stretchy, cozy, and generously sized, it has a beautiful drape, and can be looped around your neck twice for extra warmth. Treat yourself of a loved one to this delightful fall, winter, and spring accessory.

This pattern is available for download for FREE >>>

Download: meringue_cowl_2nd_edition.pdf
Updated: December 19, 2011
Size: 5.1 MiB


The cowl made in Large/adult size and shown on size 12 Child dress form for reference.


Small/toddler (Medium/child, Large/adult)

Approx. 5.5 (8, 10)”/14 (20, 25.4) cm wide by 40 (46, 56)”/102 (117, 142) cm in circumference


Debbie Bliss Andes (65% Baby Alpaca, 35% Mulberry Silk; 1.75 oz (50 g)/110 yds (100 m)): #370002 off white – 2 (3, 4) hanks.

* This pattern involves both, knit and crochet skills.

4 pages, 3 pictures

Meringue Pages

Please read and follow my copyright info. THANK YOU! Also, this pattern has not been tech edited, so if you  find any  mistakes or typos,  please let me know and I will fix it.



All the best and lots of love to You and your family,
Alla Koval

67 Responses to Meringue Hand Knitted Cowl. Free Pattern for Kids and Adult

  1. 1
    Leslie says:

    Thank You Alla- Merry Christmas to you and your family and a Happy and Blessed New Year

  2. 2
    Kellie says:

    Beautiful, as always!!

  3. 3
    Joanie carter says:

    I love it merry christmas

  4. 4
    Lisa says:

    Oh Alla!!! Thank You!!! It is beautiful!
    Merry Christmas to you and your family :)

  5. 5
    Mary from Australia says:

    This is gorgeous…love the crochet detail. A very generous offer from you! Merry, Merry Christmas , &, Happy New Year!

  6. 6
    Marcela says:

    Thank you Alla!
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family.

  7. 7
    judy orrego says:

    Beautiful Alla! ;) Merry Christmas <3<3<3

  8. 8
    Bettie says:

    Thank you so much for the beautiful pattern. I can’t wait to work it up.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  9. 9
    Bethany says:

    Thank you Alla. This is another gorgeous design.

  10. 10
    Lorraine says:


    What a lovely Christmas present you have given to us!!

    Have a Blessed Christmas and a Happy Healthy New Year to you and your beautiful family!!

  11. 11
    sandy says:

    Thank you so much for the pattern. They are always beautiful and fun. I wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and the very best of the New Year.

  12. 12
    TJ says:

    I love the Meringue Hand Knitted Cowl. Free Pattern for Kids and Adult but I am not able to download the pdf. Can you email it to me or give me instructions the pdf logo will not take me to the pattern.
    Thanks and Merry Chirstmas

  13. 13
    TJ says:

    Wow I found the right link, sorry and thanks for the pattern I will enjoy making and wearing it.

  14. 14
    Ania says:

    Lovely, as always.
    Merry Christmas!!!

  15. 15
    Debbie says:

    Dear Alla,
    Thank you for the beautiful pattern! Merry Christmas & a Blessed New Year to you and your family!

  16. 16
    Diana says:

    Thank you Alla, it’s a beautiful cowl. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family.

  17. 17
    Lauren says:

    Beautiful scarf! Having trouble downloading the pattern though…

  18. 18
    Alla says:

    Thank you so much ladies!! I’m so glad you like it! You are very Welcome!!

  19. 19
    Maria Rivera says:

    I love your design and although I havent knitted in a while I’m going to try and knit this scarf. Im pretty much a beginner but Im going to try my best to follow the directions. The only question I have is about the abbreviation MC, I thought it meant main color but since this pattern only uses one color, I wasnt sure if Im correct?

  20. 20
    Karen says:

    I cannot wear alpaca or any wool products can you recommend another type of yarn that would work well with this pattern. I want to make it. It is so beautiful!

  21. 21
    Barb says:

    I was starting to make the meringue scarf, but I’m not sure what you mean by purlwise on the instructions. Could you help me. Barb

  22. 22
    Laurie says:

    This is gorgeous! One question though, for the Fisherman’s Rib section, how many stiches do you recommend to cast on for the adult size? The same 44 from Row 2 of the body?

  23. 23
    Monique says:

    This is just absolutely breathtaking. I love it so much! I have question. In your opinion would any DK weight yarn work in place of Debbie Bliss’ Andes? I love the yarn but for Valentines day my mom and sister bought me some lovely super soft Plymouth baby alpaca. What do you think?

  24. 24
    Amy says:

    I love this pattern! I am just wondering if the picture on the dress form in the upper left corner is just a smaller size?? I am new to knitting and can’t picture how the long scarf would wrap into the view on the dress form on the top left. Thank you!!!

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    Lauren says:


    Your fisherman’s rib pattern is unlike any other fisherman’s rib pattern I’ve ever seen. I’m having a lot of trouble getting it right. Can you please share a video of your fisherman’s rib pattern in the Meringue Hand Knitted Cowl?

    Thank you!

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    Magdalena says:

    looks wonderfully snuggly and gorgeous! thanks a million for your generosity x

  27. 27
    Алла says:

    Если есть, где-то русское описание буду признательна. Спасибо за все Ваши работы, благодаря Вам взяла в руки крючок.

  28. 28
    Deb says:

    Love the pattern! Using Debbie bliss cashmere! So lovely . But the edge looks messy. I slip purl wise last stitch and then knit first stitch next row. is that right, any suggestions? Thanks :)

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    Pilar says:

    What a fabulous pattern! I am new to knitting and was hoping you could clarify how many stitches to cast on for an adult size? Thanks. I’m excited to knit this up but want to make sure I get it right!

  30. 30
    Roxy says:

    is there another way to download this pattern? the download isn’t working. I would really like to try this pattern and appreciate all the comments, it should help me too!

    Thank you

  31. 31
    melinda says:

    urget response needed trying to finish for Christmas! I’m trying to finish this off for a friend of mine who does not crochet. the last of the directions when it says finishing “with RS of band facing, sew Band to RS of body Facing ( do not twist)” 1) Does this mean to sew it to the other end of the body and if so how do you deep it centered the other end is now smaller because of the crochet work.
    2) 2nd finishing Band edging sounds as if you do this after you sew this together is this correct?

    • Alla says:


      I’m not sure what you meant here: “and if so how do you deep it centered the other end is now smaller because of the crochet work.” But below are my try to explain how to attach Band:

      1. Both shorter edges of Body are equal and 12 (18, 22) sts each. Band is worked along first short edge: sc in each st = 12 (18, 22) sc and then sew to second, which is also 12 (18, 22) sts. So all ends are the same widh.

      2. Yes, second finishing Band edging is worked after sewing first one.

      • Gigi says:

        Wow u got to the band maybe you can explain the directions for the fisherman rib to me. I don’t get all the brackets and parenthesis.

  32. 32
    Linda Hosein says:

    I must be doing something wrong. When I increase to 44 stitches and then begin the fisherman pattern with the YO it becomes 66 stitches. Then at the end when I decrease it gives me 33 stitches, not 22. Please tell me where I’m going wrong! I love this and have given 2 as “unfinished IOU” Christmas gifts.

  33. 33
    Maya says:

    Thank you!!!

  34. 34
    Anna says:

    I’ve just found your stunning pattern for the Meringue Knitted Cowl. I have done fishermans rib for some slippers but this is different. I’ve been trying to find a version on you tube as I’m having trouble working it out. Do you know if there is a video out there that would show me how to do it?
    Christchurhc, NZ

  35. 35
    Merritt says:

    I wouldn’t call this a fishermans rib stitch, more Ike the brioche stitch. The way the pattern explains row 3 of the fishermans stitch is unlike any other fishermans rib I’ve seen, but I might be reading it wrong. For those who are confused about this pattern, try you tubing the brioche stitch!

  36. 36
    Nicole says:

    Hi anyone and everyone who can help a girl out… I’m having some issues with the Meringue Hand Knitted/ Crocheted Cowl. I am trying to figure out what it means in the Fisherman’s Rib about yo. I know yo means yarn over, but I’ve tried the yo I am used to and it isn’t turning out right.

    And can someone please please please help me decode what this means in simple terms.. I’m a basic knitter and I thought I understood but after trying this part 5 times, I am about to give up. I really like this cowl and would love to figure it out! [K1 tog with yo from the previous row (knit the stitch that was slipped in the previous row together with its yarn over), yo, sl 1 purlwise] across.

    Also after I finish that Row 3 of the fisherman’s rib.. I go back to row 1 and work through again until I get 54′ since I am making the largest cowl, right?

    Sorry, I am kind of self taught and I have a really really hard time when the pattern includes special stitches or patterns that are not in one continuous pattern.

    THANK YOU!!!

  37. 37
    sandrA says:

    I am starting the pattern but not sure what to start on…does it start with fishermans Rib and if so how many do I cast on it doesn’t say. Unless I cannot read…please help I am a newby, usually crochet thought I would try knitting.

  38. 38
    sandra says:

    I am new to this knitting and cannot figure out where to start on the pattern. Start with the fisher rib and if so how many cast on stitches? how long to you keep going for?

    • Meghan says:

      Start where the pattern is explaining the Body of the cowl. Cast on the amount of stitches you need and then work rows 1&2.
      After those two rows, you’ll start with the Fisherman’s Rib, which is explained above the Body section. Work in Fisherman’s rib for the length you need and then go back to the body section and start where it says Next Row…
      Hope this helps!

      • sandra says:

        Thanks Meghan, I have done what you said but the fisherman’s rib is not working properly, I think. It doesn’t look right. I do the knit one together with last slip stich (so is this basically K2?)then I do yo sl 1 purlwise.

  39. 39
    Paige says:

    Hi Alla,
    I love this pattern and am trying to make one as a Christmas gift but it’s not turning out correctly. The fishermans rib is not looking like it should. I am knitting one together. With my yo and slip stitch then yo and sl1 purl wise but it’s just not working. Is there anyway you could post a video of this technique so I can see where I am messing up.

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    Gigi says:

    O my I need help with this can’t figure out the fisherman rib obviously it is not a reg fishetman rib pattern seems to have some lace aspects to it and I just can’t follow the pattetn. The way it is written is ver confusing. Is there a video of this particular pattern somewhere?

  41. 41
    Alla says:

    Gigi, why not to knit this cowl with fisherman rib method you know and comfortable with? To find more lessons/tips/methods/etc. just google it: https://www.google.com/search?q=fisherman+knitting&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a#hl=en&client=firefox-a&hs=ilo&tbo=d&rls=org.mozilla:en-US%3Aofficial&sclient=psy-ab&q=fisherman+rib+pattern+knitting&oq=fisherman+rib+pattern+knitting&gs_l=serp.3..0i30j0i8i30l2j0i8i7i30.38030.42052.0.42459.…1c.1.Hn7PpejobDE&pbx=1&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_cp.r_qf.&bvm=bv.1357700187,d.cGE&fp=3b1af66ea76495ea&biw=1920&bih=915

    I bet you can find TONS of videos on Youtube how to knit fishermans rib. I do not produce videos, sorry.

    • Linda says:

      I tried the fisherman rib pattern in the link you suggested but still do not get the lacy look. I cannot find any fisherman rib pattern that will give me the lacy look like the scarf. I even tried larger needles with no luck. Can anyone help?

  42. 42
    Misty says:

    I have attempted this three times now and each time it comes to the fisherman’s part the counts don’t add up. I’m positive I’m doing something wrong. I am a pro at crochet and not at all a novice at knit, I also use google well. It seems that you don’t just knit the first two together at row 3 of fisherman’s? You have to remember where the right stitches are but then the count is off. grrr!!! Beautiful design! I guess it’s not for me though :(

  43. 43
    susan jones says:

    I have knitted all my life and don’t like a pattern to beat me,but this fishermans rib pattern is sending me crazy.I cannot understand what I am doing wrong,Ilove the look of the pattern,can someone who has achieved this please contact me to explain to me what I am doing wrong!!

  44. 44
    Savanna says:

    Is there a way to use only knitting in this pattern?

  45. 45
    Amy says:

    Hi All,
    I was just skimming through the comments and was actually kind of glad to hear that some were as confused as I was when I started this project.

    First, like most of you, I found this Fisherman’s rib to be unlike any tutorial I could find. I had dropped a stitch and while researching how to fix it came across the Brioche Stitch, which I think most closely resembles this pattern. The only difference is that this pattern calls for you to begin with a knit stitch and the Brioche stitch begins with the yo. I am making two of these I am going to try the second one in Brioche. I too think the edges look a little sloppy and am hoping using Brioche fixes that. I can post pics if anyone wants me to when I finish both to compare. Good luck everyone!

  46. 46
    Cindy says:

    Can’t wait to give this one a try. It may have to be a joint project with my mom since I don’t crochet but I bet she’ll be happy to help. Thanks for sharing such a delicious pattern for free.

  47. 47
    Rachel says:

    Hey everyone! I was having a hard time with getting this pattern to work. After reading Amy’s post above about the brioche stitch, I googled how to brioche knit and the above directions made so much more sense. The best you tube video I found is from knitting freedom, how to brioche knit continental style. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmBKKKmQuEQ
    I am doing it exactly as in the video and I am coming out with a beautiful, airy fabric like in the above pictures. Hope this helps.

  48. 48
    Cindy says:

    I am having a very difficult time with the Band. I am not much of a crocheter, but, I have figured out the stitches. In the beginning of the band, I assume that I slip the loop from the Body (after binding off) onto the crochet hook and begin following directions from Row 1 through Row 5. Then, for Row 6 I work the reverse crab stitch onto Row 5 w/o turning. Ok, then how do I sew the Band to the Body when I’ve already got a finished edge with the reverse crab stitch? It doesn’t make sense to me that you sew the other end of the Main Cowl to the finished edge of the band, unless I sew it on the underneath (WS) so the end is free? I’m very confused here, unless I’m supposed to make the band and then sew it on both ends to the main cowl? Can you help me figure this out?

  49. 49
    Rachel says:

    I am stuck on the band. I understand row 1 and row 2 but I do not understand row 3. I am a complete novice when it comes to crochet. Could someone explain in simple terms what rows 3 -5 mean? Thanks

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  51. 51
    Diane Roettger says:

    Love this pattern, but I am having trouble with the Fisherman Rib Pattern. Could you please provide a video?

    Thank You So Much!


    • Alla says:

      Hi Diane,

      I work on updated to this pattern and will release updated version this week. This pattern stitch is also called brioche knitting. Updated version will be included very detailed description and link to video class by expert in brioche knitting. Please check my blog late this week for updated pattern. Thank you!

  52. 52
    Alla says:

    Thank you so much everyone for interest in this pattern. If you are not familiar with brioche knitting, learn Brioche knitting basics and beyond with Faina Goberstein during this knitting webinar available here: http://www.interweavestore.com/beginning-brioche-knitting

  53. 53
    Caroline says:

    Hello Alla,
    Do you also have some video for the crochet ? I have a hard time to understand the band crochet. Usually, if you crochet, you have to crochet from right to left. But on the first row, it seems we have to crochet from left to right? Is that ok?
    Thank you very much!

    • Alla says:

      Hi Caroline,

      my apologies for the delay with respond. I do not have videos, but it’s easy to answer your question. If you meant this part: Row 1: With RS facing, working
      along Row 1 of Band from left to right in free loops, ch 1, reverse sc in each st across. Fasten off. – here Row 1 is row of REVERSE SC, which is worked from left to right. Please just goodle “reverse sc” and you will find so many videos how to crochet that stitch.

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