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Tale as Old as Time cowl pattern

Tale as Old as Time is a tubular, knit-in-the-round, cowl that uses 800 to 1000 yards of fingering weight yarn.


Tale as Old as Time is inspired by the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast. The design is simple as can be: a stockinette tube, which takes advantage of one of the simplest and most enjoyable ways to knit with self-striping yarn: stockinette stitch in the round, allowing you to enjoy the magic of the color changes that happen automatically and encouraging you to knit just one more stripe.


While a stockinette tube cowl can easily be knit without a pattern, I’ve devised several simple strategies to make the finishing work as easy as the knitting: The cowl starts with the easiest of all provisional cast-on methods: Judy's Magic Cast-On; and both ends of the tube are closed and then joined with garter stitch, so that only half of the stitches need to be grafted in the end.

Yarn requirements

800 to 1000 yards of fingering weight yarn

The pattern was created with Must Stash's mega-size fingering weight self-striping yarn in mind, but it can be easily knit with any two matching skeins of fingering weight yarn (800 to 1000 yards in total).

Finished size

7 1/2 inches wide when flat, and 56 inches in circumference

Skill level ⭐️⭐️

Adventurous beginner or intermediate

To knit Tale as Old as Time, you will need to be able to:

  • Cast on with a provisional cast-on

  • Knit

  • Follow instructions for a three-needle decrease

  • Graft stitches with kitchener stitch

This pattern has been tech-edited and test knit. See all Tale as Old as Time projects on Ravelry.