Kato Cowl


From the designer

The Kato Cowl was inspired by the element of water, flowing and overlapping, in a gentle current. It features two colorwork motifs, starting with a more challenging motif that requires extra attention to stitch counts, but once you’ve got the main row set up, it’s easy to follow. The second motif, is geometric in structure, making it more intuitive to knit. Both colorwork motifs are a lot of fun to knit, and provide their own special sense of satisfaction.

You'll need


  • US 5 / 3.75 mm size in 16 in. / 40 cm circular needle
  • US 6 / 4 mm size in 16 in. / 40 cm circular needle
  • Two needle sizes are required if your gauge varies between the colorwork and stockinette sections.



  • 3 colours in 250 yards / 230m per 100g


Yarn For Size 1:

  • 300 yds./275 m in Main Colour (MC)
  • 185 yds./170 m in Contrast Colour 1 (CC1) 
  • 75 yds./70 m in Constrast Colour 2 (CC2)


Yarn For Size 2:

  • 465 yds./425 m in Main Colour (MC)
  • 355 yds./320 m in Contrast Colour 1 (CC1)
  • 105 yds./ 95 m in Contrast Colour 2 (CC2)

Need help understanding which yarn to use? See the TOOK yarn guide



  • Stitch markers
  • Darning needle



  • Size 1: Width (flat) 9 in./23 cm; circumference (after seaming): 36 in./91.5 cm
  • Size 2: Width (flat) 9 in./23 cm; circumference (after seaming): 52.5 in./ 133 cm



This cowl starts with the Provisional Cast-On, knit in the round as a tubular cowl, then seamed together using the Kitchener Stitch. This results in a plush, squishy cowl, to the layers formed by the colorwork floats in the inside. And there is no wrong side to this piece! Use your favorite three color combination to knit up this eye-catching cowl during the colder seasons. Available in two lengths, depending on how you like to wear your cowls around your neck.


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