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Fire & Ice Cowl

During the depths of winter, I love the contrast between the icy-cold outside and our cozy hearth. Fire and ice go together in the best of ways and this cowl showcases how these opposites attract. Knit from the bottom up and broken into four panels, the cowl will keep you occupied without requiring tons of attention. The fire motif is a simple lace pattern (requiring only yarn overs and a k2tog decrease); the ice motif is a simple cable pattern with a cross every few rows. If you’d like to make the cowl slightly larger or even triple its original size, modification options are also included with the pattern. Pattern instructions are both charted and written.


This listing is for a PDF dowload of the pattern only.



Size: 10.75” wide x 7.75” high


Needles: US size 4 (3.5mm) with a cord long enough for cowl circumference or modified magic loop (24” or 40”). You can use long DPNs if you don’t want to use magic loop.


Notions: stitch markers, cable needle, tapestry needle


Gauge in stockinette:

22 sts and 31 rows in 4”


Suggested Yarn: Georgia Rustic Wool 100% Gulf Coast Native. 178yds/40z. Or a worsted weight yarn of your choice. 1 skein (includes swatch yarn). Sample is Georgia Rustic Wool 100% Gulf Coast Native, 2-ply.



  • Stretchy Longtail Cast On
  • Working lace (K2tog, yo)
  • Knitting through the back loop (tbl)
  • Knitting in the round
  • Using a cable needle


Acknowledgements: The Fire and Ice Panels have been adapted from the “Candle Flame” and “Marrow” patterns created by Elaine Lyons and available on her website I’d like to send out a huge thank you to the test knitters: Cheryl, Megan, and Courtney! And special thanks to Joanne Maki of Georgia Rustic Wool for providing yarn support for the pattern development.

Fire & Ice Cowl

    • You will need to download a copy of Adobe or another PDF reader to view your file.
    • Patterns are instant, digital PDF downloads and are, unfortunately, not eligible for refunds. 
    • If you have any problems with the file, please email me at knittingthestash(at)
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