Taaniko Colorwork Cowls Pattern Release Round Up

Today sees the launch of a fun new design project of mine, the Taaniko Colorwork Cowls!

One pattern. Five different choices. Infinite Creativity.

Taaniko cowls is a design where YOU get to chose which stitch pattern you wish to use for your special cowl. There are five different stitch motifs in this pattern, each based off of the main design types found in taaniko (traditional Maaori weaving). Each motif has it’s own meaning, which is covered in the pattern. Accessible to first time colorwork knitters, and fun for stranded knitting fans, there’s something for all knitters here.

As these cowls are pretty quick knits and hard to put down, they make great gifts for the winter season or a handy emergency knit when the weather turns cold all of a sudden.

Can you knit all five versions?


  • DK/8-ply

  • Blue Sky Fibers Woolstok (100% Fine Highland Wool ; 150g / 370yds / 338m).

  • MC yarn: 50g (125 yds./115 m) of No. 1303 Highland Fleece.

  • BC yarn: 6g of No. 1305: October Sky, No. 1320: Spring Ice, No. 1318: Thermal Spring, No. 1308: Golden Meadow, No. 1309: Earth Ivy, No. 1306: Wild Thyme. 36g (90 yds./80 m) total used.

  • Substitution Info: a wool base is best for this type of project. I highly encourage you to get creative with the colorway combinations! In my sample I used six different colorways for the motif using mini hanks which may not be accessible - so use a variegated or gradient yarn to have some fun.


  • US 8 / 5 mm size or size needed to obtain gauge on a 24 in./60 cm circular needle.


  • 20 sts x 26 rows per 4 in./10 cm in St. st with suggested needle size and after blocking.


  • Darning/tapestry needle.

  • Stitch marker

Check out the work done by the test knitters in the motif they chose! Click on the image to be taken to their project page on Ravelry.

Aronui Motif

Aramoana Motif

KumAra Motif

PAAtikitiki Motif

Whakarua Kopito Motif