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Signs of Spring: Tulip Fever Cowl

Longing for spring but still knitting for winter? Cast on Olga Putano’s generous cowl and knit yourself a warm and dreamy bouquet.

Olga Putano Feb 12, 2024 - 2 min read

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Olga Putano’s bold, graphic Tulip Fever Cowl says, “Welcome, Spring!” even when temperatures are still frosty. Photo by Gale Zucker

Olga Putano chose a bright, geometric floral design to bring spring freshness to your needles and your wardrobe. The crisp and modern motif is worked in a wool/alpaca blend that will keep you warm until tulips finally push through the snow. The pattern includes a clever, decorative colorwork column that hides the jog between rounds of different colors.

Woman in gray knitted cowl with blue, pink, and green flowers, standing in front of a red barn

Yarn Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light (50% super fine alpaca/50% Peruvian wool; 144 yd (133 m)/50 g; DK weight): MC #4209 Moonshadow, 2 skeins; CC1 #42193 Starry Night Mix, CC2 #4267 Orchid, and CC3 #4277 Peat Mix, 1 skein each. Note: Each CC uses less than 70 yd (64 m).
Needles Size 4 (3.5 mm), size 2 (2.75 mm), and size 1 (2.5 mm): 16" (40 cm) circular needles. Adjust needle sizes if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions Markers (m); tapestry needle; scrap yarn.
Gauge 24 sts and 28 rows = 4" (10 cm) in colorwork pattern on largest needles, blocked.
Finished Size 22¾" (58 cm) circumference and 17½" (44.5 cm) tall.

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Olga Putano is the author of Only Yoking, a collection of circular-yoke sweater designs, and dozens of patterns for colorwork and simple knits with dainty details. Originally from Ukraine, she lives in the Northeastern United States. Find her online at

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