Pattern drop: The Puzzlewood Cowl

by Isabella

Posted on February 17, 2020

Introducing the Puzzlewood Cowl! Inspired by mossy, gnarled old trees in a magical forest and named after the same forest J.R.R. Tolkien drew his inspiration for Fangorn, Mirkwood and Lothlorien from, the Puzzlewood Cowl is a simple to make statement piece- that rolled turtle neck, that split shoulder, that texture!– that will keep you nice and cozy and looking fiiinnne!

You can find the printable pattern PDF, with lots of helpful photos and diagrams, in my Ravelry and Etsy shops!

So here’s everything you need to know about the Puzzlewood (wanna watch instead of read? Here’s the pattern drop video!)

Materials Needed:

2 skeins of Plymouth Yarns Merino Textura in “0011/Olive”, or roughly 456 yds of a similar worsted weight yarn

H/5.0 mm crochet hook

I/5.5 mm crochet hook


Yarn needle

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

Finished Measurements:

Before blocking: 24″ at bottom circumference, 20″ at top circumference, 10″ tall

After blocking: 30″ at bottom circumference, 21″ at top circumference, 11″ tall

plymouth yarns merino textura in olive shadow (for the puzzlewood cowl)

The unique texture of this pattern is achieved mainly by the unusual thick/thin texture of the Merino Textura yarn from Plymouth Yarns used in the design. I ordered mine from (here’s a link to get your 1st order at a discount!), but I think they currently out of stock. Here’s a few other places you can find the Merino Textura online: option 1, option 2, option 3. I highly recommend that yarn (the color I used “olive shadow” if you’re hoping to replicate that same “mossy tree” look. Or you can check out for some additional yarn suggestions. You could use a “regular” worsted weight yarn instead, but the nubby, thick/thin variation in the texture will be lost!

the puzzlewood cowl from bella's custom crochets

Here’s some tester photos to give you a little more yarn inspo! All of them used various “regular” worsted weight yarns without the thick/thin detail and I think they all still look incredible! (credits: @aquietmidnight , @aquarius_make , @mjarpisoler , @cottontailandcrystal )

pattern tester photos for the puzzlewood cowl (bella's custom crochets)

The cowl is worked from the bottom up. The bottom section will be worked flat to achieve the split at the left shoulder. You will then join the two pieces (with a slight overlap) and work in the round for the remainder of the cowl.

This cowl is designed to be worn folded over turtle neck style, but since you can try it on as go, you can easily adjust the length to your liking! It’s perfect for the end of the winter, and to transition you into spring (anyone else itching to get outside, no matter how windy it may be!?).

the puzzlewood cowl from bella's custom crochets

I love a good knit-knock off, and this faux-knit one-by-one ribbing front and back post double crochet stitches does NOT disappoint! I have a tutorial here on the blog on how to work the Front and Back Post Double Crochet stitches, as well as a step-by-step tutorial video on my YouTube channel if you’d prefer to have me literally talk you through it!

I hope you enjoy making the Puzzlewood Cowl!

SHARING IS CARING! I would love to see your Puzzlewood Cowl! Follow along with me on Instagram– & tag me in your finished pieces! Or use #puzzlewoodcowl & #fiberandfoxmakes so we all can enjoy your new cowl along with you!

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