Turing Cowl


Turing Cowl takes its name from Alan Turing: a pioneering mathematician and computer scientist often regarded as the father of theoretical computer science and artificial intelligence, as well as a queer figure who serves as a reminder of the loss that discrimination creates.

Turing Cowl is a variable yarn weight pattern worked in the round, with no seams. It uses only knit and purl stitches to achieve its beautiful, subtle, chaotic texture.

  • In fingering weight yarn, the pattern produces a delicate close-fitting neck gaiter or headband
  • In DK / sportweight yarn the pattern produces a cozy, loose fitting cowl
  • In aran weight yarn the pattern produces a snuggly oversized cowl that also works as a snood

Turing Cowl is my first collaboration with indie dyer The Wee Yarn Company.

Recommended Yarn

This pattern works for a wide variety of yarns, from fingering weight / sock yarn to aran weight.

  • Fingering weight sample knit with The Wee Yarn Company’s Yaldi Yak Sock in Jaffa Cake
  • DK weight sample knit with The Wee Yarn Company’s Agnes DK in No Teal No Shade
  • Aran weight sample knit with The Wee Yarn Company’s Bonnie BFL Aran in Pastel Goth

This pattern is available on Ravelry for €5.00  

Yarn kits for this pattern are available at The Wee Yarn Company:


Non-variegated, subtly variegated or subtly speckled yarn
Fingering weight / sock yarn DK or sport weight yarnAran weight yarn
Pattern as based on recommended gauges result in these final measurements
44cm / 17.5” circumference
32cm / 12.5″ tall
62cm / 24.5” circumference
37cm / 14.5” tall
77cm / 30.5” circumference
42cm / 16.5” tall
Recommended needles or size to obtain gauge
3mm / US 3 / UK 11 40cm / 16” or 80cm / 32″ (for magic loop) circular needles (or size to obtain gauge)4mm / US 6 / UK 8 40-60cm / 16-24” circular needles (or size to obtain gauge)5mm / US 8 / UK 6 60cm / 24” circular needles (or size to obtain gauge)
Per 10cm / 4” after blocking.

Gauge is not critical in this project – the pattern can easily be knit on a variety of yarn weights from fingering weight and thicker.

29 stitches x 36 rows in stockinette20 stitches x 28 rows in stockinette16 stitches x 20 rows in stockinette
Based on recommended gauge

~250 m / 275yds

~225-275 m / 250-300yds

~300 m / 330yds