Pattern: Bukhara Cowl

Originally published for Knit Picks yarn company.

Legend has it that the beauty of the Kalayan Minaret, in Bukhara, Uzbekistan, is so inspiring that it was the only structure spared by Genghis Khan when he razed the city in the thirteenth century. Looking at it today, it is not difficult to see why this might be true. From its base to the top of its rotunda – approximately 150ft - section upon section of intricate detailing covers the exterior. One of these beautiful sections lent itself particularly well to the mosaic knitting technique, and inspired me to design this cowl.


  • Approximately 8” high, 24” circumference

Skill requirements

  • Long-tail cast-on
  • Knitting, purling
  • Working in the round
  • Chart reading
Instructions for mosaic knitting are given in the pattern.

Materials needed

  • Yarn: Fingering weight, as follows:
    • Main colour: Approximately 150 yards - model used Knit Picks "Capretta", 80% fine merino wool/10% cashmere/10% nylon, 230yds/50g, colour Black
    • Contrast colour: Approximately 100 yards - model used "Capretta", colour Fairy Tale
  • Needles: 
    • 2.5mm circular needle, 20" long
    • 2.75mm circular needle, 20" long
  • Stitch marker, or whatever you use to mark for beginning of rounds


  • 26 sts and 52 rows (26 chart rows) to 4” in mosaic knitting chart pattern, after blocking

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