The Dwarrowdelf is another name for the Mines of Moria in the Lord of the Rings. I chose this name for this pattern, because the geometric colorwork design reminded me of the many geometric designs found in the architecture of Moria in many Tolkien illustrators depictions of this dwarven realm and in the Lord of the Rings Films directed by Peter Jackson. The Dwarrodelf Cowl is a fun and easy colorwork cowl pattern that provides many options for customization and stash busting. It includes two colorwork charts, one with two colors and one with three. You can work the whole cowl with one of these charts or mix and match them, as I did! It is perfect for using up scraps from previous projects, which is what I did when designing the cowl, as you can see from the pattern photos. I hope you have fun with this one, and I can’t wait to see all your wonderful versions!

Dwarrowdelf Cowl

  • Measurements (easily modifiable)
    Depth - 13in. (33cm) 
    Circumference - 21in. (53.5cm)


    23 sts x 25 rows = 4in (10cm) in stockinette colorwork pattern after blocking


    Sample uses 
    1 skein of Kenyarn DK (231yds 211m, 100g) MC - “Wheel of Fortune”

    1/2 skein or less of each for contrast colors  
    CC1 - Kenyarn DK - “Desert Highway” 
    CC2 - Magpie Fibers Swanky DK - “501’s” 
    CC3 - Magpie Fibers Swanky DK - “Boyfriend Jeans” 
    CC4 - Magpie Fibers Swanky DK - “In The Navy”

    (Note: I did not use full skeins of any of these, so these yardage estimates are very generous.)


    To substitute, use

    1 skein DK weight yarn - 230 yds/210 m

    ~ 1/2 skein DK weight yarn for each contrast color



    US 4 (3.5mm) 24” circular needles or size needed to obtain gauge



    1 stitch marker


    tapestry needle

    blocking supplies


    When you purchase this pattern, you will receive the pattern as a PDF file.

    Copyright October 2020, all rights reserved.