WINTER BULBS – english pattern


‘Winter bulbs cowl’ is an easy pattern for practicing colorwork. It is inspired by my beautiful tulip garden that I plant and cherish every winter. It is knitted in the round with circular needles. You’ll never work with more than 2 colors at the same time, so the chart is very easy to follow. Start by knitting a 2×2 ribbing, then work the chart, and finish with a 2×2 ribbing one more time. Yardage is very much adjusted to 1 ball for the Main Color, so please knit your gauge to make sure you’ll have enough yarn.

Read below for more info.


Level: beginner.

You need to know how to: cast on and cast off, knit in the round, knit and purl.

Size: one size


25 cm high x 26 cm width


16 sts x 18 rows stockinette s in the round = 10 x 10 cm

Recommended needle size

5 mm circular needles (adjust needle if needed to obtain gauge) with 50 cm cable 

+ 4,5 mm circular needles for ribbing


Bitches et Buches Le Coton & Alpaca (50 gr, 90m), 3 balls 1 per color.

IMPORTANT: yardage is very much adjusted so if you work loosely or don’t knit gauge, please add 1 ball of the MC (main color). 

Please note this pattern requires 3 balls so with 3 different colors you can make your very own combination. These are just some examples:


Main Color (MC): off white for the background

Contrast Color 1 (C1): dark green grey for the stem and leaves

Contrast Color 2 (C2): soft orange brown for the flower


Main Color (MC): beige for the background

Contrast Color 1 (C1): dark gold for the stem and leaves

Contrast Color 2 (C2):  rose grey for the flower


Main Color (MC): soft dark grey for the background

Contrast Color 1 (C1): light grey blue for the stem and leaves

Contrast Color 2 (C2):  off white for the flower


scissors, stitch markers, tapestry needle

If you have any questions while knitting this pattern, you can drop me an email: and I will be happy to help.

Please note that this pattern is for personal use only and it is not allowed to copy or share this pattern.

You are very welcome to share your knitting on Instagram, please use the hashtag #winterbulbscowl and tag me @mimosacafelanar so I can see it!


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