Pauline Wayne

In Cowls, Fingering weight yarn, Patterns, Shop sample available by Shannon

The path to naming this cowl is long and winding, and I won’t bore you with all of the details. Suffice it to say that Pauline Wayne was a cow. In fact, according to Wikipedia, she was perhaps the most famous Holstein ever, as she was the official presidential pet to the 27th President of the United States, President William Howard Taft. Pauline Wayne lived and grazed on the White House lawn and provided milk for the first family. Unfortunately, she was the last presidential pet cow. The coloring on this cowl reminded me of a Holstein’s coloring, so naming this piece after a trailblazing cow was a no-brainer.


  • Finished Measurements: One loop: 21″ circumference, 11″ tall. Two loops: 62″ circumference, 11″ tall.
  • Yarn: 365 (840) yards total fingering-weight yarn, approximately 1/2 used for each color A and color B. I used Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light, colorways Antler (color A) and Logwood (color B).
  • Needles: US4/3.5mm needle for circular knitting (24” or 32” is recommended for double loop), or size needed to get gauge.
  • Notions: stitch markers, tapestry needle.
  • Gauge: 24 sts = 4”/10 cm in stockinette stitch, measured after blocking.