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Free Knitting and Crochet Patterns from Elaine Phillips

Biker’s Cowl / Dickie

Difficulty level: ** Easy

Free Cowl Knitting Pattern. Free Dickie Knitting Pattern.

Size: one size

Skills Required/Techniques Used:

-Knit & purl, cast on & bind off

-Increasing: make 1 (m1)

-Working in the round on double pointed or circular needles

Ecological Wool by Cascade (affiliate link) Yarns bulky weight yarn (100% wool), 478 yards (437 meters)/250 grams (8.82 ounces), color 8061 Taupe – 0.5 skein.

US # 9 [5.5 mm] 21" [52 mm] circular needle or dpn OR SIZE NEEDED TO OBTAIN GAUGE

Gauge for stockinette st: 16 sts x 24 rows = 4" x 4" (10 x 10 cm)

Notions: 5 stitch markers, tapestry needle

Pattern Notes:

1x1 Rib in rounds:

All rounds: *1k, 1p - repeat from * around

Stockinette St in rounds:
All rounds – knit

Garter St in rounds:
Round 1: knit
Round 2: purl

Repeat 2 rounds


k - knit
p - purl
st, sts - stitch, stitches
pm - place marker

sm - slip marker
m1 (Make 1 increase) - I used the increase described by Elizabeth Zimmerman: Make a backward loop over the right-hand needle and in the next row knit (purl) it as a regular stitch.

Short overview of the pattern:

The cowl is worked from the top down in rounds without seams. First it's worked in 1x1 rib pattern, then in stockinette with increases before and after 4 marked stitches.


Cast on 72 st, join and continue to work in rounds, take care not to twist the stitches. Place a marker at the beginning of the round, make sure this marker differs from the other 4 markers you'll need later. Slip marker while working.
Work 1x1 Rib (k 1, p 1) for 42 rounds.
Round 43: K 10, (m 1, pm, k 1, m 1, k 17) 3 times, m 1, pm, k 1, m 1, k 7 = 80 sts
Round 44 and all even rounds: knit
Round 45 and all odd rounds: slip the beginning marker, *knit till the next marker, m1, sm, k1, m1 - repeat from * 4 times, knit to the end of the round. Thus in every odd row the number of sts increases by 8.

Repeat rounds 43-44 twenty more times. After round 83 the number of sts is 240.
Round 85: knit

Round 86: purl.

Repeat rounds 85-86 one more time.
Bind off.

Weave in all yarn ends. Block the cowl.


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