Free Cowl Knitting Pattern
I knitted this cowl with a brick motif to match the Brick Road Seamless Sideways Sweater, but of course it works well on its own. There is also a matching Brick Road Hat.
The cowl features a button closure for a snug fit and stylish look. It is knitted along the long side. This means the length is easy to adjust from the get-go. It features a 2-Color Brick motif.
length 22” (55 cm), height 6” (15 cm)
Skills Required/Techniques Used:
-Knit & purl, cast on & bind off
-Picking up stitches
Materials: KnitPicks Wool of the Andes Worsted Yarn, color Black, 50 g / 100 m (110 yards) - 1 skein. (MC)
Noro (affiliate link) Kureyon [100% wool; 110 yd/101 m per 50g skein] color - 1 skein (CC)
Needles: US 6 (4.0 mm) straight OR SIZE NEEDED TO OBTAIN GAUGE
Notions: 3 buttons 1/2"- 3/4" in diameter, yarn needle.
Gauge in stockinette st: 18 sts x 24 rows = 4” x 4” (10 cm x 10 cm)
Note: For the cowl the gauge is not very important/crutial.
K – knit
P – purl
St – stitch
Sts - stitches
pu&k - pick up and knit
RS – right side
WS – wrong side
MC – main color
CC – contrast color
sl2 wyib - slip 2 with yarn in back
sl2 wyif - slip 2 with yarn in front
k2tog – knit 2 together (right leaning decrease)
bb – button band
All rows - knit
2-Color Brick pattern:
Multiple of 10 plus 6
Row 1 (RS, MC): knit
Row 2 (WS, MC): knit
Row 3 (RS, CC): k 2, *sl2 wyib, k8, repeat from * to last 4 sts, sl2 wyib, k2.
Row 4 (WS, CC): p2, *sl2 wyif, p8, repeat from * to last 2 sts, sl2 wyif, p2.
Row 5 (RS, CC): repeat row 3.
Row 6 (WS, CC): repeat row 4.
Rows 7-10 (MC): knit
Row 11 (RS, CC): k7, *sl2 wyib, k8, repeat from * across ending with k7.
Row 12 (WS, CC): p7, *sl2 wyif, p8, repeat from * across ending with p7.
Row 13 (RS, CC): repeat row 11.
Row 14 (WS, CC): repeat row 12.
Rows 15-18 (MC): knit
Repeat rows 3-18
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The selvedge/edge stitches are worked as follows: slip the first stitch knitwise and purl the last one.
The cowl is worked flat, back and forth and has a button closure. The button band is worked on short sides of the cowl, by picking up stitches.
Cast on 98 sts (multiple of 10 plus 6 plus 2 selvedge sts). If you would like a larger or smaller cowl, add or subtract multiples of 10 sts.
Rows 1-4: sl1, knit to the last st, p1.
Row 5 (RS, CC): sl1, k 2, *sl2 wyib, k8, repeat from * to last 5 sts, sl2 wyib, k2, p1.
Row 6 (WS, CC): sl1, p2, *sl2 wyif, p8, repeat from * to last 5 sts, sl2 wyif, p3.
Row 7 (RS, CC): repeat row 5.
Row 8 (WS, CC): repeat row 6.
Rows 9-12 (MC): sl1, knit to the last st, p1.
Row 13 (RS, CC): sl1, k7, *sl2 wyib, k8, repeat from * to last 8 sts, k7, p1.
Row 14 (WS, CC): sl1, p7, *sl2 wyif, p8, repeat from * to last 8 sts, p8.
Row 15 (RS, CC): repeat row 13.
Row 16 (WS, CC): repeat row 14.
Rows 17-20 (MC): knit
Repeat rows 5-20 two more times.
Rows 53-54: sl1, knit to the last st, p1.
Bind off. Cut yarn.
Button Band (BB)
With the RS facing, pu&k 25 stitches along the left short end of the cowl and work 10 rows in garter stitch. Bind off.
Pu&k 25 sts along the other short end of the cowl and work 10 rows in garter stitch. In Row 6, work the button holes as follows: sl 1 (selvedge st), k3, *yo, k2tog, k7 - repeat from * 1 more time, yo, k2tog, k3, p1 (selvedge st).
Bind off. Cut yarn.
Weave in all yarn ends. Block the working piece. Sew on 3 buttons on the left button band.