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Chevron Cowl

Difficulty level: ** Easy

Free Cowl Knitting Pattern

The cowl is worked back and forth in a garter stitch chevron pattern with stripes of contrast color yarn to emphasize the pattern. It features a back seam.

Skills Required/Techniques Used:
-Knit & purl, cast on & bind off
-Decreasing: knit 2 together (k2tog); slip, slip, knit (ssk); slip 1 st, knit the next 2 sts together, then pass slipped st over (sk2p)
-Increasing: make 1 (m1)

Size: about 6" (15 cm) high and 20" (50 cm) circumference length

Materials: Rowan (affiliate link) Felted Tweed Chunky super bulky weight yarn 55 yards (50 meters) / 50 gr, color 282 Midnight - 2 balls (MC)
Small amount of contrast color yarn of the same weight for the stripes. I used... (CC)

Needles: straight US 10.5 (6.5 mm) OR SIZE NEEDED TO OBTAIN GAUGE

Gauge: 12 sts x 24 rows = 4" x 4" (10cm x 10cm) in garter st.

- Yarn/tapestry needle

K – knit
P – purl
k2tog - knit 2 sts together
ssk – slip, slip, knit
sk2p - Slip next stitch, knit 2 together, then pass slipped stitch over.
St, sts – stitch, stitches
RS – right side
WS – wrong side
m1 - - (Make 1 increase) - Make a backward loop over the right-hand needle and in the next row knit (purl) it as a regular stitch.
MC – main color
CC – contrast color

Pattern Notes:

The selvedge/edge stitches are worked here as follows: slip the first stitch and purl the last one.

Short Overview of the Pattern:

The cowl is knitted back and forth. The cowl features a seam at the back. The cowl is worked in the garter stitch chevron pattern, with the contrast color narrow stripes to emphasize the pattern.


On straight needles, with MC yarn, cast on 73 sts and knit 1 foundation row (this row is not counted).

Row 1 (RS): sl, k2tog, k5, (m1, k1, m1, k5, sk2p, k5) 4 times, m1, k1, m1, k5, ssk, p1. 73 sts.

Row 2 (WS): sl, k71, p1.

Repeat rows 1-2 fourteen (14) more times.

Bind off

Color Sequence:

Cast on, foundation row – MC
Rows 1-4 – MC
Rows 5-6 – CC
Rows 7-12 – MC
Rows 13-14 – CC
Rows 15-20 – MC
Rows 21-22 – CC
Rows 23-30 – MC
Bind off.


Fold the sides of the cowl with face to face. Sew them together.
Weave in yarn ends.

Have fun!

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Patterns:Knit >> Cowls
Difficulty Level:2-Easy
Yarn Weight:Super Bulky
Yarn Brand:Rowan

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