Cowls are stylish and warm but do not take as much time or yarn to make as a scarf. This cowl, suitable for beginner through advanced knitters, is knit flat, making it a great way to use up every inch of a precious yarn, such as handspun. A cowl also places your special yarn near your face where you can enjoy it and show it off all day long. Mistake rib is a dense, textural stitch pattern that is easy to execute but interesting to knit and will mask inconsistencies in spinning or dyeing.
SKILL LEVEL: Beginner through advanced
Width: 5 inch (7 inch)
Length: Customizable before sewing the ends together:
An 18 inch cowl will fit closely around the neck;
A 30 inch cowl will drape along the collar bone;
A 50 inch cowl will loop once around the neck.
18” length: 100 yards bulky or super bulky weight (100 g/3.5 oz)
30” length: 150 yards bulky or super bulky weight (150 g/5.3 oz)
50” length: 200 yards bulky or super bulky weight (200 g/7 oz)
Needles & Notions:
US 10.5 (6.5 mm) or size needed to obtain gauge
GAUGE: 3 sts and 4.5 rows = 1” in mistake rib
PATTERN NOTES: A cowl is perfect for kids who have trouble keeping their scarves on. If you would like to make this cowl for a child, knit the small size (5”) to a length of 18 inches. Not suitable for children under the age of 5.
CO 19 (31) sts
Work in Mistake Rib, as follows:
Sl1, K1, P2, *K2, P2, rep from * to last 3 sts, K3
Repeat pattern on every row until you reach desired length.
BO all sts in pattern.
Sew two ends together to make a circle.
Moebius Version: Knit per the basic directions through the bind off. When you are ready to sew the ends together, lay the cowl out flat, twist it once, then sew the two ends together. The twist in the moebius will help the cowl bulk up around your neck.
FINISHING: Weave in ends using tapestry needle.
Many thanks to the test knitters: Dennay Bedard, Abbey Buckley, Alison Denomme, Charlotte Mayhew, and Terry Ullmann!
Copyright © 2011 by Carol Ullmann for Entangled Designs.
This pattern is intended for private, non-commercial use only. It is expressly forbidden to sell or distribute the pattern, its photographs, or items made from this pattern without the written consent of the designer.