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Free Knitting Pattern: Easy "This Way Up" Chevron Cowl
This colorful knitted cowl is a cheerful and warm addition to any winter wardrobe. This free pattern is pretty easy and a great way to use up your stash or leftover yarn. I've made all my chevron stripes the same size, but you can mix them up according to how much of each color you have!
This is a great project to personalize to match your own style. My cowl is super long so I can double it around my neck and have it hang with a bit of a Dr Who vibe, but you can make it shorter if you choose. You can also just use two colors, maybe to represent your favorite school or team, or use as many colors as you want!
This cowl is knit flat, then the two ends are seamed together to make the cowl (you could also leave it unseamed and wear as a scarf). I started my cowl with a provisional cast on, which I unzipped at the end and joined with my other edge in a three needle bind off. This made a very clean seam that disappears in the garter stitch of the cowl.
If all this sounds scary, don't fear - you can also simply cast on in your favorite method and at the end, seam the two ends together using a basic seam stitch. The garter stitch texture will hide any seaming, and make for a beautiful finished cowl.
Provisional Cast On Tutorial
I used a mixture of bulky and worsted weight yarn that I had leftover from other projects. To make up for the difference in the yarns, I held the worsted weight yarn doubled. Below are the yarns I used:
Caron Simply Soft in navy (held double)
Caron Simply Soft in plum heather (held double)
Caron Simply Soft in country blue (held double)
Red Heart Super Saver in tea leaf green
Bernat Super Value in lavender
Bernat Super Value in beige
size 8 needles (circular or straight)
size 8 dpns (for three needle bind off)
tapestry needle for weaving in ends
4 sts per inch, although gauge isn't that important
about 6 inches wide by 64 inches around
(you can adjust length by adding or deleting chevrons)
Terms and Abbreviations
st = stitch
k = knit stitch
sl 1 = slide 1 stitch knitwise
k2tog = knit 2 sts together (decrease 1 stitch)
RS = right side
This Way Up! Cowl Pattern
CO 35 sts using provisional cast on or your favorite method. (After a few rows of knitting - if doing the provisional cast on - I found it easier to move my cast on stitches to two dpns, one holding 17 sts, the other 18 sts. This allows the chevron point to start to form.)
Follow chevron pattern:
R1 (RS): Knit 1st stitch front and back, k 15 sts, sl 1, k2tog, pass slipped st over, k 15 sts, knit last st front and back.
R2: Knit all stitches.
For my cowl, I repeated this pattern 13 times, or for 26 rows, and then changed color (always change color after finishing Row 2).
I made 12 chevron stripes to finish my cowl. I only repeated colors every fourth block and I made sure that my beginning color and ending color were different so that when I seamed my cowl together, I did not have two of the same colors coming together. It may be helpful to plan out your color arrangement ahead of time. This way, you won't end up with any colors too close together at the end.
After knitting my last chevron block, I wove in all my loose ends and joined my first and last block together using the three needle bind off method. However, you can use a simple seaming stitch to join the two ends together, just be sure to work from the underside (WS) of your cowl and use the yarn from your last block for seaming.
Three Needle Bind Off Tutotrial
This is a really easy and quick knitting project. I think it will be a bright pick-me-up when the weather gets gray, or will make a great gift! I hope you enjoy it :)
© 2013 Donna Herron. No part of this pattern may be copied or reproduced in any way without permission from the author/designer. For personal use only. This pattern and materials made from this pattern are not meant for commercial sale.
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