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Easy Knitted Cowl Pattern

Updated on November 5, 2011

Easy Two Hour Cowl

In keeping with my focus on fast and easy projects, I came up with a quick knit cowl pattern that can be worked on straight needles. My total knitting time from start to finish for this project was a little over an hour and a half. Chunky yarn and large needles=speedy project. Yay!

I've already made several versions of this free knit cowl pattern as gifts and the recipients loved them.

You'll need one ball (104 yds/ 95 m, 5oz./140 g) super bulky (6) yarn (I used Lionbrand Homespun for the project in the photo)

Size 13 straight needles

Knitted Cowl

Cast 52 stitches on to a size 13 needle

Work in K2 P2 rib for 5 rows

Pattern row 1--Knit across

Row 2--Purl across

Row 3--K2tog, yo across to the last 2 stitches, K2

Row 4--Purl

Repeat 4 pattern rows until knitted cowl measures 11 inches from cast on edge, ending with row 4.

Next row--K2 P2 across, repeat this row 4 more times.

Bind off, fold knitted cowl in half, lining up the two short sides so that it's inside out.

Sew the two short sides together.

Tie off ends and you're done!


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      Sally smith 

      6 years ago

      Hi with the yarn over being performed every few rows ... Does that make the cowl bigger/ more stitches in some places ? Am I supposed to have increased number of stitches after every yarn over row ?

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      Andreana from NH. 

      7 years ago

      Thank you for this lovely, easy pattern!

      Have knit for about 60 years, but love to find an easy pretty fun pattern!

      Thanks for Posting it!

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      S G Hupp 

      7 years ago from United States

      Hi Joanne

      I'm glad you're enjoying the pattern. When I first was first learning to knit, I had a hard time finding simple patterns that I liked so it's nice to hear that a new knitter is getting good use out of this one.

      Thanks! Susan

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      7 years ago

      I am a new knitter and I used Utube to figure out row 3....I've made 2 and plan to do more....awesome pattern for a real beginner...thanks

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      S G Hupp 

      8 years ago from United States

      Yes. There is ribbing on both ends of the cowl.

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      8 years ago

      Did you put ribbing at the smaller end as well?

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      S G Hupp 

      8 years ago from United States

      Hi Sophie

      "yo" is yarn over. You just wrap the yarn once around the right needle without working it, thereby adding a stitch. So you repeat the two actions "k2tog, yo" across the row.

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      8 years ago

      I'm a fairly new knitter and not sure what it means when you say "YO across to the last 2 stitches"....


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      S G Hupp 

      8 years ago from United States

      Hello. The last two stitches of row three are knitted individually so you should still have 52 stitches once you have completed that row.

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      8 years ago

      Is the pattern supposed to have 52 stitches in the end? Apparently a stitch is lost every 3rd row of the pattern so that wben you get to the 3rd row again you cannot knit two last stitches because there is ohly one left. Are you supposed to just knit the one and continue?


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