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Home : Patterns : Basic Cowl

Free Knitting Pattern: Basic Cowl

Lion Brand« Wool-Ease« Thick & Quick«
Pattern #: L0412C
Rating: *****4.8 (based on 16 reviews)
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SKILL LEVEL:  Easy (Level 2)

SIZE: One Size

Finished Circumference: About 26 in. (64 cm)
Finished Height: About 12 in. (30.5 cm)

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This easy neutral cowl is perfect for winter.

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Wool-Ease« Thick & Quick«

Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 640-149: Wool-Ease Thick & Quick Yarn: Charcoal
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*Wool-Ease Thick & Quick (Article #640). Solids, Heathers, Twists, Prints, Stripes: 80% Acrylic, 20% Wool
Wheat & Wood: 86% Acrylic; 10% Wool; 4% Rayon
Oatmeal & Barley & Grey Marble: 82% Acrylic; 10% Wool; 8% Rayon
Metallics: 79% Acrylic, 20% Wool, 1% Metallic Poly; package size: Solids, Heathers, Twists, Tweeds: 6 oz./170g (106 yd/97 m)
Prints, Stripes: 5 oz./140g (87 yd/80 m)
Metallics: 5 oz./140g (92 yd/84 m)

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•  640-149 Wool-Ease Thick & Quick Yarn: Charcoal
$ 9.49  
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Additional Materials
Circular knitting needle size 15 (10 mm), 16 in. (40.5 cm) long

If you subsitute another yarn, or a different colorway of this yarn, please be sure to check the yardage of your chosen yarn to be sure you have enough to complete your project.

Basic Cowl

Lion Brand« Wool-Ease« Thick & Quick«


8 sts + 12 rows = 4 in. (10 cm) in St st worked in the rnd (k every rnd).

When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. The needle or hook size called for in the pattern is based on what the designer used, but it is not unusual for gauge to vary from person to person. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make your swatch, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.

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K2, p2 Rib (worked in the rnd, multiple of 4 sts)
Rnd 1: *K2, p2; rep from * around.
Rep Rnd 1 for K2, p2 Rib.

Cast on 52 sts. Place marker for beginning of rnd. Join by working the first st on left hand needle with the working yarn from the right hand needle and being careful not to twist sts.
Work in K2, p2 Rib for 3 rnds.
Change to St st worked in the rnd (k every rnd) knit 30 rnds.
Last 3 Rnds: Work in K2, p2 Rib for 3 rnds.
Bind off.

Weave in ends.

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k = knit p = purl
rep = repeat(s)(ing) rnd(s) = round(s)
St st = Stockinette stitch st(s) = stitch(es)
tog = together  

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Pattern Average Rating: *****4.8 (based on 16 reviews)
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Basic Cowl Reviewed by Roberta Kentspeth on 2012-12-28 *****
I liked this pattern!

I am just learning to knit (this is my second project). I am trying out simple projects in which I can experiment with various beginner-level techniques. (I am an accomplished crocheter, FWIW.)

For this one, I tried a K2-P2 cast on (modified from the video tutorial on the Berroco site). I think that my skills are not up to that kind of cast on yet. That edge was very uneven although it's sort of cute in that "ruffley edge" kind of way.

I did a regular bind-off. The pattern wasn't specific, but I had intended to try a K2-P2 bind off; however, I forgot in the excitement of being nearly finished. :o

Apart from that, it came out fine! Very cute and wearable. It fits over my giant noggin without stretching out of shape. As other reviewers have noted, although it's a plain rectangle when it's flat, it does drape nicely when worn.

I used the yarn recommended, but in the Cranberry color. The yarn has a nice feel and drape. I like to use wool and wool-blends for winter wear here in Austin; sometimes it's cold, sometimes it's hot, and those times can be very close together. So I like a fiber that keeps me warm even if I've gotten it damp by sweating a bit.

I didn't weigh the yarn before and after, so I'm not sure how much I used exactly, but I'm reasonably certain it was less than a full skein.

I'd recommend this as a nice beginner pattern. You get a lovely basic cowl.

FYI, I did make it with the intent of wearing it as a set with the Beginner's Braided Headband from this site, here:

The set is very cute! I've gotten lots of compliments.

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