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Home : Patterns : Basic Cowl

Free Knitting Pattern: Basic Cowl

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Lion Brand® Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®
Pattern #: L0412C
Rating: *****4.8 (based on 17 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®

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Linen Fisherman Blossom Glacier Sky Blue Cobalt Navy Raspberry
Denim Taupe Oatmeal Barley Grass Lemongrass Pumpkin Citron
Spice Apricot Cranberry Claret Fig Eggplant Charcoal Black
Grey Marble Cilantro Butterscotch Denim Twist Celebration Cabernet Constellation Gemstone
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Parakeet Monarch Seagull Blue Jay Purple Martin Bluebird Raven Winter Sky
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Checkerboard Moonlight Hudson Bay
*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
$ 7.59  
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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 17 reviews)
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Basic Cowl Reviewed by Jenna Hager on 2014-10-24 *****
Quick and simple! I only had about 4.5 feet of yarn left over. I used size 13 needles for the ribbing and worked it flat and seamed. Would knit again.

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