Straightforward {Cowl}

garter stitch cowl

This is a free pattern! Click here for download.

You Will Need:
• 150 yards (137.1 m) of worsted weight yarn; some countries call
this 10ply weight.
• 5.0 mm (US 8) needles, straight or circular
• yarn needle to weave in ends

Skill Level: Easy
Techniques Employed: longtail & backwards loop cast-ons,
knit stitches, slipped stitches, binding off
Gauge: 16 stitches & 28 rows to 4 inches (10 cm) square in garter stitch

11 Responses to Straightforward {Cowl}

  1. mary carey says:

    Want to make this for the troops in Afghanistan. Any chance of getting the pattern for free. THX MAC

  2. marg says:

    where do I find the free pattern.

  3. bethanyh says:

    Thank you for your interest! Click here for the pattern. :)

  4. Margaret says:

    This cowl looks wonderful! Can it be pulled up into a hood?
    Thank you,

    • bethanyh says:

      It can’t be pulled into a hood, but you can put it on inside-out with the point in front and then pull it over your face and onto your head like a kerchief. I wear it that way sometimes when my head is colder than my neck. :)

      If you wanted to work a really wide version (so maybe 40 or 48 stitches) and then increase to double the number of stitches after knitting about 6-8 inches (15-20 cm) of the length, then decrease back down to the original number when you are 6-8 inches (15-20 cm) from the end, that would probably make it more hood-like.

  5. Dorothy May Bell says:

    hi Thank you for pattern ,will make for 4 of my granddaughters .it it just what i needed

  6. AnnaT says:

    Hello Bethany,
    Thank you for making this lovely pattern freely available. I just knitted it for a dear friend and it turned out so well. I think I’m going to take your advice on ravelry, and next try some fancy stitch in the center, although I’m only a bit above beginner level. Also you’ve explained a new technique – the effect of the backward loops cast on and knitting the two end stitches only once. Thank you again :))

  7. thaisoneon says:

    Thanks for an attractive and easily do-able pattern. I’ve finished the knitting and am ready for seaming. I seem to be the only one who doesn’t understand how to go about it. I get how to position the fabric, but in order to not catch in the i-cord edge, am I supposed to run my seam along the 3rd stitch in? If you could lay clarify how the seaming is done , I’d really appreciate it! Thanks again.

    • bethanyh says:


      It is tricky to leave the i-cord edge out of the seam. The way you’ve described to seam through the third stitch is what I did. I only caught loops from the back of the work also, to make it more invisible.

      Apologies for the delayed reply. Happy knitting! (and seaming)

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