When I learned how to knit a few years ago, the first thing I made was a really long scarf for my boyfriend. The scarf was a nightmare. It was a relatively simple ribbed scarf, but as a beginner knitter, unfamiliar with the importance of keeping track of where you are in a pattern, I faced some challenges. I guess one could argue that it should be common sense to pay attention to a pattern, but I’m inherently stubborn, so yeah.
I watched a pile of YouTube videos, felt like that made me at least a little bit of a pro, and went on my way. There was a lot of “wait a minute – am I supposed to purl or knit?! Why doesn’t this look like the one in the video?!” going on in my head, followed by panic, then frustration, and finally me tossing the scarf aside, sick of looking at it. If not for my determination to prove to myself that I could do it, that damn scarf would still be laying in a sad pile somewhere.
So, here we are today, just over two years later, and I’ve whipped up a new cozy knit cowl to keep my man friend warm. I have the advantage of being a little better at knitting now, and I’ve somehow learned how to be a little more patient too, so this project was much easier. I started it Saturday and sort of half-heartedly worked on it in the afternoon, and then completed it Sunday. If you’re a little more focused than I am you could probably finish it in a couple of hours.
I love this knit cowl pattern because it’s easy enough for a beginner and relatively quick to make. In addition to that, it’s really warm (I should know because I definitely tried it on and contemplated keeping it) and stylish (well, I think so anyway)! The pattern I found online called for US 9 circular needles, but I only had US 11 on hand, so that’s what I went with. Because of the larger size, I went down to 52 sts, which I’m thankful for because it would have been too loose had I done 65 sts.
The only real recommendation that I might make for this pattern is to use a lighter coloured wool. I went with a darker grey and because of that it’s hard to see the pattern. If you take a look at the original pattern (see the link posted below) it’s much easier to see because the wool is not as dark.
I’ve found a lot of really great cowl patterns online that I’m excited to try out, so you can expect to see some more. I’d also love to hear from you if you have one!
“Woodland” Knit Cowl Pattern
Finished size: 10″ (25 cm) wide (when folded in half, flat), and 10″ (25 cm) high.
Materials:Lion Brand Wool-Ease Chunky bulky weight yarn – 153 yards (140 meters) /140 gr (5 oz) – 1 ball.
Needles: circular US 11
Gauge: 12 sts x 20 rows = 4″ x 4″ (10 cm x 10 cm)
Cast on 65 sts, join and continue to work in rounds. Place the marker on the 1st stitch in the round.
Round 1: *p3, [k1, p1] 5 times*, repeat from * to *across the round
Round 2: *p3, [p1, k1] 5 times*, repeat from * to *across the round
Repeat rounds 1-2.
Work 48 rounds or to desired height. Bind off.
Original pattern found on ABC Knitting Patterns