Free Pattern: Ribbed Cowl
After some thought, I decided to repost this pattern. I used to ask people not to sell items made from this pattern. After further thought, I’ve decided that what folks do with their own work is their business. However, since the pattern is free, I ask that you do credit your source.
If you are someone that gives handmade gifts during the holiday season, you’ve probably already started! Anticipating a serious time crunch after the birth of Baby O, I actually finished my handmade gifts in May this year. Cowls are great for holiday gifts. They are easy, relatively quick to make, take one skein or less (meaning you can spend more $$$ on nicer yarn since you need less), and they look fabulous! I wear mine all day in the cooler months. This particular cowl was designed for my sister.
The ribbing in this cowl makes it easily stretch to fit over the wearer’s head and then pull back together to fit closely and warmly around the neck.
I made this cowl with hand-dyed sock yarn and an H hook. Gauge really isn’t important. You should be able to eyeball this just fine. Pattern is worked in multiples of 4 + 2.
Row 1: sc across beginning in 2nd ch from hook (right side), turn.
Row 2: ch 2 (counts as first dc), dc in 2nd sc from hook, *ch 2, sk 2, dc 2, repeat from * across in back loops only, ch 1, turn.
Row 3: sc across in back loops only.
Repeat rows 2 and 3 to desired length, ending with a row 3.
To finish: sc across in both loops. Fold cowl end to end with right side together and sc ends together. This will create a rather thick seam that I like. (Look closely at the second photo and you can see the seam along the back.) If you want something thinner or less visible go with a slip stitch or whip stitch binding. Cut and weave in ends. I just weave my ends through the “spine” created when the ends are sc together.
To make cowl taller or shorter add or subtract stitches from your base chain of 35, just be sure to do it in multiples of 4.
Flipping this cowl “inside out” will create a different texture. This can be your “right side” if you prefer.
Cowl can also be worn like a headband.
This pattern can be found on Ravelry here.
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