Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Knitting A Four Seasons Cowl

     This is a pattern I came up with because I wanted a cowl that would be good for my sister-in-love since she lives in a warm, sunny place. The more I thought about it, a cowl that could be worn all year was a good idea, why limit yourself to just the cold months. I love lacy looks, but really was hungry for a knit that worked up quickly without a lot of change ups. This is so simple, a new knitter could definitely tackle this project. Plus, this is a one skein wonder, larger skeins can yield two cowls! This is knit in the round, so no seaming needed! Yeah!

Four Seasons Cowl in double strands of fingering weight yarn. I don't know what it is because I purchased a large bag with about 6 skeins in it, sold as "mill ends". My local craft store features these for $4-$5 a large bag. Eco-frugal!

 Use yarn with a nice drape, can use 2 strands held together if using fingering weight. The thinner the yarn, the more lacier this turns out. works up fast! Keep your tension loose. Cast on more stitches for a looser cowl. Add extra sets of rows 6-10 if you want it fuller...Have fun with it!

Cast On loosely with long tail cast on for 81 stitches on US 10 circular needles. Join for knitting in the round, being sure that the stitches have not twisted (double-check!)
Row 1: knit all stitches
Row 2: Purl all stitches
Row 3: knit all
Row 4:Purl all
Row 5: knit all

Rows 6 and 7: knit all
Row 8: (YO, K2TOG, K) repeat this until row is finished.
Rows 9 and 10: knit all

Rows 11-50: Repeat rows 6-10 in order for a total of 8 more times

Row 51: knit all
Row 52: Purl all
Row 53: knit all
Row 54: Purl all
Row 55: Knit all
Bind off loosely and enjoy!

What I love about this pattern is how different it looks with different yarns. Worsted weight will give you a denser knit. Striping yarn in an ombre effect is fabulous! My fave drape was when I used SPA from in the color ocean spray. I made those for gifts this Christmas and never took a picture! Shame on me because it is gorgeous.

Done in single strand of caron simply soft, maybe the color is pagoda?


  1. This pattern is my first contribution to! Yeah! I finally put a pattern up there!

  2. It's beautiful and so simple!

  3. Thank you for your lovely comment Agi!

  4. Beautiful cowl! Thanks very much for sharing your pattern.

  5. Very pretty! I am brand-new to knitting (have not done anything in the round) but I definitely want to try this once I get some more experience!

  6. Thanks Holly! You should definitely try knitting in the round, because knitting in the round means no seaming. I hate seaming, Lol! I was scared to try it, but it goes so fast, I love it. Good luck!

  7. Ooooo! Perfect. I'm going to cast on today!

  8. If I want to make it bigger around, what is the formula for how many to cast on? 81 plus multiples of what?