Chunky Knit Cowl Pattern

Friday, 4 January 2008

Chunky Knit Cowl Pattern
1 1/2 balls of Lion Brand's Wool Ease Thick and Quick (I used Fisherman)

A Size US 17 circular needle (12.75mm)
Yarn Needle (Used to sew in the loose ends)

Cast on 60 stitches, join with the circular needles and begin knitting in the round.
Rows 1-10 Knit all stitches.


Row 11 *Knit 3, Knit 2 together. *Repeat pattern until row is complete.
You will be left with 48 stitches on your needle.

Rows 12-22 Knit all stitches.

Row 23 *Knit 4, Knit 2 together. *Repeat pattern until row is complete.
You will be left with 40 stitches on your needle.


Rows 24-63 Knit all stitches. Or rather knit until you have reached your desired length. Mine is long enough to fully cover my shoulders and act as a hood.

Sew in ends of yarn, and block if desired. I preferred leave the top and
bottom unblocked so it would roll up just a little.


Notes on the pattern:
This was really fun to create. Of course, it was inspired by Sveta Dresher and the Sartorialist photo I blogged about.

I love it because it forms beautifully around the neck when worn as a neck warmer. I chose to give it shape at the bottom to create more interesting drape. Therefore, this pattern is a little more complicated than just knitting a tube, but worth it!

The reason I chose to use Thick and Quick by Lion Brand is because it was available to me in a pinch, and very affordable compared to other chunky yarns. It is a 20% wool and 80% acrylic blend, and it is very soft. I usually choose natural fibers, however, this time around I couldn't make it into the closest upscale yarn store in a city two hours away. Thick and Quick worked well and I was impressed with the results. I'm sure other bulky yarns could easily be substituted.

Here is the final result:
I can't wait to see your versions!

51 comments:

  1. great job!! I can't wait to make another one- my mom and I are going yarn shopping next weekend :)

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  2. I love neck warmer. This one is next on my list. Thanx!

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  3. very nice! thanks for the pattern. i will have to add it to my list next time i buy yarn.

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  4. ooh it looks great! thanks for the pattern - maybe i'll bribe my knitting friend to make me one...

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  5. That turned out really well! When I made mine I started at the top and worked my way down. About 3/4 way down I increased the stitches. I love to pull it over my head like a hood. It's wonderfully warm. I used the burly wool by brown sheep co. and it's wonderful. I guess I'm lucky to have a small knit shop 15 minutes away that carries a nice selection of wool yarns. Wish I could afford the wool/alpaca blends. SO heavenly.

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  6. Stephanie: I loved how your cowl looked with your Paris outfits! How did it work out?

    Berry, Erica, and Erin: I'm glad you like it! I can't wait to see what you make, or commission :P.

    Anna: You are very lucky to have a nice yarn store nearby! I saw a Polaroid of your cowl on your flickr and I loved it! Brown Sheep Co. is amazing but no one in my entire province carries it! *tear*

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  7. thanks tpo- it worked out well- I definitely needed it, as it was freezing! my next one is going to be more tube-like. tighter and longer. i'm going to try to find some nice grey wool.

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  8. Looks like a great pattern and a quick knit- thanks so much for sharnig it!
    - Julie

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  9. fabulous!
    thank you so much for the pattern!

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  10. The cowl looks great! Thanks for sharing!

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  11. Hi Erica!

    So cute - I have some Twinkle Soft Chunky lying around and all I am up to is 'movie knitting' right now - think I have found my project.

    Love your blog!

    Nadine

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  12. Thank you for this great pattern. I have already made three and will keep it up till Christmas.

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  13. I love this pattern and just picked up knitting. I was wondering exactly what needle you used? Us 17, but what length?
    Thanks!

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  14. Hi Erican Want ot try out this pattern but I do not live in the US and so am unable to get this brand of wool/ yarn (Lion - thick and quick)where I live. Could you please suggest how I could go about buying wool from a store not a brand name. I do have some 1 unused ball of Lion brand Homespun; can I use that? Would it be drastically different. If so, please do suggest what ply to pick up (UK or US) or any other way I understand I am getting the right wool. Also plesae do suggest the needle size if I use Homespun and if the same number of stitches would be enough. I would much appreciate your help. Thanks, Bea

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  15. Sorry Erica,
    for the mis-spelling of your name in my earlier comment. Thanks for the lovely cowl pattern. Will definitely try it out.

    Bea

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  16. Hello Bea, no worries about the name misspelling, I've seen worse! I think Homespun might too drastically different. Instead, try looking for any wool with a "bulky" classification, on the label there is usually needle size recommendations look for one that recommends needle sizes 10mm and up! Good luck, I hope that helps.
    Erica

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  17. Thanks so much for your suggestions Erica, will see what I can find

    Bea

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  18. Hi Erica,

    This looks so beautiful, I can't wait to try it out. I've only just started knitting, and love cowls, I might just be able to manage this.

    Do you think it's possible to do it on non-circular needles and just sew up? I don't have a circular needle long enough. Also, how much yarn is it in weight? I have 150g of really thick chunky that would be great as a cowl, but wonder if that's not enough?

    Thanks so much for the pattern,

    Rebecca

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  19. Thanks for your pattern. I just started a circular cowl & was searching for how to increase the width at the bottom. I like the drape!
    I'm using worsted- but I have the yarn you used & will try that next.

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  21. Thanks for posting this cowl pattern! I really wanted to make one and needed the pattern! :)

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  22. LOVE this pattern! I've made two already!! fabulous, fabulous, fabulous. Thanks for sharing!!

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  23. I was just wondering if I have to knit this on a circular needles or can I just use straight needles? I haven't worked with circs before & just thinking if I could use straight needles? Thanks for this great cowl pattern!!

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  24. Hi Erica -
    I am going to try your cowl in Malabrigo Aquarelle, a hand-painted thick and thin yarn. I think your pattern will show off this lovely yarn quick nicely. One question: What was your gauge with the Thick and Quick on size 17needles? Alternately, what are the finished measurements?
    Thanks,
    Sue

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  25. Hi there, I'm Nicki from the UK. Erica i love this pattern and would like a little advice/help on it, when i was younger(in the 80's) i used to have a cowl and loved it but mine was a hood cowl, an earlier comment made by Anna talked about how she increased her stitches to create a hood, how would i go about doing this on this particular pattern, and what length needles are used? also is it at all possible to reduce the size so that i can make one for my petite size 4year old daughter?
    Thank you very much
    Nicki......

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  26. I have tried 7 cowl patterns in the last 4 weeks. This is by far the best one I have found. I used Lion Brand Hometown yarn in Charlotte Blue and it's awesome.

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  27. Hi Nikki!

    I read Anna's comment again and from what I can tell she knit the tighter part first. That way she was able to tell exactly how much length she needed to have a hood, then she made increases. So if you wanted to do it that way you could cast on 40 stitches and knit to the correct length, then increase 10 stitches evenly accross the round, knit ten rounds even and increase 10 stitches evenly accross the round. Knit ten rounds even, cast off.

    For an example of a four year old (ish) in the cowl, check here:http://alldressedinblue.blogspot.com/2008/10/spoilers.html

    but you could also try using smaller needles and worsted weight yarn to make it smaller.

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  28. Hi Erica, thank you for the advice, what size cable did you add to your needles, i have cable to make my needles into 40cm,60cm,80cm and 100cm, what size did you use? i cant wait to get started on my cowl i am just waiting for my yarn to be delivered, and i will post a picture of the end result for you to see.
    Again thank you very much for you advice and time.
    Nicki.....

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  29. Exactly what I'm looking for. Erica, Something like this for XC skiing and other outdoor winter activities for a guy would great, maybe in a natural color scheme (browns/burnt orange/etc). Great job.

    Now to find/convince someone to make something like this for me...anyone here in Western MT?

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  30. Thanks so much for posting this! I just made (a bit smaller) and I love it. I wish I had more than one ball as I would have made it the same size as yours and loved it even more!!!

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  31. Oh and I posted it here :)

    http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=337088.0

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  32. Christine, Your cowl looks great! I love that dark grey colour, and the shorter version looks lovely. I hope it's keeping you nice and warm. Thanks for passing on the photo!

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  33. This Cowl is perfect, looks easy and very fashionable to accent whatever you're wearing....Still need to know WHAT LENGTH (in inches) was the size 17 circular needle? Would 24inches be a good size or longer?

    Thanks!

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  34. I loved your cowl and wanted to use up some of the yarn in my stash. What was your gauge with the 17" needles and the yarn? Also, what was the end measurements for the cowl? Can't wait to start this project.

    Thanks,
    GG

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  35. Hi Nancy, Thank you for your interest in my cowl pattern! I believe the 24inch would be perfect!
    Erica

    Hi Gloria!

    Thank you for your interest in my cowl pattern. I made this cowl three years ago actually waaay before I realized the importance of blocking, gauge, and measurements (very important!). So unfortunately, I don't know the answers to your questions. Feel free to experiment with the length and width of the cowl. If you post the gauge and measurements, I'd be happy to link to you!

    Erica

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  36. I know I'm posting a comment years after your original post, but I just wanted to say that I found this pattern online last week, was able to make a fun, quick cowl last night and have already shared the pattern (using a direct link to your blog, of course) with several friends. Thanks for sharing!!!

    - Jen Clapp

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  37. HI Erica. :)

    I started to knit this last night.

    Really great, easy (important for a beginner like me) pattern!

    Thanks for sharing!

    When I'm done I'll post a photo on my blog! (http://mrsbknits.blogspot.com/)

    Thanks again, Mrs B xxx

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  38. Thank you for this pattern, Erica! I've been knitting many neckwarmers this Christmas season with Wool-Ease Thick and Quick, so I had a LOT of extra yarn in various colors. I made up your cowl in these colors and it was perfect for using my "left overs"!

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  39. I have been looking for a good pattern for a cowl. Think I will try this one. :)

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  40. Wonderful pattern. I have made three of these for my two daughters-in-law. They knit up so quickly and look great. Thank you for sharing.

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  41. Just finished making one up in Bernat Softee Chunky; it looks lovely & seems like it will be nice and warm. Thanks for creating a simple, elegant cowl pattern!

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  42. Love this pattern! I used Bernat Roving - I had size 13 needles - cast on 90 but did everything else the same. Turned out perfectly!

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  43. Question: If you are finishing the row with the pattern on rows 11 and 23, how do you leave stitches on the needle?

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  44. How long does the circular needle have to be? Thank you!

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  45. Just found the answer in the comments! Thanks again.

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  46. Hello from New Westminster,B.C.

    I just came across your fabulous cowl. I was wondering if I could use an Alpaca & Merino Wool yarn rather than a Bulky/Chunky weight? I'm petite and small boned, and don't have a long neck.
    Thank you so much for sharing with us. Sandra B
    ms.sunflowers@shaw.ca

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