Gillian Cowl (Free Knitting Pattern)

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This simple cowl is a great project for a beginning knitter. Not only is the stitch pattern simple enough to learn quickly, but it produces a very defined, geometric pattern, making it easy to tell where each stitch goes (and making it easier to tell when you’re off). The super bulky yarn makes the project quick to knit up.
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Bulky roving yarn, 120 yd (110 m)/3.5 oz (100 g) per skein, 2 skeins
Sample knit in Bernat Roving Yarn (80% acrylic, 20% wool)
U.S. size 10 (6 mm) straight knitting needles
Yarn needle
Width: 6.5" (16.5 cm)
Full loop: 48" (122 cm)
Gauge is flexible for this project.

Step 1

CO 25 sts.
Row 1: K1, p1, k1 tbl, *p1, k2, p1, k1 tbl; rep from * to last 2 sts, p1, k1.
Row 2: K1, p2, *k1, p2, k1, p1; rep from * to last 2 sts, p1, k1.
Row 3: K1, p1, k1 tbl, *p4, k1tbl; rep from * to last 2 sts, p1, k1.
Row 4: K1, p2, *k4, p1; rep from * to last 2 sts, p1, k1.
Repeat these 4 rows until piece measures 48" (122 cm) or desired length, ending with a row 4. Bind off.

Step 2

Sew top and bottom edges together to form a loop. If desired, you can add a double twist in the cowl, or you can make it without a twist (as shown here). Weave in ends.

Step 3

This free cowl knitting pattern is excerpted with permission from Basic Knitting and Projects by Leigh Ann Chow (Stackpole Books).

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