Today let’s talk about how to knit a cowl.

The project I’m sharing with you today is literally the first knit in-the-round project I ever made. Learning how to knit a cowl is like a rite of passage for a knitter, and this one is super easy.  Once I made a couple of these I was sold on cowls for life!

Hopefully you have been following along this month with tutorials written to help you get ready to knit this project. If you are brand new, first off all welcome! And second of all start here and follow along with this tutorial post first.



Why are knitted cowls so great?

  • They super easy to make, so very beginner friendly.
  • They are perfect TV knitting projects.
  • They keep you super warm, and stay out of the way (unlike scarves which I still love).
  • They look super stylish.
  • You can customize a cowl in any colors you like!

Ok, so I do need to clarify something. I call this a Knitting Pattern, but it’s more like a knitting recipe. I’ll share with you what I used to create this project, but you can substitute pretty much whatever you choose to make this. I made this with super bulky weight yarn on big needles, so if you use hand dyed fingering, you’re going to have to cast on WAY for stitches, but that’s a topic for another day. I suggest you get something close to what I recommend in order to have your project approximate this one.



The Aubergine Dream Cowl Recipe:

  • Yarn: 2 skeins of Wool Ease Thick and Quick  from Lion Brand yarn. Project is shown in the colorway Eggplant
  • Knitting Needle: Size 15 US 24″ cable needle
  • Notion: Tapestry Needle, Stitch Marker

The Pattern:

  • Cast On 53 stitches.
  • Slip the last and first stitches together and k2tog. You are now joined in-the-round. Be careful not to twist your stitches!
  • Place Marker.
  • Slip Marker at the end of each round.
  • K2P2 for 9 rounds .
  • Knit for 40 rounds.
  • K2P2 for 9 rounds
  • Bind Off project.
  • Weave in the ends.


Tips and Tricks:

  • You’ll need to join the second skein of yarn to finish the project.
  • You can make the cowl smaller diameter by casting on fewer stitches, but make sure it’s divisible by 4 because this is k2p2…and add the extra stitch to allow joining in the round via k2tog.
  • You can knit this project as large or as small as you like!
  • But make your first one following the instructions given above, and then decide how YOU want to customize it for yourself.

Some Videos you might find helpful:



Ok, so that’s the project I have for you this week! If you make this cowl, please tag me on instagram! I’m @pattymacknits and @pattymac.handmade. You can follow one or both. I would certainly love to have you along for the fun. Or look me up on facebook.

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Author: Pattymac

Patty loves figuring out new ways to use pom poms, where to stash more yarn and is always wondering what to bake next...chocolate or lemon? When not dreaming up new things to knit (or bake), she loves riding her beach cruiser on the Boardwalk, escaping to mid week movie matinees, and planting new things in her container garden.