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Owl Cowl & Neckwarmer

November 17, 2008

Introducing 2 free patterns!  And it’s already on Ravelry, so queue it up!

This simple stitch pattern can be worked flat or in the round to create 2 different pieces.  It uses less than one skein of Malabrigo and knits up fast.

grapevine-cowl3 (yarn shown: Naturally Handknit Me by Nashua)

Malabrigo Merino Worsted, 1 skein or 110 yards of any worsted weight yarn
Size 8 needles (16-inch circular for cowl pattern)
1 stitch marker
Tapestry needle
3 buttons no more than 1-inch in diameter for neckwarmer pattern

Finished Measurements:
Neckwarmer:  5 inches wide 26 inches long after blocking
Cowl:  5 ½ inches tall, 24 inch circumference after blocking

CO—Cast on
Yo—yarn over; bring yarn to the front of your work
Sl1—slip one stitch as if to knit
Psso—pass slipped stitch over the knit stitch
BO—bind off

This stitch pattern is a simple 4-row repeat.  You can easily adjust the circumference or height of your piece by adding or subtracting stitches as stated for each pattern.  Similarly, these patterns can be adjusted to work with just about any yarn by changing needle sizes and amount of stitches cast on.  Use your favorite yarn and have fun!

Multiple of 7 + 2 stitches

orange-owl (Malabrigo merino worsted)

Using the Long Tail cast on, CO 135 stitches.

Row 1:  K2 * P5, K2 * repeat from * to last 2 sts, K2
Row 2: P2 * K2tog, yo, K1, yo, sl1, K1, psso, P2 * repeat from * to last 2 sts, P2
Row 3: same as row 1
Row 4: P2 * K5, P2 * repeat from * to last 2 sts, P2

Repeat rows 1 thru 4 until piece measures 4 ½ inches from CO edge, or until desired width, ending with row 4.  Bind off loosely in pattern.  Weave in ends.  Gently block to open up the eyelet details.  Position buttons vertically on the right side of the fabric in the purl fields, every other eyelet hole.  The eyelets will become the buttonholes; place the buttons so the neckwarmer will fit you as snugly or loosely as you care for.


Multiple of 7 stitches

owl-cowl (Valley Yarns Sugarloaf)

Using the Long tail cast on and circular needles, CO 126 stitches.

Join to knit in the round, being careful not to twist your stitches.  Place a stitch marker here to indicate the beginning of the round.

Row 1: P2 * K5, P2 * repeat from * to last 5 stitches, K5
Row 2: same as row 1
Row 3: P2 * K2tog, yo, K1, yo, sl1, K1, psso* rep to marker
Row 4: same as row 1

Repeat rows 1 thru 4 until piece measures 4 inches from CO edge, or until desired width, ending with row 4.  Bind off loosely in pattern.  Weave in ends.  Gently block to open up the eyelet details.


I hope you enjoy these patterns.  As always, please let me know if you come across anything that is unclear and I will correct it as soon as possible.

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  1. November 17, 2008 10:37 am

    Pretty! Thanks for sharing!

  2. November 17, 2008 11:19 am

    Wow, pretty! And only one skein! Thanks for posting the patterns.

  3. November 17, 2008 9:27 pm

    Beautiful. One skein wonder-fuls!

  4. November 18, 2008 1:59 am

    I just finished spinning up just the right amount of yarn and I am going to try one of these!

  5. veronago permalink
    November 18, 2008 9:27 am

    what a beautiful coat madre is wearing! REI?

  6. Amy Strain permalink
    November 18, 2008 9:06 pm

    You may have done it! You may have inspired me to knit again! I LOVE these patterns. Now I just need to pick up my needles and begin!

  7. November 12, 2009 10:18 am

    Lovely pattern!

  8. Veta Allsop permalink
    December 16, 2009 5:34 pm

    The cowl pattern is not correct. Row #3 should be purl 2 after psso. Thanks

  9. Marilyn permalink
    November 18, 2010 8:22 am

    Perfect!!! Exactly the type of pattern I have been searching days to find. Really like that you have the option of knitting flat with buttons and also that the pattern is easily adjustable in width and length. Also love that the eyelets are the buttonholes so neckwarmer can be adjusted for a snug or more loose fit by the wearer. I am making this for a gift and these options are wonderful because we can’t always know exactly how each person likes to wear it.
    Thank you so very much for your generous sharing and thoughtful patterns.

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