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diy chunky cowl [knitting pattern]

December 15, 2012

This cowl is a great beginner knitting project. It’s utilizes the basic techniques (knit, purl, increase) and best of all, since  large needles and bulky yarn are used it can be made relatively fast.
Here is the pattern I created:

Using bulky yarn ( I used this one) and US size 15 needles, cast on 40 stitches. Knit in stockinette stitch (knit one side, purl the other) Increase 1 stitch at the beginning of every 4th row until you have 50 stitches. Bind off and sew seam.

[If you need to brush up on any of the basics, check out my Knitting Tutorial]

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    Michelle Evans
    December 16, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    This looks so cozy and the pattern seems easy enough to follow! I think I have my Sunday afternoon plans!

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    Karlie
    December 16, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    This is so pretty!

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    Andrea
    December 17, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    love the colour!!

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    Anonymous
    December 17, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    Beautiful!

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    Zana Davies
    December 17, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    Gorgeous and it look very warm!

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    Emily Daniels
    December 20, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    Love this, Gina! Everything you make always turns out so amazing!

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    Kizzy
    December 12, 2013 at 1:55 am

    Hi Gina! Could this be knit in the round to avoid sewing the seams? Thank you!

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      Gina Michele
      December 12, 2013 at 1:55 pm

      I tried to keep the pattern as simple as possible for beginner knitters, but this could definitely be knit in the round.

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    Anonymous
    December 12, 2013 at 3:39 am

    Gina, where do you put the increase stitch, at the beginning, middle or end of every 4th row? Thank you

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      Gina Michele
      December 12, 2013 at 12:37 pm

      Sorry I forgot to mention that! Increase the stitches at the beginning of the row.

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    Anonymous
    December 12, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    How many skeins of the LB Hometown yarn did you need for the sample cowl?

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    Anonymous
    July 6, 2014 at 9:41 am

    Yippeeeeeee!! a cowl I CAN KNIT!!!!

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    Jess Reeves Potasz
    January 20, 2015 at 5:51 am

    Thank you so much for posting this great pattern! I have posted it on my blog linking it back to your blog/pattern! I hope this is okay….I'm new to blogging so let me know if this needs changed for any reason! It can be seen here: http://mamainastitch.blogspot.com/p/free-beginner-knit-cowl-and-scarf.html

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    Susan
    January 20, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    I have made one of these for everyone I know! They all love it.

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    Noreen
    January 2, 2016 at 8:04 pm

    Thank you for a cowl pattern I can knit using straight needles
    Love the color you knitted this in
    I am a beginner knitter and I appreciate an easy pattern
    Thank you

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    Anonymous
    February 15, 2017 at 3:22 pm

    If knitting on circular needles, how many rows do I knit/purl?

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      Gina Michele
      February 21, 2017 at 12:33 pm

      Knit until the piece measures 13 inches from the cast on edge

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