This chunky knitted cowl will keep you cozy on the chilliest of days! So quick and easy, you can make it in just a few hours.
I love a good instant-gratification project, and this one is perfect for when you need a quick knit. Knit in bulky yarn, this simple cowl works up in no time. With just a button and buttonhole, a basic knitted rectangle becomes a stylish accessory that’s sure to keep you warm in the cold breeze.
Step 1: Supplies
You Will Need:
Approx. 120 yards of #5 Bulky Weight yarn
US Size 10.5 (6.5 mm) Knitting Needles
1 Button, about 1 ⅛” in diameter
Small amount of a thinner, coordinating yarn (for sewing on the button) and a Yarn Needle or Blunt Tapestry Needle that will fit through the holes in the button, OR
Sewing Needle and Thread to match the cowl (for sewing on the button)
Yarn Needle Or Blunt Tapestry Needle with a Large Eye
Step 2: Size and Gauge
Skill Level: Advanced Beginner
Gauge: 9 sts = 3” (7.6 cm) and 12 rows = 3” (7.6 cm) in stitch pattern, after blocking
Finished Size: 23” (61 cm) long by 10 ½” (30.5 cm) wide
Abbreviations:sts: stitches K: knit P: purl P2tog: purl two stitches together YO: yarn over
Step 3: The Pattern
(See video tutorial for a full demonstration)
Note: At the end of every row, you should always have 32 sts.
Cast on 32 sts.
Row 1-4: *K1, P1* across.
Row 5-8: *P1, K1* across.
Repeat Rows 1-8 until you have a total of 88 rows.
Row 9: K1, P2tog, YO, P1. (This creates the buttonhole.) *K1, P1* across remaining sts.
Row 10-12: *K1, P1* across.
Bind off, weave in ends.
Step 4: Finishing
If using Acrylic or other synthetic yarn, pin item out to finished measurements on an ironing board. Hold a steaming iron or garment steamer 2”-3” over the surface of the knitting, moving the iron / steamer around so all the knitted fabric is steamed. Allow to cool and dry.
If using natural fiber yarn, pin item out to finished measurements on foam blocking mats. Spray with water until the knitted fabric is damp all over. Allow to dry.
Thread the thinner yarn scrap through the eye of your thinner yarn needle. (If using sewing needle, thread it with a length of your sewing thread.)
Place the button at the center of the cast-on edge of the cowl, and move it in about 1 ½” from that edge.
Sew the button to the cowl in that position, and secure with a knot. “Weave in” the yarn / thread tail.
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