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Cowl Scarf Knitting Pattern

Cowl Scarf Knitting Pattern

March 7, 2014 /

cowl scarf pattern

Every woman deserves a pretty scarf to make herself look beautiful. Knit an elegant looking cowl scarf and wear it on the neck or stretch across the shoulder for an evening out or let it drapes around the arms for warmer coverage, or simply let is drapes on your chest…. you choose your style.

shrug scarf pattern

This scarf is easy to knit with just 2 rectangles pieces, a big and a small, knit by using fisherman ribs stitch pattern. If you are new to fisherman’s ribs, no worries, there is a video from New Stitch A Day included in the pattern section.

Practice the stitch with some scrap yarns before knitting the actual scarf. Also, do a gauge test to check your tension so that the finishing dimension won’t vary too far from the pattern. You can always modify the numbers of stitch and row to obtain the size you want.

capelet pattern

While writing this tutorial, I pondered and don’t know how to classify this scarf as it can be wore in a different style. In order to find the best fit, I googled for an answer. It seems like cowl is the name for it.

Cowl and infinity scarf are quite alike except the latter is longer in length and has a “twist” in the ring. However, if you wear it on the shoulder and let it drapes around the arm, it becomes a capelet. If you don’t think that it is a cowl, do you have an answer for me?

Happy knitting with style!!!

cowl scarf

Knitting Pattern: Cowl Scarf

Loop Yarn or similar fancy yarn thread, 150g
Lace Yarn thread for sewing (optional, use only if the fancy yarn is difficult to sew)

Knitting Needle – 8mm
Tapestry needle

Finishing Size
Approximate dimension: 21″ (W) x 16″ (L)

9.5 sts and 18 rows to 4″ x 4″ [10cm x 10cm] on 8mm needles in Fisherman Ribs Stitch.
Always perform a test gauge to check your tension for the best result.

k – knit
p – purl
k1b – knit 1 below
st(s) – stitch(es)

Fisherman Ribs Stitch
Cast On multiple of 2 sts
Row 1 – knit all stitches
Row 2 – p1, *k1b, p1* rep from * to last st, k1b.
Repeat Row 2 until you reach the desired length.

Scarf Pattern: Please refer the step photos below for the details.

You may watch this video made by New Stitch A Day for tutorial on how to knit Fisherman Ribs Stitch. Note: Instead of k1 on the last stitch of Row 2 as shown in the video, knit k1b.


infinity-scarf-pattern-1Scarf: Cast on 38 sts on a knitting needle and knit fisherman ribs stitch until you reach 190 rows. Lengthen or shorten the row to suit the wearer shoulder width. Bind off and fasten. Leave about 2′ yarn end for sewing up.
Band: Cast on 12 sts on a knitting needle and knit fisherman ribs stitch until you reach 44 rows. Bind off and fasten. Leave about 1 1/2′ yarn end for sewing up.
If the yarn is difficult to sew, replace the sewing yarn with lace yarn thread.


infinity-scarf-pattern-2Sew to join the first row and the last row of the scarf. Pull to create a gather. If you are unable to pull to create gather, sew a separate running stitch near the seam to pull.
Fasten and hide yarn end.


infinity-scarf-pattern-3Fold the band piece across the gathers and sew to join the band into a ring. Secure the band by stitching some stitches to the scarf. Fasten and hide yarn end.
The scarf is ready to be worn, create your own style!


knit cowl scarf pattern


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