Versatile Knitted Cowl

I love all the cowls that I have knitted and here is the latest one!  This one was not for me, but was a Christmas gift – I just might have to make one for myself soon.  The great thing about this cowl is that is can be a shoulder shawl or a cowl, depending on how you roll it, fold it or button it.  Any opening can be used as a button hole – so the way you put it around your neck is pretty open to what you can imagine!

Knitted Cowl (thank you

Cowl done

Items Needed

2 skeins bulky yarn (100 g/3.5 oz) (109 m/120 yds) – I used a nice organic cotton
Size US 11 knitting needles
2 buttons
Thread to sew buttons on with
Darning needle


Approx 14 ins (35.5 cm) wide x 29 ins (73.5 cm) long.


10 sts and 14 rows = 4 ins [10 cm] in stocking st.

1. Cast on 33 stitches

1st Row: (RS) *K1, yo (yarn over), K2tog (knit 2 together), repeat from * to end of row

2nd row: Knit all the way across

Repeat rows 1 & 2 until the cowl measure 29 inches, ending with a 1st row.




Cast off knitwise (WS).


1. Weave in all the ends.

2. Thoroughly wet the entire cowl, ring out well or put in the spin cycle in your washing machine.

3. Stretch the cowl out and pin to a towel.

Cowl blocking1

Cowl blocking2

4. Allow to dry completely.

5.  Try your cowl on and mark the position for the 2 buttons, using the openings as the button holes. Sew the buttons on.

Cowl buttons


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One Response to Versatile Knitted Cowl

  1. Jo says:

    That is so cool! Love it….

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