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Free Pattern: Textured Knit Purl Cowl

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As you’ve probably guessed, I’ve been going through a little bit of a cowl phase. I love how easy and quick it is to knit up a 1 skein cowl. So I may have gotten a little carried away, but here’s another one. I bought 3 50g. skeins of Karabella Margrite Bulky yarn on ebay for $18 over a year ago- and I decided it was time to stop hoarding the cashmere! Unfortunately, the yarn I used for this cowl is discontinued, but I recommend replacing it with a soft alpaca blend.

I was overthinking it- afraid to use up “the good yarn”. This cashmere blend yarn is luxurious- it doesn’t need a complicated pattern, just something elegant and simple. This textured cowl is so easy to make, and the pattern is one of the easiest to memorize that I’ve found! I was able to knit and watch TV without messing up once (which is something I’ve never been able to say.)

If you know how to knit in the round, knit, and purl, then you can make this deceptively simple cowl!

What you need:


2 skeins (approx. 230yds / 210m) bulky yarn


4 sts. and 6 rows = 1” in stockinette


Us Size 10 (6.0mm) 16inch (40cm) circular knitting needles

stitch marker

Yarn needle for weaving in ends


CO – Cast On

K – Knit

P – Purl

BO – Bind Off

pm – Place Marker


Begin Pattern:

CO 120 sts. Join in the round, pm, and begin round 1


Round 1:  *[k3, p1, k1, p1] twice, K3; rep. from *

Round 2: k3, p4, k1, p4, k3


Rep. rounds 1 & 2 until scarf is about 9 inches (23cm) tall. BO with a stretchy BO. Weave in all ends and enjoy!


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Cascade Baby Alpaca Chunky Yarn



Rowan Cocoon Yarn


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  1. so love the designs, and what awesome work you all share with us, thank you.

    • I love your textured knit and purl cowl and have yarn on my needles as I type! I am trying it now but having troubles. I am using super bulky yarn with size 11 circulars. I cast on 60 stitches and followed row 1 but I end up with extra stitches and don’t know why? This is what I did:
      K3p1k1, k3p1k1, k3
      K3p1k1, k3p1k1, k3
      K3p1k1, k3p1k1, k3
      K3p1k1, k3p1k1, k3

      Where have I gone wrong please? I think maybe I need to add another k3 after where I show the first comma???

      Thank you so much for your help?

  2. Love your work-great talent. Thanks for the beautiful free cowl pattern! Simply put, This helps pass the knowledge and love of knitting to the world.

  3. Never knitted in the round before. What doe “pm” stand for?

  4. Hadzopoulos Christine says:

    I would like to have instructions for flat knitting!! Thank you! Xxxx

  5. Carol Bertrand says:

    Want to knit the textured knit and purl cowl but can’t find the yarn– karabella margrite cashmere yarn. Where did you get it online?

  6. margaret leader says:

    Instructions for textured knit-purl-knit cowl, first row: *(k3,pl,k1,pl)twice. Does that”twice include the first set of stitches or does it mean a total of 3 times?

  7. Thank you the beautiful cowl pattern. I was wondering if this could be knitted with worsted instead of bulky? If so, how many cast on stitches would you recommend? I’m not able to knit with bulky yarn anymore because larger needles cause the arthritis in my fingers to be more painful. Thanks in advance for your advice!

  8. Hi, love the pattern! If I wanted to do a narrower version for a child, what would the cast on multiple have to be, 15? Thank you


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