Are you looking for an easy knit cowl for beginners that’s still as stunning as those “non-beginner” cowls? Maybe you want to try knitting flat or you’re interested in knitting in stripes simply because you don’t want another single color all-stockinette in the round knit cowl. I get it! And that’s why I designed Red Alder for you!
- Exactly How Beginner-Friendly Is This Easy Knit Cowl for Beginners?
- If This Knit Cowl Is So Easy, Why Do I Need a Pattern?
- How Easy is Knitting In Stripes?
- What Yarn Do I Need to Knit This Pattern?
- Knitting Pattern Details for Red Alder, The Easy Knit Cowl for Beginners
- Cast On This Easy Knit Cowl for Beginners Today!
Exactly How Beginner-Friendly Is This Easy Knit Cowl for Beginners?
Super-duper easy! You need to know a total of 2 stitches to knit this cowl. Yup. Just 2—the knit stitch and the knit front back (kfb) stitch, which is just knitting into the same stitch twice.
You can keep this easy knit cowl for beginners as basic as possibly with a standard cast on and bind off, or if you’re feeling a little bold, you can try the i-cord bind off—which uses 2 knit stitches and the slip slip knit (ssk) stitch on repeat!
If This Knit Cowl Is So Easy, Why Do I Need a Pattern?
The short answer is: math. I’ve worked out stitch by stitch how many stitch you need to cast on, how many repeats you need for each of the 3 sizes, and how to get your end section to exactly match your cast on for a perfect join.
It’s an easy knit cowl for beginners because I’ve done all the work for you! All you have to do is cast on and enjoy!
How Easy is Knitting In Stripes?
Knitting in stripes is as easy as knitting without them. You simply drop your main color, pick up your contrasting color, and start knitting the next row.
It’s all been worked out for you that the ugly knitting in stripes transition of colors lands on the back side, aka the wrong side (WS), every time. All you have to do is knit the next row!
What Yarn Do I Need to Knit This Pattern?
You need a sport weight yarn, which is also known as a size 2 yarn if you’re looking at labels in the store! Sport weight yarn is great because it creates a lightweight fabric, but works up a lot faster than fingering weight (size 1).
I used the incomparable Biscotti La Douce MCN. MCN stands for Merino/Cashmere/Nylon which is quite frankly my favorite yarn blend of all time. It is out-of-this-world soft with a luster and drape you’ll want to drool over. And the nylon gives it strength and keeps all your cashmere from pilling right out of your yarn (Yes, it happens. I have two sweaters that can attest to it).
Biscotti Yarns creates an extensive collection of hand-dyed yarns in New Jersey. They have a stunning array of colors, including their famous self-striping yarn! They have wonderfully saturated colors—I mean look at that green!—that you’ll love!
Knitting Pattern Details for Red Alder, The Easy Knit Cowl for Beginners
Finished Circumference: 15.75 (18, 20.25)”/40 (45.5, 51.5) cm
Front Depth: 14 (15, 16)”/35.5 (38, 40.5) cm
MC – 200 (250, 300) yds/185 (230, 275) m
CC – 40 (50, 60) yds/35 (45, 55) m
Biscotte La Douce MCN (80% Superwash Merino, 10% Cashmere, 10% Nylon) 382 yds/350 m, 115g/ 4 oz – 1 skein each Vert Biscotte (A) & Bisque (B)
(The 2 skeins will allow you to make 2 cowls using each color as the MC one time.)
23 sts & 48 rows = 4”/10 cm in garter stitch, after blocking
Needles & Notions
US 5/3.75 mm – 24”/60 cm and DPNs or Magic Loop – preferred method of small circumference knitting (or needles needed to obtain gauge!)
Techniques to Indulge In
Knit front back increase
i-cord BO (optional)
Whip stitch or seam
Cast On This Easy Knit Cowl for Beginners Today!
Do you have any questions about knitting? Are you a little nervous to cast on? Please tell me all about it in the comments!
But let me reassure you, you can do it! I believe in you! This is the perfect project to learn all about knitting or test your new skills. And let me let you in on my favorite knitting secret: Knitting is one of the most forgiving crafts there is. You can always rip back and start again.
So there’s no need to fear. Grab a copy of this easy knit cowl for beginners and cast on today!