Knit in Style With 3 Beautiful Lace Knitting Stitches in 1 Easy Cowl

Make a statement with your knitting skills and create a beautiful, lace-knit cowl that not only looks amazing but is also comfortable to wear in any weather. With a bit of fingering weight yarn and three different yet equally stylish lace knitting stitches, you’ll be ready to show off Tahitian Sunset, a work of fiber art, in no time!

easy lace cowl knitting pattern

Why Knit a Cowl With Lace Knitting Stitches?

The beauty of combining lace knitting stitches into a cowl lies in the intricate patterns you can quickly create. Not only does this create an eye-catching, unique fashion look, but it also allows the cowl to be more lightweight, making it the perfect accessory for spring and summer.

A cowl is also a great place to try new things! The project is just big enough to get comfortable with the new lace knitting stitches but it’s still a quick project that you can get on and off the needles in a flash.

Note: The yarn for this pattern was provided for me at no charge by the yarn company. Yarn support allows designers, like me, to continue to provide you with gorgeous patterns while we grow!

Understanding the Basics of Lace Knitting Stitches

One thing I love most about lace is that you can create gorgeous, intricate patterns with really simple stitches.

In addition to your super basic knit and purl stitch, the most common stitch you’ll work with is a yarn over (yo). These yarn overs create eyelets or decorative holes in your fabric. The shape and pattern of these eyelets is determined by the decreases.

This pattern makes use of 4 different kinds of decreases to produce 3 different styles of lace knitting stitches. K2tog and ssk are the bread and butter of decreases. But if you haven’t tried a p3tog or CDD (centered double decrease) then you’ll be glad to add these fabulous stitches to your arsenal.

Understanding how each of these lace stitches work together will help you create more (easy) intricate lace patterns when knitting your cowl.

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How Lace Knitting Stitches Effect the Knit Fabric

When a decrease is placed exactly next to a yarn over, an eyelet is created. For example, when you’re instructed to “k2tog, yo, k3, yo, ssk”, you’ve created two mirrored eyelets. In a pattern made with eyelets, the fabric stays flat, with straight lined across your rows and columns.

When yarn overs and decreases are knit in different sections, the fabric begins to change and waves are formed. For example, when you’re instructed to “yo, k2, cdd, k2, yo,” over the same 7 stitches and you do this for multiple right side rows, the fabric will begin to contract where the decreases are made, pulling downward. And the fabric will expand where the yo’s are made, pushing upward.

This is why the 2 types of lace knitting stitches in the body of the cowl remain in straight rows, whereas the lace at the edge of the cowl turns to waves.

easy lace cowl knitting pattern

Keeping the Cowl Chill with Garter Stitch

Lace is fabulous and adds a ton of elegance and style to any knitting pattern. But lace knitting stitches can take a fair bit of concentration when you’re first working out a new pattern.

This is why I incorporated garter stitch sections into Tahitian Sunset. This simple stitch is worked by knitting every row. There’s nothing more chill than that! Garter stitch adds texture and stability to the knit fabric and a bit of calm to your knitting experience.

Seam Your Cowl for Finishing Touches

This cowl is worked flat so that garter stitch is extra easy to create. So once you’ve created your lacy work of art, it’s time to finish off the cowl by sewing up the edges of the knitting together to create a tube.

The pattern shows you exactly how to line up the edges and then it’s just a few quick stitches to seam it up.

Not fan of seams? No worries! You can use a whipstitch or even crochet the two edges together along the inside; just make sure it matches in tension with the knit produced.

Once all sides are secured, weave in any loose ends left behind from the knitting. Your beautiful and fashionable cowl is now ready to wear!

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Who Made that Fabulous Yarn?!?

I discovered KraeO while walking the marketplace at Vogue Knitting Live. Kristin had beautiful colors that I just kept coming back to again and again.

It was sooooo hard to choose. But I LOVE the combination we came up with!

One thing I love about Kristin and KraeO? It’s home of the Fuzz Family! All of her bases are family members in one big, crazy fiber family. I picked up two skeins of Twisted Sister, but there’s also Big Brother (Aran), Mama Bear (DK), Uncle Mulberry (a silky worsted), and more!

Tell Me More About Tahitian Sunset

Well since you asked!

Discover the art of slow fashion and add an elegant touch to your wardrobe with Tahitian Sunset. this lace cowl knitting pattern is the perfect ‘go-to’ for the knitter who wants to make a statement. The intricate, yet easy lace knitting stitch featured in this pattern is sure to elevate any look. 

This beautiful design is made with a fingering weight yarn and features detailed instructions with supportive photos. The pattern is both written and charted, so anyone can enjoy the design. The pattern is both adventurous and straightforward, allowing you to make a stunningly sophisticated cowl with ease.

No matter the occasion, the Tahitian Sunset will turn heads. From casual days to dressy occasions, this timeless pattern will become a favorite accessory that you reach for time and time again. Impress your friends with a unique cowl made from quality materials.

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Get the Specs for This Easy Lace Cowl Knitting Pattern

Size

Circumference (Top): 19.5 (23.5, 27.5)”/49.5 (59.5, 70) cm

Depth at Front: 17.5 (19.5, 21.5)”/44.5 (49.5, 24.5) cm

Yarn

2 colors of fingering weight yarn:

MC – 235 (315, 405) yds/215 (285, 370) m

CC – 80 (110, 140) yds/75 (100, 130) m

Recommended Yarn

KraeO Twisted Sister (85% Merino Wool, 15% Mulberry Silk) 490 yds/450 m, 100 g — 1 skein each in Robins Egg (MC) & Orange Spree (CC)

Needles & Notions

US 4/3.5 mm – 24”/60 cm recommended to accommodate stitches (or needles needed to obtain gauge!)

Tapestry needle

Techniques to Indulge In

Garter Stitch

Simple Increases

Easy Lace

(Optional) i-Cord Bind Off

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Grab the Lace Knitting Stitches Pattern!

Tahitian Sunset will make a beautiful addition to your wardrobe. Reimagining your style has never been easier—or more fashionable than with these gorgeous lace knitting stitches!

Get the pattern today and start creating a classic piece that will last a lifetime.

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