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Published on October 12th, 2015 | by Angie


Knit by Bit: chunky cowl

This week, Angie was taken by surprise by the weather, and needed a chunky cowl knitting pattern. Read on for this quick knit!

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I’m going to blame my ill-prepared state of mind on the fact that I have lived in places with wildly different climates. I grew up in Chicago, where it snows from November through May. We had two seasons: winter, and road construction. The driving was better in the winter, because the potholes filled with snow!

I lived in Texas for 4 years, where seasons don’t exist, except when you get one freak snow storm every 5 years and every native Southerner calls in sick to work to play in the snow. One year, I went out on New Year’s Eve in a tank top!

I’ve lived in Vancouver, Dublin, and London – rainy, cozy places that I love. Still, I was caught off-guard this year when the chill set in on my morning walk to the train station! I make it a point to have at least one new cold-weather accessory each year, and I realized I had to get moving, and fast.

Knit by Bit: free chunky cowl knitting pattern


I used 3 balls of Lana Grossa Feltro Pailettes in Fuchsia (705). This wool blend yarn was designed to felt, but I love it for the vibrant colors and subtle sequins that run through it. I agonized over which shade I would choose, but finally settled on Fuchsia for it’s gorgeous jewel tone hue that’s really “in” this year.

Knit by Bit: free chunky cowl pattern featuring Lana Grossa FeltroClick this image to view all shades

You’ll also need 12 mm (US 17) needles (I used KnitPro interchangeable tips), a cable needle, and a yarn needle to seam up your cowl when it’s finished.

This project is knit flat, but I used circular needles to give me some more elbow room while traveling and snuggling on the couch. This cowl can be worn 3 different ways: around the neck, around the shoulders, or doubled up as a thick, warm neck scarf.


Cast on 20 stitches.

Row 1: knit

Row 2: purl

Row 3: k6, cf8*, k6

Row 4: purl

Repeat rows 1 – 4 until you’ve used all three skeins of your yarn. Seam together, and voila!

*cf8 = cable front 8: slip 4 stitches onto a cable needle and hold in front. Knit 4, return the cable needle stitches to the left needle, knit 4.

There you have it – a super simple, super quick chunky cowl knitting pattern for a sparkly, jewel tone cowl that will inspire jealousy in everyone who sees it. Happy knitting!

Knit by Bit: free cabled chunky cowl knitting pattern on LoveKnitting

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