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Knot Your Grandma's Cowl



This sophisticated pattern oozes elegance and style. Great for a variety of ages, Knot Your Grandma's Cowl is knit beautifully with twisted, pretzel-like cables. Just follow these scarf knitting instructions to create your own luxurious cowl.

A special thanks to LadyRev who came up with the name "Knot Your Grandma's Cowl."

Knot Your Grandma's Cowl
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Knitting Needle Size: 11 or 8 mm

Yarn Weight: (4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

Scarf measures approximately
36"/91.5cm long (circumference)


  • One pair size US 11 (8mm) knitting needles, or size to obtain gauge.
  • 2 small stitch holders
  • Yarn needle
  • Stitch.Rock.Love. Sheep(ish) from Caron (70% Acrylic/30% Wool; 3oz/85g,167yds/153m) #0010 Camel(ish): 4 balls

In Stockinette stitch, 12 sts and 14 rows = 4"/10cm.

If you want a longer scarf, to wear in two loops instead of one, simply continue
knitting until piece measures 3 times as long (108"/274.5cm).


Using a double strand of yarn, CO 31 sts.
Row 1 (RS): [K2, p2] twice, k5, p5, k5, [p2, k2] twice.
Row 2: K the knit sts and p the purl sts.
Rows 3–10: Repeat Rows 1 and 2.
Row 11 (knot cable row): [K2, p2] twice. Make RH strip: Working back and forth over next 5 sts only (leave all other sts unworked for now), work 6 rows in St st (k on RS, p on WS); slip the 5 sts onto a stitch holder and allow strip to fall to front. Cut yarn. Slip next 5 sts onto a stitch holder and allow to fall to back.  Make LH strip: With RS facing, rejoin yarn. Working back and forth over next 5 sts only, work 6 rows in St st; leave sts on left hand needle.
Tie knot: With RS facing, cross RH strip in front of LH strip, then behind LH strip, and through the center opening (like tying a knot); allow RH strip to fall to the front.K5 from LH strip, p5 from 2nd stitch holder, k5 from RH strip (the RH strip is now the LH strip and vice-versa).[P2, k2] twice to complete row.
Row 12: K the knit sts and p the purl sts.
Repeat Rows 1–12 ten more times (for a total of eleven repeats).
Repeat Rows 1–6 once more.
Bind off.

If desired, block piece. Sew cast-on and bind-off edges together to create a
loop. Using yarn needle, weave in all ends.

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Reviews More Reviews

Jan 13, 2015

I am trying to do the knot grandma's cowl but i don't understand how to do the tie knot. Will you please send me a video or a picture.


Nov 1, 2014

I've messaged the photo via facebook


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Oct 30, 2014

Well I am doing what is says for the tie knot bit and as it makes a knot assume it must be right. However feel it doesn't look like photo. I have a photo of what I have done so far but can't see how to get it to you


Oct 28, 2014

I've started this and would like to see more pics as I get a knot when I follow instructions but can't see any on photo


Oct 27, 2013

I just started knitting this cowl today and I think there's a mistake in the pattern. Rows 1 and 2 (repeated 5 times) create seed stitch (or moss stitch as some call it). I can't see any seed stitching in the picture - it seems as though it's done in stockinette stitch (other than the cables). Am I doing something wrong or is there a mistake in the pattern? Knit the knit stitches and purl the purl stitches (row 2) = seed stitch. Help?


Oct 23, 2013

The directions say to cast on with a double strand. Do you knit the entire thing with a double strand?


Jan 30, 2012

A knitting pattern chart'd be much better!


Nov 16, 2011

this cowl looks like interesting ladders so i would call it STEPPING UP HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY TO ALL


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