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Be True Knit Cowl

Warm and cozy as can be, this knit cowl pattern won't take you long to make!

Be True Knit Cowl
Be True Knit Cowl
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Are you looking for just the right accessory to wear in cold weather? While you can't go wrong with a statement necklace or a breezy scarf, freezing temperatures call for a warm and stylish little number - and that's where this Be True Knit Cowl comes in! The easy knitting pattern likely will not take long to make and will be a stunning addition to your cold weather gear. You can easily pair this cowl with a heavy winter coat or even a lighter denim jacket. No matter how you wear it, you're sure to look chic and sophisticated while also staying warm. This knit cowl pattern would also make a great gift!


Knitting Needle Size9 or 5.5 mm

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

Gauge14 sts = 4" [10 cm]; 24 rows = 4" [10 cm] in Garter stitch. CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size needles to obtain the gauge.

Finished SizeCowl measures 12" [38 cm] tall x 36" [91.5cm] circumference.

Materials List

  • RED HEART® With Love® Metallic™: 2 balls 8918 Red 
  • Susan Bates® Knitting Needles: 5.5mm [US 9] 
  • Stitch markers
  • Yarn needle



Cowl is worked from one short end to opposite short edge. Edges are sewn together to make Cowl. Number of sts changes over repeat of pattern stitch. 

Special Abbreviation

skp: (1 st decrease) Slip 1, knit 1, pass slipped stitch over.


  1. Cast on 48 sts.

  2. Row 1 (Right Side): K10, place marker, k1, [skp, k9, k2tog] twice, k1, place marker, k10 – 44 sts.

  3. Row 2: K10, slip marker, purl to last 10 sts, slip marker, k10.

  4. Row 3: Knit to first marker, slip marker, k1, [skp, k7, k2tog] twice, k1, slip maker, k10 – 40 sts.

  5. Row 4: K10, slip marker, purl to last 10 sts, slip marker, k10.

  6. Row 5: Knit to first marker, slip marker, k1, [skp, yo, (k1, yo) 5 times, k2tog] twice, k1, slip maker, k10 – 48 sts.

  7. Row 6: Knit.

  8. Repeat Rows 1-6 until piece measures 36" [91.5 cm] from beginning, end with a Row 6. 

  9. Bind off. 


  1. Sew short edges together. 

  2. Weave in ends.

  3. Click here for a larger version of the photo below.


knit 2 sts together
yarn over
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work directions in brackets the number of times specified
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Beautiful! And not too scratchy around the neck, because of the acrylic yarn.

This cowl has a lighter look than usual, because of the lace work. I like it! The repeating pattern reminds me of waves breaking on the beach.

This is a lovely cowl. The combo of edge ribbing and the lacy middle looks very nice together.


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