Cowl of Many Colors


Get ready to learn how to knit a scarf that is both warm and fashionable with the Cowl of Many Colors. This beautiful cowl knitting pattern uses a bit of openwork in the patterning to create a uniquely beautiful look that is perfect for wear both day and night. Knit entirely on straight needles, you don't even have to worry about trying to keep your stitches from twisting and turning while knitting in the round. Once you get the hang of this knit scarf pattern, you'll have no problem finishing up and binding off. Use self-patterning yarn for a knitted accessory you get to watch unfold with each row you knit.


Knitting Needle Size9 or 5.5 mm

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

Gauge1 stitches, 2 rows, 3 inches. stockinette stitch


  • RED HEART® Boutique MagicalTM: 1 ball of 1902 Phoenix
  • Susan Bates® Knitting Needles: 5.5mm [US 9]
  • Yarn needle

GAUGE: 20 sts = 4” (10 cm); 30 rows = 4” (10 cm) in pattern. CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size needle to obtain the gauge.


Cowl measures 21” (53 cm) circumference and 10” (25 cm) high.


k = knit
k2tog = knit 2 sts together
p = purl
st(s) = stitch(es)
* = repeat whatever follows the * as indicated
wyib = with yarn held to the back
wyif = with yarn held to the front
yo = yarn over


Cast on 82 sts.
Row 1: Knit across.
Row 2 (RS): K1, purl across to last st, K1.
Row 3: Knit around.
Row 4: K3, *slip 1 wyib, k1; repeat from * across to last st, K1.
Row 5: K1, *K1, slip 1 wyif; repeat from * to last 3 sts, K3.
Row 6: K2, *yo, k2tog; repeat from * to last 2 sts, K2.
Row 7: K1, purl across to last st, K1.
Repeat Rows 2-7 for pattern until piece measures 9½” (24 cm) from cast on edge, ending by working Row 7. Then, repeat Rows 2 and 3 once more.
Bind off all sts loosely, knitwise, leaving a long end for sewing.

Thread yarn needle with long end. With RS together, sew seam. Weave in ends.

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Very nice cowl pattern but I am pretty sure that Row 3 should say knit across instead of knit around. The yarn used in the pattern, Boutique Magical, has been discontinued, but you can substitute another worsted weight yarn, although you won't get the same look as in the photo.

Is row #5 an increase row. When I do a WYIF it seems to work the same as a Yarn over which creates an extra stitch which I thought row 6 would take care of but it has a YO and K2 TOG which is not a decrease row. What am I doing wrong.

No it is not an increase, you are doing the wyif incorrectly, it creates a loop if you bring it over the needles, no loop created if you bring the yarn between the needles. I know this is late, hope it helps someone.

When you make a wyib or wyif do you slip puerl or knit wise

you always slip a stitch purlwise, unless the pattern states otherwise.

Do you knit or Purl wise

It won't print.

Hello! If you click on the "Print" button at the top of the page (below the title), you should be able to print the pattern in full. Hope this helps! -Kathryn, Editor of AllFreeKnitting

It's a lovely pattern. Thank you!!!!

Nice easy pattern except the instructions say " knit around" but the seam at the end clearly indicates that the cowl is knit flat. I'm going to try it in the round, because I prefer cowls to be seamless. wish me luck!


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