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Fabulous Fair Isle Knit Cowl Pattern

Fabulous Fair Isle Knit Cowl Pattern
Fabulous Fair Isle Knit Cowl Pattern
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Have you been thinking about trying your hand at Fair Isle knitting? This Fabulous Fair Isle Knit Cowl Pattern is just the pattern you need to begin your journey. Fair Isle knitting is a traditional method that will really mix up your knitting life. And, because a cowl pattern is easier and less time intensive than a traditional Fair Isle sweater, you can get results, and something to wear, much quicker! Enjoy this cowl scarf for years to come, or give it as a special gift.


Knitting Needle Size13 or 9 mm

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

Gauge13 sts = 4" (10 cm) in Fair Isle pat with two strands held together. 

Finished SizeCowl measures 34" (86 cm) in circumference and 10" (25.5) in length.

Materials List

  • RED HEART® Soft®: 2 balls in each 9344 Chocolate A, 4420 Guacamole B, and 9518 Teal C
  • Susan Bates® Circular Knitting Needles: 9mm [US 13] 32" (81 cm)
  • stitch marker
  • yarn needle


1. Cowl is worked in rounds of Fair Isle, with the right side always facing.
2. The Fair Isle pattern is worked following a chart. Read all rows of chart from right to left.
3. When working with one color, the other color is carried loosely along the wrong side of the fabric until it is needed again.
4. To prevent puckering of the fabric, be sure to not pull the yarn too tightly when changing colors.
5. Cowl is worked with 2 strands of yarn held together throughout, for all colors.


With 2 strands of A held together, cast on 110 sts.
Join round being careful not to twist cast-on edge, and mark first stitch.
Rounds 1-5: * K1, p1; repeat from * around.
Work rounds 1-23 of Fair Isle chart, repeating the 10-st pattern shown 11 times around.
Last 5 rounds: With A, * k1, p1; repeat from * around.
Bind off all sts.


Weave in all loose ends.


Color A, B, C
* or **
repeat whatever follows the * or ** as indicated

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I remember starting a Fair Isle knit sweater years ago and not being able to finish it. This cowl pattern looks much more doable. I would probably substitute an off white color yarn for the Guacamole green in the picture to coordinate the colors a little more and make it go with a brown coat.


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