Follow the Signs Knit Cowl


Follow the Signs Knit Cowl

Are we there yet? This Follow the Signs Knit Cowl's fun design will show you the way to a cool, easy-knit cowl that stands out from the bunch. It seems all free knitting patterns for cowls feature stripes, laces, or nothing at all. How many cowls have you seen with an arrow motif? This silly and quirky design will have all of your friends asking where you got it, and wanting one of their own. Perfect for spring with its bright yellow color, this unusual cowl is just what you've been looking for.


Knitting Needle Size7 or 4.5 mm, Circular Knitting Needles

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

Gauge1 stitches, 2 rows, 3 inches. stockinette stitch


Version 1

  • Patons® Canadiana™ (100 g/3.5 oz; 187 m/205 yds)
    • Main Color (MC): White (10005) - 1 ball
    • Contrast A: Pale Water Blue (10143) - 1 ball

Version 2

  • Patons® Canadiana™ (100 g/3.5 oz; 187 m/205 yds)
    • Main Color (MC): Medium Grey Mix (10044) - 1 ball
    • Contrast A: Fool’s Gold (10610) - 1 ball


Measurements: Approx 10½" [26.5 cm] deep x 27" [68.5 cm] around.


Follow the Signs Knit Cowl Version 1Abbreviations:

Approx = Approximately
Dec = Decrease(ing)
Inc = Increase(ing)
K = Knit
P = Purl
Pat = Pattern
Rep = Repeat
Rnd(s) = Round(s)
St(s) = Stitch(es)
WS = Wrong side


21½" sts and 23 rows = 4" [10 cm] in Fair Isle Pat.
20 sts and 26 rows = 4" [10 cm] in stocking st.



Note: When working from chart, carry yarn not in use loosely across WS of work but never over more than 5 sts. When it must pass over more than 5 sts, weave it over and under color in use on next st at center point of sts it passes over. The colors are never twisted around one another.


With MC, cast on 136 sts. Join in rnd, placing a marker on first st.

1st rnd: *K2. P2. Rep from * around.

Rep last rnd of (K2. P2) ribbing 5 times more, inc 7 sts evenly across last rnd. 143 sts.

Work Chart I to end of chart, noting 11-st rep will be worked 13 times.

Rep rows 1 to 8 of Chart I 3 times more.

Next rnd: With MC, knit dec 7sts evenly across. 136 sts.

With MC, work 6 rnds in (K2. P2) ribbing.

Cast off in ribbing.

Follow the Signs Knit Cowl Chart

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I love the arrow design in this cowl! So creative!


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