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Garter and Lace Knit Cowl Pattern

Garter and Lace Cowl
Garter and Lace Cowl
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This Garter and Lace Knit Cowl Pattern from Red Heart is a beautiful cowl knitting pattern with an interesting cross garter stitch motif which gives the cowl a lacy appearance. Even though this knit cowl pattern looks complicated, it's actually an easy knitting pattern. You can create this cowl mostly by knitting garter stitch, so it's not too complicated. Style this cowl with jeans and a long sleeved t-shirt for a casual look, or wear it over a sweater for added warmth. You'll love the look of this cowl so much, you'll want to come back to this free knitting pattern again and again.


Knitting Needle Size8 or 5 mm, Circular Knitting Needles

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

Finished Size20" high x 70" circumference

Pattern Instructions

This pattern uses a repeating stitch pattern to create the overall cowl design. The stitch pattern is provided first and the knitting instrcutions are provided afterwards. 

Garter Stripe Cross Stitch Pattern

This stitch pattern uses a multiple of 8 stitches. 

  1. Round 1: *knit next stitch, wrapping yarn around needle 3 times. Repeat from * around.

  2. Round 2: *Slip 8 sts from RH needle to LH needle, dropping wraps. Using LH needle, pass first 4 sts over last 4 sts. Slip these 8 sts, in this order, back to LH needle and knit, forming cross. Repeat from * around. 

  3. Round 3: Purl. 

  4. Round 4: Knit. 

  5. Rounds 5-6: Repeat founds 3-4. 

  6. Round 8: Remove beginning of round marker and slip first 4 sts to RH needle. Replace marker and repeat round 1. 

  7. Round 9: Repeat round 2. After round 9 is complete, remove beginning of round marker again, slip last 4 sts of round 9 back to LH needle. Replace marker. 

  8. Rounds 10-14: Repeat rounds 3-7. 

  9. Repeat rounds 1-14 for pattern.

Cowl Knitting Pattern

Below is the pattern for the whole cowl. 

  1. Loosely cast on 280 sts. Join, being careful not to twist sts. Place stitch marker to mark beginning of round. 

  2. Round 1: Knit. 

  3. Round 2: Purl. 

  4. Rounds 3-4: Repeat rounds 1-2. 

  5. Begin Garter Stripe Cross Stitch Pattern. Work rounds 1-14 a total of 6 times, then work rounds 1-6 once. 

  6. Last Round: Loosely bind off all sts purlwise. 


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as I was reading the stitch pattern I got to step 8 "Rounds 10-14 Repeat rounds 3-7." but round 7 is missing. It reads " Rounds 5-6 Repeat founds 3-4. Round 8 Remove beginning of round marker and slip first 4 sts to RH needle. Replace marker and repeat round 1."

I did find all the missing info on the Red Heart website, the yarn is 5 balls of Boutique gleam yarn and round 7 is purl. Hope this helps, happy knitting.

I really do love the look of this cowl, but I do wish they had specified which yarn to use to make it. I shall go to the red heart website and find it.

There is something about the look of this cowl that reaches out to me - when I finish all the saved patterns I shall have a room full of cowls and a closet full of sweaters - might even give some as gifts!

I love how bulky but light this cowl seems. Perfect fall accessory. Can't wait to try it!


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