Harvest Bonfire Cowl


Harvest Bonfire Cowl

Harvest Bonfire Cowl
Harvest Bonfire Cowl

A cowl shouldn't just be a wind blocker. For a cold-weather accessory that's also a style statement, check out the Harvest Bonfire Cowl. Knit in the round from two strands held together, the fiery hue of this knit cowl pattern calls to mind flaming sunsets, October maple leaves, bright bonfires, and other autumn activities. This quick and easy cowl knitting pattern explains how to knit a cowl with a simple checkerboard design perfect for any skill level. Keep out the autumn chill with a bright cowl perfectly suited to the season.


Knitting Needle Size13 or 9 mm, Circular Knitting Needles

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

Gauge10½ sts and 17 rounds = 4" (10 cm) in check pattern with 2 strands of yarn held together. CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size needles to obtain the gauge.

Finished SizeCowl measures 38" (96.5 cm) circumference and 15" (38 cm) tall

Materials List

  • Red Heart Soft (5 oz, 256 yd) 9925 Really Red - 3 balls
  • Susan Bates Knitting Needles: 9mm (US 13) 32" (80 cm) circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Stitch marker
  • Yarn needle



  • Cowl is worked in rounds with 2 strands of yarn held together throughout.
  • You may wish to roll the the 3rd bal of yarn into 2 separate balls before beginning. Alternatively, the beginning end of the 3rd ball and the end (tucked inside the ball) can be held together for the 2 strands.


With 2 strands of yarn held together, loosely cast on 100 sts. Place marker for beginning of round. Being careful not to twist stiches, prepare to work in rounds.

Work in Garter stitch (purl 1 round, knit 1 round, purl 1 round) for 3 rounds.

Begin Check Pattern

Round 1:  *K5, p5; repeat from * to end of round.
Round 2:  Knit.
Rounds 3 and 4: Repeat Rounds 1 and 2.
Round 5: Repeat Round 1.
Round 6: *P5, k5; repeat from * to end of round.
Round 7: Knit.
Rounds 8 and 9: Repeat Rounds 6 and 7.
Round 10: Repeat Round 6.
Rounds 11–60: Repeat Rounds 1-10 five more times.

Work in Garter stitch for 3 rounds.

Bind off loosely.


Weave in ends.


repeat whatever follows the * as indicated

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I made this in black and I love how it turned out! Nice and thick and cozy, with a unique but not overwhelming pattern. Recommend it!

This is a really nice cowl pattern to make because you can style the cowl in different ways. The pattern issue noted below seems to have been corrected above. Since the cowl is made with 2 strands of yarn held together it should come out nice and comfy soft. Pinned!

another must do and a genuine cowl,can cover head and shoulders looks great!

Thank you to user Ealizabethane 1862 886, as well for letting us know that the pattern that was pasted here on AllFreeKnitting is incorrect! This is why I wish AllFreeKnitting would just link to Red Heart's website for these patterns like they do with the all the other patterns they put on their site. The pattern IS called Candi's Checked Cowl and the link to the pattern on RedHeart's site is http//www.redheart.com/free-patterns/candi's-check == ed-cowl.

So glad I checked the comments before beginning this. My thanks also, Ealizabethane.

Thank you Ealizabethane. I were going to download pattern till I read your comment. It does look nice though. Hope it gets fixed

There is a mistake in the pattern as it is written here. Where it says on here to Work in Garter stitch (knit every round) for 3 rounds. This is not correct, garter stitch in the round is stocking stitch on straight needles, knit 1 round, purl 1 round, knit 1 round are the correct instructions. I checked the Red Heart website, this project is called Candi's checkered cowl and the instructions are correct there, I think this needs to be updated. I've made 9 of these for gifts and found the issue last year, but this year I gave the pattern to my neighbour and forget to tell her about the mistake, she just brought hers to me in tears because it is all curled at the edges and its taken her the whole summer to make and now she has to start over. Hope this helps someone besides her, happy knitting.

It looks so easy, cannot wait to make it.


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