Lavender Ice Cowl


This pretty kerchief style cowl pattern is a great way to add a pop of color to your outfit. The Lavender Ice Cowl is knit with a beautiful warm plum shade, perfect for bringing out the rosy color of your cheeks on a cold day. Unlike other cowl knitting patterns, this one isn't big and bulky, so you can wear it with almost anything. This knit cowl pattern is fitted and chic enough to layer over a blazer, yet cozy and warm enough to put on under a jacket.

Knitting Needle Size6 or 4 mm, Circular Knitting Needles

Yarn Weight(3) Light/DK (21-24 stitches to 4 inches)


  • Bernat® Cotton-ish™ by Vickie Howell (70 g/2.4 oz; 258 m/282 yds)
  • Cotton Gin (85315) 2 balls
  • Size 4 mm (U.S. 6) knitting needles
  • Size 4 mm (U.S. 6) circular knitting needle 36" [90 cm] long or size needed to obtain gauge
  • 4 stitch markers

20 sts and 30 rows = 4" [10 cm] in garter stitch.


Inc 1 = Increase 1 stitch by knitting into front and back of next stitch
K = Knit
K2tog = Knit next 2 stitches together
Pm = Place marker
Psso = Pass slipped stitch over
Rep = Repeat(s)
RS = Right side
Sl1 = Slip the next stitch knitwise
St(s) = Stitch(es)
WS = Wrong side
Yo = Yarn over

Approx 40" [101.5 cm] at widest point.

With pair of needles, cast on 3 sts.
1st row: (RS). Inc 1 in first st. K1, place marker (Pm) for center st. Inc 1 in last st. 5 sts.
2nd row: Knit.
3rd row: K1. yo. Knit to marked st. yo. K1. yo. Knit to last st. yo. K1. 4 sts increased.
4th row: Knit. Rep last 2 rows until there are 173 sts, changing to circular needle to accommodate all sts and ending with a WS row.

1st row: (RS). K1. Pm. Knit to center marked st. yo. K1. yo. Pm. Knit to end of row.
2nd row: Purl.
3rd row: K1. yo. Knit to marker. Sl marker. K1. (yo. K1. Sl1. K2tog. psso. K1. yo. K1) 14 times. Knit to center marked st. yo. K1. yo. Knit to next marker. (K1. yo. K1. Sl1. K2tog. psso. K1. yo) 14 times. Knit to last st. yo. K1. (4 sts increased). Rep last 2 rows 6 times more. Knit 5 rows. Cast off knitwise (WS).

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I am still knitting but am wondering how it is finished. Does it join to go over the head?

I did it! However, one side of the lace pattern was off despite following the instruction. Only I could tell ! When the scarf is worn, it still looks okay, right?

I agree that some of the directions are confusing, but even more, the picture shows a pattern on the edge, but with these directions, it is just a one row YO edge.

I tried to delete this comment, but can't figure out how to do it. I have progressed further in the pattern and realize that the pattern is going to be on the final edge. My mistake.

I knitted this kerchief May of 2015. It is Called Tri-Light Kerchief by Vickie Howel. It is not a cowl, not a circular project. It is more like a triangular shawl. The pattern does not say how to put the marker.

I need help right from the beginning - with 5 stitches, where do you put the center stitch marker? Or do you put in 2 markers? I tried knitting some samples last night of this stitch, and the center markers, if I used 2 - with the increases kept moving farther apart. Can anyone help me with this? Thank you!

There is only 1 marker and it is used to mark the centre stitch only. The reason for this is because the increases occur on either side of the centre stitch and at each end. I put my marker right on the cntre stitch and move it up as I knit each row so its ready for the next row. You could use two but they will never move, as soon as you notice the marker moving apart, you know you've made a mistake, the centre stitch will remain the centre stitch all the way up the piece, Hope this helps someone.

Silly question but should I have changed to circular needles after the first four rows? I too cannot get the edging to work out either. The more I re-read the pattern I'm now convinced changing to circular needles would mean I've wasted a load of time! grrr

You can change to circular needles any time you like, but usually you would only change when the stitches become too many to handle on straight needles. Hope this helps.

How do you fasten the cowl around the neck? It is not knit in the round so are you using a button or tyingthe ends together?

I just tuck one end under the other end at the back. It's actually a kerchief, using the term cowl is not truly correct in this instance.

This looks so pretty. I would like it as a shawl. Could it be made larger, about 60" instead of 40"?

Hi shirl5307! That would work! Another option is to take a look at a a very similar pattern on our site called the Easy Striped Kerchief Shawl by Vickie Howell. We suggest typing that into the search box above and checking out her instructions to see if that would suit your needs. Thanks! -Editors of AllFreeKnitting

can you please email me the pattern i can't get it to work out for to print thanks

I am at the Edging and am having a difficult time figuring out what the pattern maker is trying to get across on the 3rd row. It doesn't make any sense. Has anyone completed this? I'm ready to rip it out for the umpteen time. Keep thinking I'm doing something wrong and each time it comes out the same. 3rd round of the edging is very confusing. I am an experienced knitter and the 3rd round makes NO sense.

I have finished it and it doesn't quite work out right has anyone figured out the 3rd row because it is wrong. The directions also don't tell you how to finish it but I sewed it together at the back and it fits great just slip it over your head really like it except it isn't quite right

I have done the main part, but the lacy edge does not work out, I am fed up of ripping it out. Will just leave it now, wish I hadn't started it.......

I have done the main part but the lacy edge is not working out, I am fed up of ripping it out. Will just forget this pattern......

Yes, have just read the comments made by others about the edging instructions. I managed to simplify them. I think it would be easier to remove instructions about knitting to markers when only 3 or 2 stitches are involved before starting the feather patterns each side of the centre stitch

I have got to the edging, and I am rather bemused by the shape. It is indeed a kerchief but I fear I lack the imagination to see what it should look like when worn - yes I know there is a very beautiful picture. In order for the edging to hang at the bottom the way it does, does this mean that the piece folds over so that the edge appears at the bottom? I am a very experienced knitter (65 years). Do you have a picture of what the piece should look like when just finished? Many thanks

I consider myself an experienced knitter and I cannot understand this pattern instruction as written. A clarification would be appreciated.

Made this scarf and figured out the pattern okay but how to join. I can only think to put a button at the back and use a hole in the pattern to thread it into. Is there some other way?

Need clarification for pattern row 3. Not enough stitches to increase by 4 first time. Also the instruction knit to marked st, "yo, k1, yo"----when do you slip the marker?? It appears that one would "yo" then slip marker, k1, yo, and proceed to keep the marker at the center. The other postings appear to be also having difficulty with this pattern!

Just a little confused....row 3: if you knit to LAST stitch, how do you do yarn over and then still have a stitch to knit 1?

I believe you knit To the last stitch, do the YO and then knit that last stitch. Am starting this today so we'll see.

Same question as to join??

Is this scarf supposed to be joined in the round?


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