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Multi-Wear Cowl
Multi-Wear Cowl
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The Multi-Wear Cowl is a versatile knitting pattern you can work up whenever you please. Depending on your day, the weather or your mood, this cowl can also be worn as a hood up over your head or as a shoulder cozy down over your shoulders. The beautifully shaded yarn is thick-and-thin and adds interesting texture. With so many ways to wear this piece, it's like you're getting three accessories in one. The soothing colors will remind you of a day spent by the seashore and this free knitting pattern is perfect for beginner knitters. Get started on this easy knit cowl today and you will not be disappointed.

NotesDirections are for size Small. Changes for sizes Medium, Large, X-Large are in parentheses.


Knitting Needle Size9 or 5.5 mm, Circular Knitting Needles

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

Gauge14 sts = 4” [10 cm]; 24 rows = 4” [10 cm] in Ridge stitch. CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size needles to obtain the gauge.

Finished SizeFinished Measurement around bottom edge: 44 (48, 52, 56)” [112 (122, 132, 142) cm] Finished Measurement around neck edge: 34 (38, 42, 46)” [86.5 (96.5, 106.5, 117) cm] Finished Length: 13” [33 cm]

Materials List

  • RED HEART® Unforgettable Waves™: 4 balls 3975 Lakehouse
  • Susan Bates® Circular Knitting Needle: 5.5mm [US 9], 29” [40cm] long
  • Stitch marker


Cowl is worked in the round on circular needle, beginning at the bottom edge and worked up to neck edge.

Pattern Stitch

Ridge Stitch
Rounds 1-5: Knit.
Round 6: Purl.
Repeat Rounds 1-6 for Ridge st.


Cast on 154 (168, 182, 196) sts. Join to work in rounds, taking care not to twist sts. Place marker for beginning of round.

Purl 1 round. Knit 1 round. Purl 1 round.

Beginning with Round 1, work in Ridge st until piece measures 12½” [31.5 cm] from beginning, end with Round 4.
Decrease Round: K10 (24, 2, 16), [k2tog, k4 (4, 5, 5)] 36 times – 118 (132, 146, 160) sts remain.

Purl 1 round. Knit 1 round. Purl 1 round.

Bind off knitwise.


Weave in ends.


knit 2 sts together
work directions in brackets the number of times specified
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The yarn with its varying thickness and pretty colors is what makes this scarf so unique and attractive. The length is what makes it versatile. I love having a scarf that can be used as a hood. A hood is so useful when it is cold outside or starting to rain. Best yet, this is an easy pattern so even a beginning knitter who has only done a project or two can tackle this one. I'm going to include this on my must-do list and look to purchase the yarn next time I am at my favoriate store.

This is a pretty scarf, and easy to work up. However, you will only get the wavy look like in the photo if you use the Red Heart Unforgettable Waves yarn, because it varies in its thickness. If you substitute regular worsted weight yarn you won't get the same wavy look.

This cowl is colourful (=cheerful) with so many options once it is finished, from hood to infinity scarf and all stops in between. Delightful


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