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Once Around Cowl

Prepare for the upcoming winter season with your very own Once Around Cowl. Made with bulky yarn, this trendy cable knit cowl pattern is sure to keep you warm and toasty. Even though the free scarf pattern calls for blue yarn, you can knit many cowls in different colors to spice up your winter wardrobe. This Once Around Cowl is the knitted scarf that will not only keep you warm but also super stylish every day of the season.


Knitting Needle Size10 or 6 mm

Yarn Weight(5) Bulky/Chunky (12-15 stitches for 4 inches)

Gauge1 stitches, 2 rows, 3 inches. stockinette stitch

Cowl Measuremets: 9” high x 25” circumference [23 cm x 64 cm]


  • RED HEART® Heads Up™: 2 balls 872 Royale (available in 3.5 oz (100 g), 187 yd (172 m) balls)
  • Susan Bates® Circular Knitting Needles: 6.0mm [US 10] 24” [61 cm] long
  • Stitch marker
  • Cable needle
  • Yarn needle


GAUGE: 15 sts = 4” [10 cm]; 20 rows = 4” [10 cm] in Stockinette st. CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size needle to obtain the gauge


K = knit
cm = centimeters
mm = millimeters
P = purl
st(s) = stitch(es;
* = repeat whatever follows the * as indicated

Special Stitches:
6-st LC = 3 over 3 Left Cross = Slip next 3 sts to cable needle and hold to front, k3, k3 from cable needle.
6-st RC = 3 over 3 Right Cross = Slip next 3 sts to cable needle and hold to back, k3, k3 from cable needle.


Sand Cable Stitch Pattern
Rounds 1-4: Knit.
Round 5: *6-st RC, k6; repeat from * to end.
Rounds 6-9: Knit.
Round 10: *K6, 6-st LC; repeat from * to end.
Repeat Rounds 1–10 for Sand Cable Stitch Pattern.

2x2 Rib Stitch Pattern
Round 1: *Knit 2 sts, purl 2 sts, repeat to end of Round.
Round 2: Knit the knit sts, purl the purl sts to end of Round.
Next Rounds: Repeat Rounds 1-2 for 2x2 Rib Stitch Pattern.

Cast on 96 sts. Join, being careful not to twist sts, place marker for beginning of Round.
Rounds 1-4: Work in 2x2 Rib Stitch pattern as follows: *K2, p2; repeat from * around.
Round 5: Begin Sand Cable Stitch pattern working Rounds 1-10 in pattern until cowl measures 8” [20 cm] from cast on edge.
Repeat Rounds 1-4.
Next Round: Bind off all sts loosely. Fasten off.

Weave in ends. Lightly block into shape

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