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Parallel Lines Cowl

Knitted cowls are taking over, and you don't want to be caught without one. Keep the autumn chill away and look good doing it with the Parallel Lines Cowl. Only using the basic knit and purl techniques, this easy knit scarf pattern is a great project for the beginner knitter looking to learn how to knit a scarf. The neutral color of this cowl knitting pattern makes it the perfect accessory to accompany all of your outfits. This knit cowl is also sure to be a relaxed and comfortable fit without sacrificing elegance and grace.


Knitting Needle Size10 or 6 mm, Circular Knitting Needles

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

Gauge1 stitches, 2 rows, 3 inches. stockinette stitch


  • Patons® Shetland Chunky™ (3.5 oz/100 g; 148 yds/136 m) Toasty Grey (78044) -2 balls
  • Size U.S. 10 (6 mm) circular knitting needle 24” [60 cm] long or size needed to obtain gauge.
  • Stitch marker

GAUGE: 15 sts and 20 rows = 4” [10 cm] in stocking st.

Measurements: Approx 10½” [26.5 cm] deep x 25.5” [65 cm] around.

Approx = Approximately
K = Knit
P = Purl
Rep = Repeat
Rnd(s) = Round(s)
St(s) = Stitch(es)

Cast on 96 sts. Join in rnd, placing marker on first st. (See Chart).
1st and 2nd rnds: *K1. P1. Rep from * around.
3rd and 4th rnds: *P1. K1. Rep from * around.
5th and 6th rnds: *K6. P6. Rep from * around.
7th and 8th rnds: *P1. K5. P5. K1. Rep from * around.
9th and 10th rnds: *K1. P1. K4. P4. K1. P1. Rep from * around.
11th and 12th rnds: *P1. K1. P1. K3. P3. K1. P1. K1. Rep from * around.
13th and 14th rnds: *(K1. P1) twice. K2. P2. (K1. P1) twice. Rep from * around.
15th and 16th rnds: *P1. K1. Rep from * around.
17th and 18th rnds: *K1. P1. Rep from * around.
19th and 20th rnds: *(P1. K1) twice. P2. K2. (P1. K1) twice. Rep from *around.
21st and 22nd rnds: *K1. P1. K1. P3. K3. P1. K1. P1. Rep from * around.
23rd and 24th rnds: *P1. K1. P4. K4. P1. K1. Rep from * around.
25th and 26th rnds: *K1. P5. K5. P1. Rep from * around.
27th and 28th rnds: *P6. K6. Rep from * around.
29th and 30th rnds: *P5. K1. P1. K5. Rep from * around.
31st and 32nd rnds: *P4. (K1. P1) twice. K4. Rep from * around.
33rd and 34th rnds: *P3. (K1. P1) 3 times. K3. Rep from * around.
35th and 36th rnds: *P2. (K1. P1) 4 times. K2. Rep from * around.
37th and 38th rnds: *P1. K1. Rep from * around.
39th and 40th rnds: *K1. P1. Rep from * around.
41st and 42nd rnds: *K2. (P1. K1) 4 times. P2. Rep from * around.
43rd and 44th rnds: *K3. (P1. K1) 3 times. P3. Rep from * around.
45th and 46th rnds: *K4. (P1. K1) twice. P4. Rep from * around.
47th and 48th rnds: *K5. P1. K1. P5. Rep from * around.
49th and 50th rnds: *K1. P1. Rep from * around.
51st and 52nd rnds: *P1. K1. Rep from * around.
Cast off.

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I love making quick projects like cowls. It makes you feel great to finish something and they usually do not require a whole lot of yarn. I love the cabled looking texture you get from just knitting and purling in various spots. This cowl has quite a bit of texture.

Interesting pattern that results in a sharp looking cowl. While it may be quicker, even easier, to walk into a store and buy cowls and scarves, it has none of the satisfaction of knitting them -- and the cost of buying them can be too much to consider sensible


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