Tricolor Knit Cowl


If you want to learn how to knit step by step a fashionable and fun cowl, try your hand at the Tricolor Knit Cowl. This exciting pattern uses three different kinds of gold-spotted yarn for a cool, checkerboard-like result. Its chunky design will keep you toasty in the cold, snowy weather without having to fuss with a long scarf, and the bits of gold give an elegant edge to the cowl. Try pairing it with a sweater dress or red cardigan for a striking, yet comfortable, look.


Knitting Needle Size11 or 8 mm

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

Gauge1 stitches, 2 rows, 3 inches. stockinette stitch


  • 231-100 Lion Brand Gold Leaf: White/Gold - 1 Ball (A)
  • 231-153 Lion Brand Gold Leaf: Black/Gold - 1 Ball (B)
  • 231-113 Lion Brand Gold Leaf: Red/Gold - 1 Ball (C)
  • Lion Brand Knitting Needles Size 11 [8mm]
  • Lion Brand Stitch Holders
  • Lion Brand Large-Eye Blunt Needles (Set of 6)


Gauge: 10 sts = about 4 in. (10 cm) over Rows 1-16.



beg = begin(s)(ning)
dec = decreas(e)(s)(ing)
k = knit
k2tog = knit 2 together
p = purl
rep = repeat(s)(ing)
rnd(s) = round(s)
St st = Stockinette stitch
st(s) = stitch(es)
tog = together


Stitch Explanation:

Garter Rib (worked over an even number of sts)
Row 1 (RS): Knit.
Row 2: *K1, p1; rep from * across.
Rep Rows 1 and 2 for Garter rib.



1. Cowl is worked in three sections.
2. Each section is worked in Garter rib, changing yarn color to create stripes and blocks of color.


Section 1
With A, cast on 16 sts.
Work in Garter rib for 16 rows.
Change to B and continue in Garter rib as established for 6 rows.
Change to A and continue in Garter rib for 24 rows.
Slip sts to a st holder.
Section 2
With B, cast on 16 sts.
Work in Garter rib for 16 rows.
Change to A and continue in Garter rib as established for 6 rows.
Change to B and continue in Garter rib for 24 rows.
Cut B.
Join Sections 1 and 2
Slip Section 1 sts back onto needle next to Section 2 sts (both sections with RS facing).
Section 3
From RS, join C and work Row 1 of Garter rib across both sections – you will have 32 sts at the end of this row.
Continue in Garter rib as established until piece measures about 28 in. (71 cm) long.
Bind off.
Sew adjoining long sides of Sections 1 and 2 together.
Sew short ends of seamed Section 1 and 2 piece to Section 3 to make Cowl.
Weave in ends.

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This yarn is actually a super bulky and this cowl knits up very quickly, it's an excellent immediate satisfaction project!


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