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Up and Down Knit Cowl

Up and Down Knit Cowl
Up and Down Knit Cowl
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The Up and Down Knit Cowl is a free knitting pattern that will keep you entertained every step of the way. Knit cables are combined with shaded wool blend yarn for a cowl you will love wearing again and again. This free knitted cowl pattern is beautifully designed and features ribbed edges and a chic buttonhole closure. This intermediate pattern will surely become a cold weather staple. The colors of this free knit pattern are simply lovely and will have you wishing cold days lasted all year long. Try your hand at this fun and functional knitting pattern today and you will be glad you did.

NotesGAUGE: 22 sts = 4” [10 cm]; 24 rows = 4” [10 cm] in K2, p2 rib. 20 sts = 4” [10 cm]; 24 rows = 4” [10 cm] in Cable st. CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size needles to
obtain the gauge.
Cowl measures 12” long x 30” circumference [30.5 cm x 76 cm].
Cowl is worked back and forth in rows.
Circular needle is used to accommodate large number of stitches.
3/3 LC: Slip 3 sts to cable needle and hold in front, k3, then k3 from cable needle.
3/3 RC: Slip 3 sts to cable needle and hold in back, k3, then k3 from cable needle.
kfb: Knit 1 front and back (increase) Knit next st, then knit it through back loop.


Knitting Needle Size10 or 6 mm, Circular Knitting Needles

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

Materials List

  • RED HEART® Boutique Treasure™: 3 balls 1923 Tapestry
  • Susan Bates® Circular Knitting Needle: 6mm [US 10] 29” [74 cm] long
  • Cable needle, stitch marker, yarn needle
  • Five ?” [22 mm] LaMode, style 31111, wood buttons

Pattern Stitches

K2, p2 Rib (multiple of 4 sts + 2)
Row 1 (Right Side): [K2, p2] to last 2 sts, k2.
Row 2: [P2, k2] to last 2 sts, p2.
Repeat Rows 1-2 for K2, p2 rib.
Cable Stitch
Row 1 (Wrong Side): Purl.
Row 2: Knit.
Row 3: Purl.
Row 4: *3/3 RC, k6; repeat from * to end of row.
Rows 5-7: Repeat Rows 1-3.
Row 8: *K6, 3/3 LC; repeat from * to end of row.
Repeat Rows 1-8 for Cable st


Cast on 166 sts.
Row 1-2: Work in K2, p2 rib.
Buttonhole Row 3 (Right Side): K2, bind off 2 sts, work in pattern to end of row.
Row 4: Work in pattern to last 6 sts, p2, cast on 2 sts, p2.
Rows 5-6: Work in K2, p2 rib.
Row 7: K2, p2, k1, kfb, work in K2, p2 rib to last 6 sts, kfb, k1, p2, k2 – 168 sts.
Row 8 (Wrong Side): P2, k2, p2, beginning with Row 1, work in Cable st to last 6 sts, p2, k2, p2.
*Keep first and last 6 sts in K2, p2 rib and remaining sts in Cable st, work until piece measures 2½” [6.5 cm], end with a wrong side row. Repeat Buttonhole Row, casting on 2 sts over bind-off sts of Buttonhole Row on next row.
Repeat from * for 2 more times – 4 buttonholes made.
Work in pattern as established until piece measures 11” [28 cm] from beginning, end with a wrong side row.
Next Row (Right Side): K2, p2, k1, k2tog, work in K2, p2 rib to last 7 sts, k2tog, k1, p2, k2 – 166 sts.
Work 1 row in K2 p2 rib.
Buttonhole Row (Right Side): K2, bind off 2 sts, work in pattern to end of row.
Next Row: Work in pattern to last 6 sts, p2, cast on 2 sts, p2.
Work 3 rows in K2 p2 rib.
Bind off in rib.


Weave in ends. Sew on buttons opposite buttonholes.


knit 2 sts together
work directions in brackets the number of times specified
* or **
repeat whatever follows the * or ** as indicated
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This is such a beautiful and unusual cowl. This will be a nice addition to any outfit. You will have people asking you where you got it. With the winter coming up this is a must have. I love the combination of the ribbing and cable stitches. It looks difficult but really isn't. Thank you.

There is something about the cables, the blended colours, and the buttons - the combination makes it impossible for me to resist this one - shall have to knit it soon as summer will not last forever

Love the earthy colored yarn used for knitting the beautiful cowl! The cables appear to give it a warm fuzzy feel and the buttons make the cowl charming. This is definitely a scarf I have to try out. And with winter still lingering on I might have a chance to wear it this winter!

This is so beautiful. I especially love the buttons. It gives it a more put-together / completed appearance.


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