Ribbon Stitch Cowl

I have been working on posting stitches onto my site, the first stitch posted was the Ribbon Stitch which is a simple slip stitch colorwork pattern that can be knit with two or more colors.  This is a great beginner stitch, especially for those wanting to explore colorwork in knitting.

There isn’t any fuss when knitting this stitch as you only hold one color at a time, which makes it very easy if it is your first time doing colorwork. I also really like how slipped stitches look, the elongated stitches add a bit of a different look to the work and make it almost seem to have a bit of a texture to the flat surface.


For this pattern, I have converted the Ribbon Stitch to be knit in the round, and have created a small sized cowl. I decided to use a super fine yarn, and hold 2 strands at the same time so I could use a larger size needle. I very rarely use super fine yarn, but when I saw this yarn at the store I thought it might knit up nicely knit with 2 strands at once. The end result is something soft and light, which makes a perfect spring time cooler, but not too cold weather cowl. I really love how this cowl turned out 🙂

So, with that said, let’s begin!

The Ribbon Stitch Cowl

Free, in one size, if you would like to purchase the full pattern, please visit my Pattern Page.

Materials for Completion:

Needle: US Circular knitting needle, size 6- 4.0 mm

Super Fine Yarn, Size 1; 2 colors, 1 skein of each color

Suggested Yarn: Loops & Threads Woolike

Tapestry or Darning Needle

Stitch Marker

Size: One Size Fits Most Youth/Adult – finished measurement is approximately 9″ x 11.5″ when folded, as shown in image above.

Gauge: 2” x 2” = 13 rows x 10 stitches

Terms:  k =  knit           p = purl           sl = slip           sts = stitches           rep = repeat

Holding two strands together, cast on 112 sts using color A.

Place marker, join ends and leave at least a 6 inch yarn tail. Please also be careful not to twist the stitches when joining round. I use a long tail cast on method, however any cast on method will work.

Start Pattern:

Rounds 1 -7, Color A:  *k1, p1; rep from * to end.

Round 8, Color A:  knit.

Round  9, Color B:  *sl1, k3; rep from * to end. See term abbreviations at end of pattern for images on how this is done.

Round 10, Color B:  rep round 9.

Round 11, Color A:  knit.

Round 12, Color A:  rep round 11.

Round 13, Color B:  k2, sl1 *k3 sl1; rep from * to the last stitch, k1.

Rounds 14 & 15, Color B:  rep round 13.

Round 16, Color A:  knit.

Round 17, Color A:  rep round 16.

Repeat rounds 9 – 17  until work measures 7.25” from the cast on edge. Be sure to complete all rounds before moving onto the next steps.

Restart Round Count:

Round  1, Color B:  *sl1, k3; rep from * to end.

Round 2, Color B:  rep round 1.

Round  3, Color A:  knit.

Rounds 4 – 9, Color A:  *k1, p1; rep from * to end.

Bind off following k1, p1 pattern. Weave in all loose yarn ends.

Terms & Abbreviations:

Asterisks:  are used in this pattern to indicate repetition of a sequence of stitches. When you see *k1, p2; rep from * to end. This means knit 1 stitch, purl 2 stitches, and continue repeating those 3 stitches until you reach the end of the row.

k =  knit and p = purl: k & p abbreviations describe the detailed working of the pattern. For example; k1, p4, k2 written in a pattern means you knit 1 stitch, then purl 4 stitches, then knit 2 stitches.

sl = slip: this abbreviation means you transfer a stitch from the left hand needle on to the right hand needle without knitting it, then you follow the directions for  the next stitch.

For example; sl1, k3 written in this pattern means you slip the first stitch from the left hand needle on to the right hand needle without knitting it (images below 1st & 2nd). Then knit the next 3 stitches (3rd image).


sts = stitches

rep = repeat

Changing Colors:

When ready to change colors, drop the first color and start knitting with the new color, leave a 6” yarn tail for weaving in later when first bringing in the new color. When switching between colors within the pattern, drape the old color (white) over the color you are knitting with (rose) then start knitting using the new color.


I hope you enjoy knitting this cowl, and love seeing photos of work made using my patterns, please use #savlabot for any images you share on social media.

If you would like to purchase the  supplies needed, you can do so by following the links below:
Yarn: Loops & Threads Woolike I used Rose and Ivory.

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*This pattern is free on the blog for a limited time, once the pattern has been added to my Etsy Store the pattern will no longer be available for free. The final version of this pattern will include 2 yarn weight options and 2 sizes for each size.


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