Free Garter Stitch Cowl Pattern

Hello Knitters!

I am getting ready for fall with a number of new scarf and cowl patterns.

Today I worked on a quick and easy cowl pattern that takes 1 skein of yarn, and can easily be modified into a scarf or infinity scarf.

This is a garter knit cowl, which is the first stitch I learned when I started knitting.

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Materials For Completion: There is a link at the end of the post for a PDF download of the pattern.

US 17 straight knitting needles. This pattern calls for needles larger than suggested for the weight of yarn.

Heavy weight yarn 1 skein for Cowl or 2 for Infinity Scarf

Terms: k = knit, sl1 = slip one stitch, sts = stitches


Cast on 23 sts.

Garter Stitch Cowl_1

I typically use the long tail cast on method, but any method for casting on stitches should work just fine.

Cast On_1

Row 1: sl1, knit to end.

Repeat row 1 until work reaches 24 inches. Or if you would rather an infinity scarf, use 2 skeins of yarn and continue working row 1 until work reaches 50 inches to 60 inches in length.


Binding Off: sl1, *k1, Insert the tip of the left hand needle into the first knit stitch on the right hand needle and pass over the last stitch you knit. One stitch will remain on the right hand needle. Repeat from * to end.

Binding Off_1


Cut yarn and pull through loop, leaving a long tail (approximately 25 inches) for stitching together the two ends of the scarf.

Binding Off_2

Finishing off Scarf: Lay scarf on a flat surface and bring the two ends together. Stitch the two ends together using the yarn tail.
Weave in all loose yarn.


And your done!

Garter Stitch Cowl_4
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This is a really great pattern, by using larger needles than suggested for the weight of yarn you get a really nice loose knit garment. Though the stitches are loose the finished cowl is not lacy since you are using such a heavy weight yarn.

You can download the pattern by clicking on this link Free Garter Stitch Cowl Pattern the link will take you to Ravelry where you can download the PDF file.

I really hope you enjoy this pattern and Happy Knitting!

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