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Snug and Striped Knit Cowl and Ear Warmer Pattern

Beat the cold in style with these simple and free cowl and ear warmer knitting patterns!

Snug and Striped Knit Cowl and Ear Warmer Pattern
Snug and Striped Knit Cowl and Ear Warmer Pattern

There's no reason that you should sacrifice your keen fashion sense to be warm in winter. When the weather turns chilly, you can still look designer with this Snug and Striped Knit Cowl and Ear Warmer Pattern! With a chunky knit and sleek striped design, these free cowl and ear warmer knitting patterns make the perfect gift for any wintry fashionista. These iconic designs only take two skeins of yarn to knit, and they're simple enough for anyone to try! Customize your stripe colors to complement any complexion or desired palette.

 

Easy

Knitting Needle Size10.5 or 6.5 mm, Circular Knitting Needles

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

Gauge13 stitches and 21 rows = 4'' in stockinette stitches

Finished SizeCowl: 24'' circumference x 10'' tall, Ear Warmer: 19.5'' circumference x 6'' tall

Materials List

  • 2 Skeins (3.5 oz., 120 yards each) Expression Fiber Arts Buttery Wool Bulky Yarn
  • U.S. size 10.5 (6.5 mm.) 16'' circular needles
  • Tapestry needle
  • Scissors
  • Stitch marker
  • Tape measure

Instructions - Cowl

  1. CO 84 sts using long tail CO method with MC. Join in the rnd, being careful not to twist your sts. PM for BOR.

  2. Work K2P2 ribbing for 5 rnds with MC.

  3. Rnd 1-6 - Knit in MC.

  4. Rnd 7 - Knit in CC.

  5. Rnd 8-12 -  Knit in MC.

  6. Rnd 13 and 14 - Knit in CC.

  7. Rnd 15-18 - Knit in MC.

  8. Rnd 19-21 - Knit in CC.

  9. Rnd 22-24 - Knit in MC.

  10. Rnd 25-28 - Knit in CC.

  11. Rnd 29 and 30 - Knit in MC.

  12. Rnd 31-35 - Knit in CC.

  13. Rnd 36 - Knit in MC.

  14. Rnd 37-42 - Knit in CC.

  15. Work K2P2 ribbing for 5 rnds with CC. BO loosely in ribbing pattern.

Instructions - Ear Warmer

  1. CO 68 sts using long tail CO method with MC. Join in the rnd, being careful not to twist your sts. PM for BOR.

  2. Work K2P2 ribbing for 6 rnds in MC.

  3. Rnd 1 - Knit in CC.

  4. Rnd 2 - Knit in MC.

  5. Rnd 3–6 – Knit in CC.

  6. Rnd 7 and 8 – Knit in MC.

  7. Rnd 9-11 – Knit in CC.

  8. Rnd 12-14 – Knit in MC.

  9. Rnd 15 and 16 – Knit in CC.

  10. Rnd 17-20 – Knit in MC.

  11. Rnd 21 – Knit in CC.

  12. Rnd 22 – Knit in MC.

  13. Work K2P2 ribbing for 6 rnds with CC. BO loosely in ribbing pattern.

Abbreviations

BO
Bind off
BOR
Beginning of round
CC
Contrast color
CO
Cast on
K
Knit
MC
Main color
P
Purl
PM
Place marker
Rnd(s)
Round(s)
St(s)
Stitch(es)

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So cute! But then all of her patterns are.

I love making cowls for gifts and craft shows and this one is adorable. The yarn is yummy, too.

I love those shades of blue!

This pattern looks so easy to follow! Can't wait to try it!

I like to knit and scarves!

hats, cowls, and fingerless mitts

Scarfs or mittens, also love my beanies.

It's way too hot to think about knitting this kind of stuff! My favorite winter wear accessory to knit is probably a scarf.

I only do loom knitting, not knitting with needles, and I enjoy making dishcloths for my daughter.

Beautiful designs colors!

I love the yarn but am not crazy about the pattern. I have several other patterns that would work up beautifully in this yarn.

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