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Chunky Braided Cowl

By: Melissa Matthay for Caron

This chunky knit cowl pattern is a simple knitting pattern that would make a quick homemade gift too. The braiding detail adds just the right amount of texture to this chunky braided cowl, so you won't look like anyone else.

Chunky Braided Cowl

SIZE: Adult


Each strip: 4 ½"/11.5cm wide x 26"/66cm long

Braided cowl: 10"/25.5cm wide and 26"/66cm circumference



  • Caron International's 'Simply Soft Collection' (100% acrylic, 6oz/170g, 315yds/288m): Shown in: #0007 Aqua Mist (A), 6oz/170g; #0014 Pagoda (B), 6oz/170g;
  • Caron International's 'Simply Soft Paints' (100% acrylic, 4oz/113g, 200yds/182m): Shown in: #0004 Spring Brook (C), 4oz/113g
  • One pair size U.S. 8 (5mm) needles or size to obtain gauge
  • Yarn needle


GAUGE: In St st, using U.S. size 8 (5 mm) needles, 18 sts and 21 rows = 4"/10 cm

Note: Gauge is not critical to project.


Stockinette stitch (St st):

K on RS, p on WS.

Seed stitch (seed st):

Row 1: K1, *p1, k1; repeat from * across.

Repeat Row 1 always having a k st over a p st and a p st over a k st.

Eyelet Pattern (multiple of 2 sts + 1):

Row 1 (RS): K1,*yo, k2tog; * repeat from *, end k2.

Rows 2 and 4: Purl.

Row 3: K2, *yo, k2tog; * repeat from *, end k1.

Repeat Rows 1-4 for eyelet patt.



First strip:

With C, CO 21 sts. Work in St st until piece measures 26" from beg.

BO all sts, leaving a 9" tail for sewing.

Second strip:

With A, CO 21 sts. Work in seed st until piece measures 26" from beg.

BO all sts, leaving a 9" tail for sewing.

Third strip:

With B, CO 21 sts. Work in eyelet patt until piece measures 26" from beg.

BO all sts, leaving a 9" tail for sewing.



Tack the three strips together at one end. Braid until tight as pictured, then sew together .

Using yarn needle, weave in ends.

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