This is a great project for a beginner and an easy handmade gift if you can knit at all!
I am new to knitting, and I am s-l-o-w! The natural colored cowl took me one day and the blue one took me a weekend, but they’re both probably afternoon projects for anyone else!
I’m always seeking projects that offer instant gratification but still look great. Scarves take me too long to knit because I am so slow. So I decided to make the world’s easiest knitted cowl. If you know how to cast on, knit, purl and bind off, you’re ready to make this!
I like the 2-by-2 rib at the top and bottom to give the cowl a little structure. Then you just keep knitting round a round for the body of the cowl. I changed needle sizes halfway through so my cowl has a very slight bell shape. This makes it lay nice and flat when I’m wearing it. I also used needles that are a bit on the big side so the cowls have a really nice drape.
What You’ll Need:
- 115-160 yards aran or worsted weight yarn. I used 114 yards of Cascade Eco Duo for the natural one, and 155 yards of Cascade Pure Alpaca for the blue one.
- US Size 10 and 10.5 24” circular needles
- Yarn Needle to weave in ends
- 15 stitches and 22 rows = 4” in Stockinette stitch
- My finished project measured approximately:
- Smaller cowl = 9-10 inches wide (18-20 inches in circumference) and 10 inches long
- Longer cowl = 9-10 inches wide (18-20 inches in circumference) and 13 inches long
- CO = cast on
- PM = place marker
- K = knit
- P = purl
- BO = bind off
- Using larger needles, CO – 76 using long-tail cast on. Join to work in the round being careful not to twist stitches. PM to mark beginning of round.
- Round 1 – K2, P2. Repeat around.
- Round 2 – 10 – Repeat round 1
- Round 11 – K every stitch
- Repeat round 11 for 3” of stockinette stitch for shorter cowl & 4 1/2” of stockinette stitch for longer cowl
- Change to smaller needles
- Continue to K every stitch until cowl measures 6” of stockinette stitch for shorter cowl & 9” for longer cowl
- Last 10 rows – K2, P2. Repeat around.
- BO loosely.
- Weave in ends
That’s it! It’s the world’s easiest knitted scarf!
Please post your cowl on Ravelry or email me a copy so I can see what you’ve done!
Here’s a more recent example!