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Garter Stitch Cowl

Modeling the Garter Stitch Cowl.

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This little Garter Stitch Cowl is a simple loop worked in the round in a sparkly nylon yarn. I used a yarn from my stash, and I encourage you to find something pretty in your stash that you've been wondering what to do with to make a cowl for yourself.

This project works up quickly, though it is a little strange at first to need to purl in order to make Garter Stitch (because this project is worked in the round). It's a great alternative to a scarf on cool mornings or evenings; just toss it in your bag when you don't need it and it will always be ready to go.


  • about 175 yards of a nylon or other content ribbon yarn, or any medium weight yarn of your choice (I used Louisa Harding Fauve, which has been discontinued)
  • one size 10.5 US (6.5 mm) circular knitting needle
  • scissors and yarn needle


Gauge is not critical for this project and will vary depending on the yarn you use, but I got 5 stitches and 9 rounds per inch in Garter Stitch in the round.


Finished cowl is about 32 inches around and a little more than 4 inches wide. Your size may vary depending on your gauge and how much yarn you use.

Knitting the Cowl:

  1. Cast on 150 stitches. To make this easier, I used one end from each of the 2 balls of yarn I had, then just cut one end and started knitting. Join in the round, being careful not to twist.
  2. Work in Garter Stitch until you're about to run out of yarn or to the width of your choice. Remember that Garter Stitch in the round is knit 1 round, purl 1 round.
  3. Bind off, cut yarn and weave in ends.

Because I was almost out of yarn, I did my bind of as a knit 2 together bind off (which is just like a regular bind off, only you knit 2 together each time instead of knitting 1). This draws in the edge and gives the project a natural curve on that side. That's the end that I used as the top when modeling it for the picture.

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