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Garter Stitch Striped Cowl


Cowl and the Gang
Striped Garter Stitch Cowl

The Striped Garter Stitch Cowl wrapped twice around my neck.

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Knitting Garter Stitch is as easy as easy can be, and the skill level is upped only slightly by working the stitch in the round instead of flat. All you have to know to show off your mad circular Garter Stitch skills is that instead of knitting every round as you would do with flat rows, you must knit a round and purl a round to make Garter Stitch circularly.

That makes a project like this Garter Stitch striped cowl a little less mindless than the same project would be worked flat, but it's also a little more entertaining. (By all means knit it flat and seam the short sides when you're done if you'd rather; it won't bother me!)

I worked it in three colors to make it a little more interesting, but you could always use two, or one, or a whole bunch if you've got a mess of little balls of worsted weight you're itching to do something with. Either way, this massive -- but still pretty quick knitting -- project will keep you warm and cozy all winter long.


  • three skeins of Cascade 220 in three different colors, or about 660 yards of medium weight wool of your choice (I used colors 9463B Gold, 8622 Camel and 2445 in the Heathers 220)
  • size 8 US (5 mm) circular knitting needle, at least 24 inches long
  • scissors and yarn needle


17 stitches and 32 rounds per 4 inches (4.25 stitches and 8 rounds per inch) in Garter Stitch in the round. Gauge is not that critical but yarn needs may vary if your gauge is off.


Finished cowl is about 8.5 inches wide and 70 inches long, to be worn wrapped twice around the neck as pictured.

Knitting the Cowl:

  1. Decide which color is color A, B and C for you. (You will need slightly less of color A.) Cast on 300 stitches in color A and join in round, being careful not to twist stitches.
  2. Purl 1 round.
  3. Switch to color B and work in Garter Stitch in the round (knit one round, purl one round) until 6 ridges have been worked in color B, ending with a purl round.
  4. Switch to color C and repeat.
  5. Switch to color A and repeat.
  6. Work another stripe in color C, then in color B.
  7. Switch to color A. Knit a round, purl a round and bind off.
  8. Cut yarn and weave in ends.

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