Knitted cowl in silk with eyelets

Free knitting pattern: Botanical cowl

This knitted cowl uses an airy double-eyelet pattern that gives it plenty of drape and visual depth. Ribbing at the top and bottom of the cowl prevent curling. Instructions are written for either a single and double loop size. A good single-skein project to feature something special in your stash.

Skill Level Easy 

Finished Measurements About 6.5 inches by 22 (44) inches 

Yarn 1 skein Sweatermaker Yarns Lucy 100% silk 270 yds (247 m)/100g per skein (The shawl shown used the entire skein). 

Gauge 22 stitches and 33 rows = 4 inches/10cm in stockinette (stocking) stitch, blocked. Gauge is not essential for this project. 

Needles 4.0mm (US 6) circular needles, 24" long 

Other Supplies blunt yarn needle, 2 stitch markers 

Construction Notes Botanical is worked in the round. Because this is essentially a short knitted tube with a little bit of ribbing at the top and bottom, yarn choice and blocking are essential to get a nice drape. Choose a yarn with some drape to it, and thoroughly wet block the finished cowl.

    Cowl pattern

    Cast on 120 (240) sts. Join in the round, being careful not to twist stitches. If you want to adjust the circumference of the cowl, increase or decrease the number of stitches in multiples of 8.


    Rows 1-5: *Knit 4, purl 4. Repeat from *.

    Switch to Double Eyelet pattern.

    Rows 1 and 2: Knit.
    Row 3: *Knit 4, ssk, yo twice, k2tog. Repeat from *.
    Row 4: *Knit 5, knit into first yo, purl into second yo, k1. Repeat from *.
    Rows 5-8: Knit
    Row 9: *Ssk, yo twice, k2tog, k4. Rep from *.
    Row 10: *Knit 1, knit into first yo, purl in to second yo, k5. Repeat from *.
    Rows 11 and 12: Knit.

    Repeat these 12 rows three times, then work rows 1-5 once.
    Last 5 rows: *Knit 4, purl 4. Repeat from *.

    Bind off in pattern: *BO 4 kwise, BO 4 pwise. Repeat from *.

    Weave in ends and block according to yarn label’s instructions.

    Botanical knittedcowl



    • k Knit
    • p Purl
    • k2tog Put the tip of right needle through the first two needles on the left needle and knit them together
    • ssk Slip 2 stitches knitwise, put tip of left needle through the front of these 2 stitches and knit together
    • yo Yarn over. Bring yarn from over the right needle to create a stitch
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