Hi everyone! It’s been awhile since I’ve posted a new pattern — but I’m really excited to be back at it, and just finished a new pattern for you, just in time for the cold weather! I’ve been wanting to make a really snuggly, bright cowl to wear both as a shirt/sweater and as a scarf. So I knit up this super simple piece – and then I had no idea what to call it! I named the pattern “Cowl Sweater Shrug Wrap” but feel free to leave suggestions for what this is actually called, in the comments below!
I also decided to try something brand new — a video tutorial! Check out the tutorial above that I made for this project, in my first ever youtube video! Please subscribe to my youtube channel to keep up-to-date when I add new videos!
4 skeins of Berroco Comfort Worsted weight yarn
1 pair of size 9US circular needles
1 darning needle
This pattern is meant to be really easy and intuitive to size to yourself — no need for swatching or calculating! The 120 stitches that you cast on will create the height of the cowl, which ended up being roughly 20″ tall for mine. However, the height will end up stretching, and it will vary depending on how snug you make yours. To make the cowl smaller or larger, simply knit a shorter or longer rectangle.
1. Cast on 120 stitches onto size 9US circular needles. The piece is not knit in the round, but I like using the circular needles because the piece ends up being fairly large, and I find it easier to keep the large amount of stitches on the circular needles.
2. Work back and forth in the brioche stitch. If you’d like video instructions on how to do the brioche stitch, check out the video tutorial I made for this project!
The stitch goes as follows: Bring yarn to the front of your work. Slip the next stitch purl-wise. Knit the next two stitches together. Continue in this pattern until the end of the row, and repeat on all rows.
3. Continue working in the brioche stitch until your piece wraps snuggly around your arms. The lines will be going horizontally across your chest, and the seam will be verticle. You’ll want the wrap to be tight enough that it stays up, but not so tight that you can’t breathe! My piece ended up being roughly 20″ tall and about 32″ wide before folding it over (I say “rough” because this fabric is very stretchy, and the measurements are not exact by any means).
4. Cast off. To cast off, rather than slipping the first stitch purl-wise, do an actual purl stitch. Then, knit the next two stitches together, and pull the first stitch over the second on the right needle. Again, check out the video tutorial above to see how to cast off.
5. Now that you’ve cast off your piece, you’ll have a long rectangle. Fold your work in half, as shown. It may look very tall, but when you put the wrap on your body, it will stretch nicely. Using a darning needle and a long piece of your yarn, seam up the side. I’m sure there are fancier/better ways to seam this, but I’m more of a knitter than sewer! So I just did a quick, simple seam, and then flipped the wrap inside out, so that the seam was inside. If you have a suggestion for a better way to seam this, feel free to leave it in the comments below!
You can wear this as a super cozy, warm wrap. Or, you can wear it around your neck as a cowl scarf!
If you end up knitting up this project, please feel free to send along photos of your completed work to firstname.lastname@example.org or post it on the Knit and Bake facebook page, and at some point, I’ll put together a post featuring your work!
About Diana [knitandbake.com]By day, I have my dream job, photographing musicians and celebrities, shooting ad campaigns, editorial work, and more. I live in New York City with my high-school sweetheart and husband Matt <3 When I need to de-stress from the craziness of everyday life, I love knitting, baking, cooking, making photo books, organizing & making gifts for the people I love. This blog is a collection of my projects and recipes, both original and borrowed. xo, Diana