Waltz Cowl – Super Easy Free Knitting Pattern

This is a very simple pattern, perfectly suitable for beginners.

You will need:

  • Yarn. I have used Grignasco Champagne ( 75% merino, 20% silk, 166m/50g, held two strands at a time, 1.6 skeins) for the pink one and Madil Absolut (70% wool, 30% cashmere, 110m/50g, 1 skein – but more would have been better) for the blue one. You can choose any yarn that will keep you warm, that isn’t itchy to your neck.
  • Circular needles with a short cord. I used 5 mm needles with 35 cm cord. This way you just knit in the round all the time. You can, of course, also you longer cord with magic looops or dnps – in short, any needle that you can work in the round with. The size of the needles should give you a soft fabric, but it shouldn’t be too loose.
  • Darning needle to weave in the ends.

Sizing and gauge.

Make a swatch in pattern to calculate the number os stitches to cast on. I cast on 77 stitches for a cowl that’s 22 cm wide (so a circumference of 44 cm) – the are children sized and hugging their necks quite tightly, for myself I would probably go for 66 cm. The pink cowl is 23 cm tall, and I like that size, the blue on 18 cm and is a bit too small – but I ran out of yarn.


Cast on the required number of stitches – it should be multiple of 6 less 1. ( So mine were 6*13-1= 78-1=77 stitches). Join in the round.

Now knit 3 stitches, purl 3 stitches, and keep going until you are done. This means that you should finish the first round with 2 purls, and start the 2 round with 1 purl, and then 3 knit stitches. So your pattern will be shifting by 1 stitch every round, creating a spiralling ribbing.

Cast off using a stretchy method, like Jenny’s surprisingly stretchy bind off, for example.

Weave in the ends. You’re done!


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    Thank you for the Waltz Cowl pattern. I can’t wait to try it!
    I see you stated 5 mm needles and 77 stitches for the small size. How many would you suggest for the larger size?

    Thanks a lot

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