Beachcomber Cowl – Free Knitting Pattern

This pattern has been in the works for the longest time, so it is very, very cool that it is finally seeing the light of day. This is a relatively easy knit, in the round, with textured stitches. As a note on yarn choices, you will need to go for something that you can wear near your face. I recommend a good washable merino yarn, but if you are worried about knitting for someone else and their allergies, you can move towards a cotton or acrylic yarn. I do also recommend making a solid choice about ethical yarn options. Personally I like choosing a local yarn manufacturer (for me Palliser Ridge is really geographically close) or a company like Darn Good Yarn who sell recycled yarns and ethically produced fibres.

You will need:
4.5mm circular knitting needles
DK or Aran weight yarn (200-250gm)
Darning needle

Cast on 120 stitches – join in the round.

Row 1: Purl
Row 2: Knit
Row 3: Knit 2, yarn over to create new stitch, knit 2 together. Repeat to the end of the row
Row 4: Knit
Row 5: Purl
Row 6: Knit
Row 7: In the first stitch: knit, yarn over, knit (You now have 3 stitches instead of one) Turn work, purl the 3 stitches, turn work, slip 2 together as if to knit, knit 1, pass slipped stitches over the knit stitch. Knit 3. Repeat to the end of the row.
Row 8: Knit
Row 9: Purl
Row 10: Knit
Row 11: Knit 2, purl 2. Repeat to the end of the row
Row 12: Knit

Repeat the 12 rows 7 times (or more if you wish for a longer cowl).
Cast off. Darn in the yarn tails.

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