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Thursday, January 26, 2012

The Runaround Knit Cowl-FREE PATTERN

For some reason the first few months of the year seem like the perfect time to knit to me, I don't know why I always feel this way but I do.  A couple weeks ago I finished up my new favorite cowl, I'm even wearing it as I type this post!  I called it the Runaround Cowl because it has been absolutely perfect to runaround town in while I head to work, run errands, drive the kids to play dates, as well as do all the other random stuff I seem to do every single day.  :-)

This cowl is extra awesome because you can wear it TWO ways!  You can wrap it around twice to keep your neck warm and cozy or just throw it on as is to spice up any 'ol t-shirt you have on hand.  From drab to fab I tell you.

You knit this cowl on two straight sticks and then sew the ends together with a twist to give the cowl a more decorative look.  See that twist at the bottom there in the picture it!

The Runaround Knit Cowl

1 skein of Lion Brand Homespun yarn
US Size 15 (10 mm) straight knitting needles
scissors and yarn needle

Gauge does not matter although my finished cowl measures 10 inches wide by 50 inches in length.

Cast on 25 stitches
Row 1:  *K1 P1; Repeat from * across.  K1
Continue with this pattern until cowl measures 50 inches or your desired length. 
Bind off loosely in pattern. 
Weave in tails.
Sew short ends together with a yarn needle making sure that you have made one twist in the cowl before sewing ends.

I'm totally loving my new cowl.  And the best part is that you can knit it up in only a few hours time.  Since the knit pattern is fairly basic you can even get it done while watching a little Downton Abbey (my new favorite show!)

Oooh, and how about a little belly shot!  18 weeks and counting. 
What do you think...boy or girl?


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Anonymous Jessica Smith said...

That is absolutely beautiful. I love it! I'm going to say that your little man needs a brother, so hopefully a boy :-)

January 26, 2012 at 9:03 AM  
Blogger Rochelle Park said...

thanks for sharing the pattern. i think your having a boy! are you going to find out or wait?

I love love love Dowtnon Abbey. don't you just love poor Mr. Bates and his love triangle?

January 26, 2012 at 9:13 AM  
Blogger jordin said...

Fantastic!!! You still have a better belly than i do... and it looks lovely!!! Either way, that baby will be so loved!!!

January 26, 2012 at 9:14 AM  
Anonymous Carrie Alper said...

Are you selling them? Don't know how to knit.
It is very cute!

January 26, 2012 at 9:18 AM  
Blogger Tiggeriffic said...

Oh I love this cowl ~!~! Thanks so much for putting the pattern on your post. I am recovering from total knee replacement and this is just what I need to keep my hands busy. You are tiggeriffic~! ta ta for now from Iowa:)
You look so cute with the side view of a wonderful baby that will be born. Children are a gift from God...

January 26, 2012 at 9:35 AM  
Blogger thetoddlerwhisperer said...

I absolutely love that you knit it on straight needles...i don't enjoy knitting in the round!

January 26, 2012 at 9:45 AM  
Anonymous Sherry said...

Thanks for sharing. I've got several of this style that I've bought and love. Might have to dust off the knitting needles and make one myself.

January 26, 2012 at 10:34 AM  
Blogger Shirley said...

I love this cowl and have the perfect lemonade homespun yarn to make it with. Thanks for the pattern and I am loving the pictures of you and that beautiful baby!

January 26, 2012 at 1:23 PM  
Blogger Nadia said...

Might I say how great you look, so that reason alone, means you are having a boy..girls seem to just suck the beauty from us while we are pregnant with them...also, you are carrying like a basketball=so boy 110 percent!! :)

January 26, 2012 at 8:44 PM  
Blogger Andi said...

I love the cowl and shared it with some of my friends in hopes that one of them will make it for me. I haven't learned how to knit yet! Oh and love the belly picture! I always vote for girls - dresses and girly things are so fun!

January 26, 2012 at 9:09 PM  
Blogger Verô minha frô.... said...

Parabéns Maggie, sou sua fã! Beijos.

January 27, 2012 at 2:16 PM  
Anonymous Janet said...

I am totally going to make this scarf! I'm using basically the same pattern for a different scarf (not a cowl) using a different yarn, but since I have 2-3 HUNDRED skeins of Homespun around, I figured I could spare one to make this. Of course I think I'll attempt a 3-needle bind off at the end cuz I hate sewing and I'm lazy like that.

February 1, 2012 at 3:16 PM  
Blogger bhafer said...

I just finished my cowl tonight. Took me a couple of nights to make but this was my first knitting project in at least ten yrs. I love it . I just bought another skein to make another one. Thanks!

February 2, 2012 at 10:59 PM  
Blogger MaryAnnB said...

Hi, I am working on mine now! Working a few overnights so I am sure to finish it this week, and my daughter has already asked me to make one for her. What I did notice with my new found knitting hobby (just started for the first time last week with another cowl tutorial) is that I can't talk and knit at the same time LOL!!! Thank you again for this fun and quick tutorial! PS Michael's has the Homespun on sale this week (til 2/11) 3/$10 !!

February 8, 2012 at 10:22 AM  
Blogger Cubanita28 said...

I prefer to knit using circulars. How can I customize this pattern to use circulars instead of straights? Thanks.

February 20, 2012 at 3:03 PM  
Blogger Cubanita28 said...

Is it possible to customize this pattern in order to use circulars? Thanks.

February 20, 2012 at 3:04 PM  
Blogger Maggie said...

I am sure you could but have only done it this way! Let me know how it goes if you try it!

February 21, 2012 at 8:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a great pattern. I am going to try it out. I love the ease of wearing cowl's and they look sporty.

March 14, 2012 at 11:56 PM  
Blogger Doodlebugs said...

This cowl is great, I love this pattern. I have just finished my second one to give as a Christmas gift. Thank you

August 5, 2012 at 5:27 PM  
Anonymous dinyj24 said...

You have read my mind! How did you do that? :) I have a scarf that is similar to this pattern with the k1, p1 in the Homespun yarn but I was thinking that it would look super cute as a cowl. Thanks so much for the pattern. Now I don't have to guess at the dimensions!

October 30, 2012 at 9:24 AM  
Anonymous Shali said...

I would LOVE to make this cowl if I could knit!!! My mother tried to teach me but I'm left handed and she gave up on me. You are carrying low...which means BOY :) I carried my 2 boys like that. My daughter was so high I couldn't breathe!

January 2, 2013 at 3:35 PM  
Blogger Handmade Simply said...

I'm headed to Dillon Beach in N. Cal. in a couple of weeks and was looking for a project to work on while I'm there. I love this look and I think I'll make one for me and one for my daughter. Perfect! Thank you!

January 2, 2013 at 6:02 PM  
Blogger Betsy said...

Love this...have a couple skeins of white Homespun that I started working into a cowl on New Year's Day and decided I wasn't lovin' it. This looks perfect, thank you!!

January 3, 2013 at 1:01 PM  
Blogger Kelli said...

I made this exact same cowl in the same color homespun except I did knit it on circulars. Weird! I get compliments on it all the time--my kind of knit. Easy and attractive. :)

January 3, 2013 at 1:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How do you do a 3 needle bind off? If you can post the instructions I would love to try it. I also do not like sewing up seams so if possible I knit sweaters from the "Top Down". Thanks very much and Happy New year to all!

January 3, 2013 at 5:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am going to knit this as soon as I finish knitting a sweater for one of my sons-in-law. I have yarn and ideas to keep me going for years!

January 3, 2013 at 5:19 PM  
Anonymous Midge Schaible said...

Boo Hoo :( !!! I never learned how to knit! I just wished that when my grandmothers were still alive that I would have taken the time to learn. I would knit lots of these in different colors!

January 4, 2013 at 5:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great pattern! Thanks for sharing. So easy and looks so great......

January 10, 2013 at 9:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOVE this pattern which I found on PINTEREST :) I just started mine tonight and I love it so far. Can't wait til its done and I will be making another one. Thanks again :)

January 13, 2013 at 11:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi! Love this pattern but I haven't knitted in years and I'm a bit rusty - how do you weave in tails? Otherwise I'm finished and I can't wait to wear it!

February 8, 2013 at 6:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you sooo much for this pattern, just what I was looking for! x

September 25, 2013 at 5:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am in love with this pattern and this yarn. I have a couple of problems with it though and hope someone can help me figure what I'm doing wrong. First, I'm right handed and 'throw my stitches'. I have a really hard time with the yarn twisting as I'm knitting. I took it out of the package and wound it in a ball and maybe that is wrong. The other thing is that I have a problem maintaining tension I guess. I have noticed after being almost done that there were some spots where it had a few large holes. I undid it and redid it so that those were fixed. Also, the yarn sometimes seems to bunch up. I know this is confusing but maybe someone can help me. I'm a mess at this. I used to knit all the time and seem to remember the twisting being a problem. I have been watching youtube videos to try to learn another way to hold the needles close without 'throwing the stitches' - (I just learned that term). It would be faster and less stress on joints but I can't seem to teach this old dog a new trick lol.

December 5, 2013 at 6:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, it is the holiday season and all so I might not get a reply very soon. Since I wrote my previous comment/question on 12/05/13, I have investigated some more and have more to say :). I really read up on what people are saying about this particular yarn and apparently the twisting is inherent to it and maybe me throwing the stitches makes it worse. However, I have been patiently knitting and tearing it out and reknitting. I have kept it from twisting but it is hard to get it to be unform enough. I can knit a few rows and then look at it and there are big holes. I am not sure if they are supposed to be there or not. Help please when possible. Anyone. :)

December 12, 2013 at 5:12 PM  
Blogger Maggie said...

I'm sorry you are having so much trouble with this! I don't really know how to troubleshoot this for you either, hopefully someone else can chime in if they know how to help you. I've never thrown my stitches so I am just at a loss as to how to fix that! So sorry!

December 12, 2013 at 9:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Maggie for the response. Yes, I would love to stop throwing the stitches. Watching videos to try to learn another way after all these years lol. The problem though is not only that. I did look on line to see about the yarn and I see where others have the same trouble and it is mentioned that the twisting is inherent to this particular yarn but I love it so much, I'm not giving up ;)

December 26, 2013 at 7:14 AM  

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