Pillow Soft Knitted Cowl

I recently opened my online store to sell my knitted and crocheted items. It’s been something that I talked about doing for a while but I hesitated because I’m a perfectionist. I experience a lot of anxiety about not being good enough. However, at the urging of my husband who is my biggest fan, I went ahead and did. I’m so glad I did too.

The cooler weather in Arizona can be a bit much. It’s not as brutal as autumn in NY, but it’s pretty brutal. With 70-degree days turning into 30-degree nights, I find that a cowl or a scarf is a necessary addition to my wardrobe. In fact, I’ve been known to wear a scarf during the long months of air-conditioning weather, so I can never have too many.

As you can tell, I also like over-sized, bulky pieces. This cowl was made with two skeins of Lion Brand Hometown USA® Yarn in Chicago Charcoal and size 15 straight needles. The cowl is knitted flat in the knit stitch and then once the desired length is reach, bind off and sew ends together to create a tubular cowl. It’s a quick and simple project that can be done while catching up on the latest season of Dr. Who (which is exactly when I completed it).


  • 2 skeins of Lion Brand Hometown USA® Yarn in Chicago Charcoal (or any worsted weight: 6 yarn)
  • US Size 15 knitting needles, straight
  • Yarn Needle


  • Using the long-tail cast on as many stitches as you need to make the piece as wide as you would like. I did 35 stitches making the finished piece about 16.5 inches wide.
  • Row 1: K all the way across. Turn.
  • Row 2-end: Repeat row 1 until piece is as long as you would like. Mine is about 20 inches long (10 inches when ends are sewn together).
  • Bind off using whatever method that you would like. Sew ends together the long way so that you a pretty long tube.

Enjoy and share your photos if you make one!

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