Follow Your Arrow Cowl

A gorgeous cowl knit entirely in garter stitch features a large arrow motif. Perfect for knitters who do not want to do intarsia or stranded colorwork, this worsted weight cowl is worked from a combination of increases, decreases and striping.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: 23” around x 10½” tall

Gauge: 15 sts and 30 rows =r 4” [10 cm] in Garter Stitch

Materials

Medium weight yarnYarn: Berroco Ultra Wool (100% Superwash Wool; 219 yards [200 meters]/100 grams): 3300 Snow (A), 1 ball; 3307 Storm (B), 1 ball; 3324 Sage (C), 1 ball; 3329 Butternut (D), 1 ball

Yarn weight 4-Medium

Needles: US size 8 (5 mm): two 24” circular

Notions: Tapestry needle; blocking supplies

Abbreviations

BO: bind off

CO: cast on

k: knit

LN: left needle

RN: right needle

m: marker

m1r: make one stitch right

m1l: make one stitch left

p: purl

RS: right side

WS: wrong side

s2kp: slip 2, knit 1, pass slipped stitches over

st(s): stitch(es)

Pattern Notes

To carry a second color of yarn in the striped sections, knit the first st in the row, bring the unused color from back to front, knit the next st. On WS, knit to 1 st before the end of row, bring unused color from front to back, knit the next st.

Pattern

Section 1

With A, CO 72 sts.

Rows 1-2: Knit.

Row 3: K1, ssk, k to end of row – 71 sts.

Row 4: Knit.

Rep Rows 3-4, 18 more times – 53 sts.

Row 41: With B, k1, ssk, k to end of row – 52 sts.

Row 42: Knit.

Rep Rows 41-42 once more – 51 sts.

Rows 45-46: Knit.

Row 47: K2, m1r, k to end of row – 52 sts.

Row 48: Knit.

Rep Rows 47-48, 19 more times – 71 sts.

BO knitwise, leaving last st on RN.

Section 2

Row 1: With C, pick up 44 sts, 1 in each garter ridge and CO edge. –  45 sts.

Row 2: Knit.

Rows 3-4: With B, knit.

Row 5: K1, ssk, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 – 43 sts.

Row 6: Knit.

Rep Rows 5-6, 19 more times – 5 sts.

Row 45: K1, s2kp, k1 – 3 sts.

Row 46: Knit.

BO knitwise.

Section 3

Row 1: With D, beginning at the RS Section 1 CO, pick up 45 sts – 45 sts.

Row 2: Knit.

Row 3: K21, s2kp, k21 – 43 sts.

Row 4: K2, m1r, k to last 2 sts, m1l, k2 – 45 sts.

Row 5: With A, k21, s2kp, k21 – 43 sts.

Row 6: K2, m1r, k to last 2 sts, m1l, k2 – 45 sts.

Rep Rows 5-6 twice more.

Row 11: With C, k21, s2kp, k21 – 43 sts.

Row 12: K2, m1r, k to last 2 sts, m1l, k2 – 45 sts.

Row 13: With A, k21, s2kp, k21 – 43 sts.

Row 14: K2, m1r, k to last 2 sts, m1l, k2 – 45 sts.

Rep Rows 13-14 twice more.

Row 19: With D, k21, s2kp, k21 – 43 sts.

Row 20: K2, m1r, k to last 2 sts, m1l, k2 – 45 sts.

Rep Rows 19-20 once more.

Row 23: With A, k21, s2kp, k21 – 43 sts.

Row 24: K2, m1r, k to last 2 sts, m1l, k2 – 45 sts.

Rep Rows 23-24 twice more.

Rep Rows 11-28 once more – 45 sts.

Section 4

Using second needle and with RS facing, pick up 45 sts in A around the ridges of Section 2.

With WS facing, use the 3-needle BO to close Cowl.

Rnd 1: With RS facing, starting at the C stripe of Section 2, pick up 95 sts in C around the edge of Cowl and join in the rnd.

Rnd 2: Purl.

Rnd 3: With D, knit.

Rnd 4: Purl.

Rep Rnds 3-4 once.

BO knitwise in D.

Rep Rnds 1-6 on other edge of Cowl.

Finishing

Weave in all ends.

Wet block Cowl, being careful to open up your “quills” to match the width of Section 1.

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