Knitting at the Library Cowl


Written for fingering and worsted weight, I use this cowl pattern with my new knitters when they move to my After Beginning Knitting class at my local library.  It’s just enough of a step up to provide some new techniques without overwhelming them, and they garner a new cowl that is beautiful when they’re done.

This easy-to-knit cowl is perfect for a beginning knitter to stretch their new skills by incorporating different texture stitches into each section. Cast on with 4-8 colors in mind and work each section for as long as you like. Using mini-skeins or leftover fingering-weight yarn, this cowl is a delightful representation of the wearer in their favorite colors or provides a colorful pop to brighten a neutral clothing palette.  Try knitting it with gradient mini-skein kits to beautiful effect; turning the cowl on end will make the striping pattern look just like books on a library shelf!

Offered in English and Spanish.


Finished Measurements:
Fingering weight: 11” X 16” / 28 cm X 41 cm
Worsted weight: 12 X 24” / 30.5 cm X 61 cm

Fingering weight sample was knit in Phydeaux Mini skein set of 4 colors (80% Superwash Merino, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon; 432 yards/395 m), 100 g total. Each section (8 total) uses approximately 16 grams, depending on width of stripes.

Worsted weight sample was knit in Sun Valley Fibers MCN Worsted (80% merino, 10% cashmere, 10 nylon; 220 yards/201 m), 130 g total. Each section (of 5) uses approximately 25 grams depending on width of stripes.


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