The Banter Cowl
This chunky ribbed cowl is knit with two strands of worsted weight yarn held together, but you can substitute any bulky weight yarn to get the same thickness. The cowl is entirely customizable and the length and height can be changed by adding more K5 P2 repeats, or by knitting more or fewer rows between the garter stitch borders. The simple ribbed pattern makes it easy!
15 inches from cast-on edge to bind-off edge
Approx. 26 inches around, but very stretchy
400 yards of any worsted weight yarn
(Photos show cowl made with Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice in Mustard, using about 2 1⁄2 170-yard skeins)
Size 13 24” Circular Needles
Not important for this project. If you start knitting and want it thicker, go down a needle size; if you want it less bulky, go up a needle size. But remember that changing the needle size will change the finished product’s dimensions and the amount of yarn you will need, so adjust accordingly!
Cast on 84 stitches, and join in the round
Place stitch marker to indicate beginning of round
Round 1: Purl all stitches
Round 2: Knit all stitches
Repeat rounds 1 & 2 three more times, and then purl one more round (9 rounds total)
Round 10: *K5 P2* repeat from * to * 11 more times
Repeat round 10 until piece measures 13.5 inches
Next Round: Purl all stitches
Next Round: Knit all stitches
Repeat these two rounds three more times, and then purl one more round (9 rounds)
Bind off, weave in ends, and block if desired
© Maggie McGuire, 2013
Please feel free to make this cowl to give as a gift or to sell.