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!

Size:
15 inches from cast-on edge to bind-off edge
Approx. 26 inches around, but very stretchy

Materials:
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
Stitch Marker

Gauge:
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!

Directions:
Cast on 84 stitches, and join in the round
Place stitch marker to indicate beginning of round
Row 1: Purl all stitches
Row 2: Knit all stitches
Repeat rows 1 & 2 three more times, and then purl one more row (9 rows total)
Row 10: *K5 P2* repeat from * to * 11 more times
Repeat row 10 until piece measures 13.5 inches
Next Row: Purl all stitches
Next Row: Knit all stitches
Repeat these two rows three more times, and then purl one more row (9 rows)
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.
I believe that if you’ve made it, you deserve to do whatever you’d like with the finished product! 

If you’d prefer to download the pattern in PDF form, you can do so here.

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