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January Cowl

December 13, 2010

January (for Anne)

January (for Anne)

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January is a light, double wrapped cowl. Simple pattern and a fast knit! My cowl uses 800 meters of sock weight yarn (doubled) and 6mm needles. You may use aran weight yarn as well. Pattern repeat is 18 rows. You may do as many repeats as you like for a closer fitting or looser fitting cowl. For a deeper cowl, cast on a few extra stitches. For a scarf, do not join the ends. If you prefer a thicker fabric use chunky weight yarn. Enjoy!



800 meters / 875 yards sock weight yarn (used double) or
400 meters / 438 aran weight yarn (used single)
6mm needles

Gauge (not crucial)
20 stitches and 28 rows in garter stitch

56″ x 6″ before joining ends

K = knit
sts = stitches
SL1 = slip 1 stitch
YO = yarn over needle to make 1 stitch


Cast on 20 stitches.
Begin 18 row pattern repeat.
Rows 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17: SL1, K to last 4 sts, YO, K4
Rows 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16: K to end
Row 18: Cast off 9 sts knit wise, K to end

Repeat rows 1-18 another 19 times or to desired length. Cast off stitches. Join ends.

©copyright 2010 Annie Lee. This pattern may be used for non-commercial, personal use only. It may not be used in any publication in print nor should it be reproduced in electronic/digital format without permission.

58 Comments leave one →
  1. December 15, 2010 2:07 pm

    Very pretty! What yarn did you use?

    • December 15, 2010 2:17 pm

      Hi! I used two strands of Zen Yarn Garden Squooshy Sock yarn. It’s a semi-solid shade called “Mossy Oak”.

  2. January 15, 2011 12:31 am

    Love your pattern. Made it using Schafer Chris yarn in fall colors. Took me two nights to finish it 🙂 Your color is beautiful.

  3. sophie ftoni permalink
    January 16, 2011 9:13 am

    hi there, i am a beginner, and i really want to knit this pattern but i am not understanding ”K (all sts and YO) to end” could you please explain it to me?!


    • January 16, 2011 9:25 am

      Hi Sophie!
      It means “knit to end”. I’ve had a few questions about that, so I should change the wording on the pattern. I just wanted to make sure the YO would be knit and not dropped.

  4. Noisha permalink
    February 12, 2011 5:01 pm

    Am knitting a number of things for my daughter who will be at University in Dunedin (near the bottom of NZ and therefore close to the Antartic and rather chilly). Since we live in Sydney normally and it never gets cold enough to enjoy delicious winter knits like these I have been trolling the Net for fab patterns. Made the Eve Cowl yesterday and this one is being started in a few mins in a lovely soft Angora I have had for some time. Your patterns are extremely simple for beginner knitters or someone that wants to knit very quickly while their mind is otherwise occupied and the end result is stunning. Well done and thank you so much for sharing the joy of creation.

  5. February 12, 2011 5:30 pm

    this is lovely, thank you so much for sharing it 🙂

    • February 12, 2011 10:42 pm

      You are welcome! Enjoy!

      • March 23, 2011 7:03 pm

        Well, I just cast this beautfiul cowl off and am a bit confused as to how you should “join ends” Did you mean just with the shawl pin or to actually join the ends of the wrap?? Thanks so much for any insight here, it will make a lovely gift for a special person 🙂

      • March 23, 2011 8:35 pm

        You can do either. If you don’t join the ends, it can be worn with a pin or just tied at the ends. I’ve seen it both joined and not joined. So glad you like the pattern!

  6. March 25, 2011 6:01 pm

    I’ve been searching and searching for something fun and useful to make, and this one just popped out at me. It’s beautiful!! I’m going to try it – I hope it turns out as well as yours. Thanks so much!

  7. Kristen permalink
    May 16, 2011 12:38 am

    I made the January Cowl and I love it. It is warm and toasty when I am sitting out at my sons’ baseball games. It was an easy pattern to knit and looks and feels terrific. Thank you so much for the pattern.

  8. Esther permalink
    July 4, 2011 11:23 pm

    I just knitted the first 18 rows of January cowl. When I start row 1 again, the YO and subsequent “holes” would appear on the opposite of the 18th row cast offs. What am I doing wrong? The pattern of open “holes” should appear on the bottom of the cowl!

    Thanks for your time,

    • July 5, 2011 11:00 am

      Hello Ester!

      When you start row 1 again, the YO’s, holes and cast off edge should all be on the left side of your knitting. The cast off row is a wrong side row. Please let me know if this works.

      • Anonymous permalink
        July 6, 2011 1:10 pm

        Thanks, Annie, for your quick reply. Yes, helpful to know YO’s on the left and CO row on wrong side.


  9. Mary permalink
    September 9, 2011 10:38 am

    I absolutely love this pattern. I’m knitting it in a beautiful purple and cannot wait until it’s finished. I’m a beginner and was a little intimidated at first but once I started it, I realize it was pretty easy. I did notice the points are curling up a bit – any suggestions for flattening them out once I’m done?

    Thanks for the great pattern. Can’t wait to finish it in time for fall!


    • September 9, 2011 11:18 am

      Hi Mary,

      Don’t worry about the slight curling. Once you are finished, block the knitting and the curls should be gone. Please also make sure that you are not casting off too tightly (this may cause the points to curl back a bit).

      Glad you are enjoying the pattern!

      Thanks for getting in touch!


      • Mary permalink
        September 9, 2011 11:54 am

        I bet I am casting off too tightly. Hopefully the points will straighten once I’m finished, if not I will try blocking as you suggested.


  10. Anonymous permalink
    September 22, 2011 3:20 am

    Thank you so much for thies absolutely nice pattern! Soon there will be one, worn by me, going around in Berlin :o) Thank you! Bettina

  11. December 19, 2011 12:09 am

    I cannot wait to try this pattern. Thank you for sharing it!

  12. Anonymous permalink
    January 3, 2012 7:07 pm

    Beautiful! Thank you i would love to make one for my daughter!

  13. patricia landry permalink
    January 6, 2012 9:00 am

    I have made two of them and love the pattern
    Patricia in Halifax Nova Scotia

  14. lynda permalink
    July 20, 2012 6:12 pm

    hi i have just knit this and love it to bits ……thank you but i dont know how to join as i want to wear it doubled round my neck

    • July 30, 2012 9:22 am

      Hello! You would just cast off your stitches and join ends together with darning needle. I hope this helps. Thanks! Annie

      • lynda permalink
        July 30, 2012 2:30 pm

        Thanks for your reply,so i would have a twist in it? is that right? i was confused as i was trying to wrap it around without a twist !

  15. July 30, 2012 2:40 pm

    Hi Lynda,

    If you join the ends there will be a twist when you wear it (you could wear the twist at the back). If you leave it unjoined, you could wear it with a pin.


  16. September 3, 2012 2:55 pm

    Hi Annie,

    I just finished making your January Cowl and I thought the pattern was so fabulous I have written about it on my new blog. Please feel free to check it out at Thanks for designing such a a great pattern and for making it available for free! You are awesome!


    • September 3, 2012 9:09 pm

      Hi Lesley,

      I just saw your January Cowl…oh my, it’s gorgeous! Love the colour!

      Glad you enjoyed the pattern!


      • Anonymous permalink
        September 3, 2012 9:35 pm

        Thanks Annie! I am thinking I might have to buy your Groovy pattern to make this winter. It looks fabulous also.


  17. Ellisen permalink
    November 2, 2012 2:24 pm

    Wonderful cowl/scarf pattern. I want to knit it right NOW! Gorgeous simple pattern. Thank you so much.

  18. Farrall permalink
    September 13, 2013 10:52 am

    This is beautiful, I am going to make it in a lovely blue/ green mix yarn. Thank you so much for sharing, it’s wonderful of you.

  19. Beth permalink
    July 14, 2014 4:45 pm

    I followed this pattern to a T and it came out horrible. Points were good but the width kept increasing. I tried this in two different yarns and the result was the same, kept getting wider and wider. Looks very pretty but perhaps there was a step left out? I’d say it was me but when I’ve done it twice and got the same result after meticulously following the pattern, I’m not willing to say it’s me. Not trying again.

    • July 14, 2014 10:01 pm

      Hi Beth,

      I am so sorry your January Cowls did not turn out nicely. I have checked the pattern and the knitting should return to the original width after each 18 row repeat. Thank you for letting me know.


  20. celi permalink
    October 30, 2014 5:27 pm

    Thank you for the pattern. It looks complicated. But if it simple I will definitely make it. Thank you again. What a generous person you are! Neat.

  21. Anonymous permalink
    August 11, 2015 5:06 pm

    Hi Annie
    The January cowl is so pretty,and I want to knit it, but the pattern won.t print. Some other knitters have also tried with the same results. Has the printing of the pattern been blocked?

    HELP! Joy

    • August 15, 2015 10:03 am

      Hello Joy
      I have saved the pattern as two pages. Please send me an email and I will reply with the pages for you to print. Thanks, Joy! Annie

  22. Anonymous permalink
    September 4, 2015 2:04 pm

    Hi Annie,
    Love the January cowl. Only problem, I can’ t get it to print. Any suggestion? Don’t see an e-mail address.

    • Jeannie permalink
      September 4, 2015 2:12 pm

      If you copy/paste the pattern (and picture) into an email to yourself, you can print it from there – or paste it into paint or word-pad or whatever. 🙂

  23. Jeannie permalink
    September 4, 2015 2:15 pm

    I am in the US – could you please tell me how many yards 800 meters is? I CAN look it up -google or whatever – but I’m sure, as pretty as this is, that I won’t be the only one wanting to know. Thank you for your time 🙂

    • September 8, 2015 8:53 am

      I, too, am from the US and cannot find a conversion chart for meters to ounces or yards. I would appreciate knowing this, Annie. Thanks for sharing this unusual and fun pattern.

    • September 8, 2015 9:18 am

      Hello Jeannie and Susan,
      I’ve updated the pattern to include yardage information.

  24. Pam Ailes permalink
    September 22, 2015 2:39 am

    I just finished knitting the January Cowl. As in a previous comment, mine got somewhat wider. I’m not sure why but it is not so bad that it can’t be worn. My question is how do you get it to lay so pretty and even. I have tried and tried but just can’t get it right. Does someone have a picture of it on a real person? Maybe that would help me.

  25. December 10, 2015 12:24 am

    This information is worth everyone’s attention. Where can I find out more?

  26. Elisa owens permalink
    September 15, 2017 1:48 pm

    The picture that has the two rows ….is the scarf wrapped around the neck twice with the twist in the back after it is joined.????

    • September 15, 2017 2:07 pm

      Hi Elisa,

      Yes, the cowl is wrapped around twice. Or you could knit a shorter length and do a single wrap.


  27. March 21, 2019 11:30 am

    Thank you so much. I was knitting the wash cloth and thought why not do a shawl like this. Than I found yours. I didn’t know how to figure a pattern out for one. Thank you again.

  28. Carolyn permalink
    September 25, 2020 10:06 pm

    Do you slip the first stitch purl wise with the yarn in front?

  29. September 26, 2020 1:49 pm

    No, you do not need to slip the first stitch. Thanks!

  30. Lynn permalink
    November 28, 2020 4:32 pm

    How long should it be before you join it together? Wonderful pattern and so easy to do.

  31. Lynn permalink
    December 1, 2020 4:25 pm

    I have been knitting this cowl for awhile now (so easy), how long should it be before you cast it off. I am now about 45 inches and don’t feel like carrying on if it is too long now. I do like the look of the doubled over one sewn at the ends. Thank you…..Lynn

  32. December 1, 2020 6:42 pm

    Hello Lynn,

    Wrap your knitting around your neck twice to see how it fits. Keep in mind our knitting will open up in length after blocking. If the length feels right, you can stop knitting.

    I hope this helps!



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