Monday, May 9, 2011

Chunky Man-Cowl

Also, check out the NEW Chunky Man-Cowl!

My boyfriend wanted a warm, chunky and masculine scarf in “military-ish” colors.
I looked at various knitting patterns for scarves and cowls but ended up buying a bunch of yarn in nice colors and improvising.
The result is a long scarf, with Drops Karisma Superwash in gray and Drops Classic Alpaca in brown knit together in a waffle pattern, making it chunky and soft. I sewed the ends together to make a cowl that can go around twice to fit snugly around the neck.

What you'll need:
At least 6 skeins of DK weight yarn (I used 3 of the Karisma and 3 of the Alpaca) and a circular, or two 5.5mm pins.

CO 52 stitches with double yarn (one thread of each) and knit the following back and forth.

Row 1: K to end.
Row 2: P to end.
Row 3: *K2, P2*
Row 4: *K2, P2*

Repeat rows 1-4 until you have a scarf long enough to wrap around your neck twice. I used all the yarn, there was a little more of the Karisma so I used only that for the sewing.

BO and sew the ends together.


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I was asked to upload a pic of the two yarns together up-close. Here's one I took when I was in the middle of knitting it - hope it helps!


  1. Do you think you could post, or send me, a up-close of the two yarns together? Thanks!

  2. Thanks so much! I have been wanting to make one of these for myself for a while but could never find a good pattern. :)

  3. this is wonderful. but i really need help. can you please message me?! x

  4. Hi Mandy- how do I message you? You can write to me on Ravelry perhaps? Just write to "Marissimo" :)

  5. Lovely cowl - thanks for the pattern! Did you use circular knitting needles? I'm new to knitting and am still very intimidated by circular needles. I want my finished product to have horizontal ridges like yours, but most of the patterns I've found use circular needles to achieve that effect. Also, do you have a preferred stitch for sewing your ends together?


  6. Hi Meaghan,

    Thank you :)

    The scarf is knit back and forth, so ideally, I'd use two needles, but mine are all so short, and they don't have a "stopper" at the end, so I was afraid I'd be dropping stitches all the time. That's why I used a circular needle and just knit back and forth on that.

    I stitched the ends together using what I think is called Backstitch seam...turning the work inside-out and stitching the end-stitches together one by one.

    I hope that helps - happy knitting! :)

  7. Gonna make one for my bestie! It looks warm and fashionable..he is a grey heather and black kinda fella. Thank you for sharing such a nice quick easy pattern

  8. Where did you buy the yarn from and about how much was it? Also, what size needles did you use and about how long did it take to make?