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Dobbs Ferry Knit Cowl

The choice of yarn makes all the difference. Here, simple cowl patterns using a stockinette stitch yield three striking scarf alternatives.

Source: Martha Stewart


The cowl seen here is ultrathick and cozy. For a thick, textured look, this cowl uses three strands of yarn working as one. The finished garment is about 19 inches tall and 35 inches in circumference.

For a multicolored piece, a base yarn is paired with a succession of bright strands. Another cowl uses a single yarn made with different-color fibers in daybreak tones. You can knit each cowl in the round, or create a flat piece with two straight needles and sew it together.

5 sts equal 4 inches in St st worked in the rnd (k every rnd) with 3 strands held tog. (Be sure to check your gauge.)


beg = begin(ning)(s)
k = knitp = purl 
rep = repeat 
rnd(s) = round(s) 
st(s) = stitch(es) 
St st = Stockinette stitch 
tog = together 
Pattern courtesy of Lion Brand Yarn,


  • 6 (6-ounce) skeins Wool-Ease Thick & Quick yarn, in Linen or another color

  • Circular knitting needles, size 19, 29 inches long

  • Stitch marker


  1. K2, p2 Rib (worked in the rnd, multiple of 4 sts) Rnd 1: *K2, p2; rep from * around.

  2. Rep Rnd 1 for K2, p2 Rib.

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