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Knit Your Minis Cowl

This fun cowl is designed to work with scraps or mini skeins of fingering weight yarn. Choose coordinating colors or go wild! The simple lace motif is easily memorized, making it a great beginner project. The cowl features A-line shaping, designed to keep your neck and shoulders extra cozy.

Solids, stripes, speckles or variegated colors will all look great in the chevron portions, but it is best to select a light color solid yarn for the lace sections of the cowl.

The pattern is both charted and written.

A Note on Color Selection:
In the pattern, I reference three types of colors:
Stripe Colors
Pop Color
Neutral Color.
When I designed the cowl, my vision was to begin and end with coordinating chevron stripes, knit the two middle sections of lace in a neutral color, and separate them by a bright “pop” of color.
For my sample, I used Knitpicks Stroll Heathers in a light grey colorway and various coordinating colorways of mini skeins. My pop color was easy to choose- a gorgeous mini skein of Chelsea Luxe Glitter in the Glacier colorway (my very favorite from the 2019 Advent Set)!

Techniques Used:
Yarn over increases
Knit 2 together decreases
Slip, slip, knit decreases
Centered double decreases

565 yards of fingering weight yarn in multiple colors, including 175 yards of a single color (light gray in the sample)
Sample knit using Chelsea Luxe Glitter Sock mini skeins, Madelinetosh Unicorn Tails and Knitpicks Stroll Heather yarn.

16” (41 cm) US 4 / 3.5 mm circular needle or size needed to achieve gauge

Notions and additional materials:
Stitch marker(s), at least one to mark beginning of round and more to mark repeats, if desired
Tapestry needle

Finished dimensions: Bottom circumference: 26” (66 cm)
Top circumference: 18” (46 cm)
Total length, top to bottom: 22” (56 cm)
Gauge: 32 sts equals 4.25” (10.5 cm) in 16 st chevron pattern. Swatching directions included in pattern.

This pattern was designed to be used during my one-on-one tutoring sessions, to teach beginner lace knitting and reading charts. It has been professionally tech edited and test knitted. If you find a mistake, need pattern support or are interested in private knitting lessons please write to

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