Double Basketweave Cowl

double basketweave cowl free knitting pattern

Ever since I knitted that Jumbo Basketweave Cowl last winter, I’ve been wanting to do another version — at a thinner gauge and long enough to wrap twice around my neck. And from the moment I first laid my hands on that indigo-dyed Sincere Sheep Luminous wool/silk yarn we’ve got in the shop (for a few more days at least), I knew I had to knit with it, and that I wanted it piled up around my neck. So the two urges merged into this Double Basketweave Cowl. Double because it loops twice, because it’s knitted with two strands of yarn, and because it uses almost exactly two skeins of the Luminous. I also love it doubly as much as the original. It’s the knitwear equivalent of that most beloved and worn pair of blue jeans.

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DOUBLE BASKETWEAVE COWL PATTERN | download PDF

This is a super simple, easy to memorize knits-and-purls stitch pattern. Feel free to knit more or fewer rows of the basketweave pattern for a wider or narrower cowl, as desired. If adjusting for the circumference, multiply your stitch gauge by whatever you want your circumference to be, then round to the nearest number that is divisible by both 4 (for the ribbing) and 6 (for the basketweave pattern).

Materials:

  • 7.75 oz/640 yards Sincere Sheep Luminous or other DK/light-worsted yarn, held double throughout (shown in Modern Alchemy*)
  • 32-inch 6.5mm/US10.5 circular needle
  • tapestry needle for weaving in ends

Measurements (before blocking):

  • Gauge is 4 sts and 5 rows to the inch in basketweave pattern
  • Finished size is 48-inch circumference by 9 inches wide

Directions:

Holding two strands of yarn (throughout pattern), CO 192 sts
place marker and join for working in the round, making sure stitches are not twisted around needle
work k2/p2 ribbing for 4 rounds
knit next round
work 10-round basketweave pattern (below) 4 times
work k2/p2 ribbing for 4 rounds
BO loosely and weave in ends

Basketweave pattern:

Rounds 1-4: *k2, p4, repeat from * through end of round
Round 5: knit all stitches
Rounds 6-9: p3, k2, *p4, k2, repeat from * until one stitch before marker, p1
Round 10: knit all stitches

[ERRATUM: There was an error in the original version of this pattern, in the instructions for Rows 6-9 — the repeat was indicated in the wrong spot. It was corrected in this post on December 15, 2013. If you saved or printed the pattern before that date, please be sure you're working from this updated version instead.]

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double basketweave cowl free knitting pattern

*Note that when using indigo-dyed yarn, as with a new pair of blue jeans, there will be some color transfer. Expect your hands to turn slightly blue while knitting (it washes right off) and for the soak water to turn blue when blocking the finished piece. After that, the dye should be set.

10 thoughts on “Double Basketweave Cowl

  1. That looks so good, and so warm. I probably need this one too, don’t I? ;) Thank you for writing the pattern, Karen. Yay! You’re filling up my to-do list again! :)

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    • It is really nice and warm, but not HOT, which I love — and definitely some very squishy goodness. Pretty much perfect.

      I have to say, the Luminous was so lovely to knit with. Beautifully tied skeins, no kinks or knots in the yarn, no breaking or splitting. I’m debating with myself over which other colors (and how much) I need to add to my stash.

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  5. Is there a reason this is knit with yarn held double? Would you not recommend using a heavier weight rather than holding a DK double?

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    • Hi, Nora. You could definitely do it with a chunky yarn, or with DK held single, or whatever your heart desires. I wanted to work with this particular yarn but wanted the cowl to be chunky, so I held it double.

      Of course, if you use a different yarn or weight, that will affect your gauge and thus the overall size of the cowl, so do a gauge swatch and some calculations to get it to the circumference you like. See the notes at the top of the pattern about stitch count and necessary multiples for the pattern to work out.

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