Ever since I knitted that Jumbo Basketweave Cowl, 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 Sincere Sheep’s indigo-dyed Luminous wool/silk yarn, 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.* You can now get it as a kit!
It can also be knitted with a single strand of chunky-weight yarn, click here for the slight pattern tweaks for that.
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DOUBLE BASKETWEAVE COWL PATTERN | download PDF
This is a super simple, easy to memorize knits-and-purls stitch pattern, knitted in a cozy wool-silk blend, held double. Comfort knitting, in other words, and suitable for newer knitters. Feel free to knit more or fewer rows of the basketweave pattern for a wider or narrower cowl, but that will change yardage requirements. 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).
- 2 skeins Sincere Sheep Luminous (330 yards each; pictured in Anja*), or approximately 640 yards DK/light-worsted yarn, held double throughout
- US10.5/6.5mm circular needle (32″ recommended)
- stitch marker
- tapestry needle for weaving in ends
Measurements: (after blocking)
- Gauge: 4 sts and 5.25 rounds = 1″ in basketweave
- Size: 48″ circumference, 9″ tall
With yarn held double, CO 192 sts. Place marker and join in the round, making sure sts are not twisted around needle.
Ribbing round: [k2, p2] to end.
Repeat ribbing round 3 more times.
Next round: Knit.
Begin 10-round basketweave pattern (below); work it 4 times in full.
Repeat ribbing round 4 more times.
BO loosely in pattern.
Block as desired. Weave in ends.
Rounds 1–4: [k2, p4] to end.
Round 5: Knit.
Rounds 6–9: p3, k2, [p4, k2] to last st, p1
Round 10: Knit.
BO = bind off
CO = cast on
k = knit
p = purl
st(s) = stitch(es)
[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 here on December 15, 2013. If you saved or printed the pattern before that date, please be sure you’re working from a more recent version.]
*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.
Photos by Kathy Cadigan for Fringe Association