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Bandana Plaid Cowl

Free Knitting Pattern

This is a long cowl with a warming bandana point at the front. This covers those pesky neck openings in your coats without having to wind double around your throat. No more bulky lumps on your back just to get a warm front!

You get to play with colour, knitting in the flat and also knitting in the round for a seam free cowl. The plaid pattern may look tricky but its actually very simple with both written instructions and charts for you to choose what works best for you.

What You Need

Three colours of yarn:

MC Cream

CC1 Dusky Pink

CC2 Red

  • DK weight yarn, 50g balls of each colour.

  • 3.5mm circular needles

  • Wool needle to weave in the yarn ends

  • Stitch marker

  • 5 bobbins for the CC2 (the red vertical stripes)


k knit

p purl

kfb knit in front and the back of the same st

kfbf knit in front, back and front in the same st.

st(s) stitch(es)


Worked Flat

Worked in the Round

Pattern Notes

The charts show the stitches within the 3st garter border. The italic sts at the start and end of every row are the 3st garter border.

Each horizontal line in the flat chart represents a knitted row and its matching purl return row.

Each block in the charts represent a single stitch.

The worked in the round chart shows the greater overall design; the repeat section is the darker squares with a row per round as there are now return purl rows when you work in the round.


All stitches are worked in MC unless explicitly mentioned in the pattern. The Italic stitches at the beginning and end of each row are the border. The rest of the stitches are from the chart above.

Begin with a single slipknot in MC

Row 1: kfbf - +2sts

Row 2: k all

Row 3: kfb, k1, kfb - +2sts

Row 4: k all

Row 5: kfb, k1, k1 cc2, k1, kfb - +2sts

Row 6: k3, p1 cc2, k3

Row 7: kfb, k1, k1, k1 cc2, k1 , k1, kfb - +2sts

Row 8: k3, p1, p1 cc2, p1, k3

Row 9: kfb, k1, k2, k1 cc2, k2, k1, kfb - +2sts

Row 10: k3, p2, p1 cc2, p2, k3

Row 11: kfb, k1, k3, k1 cc2, k3, k1, kfb - +2sts

Row 12: k3, p3, p1 cc2, p3, k3

Row 13: kfb, k1, k9 cc2, k1, kfb - +2sts

Row 14: k3, p9 cc2, k3

Row 15: kfb, k1, k5, k1 cc2, k5, k1, kfb - +2sts

Row 16: k3, p5, p1 cc2, p5, k3

Row 17: kfb, k1, k1 cc1, k5, k1 cc2, k5, k1 cc1, k1, kfb - +2sts

Row 18: k3, p1 cc1, p5, p1 cc2, p5, p1 cc1, k3

Row 19: kfb, k1, k2 cc1, k5, k1 cc2, k5, k2 cc1, k1, kfb - +2sts

Row 20: k3, p2 cc1, p5, p1 cc2, p5, p2 cc1, k3

Row 21: kfb, k1, k1, k2 cc1, k5, k1 cc2, k5, k2 cc1, k1, k1, kfb - +2sts

Row 22: k3, p1, p2 cc1, p5, p1 cc2, p5, p2 cc1, p1 k3

Row 23: kfb, k1, k2, k2 cc1, k5, k1 cc2, k5, k2 cc1, k2, k1, kfb - +2sts

Row 24: k3, p2, p2 cc1, p5, p1 cc2, p5, p2 cc1, p2, k3

Row 25: kfb, k1, k10 cc1, k5, k1 cc2, k10 cc1, k1, kfb - +2sts

Row 26: k3, p10, p1 cc2, p10 cc1, k3

Row 27: kfb, k1, k2 cc1, k2, k2 cc1, k5, k1 cc2, k5, k2 cc1, k2, k2 cc1, k1, kfb - +2sts