Easy Lace Knit Cowl

A perfect first lace knitting project.

Skill Level | Intermediate
Finished Size | 14″ wide; 30′ circumference

Ease into lace knitting with this simple yet elegant lace knit cowl, perfect for spring or chilly summer nights.

Introduction

About this Pattern


If you’ve been wanting to try your hand at lace knitting, this project is a great place to start. The simple lace pattern will introduce you to some common lace knitting stitches and ease you into lace repeats.

With this project you’ll get lots of practice with the yarn forward and the open stitch it creates. You’ll also get some practice with a simple decrease, the knit two together. The stitch pattern has a manageable four row repeat with only one of those rows a “lace row” so you can ease into lace knitting with this one.

Before you begin, review this page entirely so you understand the full scope of the project. We have a list of recommended supplies and abbreviations here on this page as well as written instructions and a tutorial to walk you through our easy lace knit cowl step-by-step.

getting started

Recommended Supplies


  • Approx 352 yds; Lion Brand Summer Kiss Yarn
  • US7 24″ or longer circular knitting needles
  • Yarn Needle
  • Scissors

FAQ: Can I use a different yarn?
Sure, as long as it is in the same weight category. Check your gauge to make sure this substitution won’t affect the sizing and keep in mind the recommended amount will likely be inaccurate.

Additional Resources:

Ultimate Guide to Yarn Weight

3 Things you Must Do to Substitute Yarn on B.Hooked TV

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pattern details

Abbreviations


  • CO Cast On
  • K Knit
  • K2tog Knit 2 Together
  • P Purl
  • RS Right Side
  • WS Wrong Side
Finished Size

14″ wide; 30″ circumference

Gauge

From peak to peak = 3.5″
7 rows = 3.5″

This pattern is worked in rows consisting of a four row repeat. Three of the four are very straightforward and one more involved row, creates the open lace stitches. It’s best to keep the pattern in front of you while working this row until you have it memorized. After you knit the length of the cowl, you will seam the two ends together. For best results, block your cowl before this step.

You may work this pattern on 12” or longer straight needles or 24” or longer circular needles.

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the pattern

Written Instructions


CO 79.

Row 1 (WS): P all sts.

Row 2 (RS): K all sts.

Row 3: P all sts.

Row 4: K first st. K2tog twice. *Yarn forward, k1, yarn forward, k1, yarn forward, k1, yarn forward k2tog. K2tog 3 times. Rep from * to last 8 sts. Yarn forward, k1, yarn forward, k1, yarn forward, k1, yarn forward k2tog. K2tog. K last st.

Repeat: Rep last 4 rows until work measures 28.5” from cast on edge ending on a 3rd row.

Bind Off

(RS) Work a standard knitting bind off. Trim yarn leaving at least a 16” tail.

Finishing

Step 1: Wet block to 14” wide and 30” long.

Step 2: Using the tail and yarn needle, seam the two ends together.


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