Easy Lace Knit Cowl

A perfect first lace knitting project.

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


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’s in the same weight category. Check your gauge and adjust as needed so the sizing comes out right. The recommended yarn amount will likely be different too.

Yarn Substitution Resources:
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pattern details


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

Additional Notes

Finished Size

14″ wide; 30″ circumference


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.


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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see how it’s done

Step-by-Step Tutorial

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