The Howl Cowl

By Andrea Guarino

This quick, easy cowl features a fully reversible box stitch pattern separated by an eyelet row. Highly textured and colorful, this simple scarf is sure to be a favorite. Use 5 distinct colors to create a unique wear-everywhere cowl.

Techniques: Long-tail CO, stretchy BO, K, P, st st, K2tog, YO, box stitch (Rnds 1 and 2: *K2, P2; repeat from * to end.  Rnds 3 and 4: *P2, K2; repeat from * to end); repeat rnds 1-4 for box stitch in the round. 

Terminology: BOR – beginning of round. CO – cast on. BO – bind off. PM – place marker. YO – yarn over. K2tog – knit two stitches together. St st – stockinette stitch (knit every stitch).


Yarn – 170 yards / 100 grams of DK or Worsted weight yarn; 5 colors total, 20-25 grams per color.

Needles – US 6 (4mm) circular needles, 24 in or size needed based on yarn weight and desired scarf length.

Tapestry/yarn needle for weaving in ends


Gauge is not critical for this pattern. Color changes occur at the beginning of each new box stitch section; leave 6 inches between color changes to weave in later. This scarf is a great mini-skein stash buster as it uses five 20-25g skeins total. 

CO 112 stitches using the long-tail CO. 

Join in the round, being careful not to twist.

Place marker for BOR.

Rows 1-2: st st (knit every stitch).

Row 3-4: *K2, P2; repeat from * ending on a P2.

Row 5-6: *P2, K2; repeat from * ending on a K2. 

Rows 7-10: Repeat rows 3-6. 

Row 11: *YO, k2tog; repeat from * around. 

Row 12: Purl every stitch.

Switch to color B.

Repeat rows 3-12 until desired width is achieved. Switch color after finishing the purl ridge row each time, leaving a 6 inch tail to weave in later. 

After the final purl ridge row, knit 3 rows. 

Stretchy BO. All done!

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Please feel free to sell finished items made with this pattern, giving credit to me (Andrea Guarino, @humbleworm) whenever possible. Do not claim this pattern as your own!

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