Open Checkerboard Cowl


BEYOND THE PATTERN: Before the Covid-19 pandemic, excitement was
beginning to build for the upcoming March Madness Tournament. The NCAA
was ready to publish the brackets for 2020 and then….. everything came to
a halt. However, I decided that our KAL would go on. Even if the cowl could
not be worn to the games, it was still a nice garment to keep us snuggly
warm. The two patterns were designed, one to appeal to ladies (lace
design) and one for the guys (slipped stitches and garter stripes).

This is the perfect pattern for your college student, faculty member or
athlete as it can be knit in the “exact” school colors.

The Open Checkerboard Cowl was designed for the guys and includes garter,
eyelet and chain sections (created with slipped stitches). It is knit in two
colors and worked flat as an asymmetrical triangle. The number of stitches
decreases on each RS row as your cowl grows, making it a quick project. It
is later joined with stitches, buttons or just tied to allow the drape to be fully
adjustable. Instructions for finishing are included in the pattern.

Enjoy making it and have even more fun wearing it.

What is included:
Knitpal 100% Superwash Merino, 4 ply DK Weight Yarn (115g/250y)
1 skein Main Color (MC)
1 skein Contrasting Color (CC)
Printed pattern

Skill Level:


In Stockinette stitch, 20 sts = 4” (unblocked)
Gauge is NOT critical in this pattern

Supplies needed

US 5 (3.5 mm) needles (either 32” circular or straight)
Stitch Markers
Tapestry needle for weaving in ends


Right Edge of the Cowl is 36 inches/91.4 cms
Cast on Edge of the Cowl is 23 inches/58.4 cms

Caring for your knit items:
While our luxurious superwash merino yarn can be machine washed, we recommend you show your knitted items more love by handwashing in cool water with a mild detergent. Gently squeeze water from the item and lay it flat to dry. Woolen items look like they have grown when the fibers are wet but will return to size once dry.