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Double Garter Cowl ~ Free Pattern!

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Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

I have the perfect quick holiday knit for you today. My new Double Garter Cowl is über-fast and fun. The stitch pattern is a double garter stitch, obviously, and if you haven’t done this one before you should really give it a whirl. The stitch is found on p.134 of Barbara Walker’s A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns. The way I learned how to do this stitch is through a video and if you’d like to make the cowl I highly suggest you go watch this clear demonstration of the double garter stitch.

Click here for the video tutorial on double garter stitch.

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After the preparation row, it is a one row repeat. The pattern is so easy that I am just going to tell you about it right here.

Finished measurements after blocking: 10-inches wide and about 50-inches in circumference (measurements will vary depending on how much or little the cowl is blocked and stretched because this is a very stretchy stitch pattern)

Yarn: 2 hanks of Spud & Chloë Outer , the sample is in Hedge #7210, (65% superwash wool, 35% organic cotton, 100 grams/60 yards)

Needles: US size 15

Gauge: 2 stitches per inch in stockinette stitch


Using a provisional cast on (I did a video tutorial for this right here!), cast on 24 stitches.

Work in double garter stitch until your yarn nearly runs out, leaving a 15-inch end.

Double garter stitch:

Row 1: knit 1 stitch, then knit each stitch wrapping the yarn twice for every stitch

Row 2: k1 leaving the second loop on the needle, *knit the loop along with the first loop of the next stitch and wrapping twice, repeat from * across the row.

Repeat row 2.

When the yarn runs out or you have reached the desired length, kitchener  stitch the ends together. Weave in the ends and block as desired. I gave my cowl a good steam and that’s it!

If the double garter stitch seems confusing when written out, please go watch the video. It will become crystal clear and it is not difficult. I promise.

Also, I know this is garter stitch but I used the regular old kitchener stitch to graft the ends and it looks fine.

I love this cowl. It can be worn wrapped once or twice around your neck. It has an interesting stitch pattern that looks the same on both sides. Best of all, it is fast, fast, fast which makes it the perfect gift knitting project.

Have fun!

Click here to download the PDF version of the Double Garter Cowl free pattern.

Click here for the Ravelry project page for the Double Garter Cowl.

Next up, that incredible sweater pattern and kit I told you about last time…..

23 Responses to “Double Garter Cowl ~ Free Pattern!”

  1. November 30, 2011 at 8:43 am Martha says:

    I love how it looks ON you…so warm I bet. I’ve been using my Spud and Chloe yarn to make some illuminated glass jar coverings, crocheting….so pretty. Upcycling glass jars (from jam and caramel sauce from Trader Joe’s) and putting a tealight candle in them!

    • November 30, 2011 at 9:21 am sanderson says:

      ooooh, martha! i’d love to see those when you are done.

  2. November 30, 2011 at 11:32 am Karen Boerner says:

    Thanks you for posting this beautiful cowl, my daughter has asked for a scarf for christmas but I was not keen on something dangling while in the playground at school. This pattern solves all issues, and it is quick even better!
    Happy knitting!

    • November 30, 2011 at 12:00 pm sanderson says:

      perfect! you could make it shorter so it fits up around the neck probably using one hank of Outer, just a thought if you are worrying about the playground and the cowl catching on things.

  3. November 30, 2011 at 11:40 am Alice S says:

    This looks perfect. I hope to make one or two.

    • November 30, 2011 at 12:00 pm sanderson says:

      You could easily make two before the holidays:)

  4. November 30, 2011 at 12:01 pm Sara in WI says:

    Thanks! I have one person yet to knit for and she mentioned that she would like a “long connected scarf.” I think that this qualifies! I just have to figure out the color and cast on. When the puppy lets me cast on, that is….

    • November 30, 2011 at 12:45 pm sanderson says:

      a puppy? that’s a happy new thing:) i hope you train that puppy to let you knit!

  5. November 30, 2011 at 2:09 pm Sandra says:

    I LOVE it (but that’s no surprise)!!! I wanted to make my mom a scarf but this looks WAY better! :) Thanks for the pattern. You rock!

    • November 30, 2011 at 3:05 pm sanderson says:

      Yay!!! Have fun:) You rock, too!

  6. November 30, 2011 at 3:49 pm mkj says:

    you might be psychic, because i’ve been searching for something exactly like this all over the ‘net. thank you!!

    • November 30, 2011 at 4:49 pm sanderson says:

      oh good ~ i try:)

  7. December 1, 2011 at 7:46 am Suzanne says:

    That’s so cool, Susan. Thanks for the link to the video. I learn so much better with visual instruction.

    • December 1, 2011 at 12:34 pm sanderson says:

      me, too, sometimes and definitely for this stitch.

  8. December 1, 2011 at 10:56 am Lynn Kscher says:

    Love this color, just purchased Outer in the purple colorway, Im a new knitter so Im not sure how to “steam” the cowl for blocking? Is there a link for instructions?
    Liove Spud and Chole yarn

    • December 1, 2011 at 12:35 pm sanderson says:

      Take your iron and turn the steam on the highest setting. Do not press the iron on the knit fabric but hold it close and steam until it is damp. For this project I just gave the cowl a good stretch while damp and let it air dry. This just kind of lines the stitches up nicely.

      Hope that helps.

  9. December 4, 2011 at 2:34 am Hannah says:

    Love this pattern! Just knit it up in two short days in Cornsilk :-) I cut it a little close on the end — I only had an inch and a half left of yarn when I finished the kitchener stitch! Thank you so much for sharing :-)

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  11. December 15, 2011 at 12:06 am janice says:

    This is really lovely, thank you for sharing! Your site was linked by A Grand Yarn, otherwise who knows when I would have discovered you. i’m looking forward to more exploration.

  12. December 16, 2011 at 12:53 pm rebekah says:

    Just finishing up this cowl. I love the twisted look of the double garter stitch. But I don’t understand how to join the ends with the kitchener stitch. I have 45 stitches on the needle and only 23 tied up in the provisional cast on. I’ve watched a few video’s on the kitchener stitch, including yours done with the yarntini socks, but I can’t understand how it would work here.

    • December 16, 2011 at 8:15 pm Tania says:

      I replied to you in my comment, just so you don’t miss it. I’m not sure we did what the creator intended but it worked for us.

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  13. December 16, 2011 at 8:14 pm Tania says:

    Thank you for this! I’m still a hat and easy scarf kind of knitter so this new stitch was fun, but definitely a learning curve. Luckily I have a good friend who is way better than I am and got me through my mistakes and through the end.

    rebekah, the kitchner at the end was definitely confusing. What we did was treated the side with the 45 stitches like we had all along and knit (or purled) through two stitches, and the side with the provisional cast on we knit (or purled) through one stitch.

    My friend was amazed at how good the kitchner stitch looks now that it’s done. She was skeptical at first.

    My Mom is going to love this scarf, thanks so much for the pattern!