We originally knit up this quick and simple cowl as a way to show off Malabrigo Rasta, one of our favourite yarns. It sure did its job. Malabrigo Rasta has been flying off our shelves almost since we opened, and we frequently get requests for simple cowl patterns that show off the gorgeous kettel-dyed colourways and knit up quickly. So, here you go! This is our go-to, most recommended, absolute favourite. It’s suitable for beginners and quick and enjoyable for more advanced knitters, and in a season when there always seems to be a last-minute gift to produce, it never hurts to have an easy, stylish, and speedy project in your back pocket.
We call this the Red Rasta Cowl, but it would look fantastic in any of Malabrigo’s colourways. The pattern is easy to memorize, but since it never hurts to have backup, there’s a link to a printable pdf at the bottom of this page. If you make one (or ten), please let us know how they turn out!
RED RASTA COWL
Size: One size – fits most adults comfortably
(To make larger or smaller, increase or decrease stitch count by multiples of four stitches. If increasing, be aware you may need more yarn to complete cowl.)
Materials: 1 skein Malabrigo Rasta in any colour, or 98 yards of your preferred super-bulky yarn; 10mm 16-inch circular needle; large stitch marker; darning needle
k – knit
* * – repeat instruction all the way around
Loosely cast-on 48 stitches. Join in the round, being
careful not to twist.
Work *k2, p2* rib for 14 rows.
After ribbing complete, work four repeats of the following four rows (16 rows total):
Rows 1 & 2: *k1, p1* around
Rows 3 & 4: *p1, k1* around
Bind off loosely. Weave in ends and marvel at your speedy creation.
Download a pdf: Red Rasta Cowl