Chevron Knit Cowl FREE Pattern by Kristin Omdahl

The chevron knit cowl free pattern by Kristin Omdahl features a striking, geometric design using the simplest of knit color work techniques: slip stitch mosiac knit colorwork. This technique is great for a beginner because you only carry one yarn per round. The displayed colorwork is made by slipping the opposite color in varying ways each round. Use a high contrast combination of colors for a bold look or choose analogous colors for a more subtle design.

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Chevron Knit Cowl FREE Pattern by Kristin Omdahl


240 yds (220m) #4 worsted weight yarn, 120 yds (110m) each in 2 colors
US9 (5.5mm) circular knitting needles, 16 in cord length
Yarn needle
stitch marker

Suggested yarn:  Lion Brand Yarn’s Wool-ease; #4 worsted weight yarn; 197 yds (180m) per 3oz (85gm); 1 ball ea in color A, Denim and color B Natural Heather.

Gauge: 3.5 sts/ 7 rounds = 1” in slip stitch mosiac pattern

Finished size: 22” circumference, 10” tall

Stitch Abbreviations:

CO cast on; BO bind off; K knit; P purl; PM place marker; SM slip marker; YO yarn over; Sl slip stitch; K-tbl knit through the back loop; KFB knit into the front and back of same stitch; K2TOG knit 2 stitches together; P2TOG purl 2 stitches together

YouTube tutorial video for Chevron Knit Cowl FREE Pattern here:

Note: always slip stitches purlwise



Round 1: With yarn A, CO 98 sts, pm.

Round 2: *K1, p1. Rep from * around. — 98 sts

Rounds 3 – 10: Rep round 2. — 98 sts

Round 11: Kfb, knit around, sm. — 99 sts


Round 1: With yarn B, k1, sl1, *k2, sl1. Rep from * to last st: k1, sm. — 99 sts

Round 2: Rep round 1

Round 3: With yarn A, (k2, sl1)x4, k3, sl1, (k2, sl1)x3, *k1, sl1, (k2, sl1)x3, k3, sl1, (k2, sl1)x3, rep from * to last 2 sts: k2, sm. — 99 sts

Round 4: Rep round 3

Round 5: Using B, k3, *(sl1, k2)x3, sl1, k1, sl1, (k2, sl1)x3, k3. Rep from * to end, sm. — 99 sts

Round 6: Rep round 5.

Round 7 – 8: With yarn A, rep rounds 1 – 2.

Rounds 9 – 10: With yarn B, rep rounds 3 – 4.

Rounds 11 – 12: With yarn A, rep rounds 5 – 6.

Rounds 13 – 54: Rep rounds 1 – 12 three more times, then rounds 1 – 6 once more.

Round 68: K1, p2tog, *k1, p1. Rep from * around. — 98 sts

Rounds 69 – 72: Rep round 68. BO all sts.


Wash, block to finished measurements and let dry.

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