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How to Substitute Yarn in Simple Cowls - 3 FREE Knitting Patterns!

How to Substitute Yarn in Simple Cowls - 3 FREE Knitting Patterns!

I am often asked about yarn substitution for patterns. Sometimes its quite easy, and other times it is more difficult. Here is an example of when it is easy.

I took a simple knit cowl I designed in sport weight yarn and converted the gauge to make it in a worsted weight yarn.

The original cowl was knit with Be So Sporty Yarn on a US5 (3.75mm) 16" circular knitting needles. The gauge is 5 stitches per inch. For a 20" circumference cowl, the number of cast on stitches is as follows: 5 x 20 = 100

In order to convert the pattern for a different type of yarn (yarn substitution), you need to do a gauge swatch. I cast on 16 stitches and worked several rows with worsted weight yarn (Be So Bold) and US8 (5mm) circular knitting needles. I measured the width of the swatch to be 4" wide. I divided the number of stitches by the width in inches to get my gauge: 16 / 4 = 4 stitches per inch. For a 20" circumference cowl, the number of cast on stitches is as follows: 4 x 20 = 80

Here is a video demonstrating how I did the conversion and how to knit this pretty lace patterned, worsted weight cowl. Below the video are the written instructions for both patterns.

Beginner Sporty Knit Cowl Free Pattern
by Kristin Omdahl
Materials:
(1) hank Kristin Omdahl Yarns Be So Sporty; 325 yds per 4oz; 100% bamboo; color Crushed Berries
US5 (3.75mm) 16" circular knitting needles
Yarn needle
Stitch marker (optional)
Scissors

CO 100 sts, join in a round, being careful to not twist stitches. -- 100 sts
Round 1: PM (place marker), knit around. -- 100 sts
Round 2: SM (slip marker), purl around. -- 100 sts
Round 3: SM, knit around. -- 100 sts
Rep round 3 until you have approximately 10" from cast on edge.
Next 8 rounds: rep rounds 2 and 3 four times.
BO as follows: k1, *yo, k1. Insert left hand needle into yo and first st, pick up and over second stitch and off needles (1 st bound off). Rep from * around. Pick up and knit first st at beg of round. BO last st. Fasten off. Weave in loose ends.

Beginner Bold Knit Cowl Free Pattern
by Kristin Omdahl
Materials:
(1) hank Kristin Omdahl Yarns Be So Bold; 162 yds per 4oz; 100% bamboo; color Sophia's Serengeti Sunrise
NOTE: Be So Brave Yarn is a great worsted weight American Merino Wool substitution for this pattern
US8 (5mm) 16" circular knitting needles
Yarn needle
Stitch marker (optional)
Scissors

CO 80 sts, join in a round, being careful to not twist stitches. -- 80 sts
Round 1: PM (place marker), knit around. -- 80 sts
Round 2: SM (slip marker), purl around. -- 80 sts
Round 3: SM, knit around. -- 80 sts
Rep round 3 until you have approximately 10" from cast on edge.
Next 8 rounds: rep rounds 2 and 3 four times.
BO as follows: k1, *yo, k1. Insert left hand needle into yo and first st, pick up and over second stitch and off needles (1 st bound off). Rep from * around. Pick up and knit first st at beg of round. BO last st. Fasten off. Weave in loose ends.

Beginner Lace Bold Knit Cowl Free Pattern by Kristin Omdahl
Materials:
(1) hank Kristin Omdahl Yarns Be So Bold; 162 yds per 4oz; 100% bamboo; color Sophia's Serengeti Sunrise
NOTE: Be So Brave Yarn is a great worsted weight American Merino Wool substitution for this pattern
US8 (5mm) 16" circular knitting needles
Yarn needle
Stitch marker (optional)
Scissors

Instructions:
CO 72 sts, join in a round, being careful to not twist stitches. -- 72 sts
Round 1: PM (place marker), knit around. -- 72 sts
Round 2: SM (slip marker), purl around. -- 72 sts
Rounds 3 - 8: rep rounds 1 - 2 three more times.
Round 9: SM, *yo, k2tog, k2. Rep from * around. -- 72 sts
Round 10: SM, knit around. -- 72 sts
Round 11: SM, *k2, yo, k2tog. Rep from * around. -- 72 sts
Round 12: rep round 10.
Rounds 13 - 44: rep rounds 9 - 12 eight more times, or until you have approx. 9" of knitting complete.
Rounds 45 - 52: rep rounds 1 - 2 four more times.
BO as follows: k1, *yo, k1. Insert left hand needle into yo and first st, pick up and over second stitch and off needles (1 st bound off). Rep from * around. Pick up and knit first st at beg of round. BO last st. Fasten off. Weave in loose ends.

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