October Sky Cowl

Versatile button cowl with a variety of ways to wear it! Free knitting Pattern from My Workbasket

Free knitting pattern for this versatile buttoned cowl from My WorkbasketI worked up this versatile cowl pattern and knew immediately I’d be sharing it with you in October. It came out even better than I planned and I am so excited to give you the pattern for free! Today instead of a Weekly WorkBasket Post I’m going to share this pattern with you! If you want to hear about my projects from last week, check out my Yarntube Video.  I had a busy weekend and my shoulder is flared up, so there isn’t much more to add since the video was done Friday.

Every time I pick it up this cowl I find a different way to wear it. It also is long enough to be worn as a snood!

Free knitting pattern for this versatile buttoned cowl from My Workbasket


6 ounces of Worsted Weight Yarn – a light bulky can be used but I am unsure of the yarn amount needed. I attempted it with and a ran short when using 250 grams.

Size 9 needles

9 – 3/4 buttons – You may want to make your cowl first, and then take it to your button bin or with you to the store. A different gauge may affect it. A shaped button may also require a different size. You want it to be snug enough to not fall open, but loose enough to open easily.

Yarn needle

Sewing Thread and Needle- Use a thread that matches your yarn. This will be to sew on your buttons. If your button holes are large enough you may also be able to use your yarn to sew on buttons.


Gauge doesn’t matter too much, as long as it is close. My gauge is 12 rows and 8 stitches in seed stitch makes a 2″ square

Special Stitch:

This pattern utilizes the Seed Stitch. Knit 1, purl one, on the next row knit the purls and purl the knits. Creating a bumpy knit fabric.


This pattern will have a 3 stitch garter edge on the sides, so all pattern rows start and end with 3 knit stitches.

Cast On 56 stitches

Complete 3 rows in garter stitch (knit every row)

Row 4- *k4, k2tog, yo repeat * to end and knit last 3 stitches

Knit next 3 rows in garter stitch.

Begin Pattern rows:

K 3, (border) *p1, k1 repeat across K last 3 (border)

K3, *k1, p1,  repeat across K3

Repeat Seed Stitch pattern for a total of 12 seed stitch rows

Now you’ll make three rows of Stockinette:

Knit 1 row

K3 – Purl to end- Knit last 3 (remember the border)

Knit 1 row

Repeat the Seed Stitch pattern for 12 more rows.

Repeat the Stockinette row- alter the direction, you want one section to be the smooth side, and then the next section will be the bumpy side. If the section below is smooth then begin the next section with a purl row. If the last stockinette section is bumpy begin with a knit row.

Here is an example:

Repeat the Seed Stitch and Stockinette sections until you have 9 of each section Your cowl should be almost 25 inches long.

Make 1 more seed stitch section of 12 rows.

Knit 6 rows in garter.

Cast Off. Your total cowl should be about 28″ long and 15″ wide.

Weave in ends. To sew on buttons fold cowl, align buttons to buttonholes and attach.

This Pattern is on Ravelry!

If you have any problems, questions, or comments I’d love to hear them in the comments below or contact me using the form on this page!

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