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Pucker up Cowl Pattern

Published by Shana | Filed under Free, Knitting, Patterns

I bought this yarn with every intent of making something for the fella. But then I got sick and needed something effortless to work on while laying in bed watching an entire season of Breaking Bad. So now I have a cowl.

Cowls are one of those things, much like shawls and fingerless gloves, that knitters love, but I’m not sure how much the general population embraces them. My coworker, however, told me I did not look stupid wearing it, that they were trendy right now, and people call them infinity scarves. So there you go – one unverified source suggesting that I am hip.

Free cowl knitting pattern

Yep. Here I am. Standing in my backyard. Staring at Doug. Like you do.

This pattern is really easy, uses only one skein, and knits up quickly. In other words: perfect last minute Christmas gift.

If I were going to make another one, I’d try casting on 100 stitches and do three repeats of the body to get a snugglier cowl. If anyone gives that a shot, I’d love to see it.


Pucker Up Cowl Free Knitting Pattern


1 skein Cascade Yarn Rustic (79% Wool, 21% Linen) 100gr, 196 yds

32″ size 7 circular needles

Tapestry needle and scissors

Stitch marker


Make pucker: Pick up stitch from 10 rows below and knit together with one stitch on the left needle.

Seed stitch: K1, p1 for the whole round. (On the second round, you’ll knit into purl stitches, and purl into knit).

Slip marker as you come to it.

Cable cast on description



Cable cast on 125 sts. Join, being sure not to twist.Place marker to note start of round.

Work 1 inch in seed stitch.

Knit 10 rounds.

Work the body twice.


*Make pucker on next 5 sts, k20*. Repeat from * to * four more times to complete the round.

Knit 8 rounds.

*K10, make pucker on 5 sts, k10*. Repeat from * to * four more times to complete the round.

Knit 8 rounds.


*Make pucker on next 5 sts, k20*. Repeat from * to * four more times to complete the round.

Work 1 inch in seed stitch.

Bind off in pattern.

Weave in ends.

Look fashionable in the eyes of my one coworker.

Knit cowl closeup

A dozen puckers of awesomeness.

Pucker up Cowl Pattern, 3.2 out of 5 based on 13 ratings
October 5th, 2011
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12 Responses to “Pucker up Cowl Pattern”

  1. krestiekrew Says:

    I was trying to see what weight this yarn is, found both worsted and DK, can you tell me which you used please? Thanks

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  2. Shana Says:

    It’s this one – http://www.cascadeyarns.com/cascade-Rustic.asp

    I’d recommend going by the yardage and weight to make sure it’s the same yarn.

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  3. Jennifer Says:

    What is the pucker? Is it actually a little gather to hold the curve in it? Thank you!

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  4. Carol Says:


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  5. Janet Nuckles Says:

    Please explain pucker. Thank you – Jan

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  6. Venice Susie Says:

    I don’t think this pattern is correct. Second pucker row leaves 10 stitches between puckers. Should it be 20? Otherwise you are repeating it in the same place as first pucker.

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  7. Shana Says:

    You are repeating 10 sts before and after the pucker so, in effect, it is 20 sts between puckers.

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  8. Shana Says:

    it is described under “notes”

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  9. Ann Bergeron Says:

    Hi…I just finished the cowl and took your suggestion to only cast on the 100 st. because I wanted it tigher…I did the Puckers but found them a bit difficult to pick up stitches down 10 rows…how many strands of yarn are you suppose to pick up? one or two….

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  10. Barb gannon Says:

    I love this cowl. Made it with casting on 100 stitches and doing the three repeats of pattern. It turned out great. I do recommend using a sturdy set of needles! I broke my cubics trying to pick up the lower stitch for the pucker! Next time I will use my metal needles. Thanks for the pattern!

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  11. Darlene Says:

    Can you explain how to do the pucker.


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