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A cowl, or circular scarf, can be as simple as “cast on & knit in the round”.  This one goes just one step further…. It’s knit a round, purl a round!

This is a great project for your fast, last-minute, stock-pile of holiday gifts.  Pick a luscious yarn and crank out a wonderful, cozy accessory.  Baby alpaca is my favorite for this kind of project, so I used 2 hanks of Baby Alpaca Chunky Paints, but check out Baby Alpaca Grande, Baby Alpaca Grande Tweed, Peruvia Quick, Encore Chunky, or our new Aurucania Toltén, a chunky hand-dyed wool.


It’s important to note two things about this project.  The texture of this fabric is garter stitch.  When working in the round, to make garter stitch you must knit one round and purl one round (contrast this with working flat, where garter stitch is achieved by knitting every row). You will also find a “seam” where you switch from knit to purl at the beginning of the round.  This is normal!  It doesn’t bother me, but if it bothers you, you may want to switch to stockinette stitch (knitting every round).


Pick your favorite chunky yarn, cast on & have fun!!

Yarn: Cascade Baby Alpaca Chunky Paints
Needles: US size 11, 24″ circular needle

Finished Measurements: approx. 6″ wide by 56″ around

Cast on 150 stitches.  You may want to check out Celeste’s long tail cast-on tip, here.
Join to work in the round, being careful not to twist.
Round 1: Purl around.
Round 2: Knit around.

Repeat rounds 1 and 2 until you are almost out of yarn.  Bind off loosely.  Weave in all ends and block if desired.