Candle Flame Cowl Knitting Pattern

Chunky Warmth with a Ton of Style

Candle Flame Cowl
Candle Flame Cowl. (c) Sarah E. White, licensed to About.com, Inc.

The Candle Flame Cowl is a great project for cold weather. It's like a statement necklace made out of yarn -- something everyone is sure to notice when you wear it. Unlike a chunky necklace, this cowl will keep you warm as it turns heads.

The lace pattern requires attention but it's not difficult, particularly after you've worked through the repeat once. And the bulky yarn makes this project one of the quickest eyelet patterns you'll probably ever work.

Materials Needed

  • Two skeins of Valley Yarns Berkshire Bulky or about 200 yards of bulky wool yarn of your choice
  • Size 10.5 US (6.5 mm) knitting needles
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle

Pattern Gauge and Size

Gauge: About 18 stitches and 20 rows per 4 inches (4.5 stitches and 5 rows per inch) in the pattern.

Size: Finished cowl is variable in width, but about 9 inches wide, and 30 inches around.

Cowl Instructions

As with most patterns for cowls, essentially, you will be knitting a short scarf. After blocking, the two ends are sewn together to create the look of an infinity scarf.

  1. Cast on 38 stitches.
  2. Work in Candle Flame stitch (see below) for about 30 inches, ending with row 24.
  3. Bind off in knit
  4. Block the piece so that the edges curve in and out and the piece is about 9 inches wide by 30 inches long.
  5. When dry, sew the cast on and bound off edges together.

Candle Flame Stitch

The Candle Flame is an easy stitch pattern and a lovely lace knit.

It uses simple knit and purl stitches with a few yarn overs and knit two together thrown in to create the eyelets and decreases.

As you knit it, you will notice that the number of stitches varies from row to row. You can get accurate stitch counts on rows 12 and 24. Don't bother counting on the other rows to check your work.

It will only make you think that you've made a big mistake even if everything is perfect.

Pattern Abbreviations:

Works on multiples of 12 plus 2 stitches. For example, to repeat the pattern twice across a row, cast on 26 stitches.

Row 1: *Purl 2, yarn over, knit 1, yarn over, purl 2, knit 2, knit 2 together, knit 3. Repeat from * across, end purl 2.

Row 2: *K2, P6, K2, P3. Repeat from * across, end K2.

Row 3: *P2, K1, (YO, K1) twice, P2, K2, K2tog, K2. Repeat from * across, end P2.

Row 4: *(K2, P5) twice. Repeat from * across, end K2.

Row 5: *P2, K2, YO, K1, YO, K2, P2, K2, K2tog, K1. Repeat from * across, end P2.

Row 6: *K2, P4, K2, P7. Repeat from * across, end K2.

Row 7: *P2, K3, YO, K1, YO, K3, P2, K2, K2tog. Repeat from * across, end P2.

Row 8: *K2, P3, K2, P9. Repeat from * across, end K2.

Row 9: *P2, K2, K2tog, K5, P2, K1, K2tog. Repeat from * across, end P2.

Row 10: *K2, P2, K2, P8. Repeat from * across, end K2.

Row 11: *P2, K2, K2tog, K4, P2, K2tog.

Repeat from * across, end P2.

Row 12: *K2, P1, K2, P7. Repeat from * across, end K2.

Row 13: *P2, K2, K2tog, K3, P2, YO, K1, YO. Repeat from * across, end P2.

Row 14: *K2, P3, K2, P6. Repeat from * across, end K2.

Row 15: *P2, K2, K2tog, K2, P2, (K1, YO) twice, K1. Repeat from * across, end P2.

Row 16: *(K2, P5) twice. Repeat from * across, end K2.

Row 17: *P2, K2, K2tog, K1, P2, K2, YO, K1, YO, K2. Repeat from * across, end P2.

Row 18: *K2, P7, K2, P4. Repeat from * across, end K2.

Row 19: *P2, K2, K2tog, P2, K3, YO, K1, YO, K3. Repeat from * across, end P2.

Row 20: *K2, P9, K2, P3. Repeat from * across, end K2.

Row 21: *P2, K1, K2tog, P2, K2, K2tog, K5. Repeat from * across, end P2.

Row 22: *K2, P8, K2, P2. Repeat from * across, end K2.

Row 23: *P2, K2tog, P2, K2, K2tog, K4. Repeat from * across, end P2.

Row 24: *K2, P7, K2, P1. Repeat from * across, end K2.

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