Seed Stitch Cowl

My absolute favorite things to knit are cowls. They take less yarn than scarves (usually), and they’re generally easier to wear. While thick knitted scarves are thick, bulky, and usually pretty weird-looking without a coat, cowls have this super cozy feel that makes you want to curl up with hot chocolate and a good book. They’re especially great at this point of the year when we’re halfway through January with nothing worth noting except the possibility of a few snow days. Today I wanted to share with you my newest cowl– it’s a pretty simple pattern and it’s made on chunky needles, so it knits up quickly.

Seed Stitch Cowl-- Olivia Simone

Finished Dimensions:

28″ circumference by 6″, unstretched


3 stitches to 4 inches


  • worsted weight or bulky yarn (I used something kind of in between these)
  • size 15 circular needles (alternatively, you could use straight needles, but I find it easier to knit on circular for cowls)
  • stitch markers


For this project, I used chunky yarn and big needles, because I liked the size and texture of the stitch. Of course, you can make the stitch pattern smaller, but make sure to adjust the number of stitches you cast on as well: for this pattern, any multiple of two will work.

Seed Stitch Pattern:

Row 1: *knit 1, purl 1* repeat to end

Row 2: knit the knit stitches, purl the purl stitches (so that the effect is like a really tiny version of basket-weave stitch)

Repeat rows 1 and 2


Cowl Pattern:

  • Cast on 40 stitches, place stitch marker and join in the round
  • Repeat seed stitch pattern (see above) until cowl measures 6″ (or longer)
  • Bind off loosely

Didn’t I tell you it was easy? 😉


I’ll be posting on Tuesday about using Pinterest as a writing tool, so stay tuned!


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