Free Knitting Pattern...Spice Cowl!

Spice Cowl
By Jennifer Dickerson

The Spice Cowl is a chunky cowl with a lace trellis pattern. Knit very quickly in the round, it is the perfect project for a last minute gift.

  • 1 skein Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick in the colorway of your choice
  • US15 (10.0 mm) 24” circular needle
  • Stitch Marker
  • Tapestry Needle
  • 10” tall and 30” circumference
  • CO: Cast On
  • BO: Bind Off
  • PM: Place Marker
  • YO: Yarn Over
  • SKP: Slip, knit, pass (Slip One, Knit One, Pass the Slipped Stitch Over)
  • Sts: Stitches

CO 58 sts
Join in the round being careful not to twist.
Round 1: knit
Round 2: knit
Round 3: *yo, k2tog, rpt from * to end of round
Round 4: knit
Round 5: *skp, yo, rpt from* to end of round
Round 6: knit
Repeat rounds 3 through 6 six more times.
Knit one more round.
Break yarn, weave in ends and block as desired.

© Jennifer Dickerson 2013


  1. what size did you use for the picture?

  2. ahhhhh can i do this flat do u have a pattern

    1. thank you sooooooo much for the knitting in the round tutorial soooo helpful very clear

  3. ah ok it says yo knitt 2 tog but i only have i stitch before my marker what do i do

    1. Try counting the stitches on your needle...perhaps with all of the increasing and decreasing one got missed. A quick fix would be to add either add an extra stitch in there or decrease one to balance it out. Hope that helps! :)

  4. Hi Jennifer,
    what a gorgeous piece! As a relative newbie, I'm wondering what the multiple would be if I was to alter the circumference, say slightly bigger. I only have 31.5" circa and can't do magic loop. Is this a project I could work longways and sew together? any help is much appreciated!

    1. Hi Suzanne!

      Thanks for your kind comment! To answer your question, the mesh stitch sequence doesn't have a multiple, just be sure you work it over an even number of stitches and you'll be fine. That way you can increase it as wide as you want! As for sewing it together, I would recommend whip stitching it together with the same yarn that you used for the project. Seaming mesh fabric can be a bit fiddly sometimes, just be sure it is seamed neatly and not too tight, as it could pucker the garment. Either increasing the circumference or sewing it would be a lovely choice. I hope that helps! Happy knitting!

  5. Hi there,
    I keep decreasing but not increasing! Can you tell me what I am doing wrong and why I am not increasing?
    Much appreciated!

  6. Flat version of this??? btw, I LOVE it !!!

  7. Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful pattern. I have just used it for a rainbow loop. Have a look here if you're interested to see how it turned out:
    Have a lovely weekend!

  8. these cowls look great! I might make some for friends and family next Christmas! take care,

  9. I have started and torn this apart 4 times.
    I have counted stitches but at round 5 skp,yo I always come up one stitch short before the marker and start of the next round.
    What am I doing wrong.

  10. I have started and torn apart this pattern 4 times
    I have counted stitches but on round 5. Skp,yo I always come up one stitch short before the marker.
    What am I doing wrong? Are there corrections to this pattern?

  11. I am interested in doing this pattern, but the picture on the 2nd page doesn't look like the picture n the first page which appears to have another design in the front of the cowl, rather than being the same pattern all the way around. Could you please tell me what I am missing as I would like very much to make what is in the pattern on the first picture.

    1. ty I thought I was losing my mind
      The pattern for the top one isnt there or I am losing it

  12. I am also having problems with row 5. Short 1 stitch to complete last SKP. Help!

  13. I am also having trouble with row 5. Only have 1 stitch left to complete the last SKP.

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