December 4, 2009
free knitting pattern…burberry inspired cowl neck scarf
before i even get into this post, i need to be upfront with a major disclaimer. in general, i’m not a fan of ripping off designs. while i’m aware that my cowl neck scarf is inspired by burberry, there are two issues at play…1.) the price tag is a little hefty even for me, and 2.) i haven’t actually been able to find the scarf itself in any burberry store. i’ve looked endlessly online and been to four different burberry stores with no luck. every sales people i spoke with had no idea what i was talking about. i still loved the cowl and wanted to try my hand at creating a knitted pattern.
i’m by no means a knitting expert, i just love to do it. i had lots of help and support from my knitting group. i first looked through vogue knitting stitchionary vol. two: cables, which i checked out from the library. i found an allover cable idea (#157, reversible ribbed cable). i used this cable pattern as a base, but then katie from my knitting group helped me to modify it quite a bit to get it to look exactly how i wanted.
thankfully, the instyle blurb listed that the cowl was made of wool and silk. so, i headed up to a tangled skein (thank you, allison) and picked out a really soft merino silk with a slight shine. i used two balls exactly. the cowl in these particular pictures is color “mousse #132.” it is for a friend who totally deserves it! i also picked up “charcoal #131″ for myself, except that on the plane to engage i left an entire ball of yarn…whoops! i just ordered another one, so hopefully i’ll get mine done soon. i can’t wait to wear it and love it all winter!
without further ado, here is the free burberry inspired cowl neck scarf pattern.
burberry inspired cowl neck scarf
size 10 knitting needles
2 balls cascade yarns venezia merino silk
blunt point eyelet needle for stitching ends together
crochet hook for weaving in ends
provisional cast on 58 stitches
rows 1 – 10: slip first stitch on each row and stockinette stitch remaining stitches (knit odd rows, purl even rows)
row 11: slip first stitch, k 2, slip 8 onto cable needle (hold to front), k 8, k cable needle, k 20, slip 8 onto cable needle (hold to front), k 8, k cable needle, k 3
row 12 – 24: slip first stitch on each row and stockinette stitch remaining stitches (same as rows 1 – 10)
row 25: slip first stitch, k 20, slip 8 onto cable needle (hold to back), k 8, k cable needle, k 21
row 26 – 30: slip first stitch on each row and stockinette stitch remaining stitches (same as rows 1-10)
repeat pattern to desired length. (note: my cowl in the above pictures is 20 inches long, which was 4 pattern repeats.) remove the provisional cast on stitches. kitchener stitch the last row together with the provisional cast on stitches. weave in all ends.
important notice…this is a FREE pattern. this pattern is for personal use only. it may not be copied, reproduced, distributed or altered in way. do not reproduce this pattern to sell and/or sell any garment that you make using this pattern. anyone may use this pattern for charity, there is no need to ask for permission.
NOTE: due to the volume of emails that i receive about this pattern, i will not be able to respond to requests for knitting help. i’ve gotten quite a bit of email, comments and ravelry messages about the kitchener stitch and how to finish the project. it is difficult to answer them all and try to explain the kitchener stitch in writing. the kitchener stitch is a tricky technique if you’ve never done it before. if you are having trouble, there are lots of helpful tutorials online. practice and become familiar with the kitchener stitch before you start this pattern. if you are still having trouble, just skip it. cast on and off as normal and seam up the ends in your preferred method. this will leave a visible seam (unlike with the kitchener stitch), but you can wear it in the back and no one will notice.
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This is so easy and beautiful! Thank you so much. I used a color similar to yours and it goes with everything. Great job!!
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I like the pattern. How do you remove the provisional stitches?
Posted by: Carolyn · January 25, 2013 at 7:50 pm
I just finished a knitted cowl for my Grandaughter but when my neighbor showed me your pattern I just loved the cable and am going to start it right away. Also, is there any reason it could not be knitted on a circular needle?
Posted by: Camille Duridas · January 24, 2013 at 12:29 am
This is such an easy-to-do cowl, and looks fabulous! I finished my first one yesterday, now my daughter wants one, too! Thank you for the pattern!
Posted by: Maya · December 18, 2012 at 1:41 pm
I absolutely LOVE this pattern. It’s such a gorgeous cowl and is so quick and easy to knit. I have made it twice for friends and people just go crazy over it!! Thanks for sharing.
Posted by: Krysten Aquino · December 16, 2012 at 11:42 am
Love this look, thank you garter girl.has anyone done this on circulars? Would this eliminate the provisional cast on…please post if you can help,aim ready to get started
Posted by: Ilse Heine · December 5, 2012 at 7:37 am
Just so you know, you cannot control the finished item made by another person. It isn’t “taking advantage”. You didn’t buy the yarn for the maker, nor put time in to make the item.
It is not a copyright violation!! The only thing that another individual CANNOT do is distribute your pattern. They can make 10 opies of it if that is what they need to do to knit it. Distribution is the ONLY protection offered by copyright.
They can also sell their finished cowl, where ever they want. You have zero say in the matter.
Maybe you should consider NOT putting patterns up because it seems to cause a big problem for you with control issues. You have no control over another person’s property!
Posted by: p · December 4, 2012 at 11:54 am
I have made a beautiful cowl out of some Malabrigo multi-fall colored yarn. Thanks so much for posting your pattern. I plan to make many for christmas gifts.
Posted by: Katherine · November 29, 2012 at 12:23 am
Great pattern, thanks for letting me use it. it knits up fast – made two in two weeks, one with a beautiful angora from Nova Scotia, the other with washable wool painted yarn. Both turned out really well. Your pattern is easy to follow and remember, and the finished cowl drapes just the way I want it to. So pleased with the results.
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Posted by: Happy Thanksgiving Knitting | BirchIndigo · November 22, 2012 at 12:11 pm
U r a very talented lady
Thank my for sharing this pattern
Posted by: Annette Franklin · November 16, 2012 at 11:42 pm
Would like to knit using circular needles. Would you suggest any modifications? Have seen this up close and it it beautiful!
Posted by: Ann Rich · October 29, 2012 at 4:49 pm
Just started knitting this cowl which I love but it’s the first time I’ve done one like these – is it normal to have a hole where the twist is (where you cable the stitches)? It looks fine but if you wiggle it about you can see a bit of a hole.
Fingers crossed it’s going to look a bit like your one!
Posted by: Becki · October 23, 2012 at 5:16 pm
Is this supposed to be knit on circulars or straight needles?
Posted by: Monica · October 22, 2012 at 4:32 pm
Is this pattern meant to be knitted on straight or circular needles?
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This is beautiful! Thanks so much!!
Posted by: Catie · September 26, 2012 at 5:15 pm
Thanks so much – I’ve linked to your pattern on my blog!
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Posted by: K1P1 | KELLY LYFE · April 26, 2012 at 3:57 pm
I am very sorry that your wonderful pattern was misused in the past. I’m glad I got my hands on it to make myself one! Thank you for sharing it.
Posted by: Pam · March 1, 2012 at 9:46 pm
I knitted this in Simply Soft light gray with a little sheen, and it’s lovely and soft and inexpensive! LOVE this pattern.
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Posted by: Bind Off. Weave In Ends. « Agujas · February 2, 2012 at 12:25 pm
Very cute! I actually made up my own cowl pattern this year too after seeing so many in the Gap that were cute (and ALOT less expensive than the one you saw!). If you’re interested, the link to my post and pattern is http://twyste.com/2011/11/30/free-and-easy-chunky-cowl-pattern/
I will definitely be knitting this pattern and adding a link to it on my upcoming “favorite free knitting patterns” page.
Posted by: Kelly @twyste.com · January 28, 2012 at 7:05 pm
A GREAT PATTERN LOVED IT
HAVE ANY MORE PATTERNS FOR COWL NECK SCARF GAVE THEM AS GIFTS WOULD LIKE TO KNIT MORE VERY EASY ONES IF YOU HAVE ANY MORE PATTERNS
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