Knitted Striped Linen Stitch Cowl

Discover the exquisite beauty of the Knitted Striped Linen Stitch Cowl, a true masterpiece of craftsmanship. This stunning accessory combines the timeless elegance of linen with the intricate art of knitting, resulting in a cowl that is both stylish and cozy. The linen stitch creates a unique texture, with its rows of alternating colors forming delicate stripes that add a touch of sophistication to any outfit. The linen stitch, known for its tight weave and durability, ensures that this accessory will keep you warm and stylish for years to come. Whether you choose to knit it in bold, contrasting colors or subtle, tonal shades, the Knitted Striped Linen Stitch Cowl is sure to become a cherished addition to your wardrobe.

Size: 42 inches around and 5 inches wide blocked (It was about 38 inches unblocked)


  • approx. 58g/290 yds fingering weight yarn. I used 32 g, about 150 yds, black and 26 g, about 140 yds, variegated (I used Knit Picks Palette in black and Wollgarnspinnerei Ferner Lace for the variegated. Yes, I used a lace weight instead of a fingering, but this lace weight seems to be close to the Knit Picks fingering.)
  • 29″ size 3 (3.25mm) circular needle or size needed to get gauge
  • stitch marker
  • tapestry needle

Gauge: 8 stitches per inch unblock, 7.25 stitches per inch blocked

Cast on 307 stitches. (You can make it longer or shorter just make sure to cast on an odd number.) Join together to knit in the round being careful not to twist. Place a stitch marker between the first and last stitch to mark rows.


  • k – knit
  • sl – slip stitch, for this pattern you are always slipping as if to purl. (Ok, I actually knit this whole cowl slipping the stitch as if to knit, but slipping to purl is the correct way to do linen stitch and actually easier. My stitch was twisted because of slipping as to knit which made it a little tighter.)

Stitch pattern:

Row 1: (k1, bring yarn forward between needles as if to purl, sl1, bring yarn back between needles as if to knit) Repeat until one stitch remains, k1
Row 2: (bring yarn forward as if to purl, sl1, bring yarn back as if to knit, k1) Repeat until one stitch remains. Bring yarn forward between needles as if to purl, sl1, bring yarn back between needles as if to knit.

Be careful when bringing your yarn back and forth not to create a yarn over.

Color pattern:

Use this stitch pattern for the whole cowl using the following color pattern.
Rows 1 – 4: black
Rows 5 – 6: variegated
Rows 7 – 8: black
Rows: 9 – 12: variegated
Rows: 13 – 14: black
Rows: 15 – 16: variegated
Rows: 17 – 18: black
Rows: 19 – 22: variegated

Repeat rows 13 – 22 until cowl is about 3/4″ shorter than you would like. Do rows 13 – 18 again then three more rows in black. Knit one row in black. Bind off loosely in knit. (It is very important to have a nice stretchy bind off or your won’t be able to twist it around your head to wear as a cowl.) Weave in ends. Block.

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