The Phoenix Cowl | Free Knitting Pattern

The Phoenix Cowl is the very first design I ever released and was made with my first batch of hand dyed yarn. It was a very exciting time putting myself out there, trying new things, and pushing past the fear of what if no one likes my designs because the truth is, it doesn’t matter as long as I’m finding joy in what I’m doing.

The colors of the yarn are what inspired the name of the cowl. It reminded me of a phoenix, a mythical bird like creature that has flame like feathers and transforms through fire. This creature teaches us to honor our seasons of life and accept change and that through change and transformation we find our strength to come out on the other side better than we once were.

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Materials:
100 yards DK weight Yarn – WeCrochet Capra DK
5mm Circular or Straight Needles
10mm Circular or Straight Needles
1 Button (I linked the button I actually used but heres a cool set I found on amazon.)
Tapestry Needle

Gauge:
30 rows x 15 sts = 4×4 inches (unblocked)
(*Knit 5 rows using smaller needles, Knit 1 row using larger needles. Repeat from *.)

Abbreviations:
KFB – Knit front and back
K – Knit
YO – Yarn over
BO – Bind off
st(s) – Stitch(es)

Notes:
– The cowl is worked flat, knitting every row.
– There will be a button hole created toward the end, and when finished you will attach a button to the opposite end.

Pattern:

Using smaller needles, cast on 3 sts. 

Row 1 – KFB, K1, KFB. (5 sts)
Row 2 – K across.
Row 3 – KFB, K to last st, KFB. (7 sts)
Row 4 – K across.
Row 5 – KFB, K to last st, KFB.
Row 6 – (Using 10 mm Needles) K across.
Row 7 – (Using 5 mm Needles) KFB, K to last st, KFB.
Row 8 – K across.
Row 9 – KFB, K to last st, KFB.

Repeating Row 4-9, seven more times (Every row should end with an odd number of stitches. 3, 5, 7…etc.)

Row 52 – K to last st, KFB. (56 sts, 65 sts, 74 sts)
Row 53 – KFB, K to last st, KFB. (58 sts, 67 sts, 76 sts)
Row 54 – (Using a 10mm Needle) K to last st, KFB. (59 sts, 68 sts, 77 sts)
Row 55 – (Using 5mm Needles) KFB, K to last st, KFB. (61sts, 70sts, 79sts)
Row 56 – K to last st, KFB. (62 sts, 71 sts, 80 sts)
Row 57 – KFB, *K to last st*, KFB. (64 sts, 73 sts, 82 sts) 

Repeat Row 52-57 two more times.

Row 70 – K to last st, KFB. (83 sts)
Row 71 – KFB, K to last st, KFB. (85 sts)
Row 72 – (Using a 10mm Needle) K6 stitches, BO 2 stitches, K to last st, KFB. (83 sts)
Row 73 – (Using 5mm Needles) KFB, K to the BO2 space then YO twice, K to last st, KFB. (85 sts)
Row 74 – K to last st, KFB. (86 sts)
Row 75 – KFB, K to last st, KFB. (88 sts)

BO all the sts, sew in ends, and attach the button. 

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