Canaletto Cowl Knitting Pattern

Canaletto Cowl Knitting Pattern

The Canaletto cowl is wide and luxurious, and emphasizes geometric lines and simple textures. Bands of seed stitch and eyelets are intersected by stocking stitch, and each texture catches the light differently. The stacked eyelets create a gentle bias, adding to the cowl’s flexibility for looping around your neck. Pattern includes two sizes; the larger size can be looped twice. Suitable for the adventurous beginner.

Finished sizes

Approx 12 by 19.5 (44) inches around. Larger size shown.


Aran weight yarn, shown in Diamond Luxury Collection Cairo, color Mauve, 2 (3) x 100 g (each 168 m)


4.5mm circular needles, 16 (24) inches

stitch marker

tapestry needle


18 sts/24 rows = 10 cm/4 in


k knit p purl k2tog put the tip of right needle through the first two needles on the left needle and knit them together st st stocking (stockinette) stitch yo bring yarn from back to front over right needle


Cast on 88 (198) sts. Join in the round, being careful not to twist stitches. Place a marker for beg of row. If you want to adjust the circumference of the cowl, you can change the number of stitches by multiples of 22 or change your gauge.

Row 1: *K1, p1; rep from *. Row 2: *P1, k1; rep from *. These 2 rows establish seed stitch. Repeat rows 1-2 one time.

Begin banded eyelet pattern (mult of 22 sts) Row 1: *(K1, p1) 3 times, (yo, k2tog, k2) 4 times; rep from *. Row 2: *(P1, k1) 3 times, k16; rep from *. Row 3: *(K1, p1) 3 times, (k2, yo, k2tog) 4 times; rep from *. Row 4: repeat row 2. Repeat these 4 rows 6 more times, then repeat rows 1-3 .

Work 6 rows in st st.

Next row: *(K1, p1) 3 times, k16; rep from *. Next row: *(P1, k1) 3 times, k16; rep from *. Repeat these 2 rows 1 more time.

Work 6 rows in st st. Work Rows 1-4 banded eyelet pattern 7 times, then work rows 1-3. Work 4 rows seed stitch. Bind off. Weave in ends and block according to yarn label’s instructions.

About the designer

Megan is a web designer-visual artist-knitter whose frequent yarn-fondling disconcerts her friends and loved ones. Megan has been knitting for over thirty years and likes to share. Her website, Tricksy Knitter, can be found at

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