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Chunky Child’s Cowl Knitting Pattern

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Even though it’s not officially ‘Winter’ yet, it sure feels like it outside! Here in Western Washington we huddle inside by our heaters when it hits low 40’s. But since my son is in school every morning and afternoon we have to walk to the bus stop for school.

I have made myself a few infinity scarves and I love that you don’t have to worry about it falling off. And that’s a big issue with the long scarves I had made for Cloud and Snow. The ends of the scarf end up dragging on the ground and that’s no good!

So I decided I would make them infinity scarves…cowls…neck warmers, what ever you wan to call them!

First you need to find your gage, how many stitches on circular needles make 1 inch. This is key since your gage will be different depending on the yarn you select and the needles you select. You can use the recommending needle size that is listed on your yarn.

Then you find the circumference on your head. I measured around the forehead to the back of the head, the scarf will need to be large enough to slip over your head. You don’t want it too big if you want it to stay up around your ears and nose.

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Next: Gage (how many stitches equal 1 inch) x Head circumference = number to cast on.

Your cast on amount should be divisible by 4.

For Cloud’s I used Hometown by Lion Brand Yarn. This is a bulky yarn. I used my circular size 13 needles. My gage was 2 stitches for 1 inch and his head is 21 inches (my kids have large heads).
So 2 x 21= 42  I rounded up to 44.
If you want a tighter fitting scarf round down to 40.

Chunky Neck Warmer
This should fit a 5 to 10 year old, depending on head size. Adjust depending on your gage and the circumference of the head (see above to calculate your cast on amount)

What you need:
1 – Hometown Lion’s Brand Yarn (81 yds)
Size 13 Circular needles (20 inch cord or smaller)
Large Tapestry Needle

Cast On 44 stitches
Join to work in the round, making sure not to twist the stitches, place a stitch marker at the first stitch.
Knit 2 Purl 2
Repeat this until you have about 10.5 inches (9.5 inches for a smaller child)
Cast OFF
Weave in your ends

This is Cloud’s scarf on Snow. She wanted some fun photo time too!
Snow is 5 and Cloud is 8 1/2 years old.


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