Knit Mandala Cowl FREE knitting pattern: this pattern is designed to be paired with the Mandala Yarn by Lion Brand. It takes advantage of the special gradient colors of the Mandala yarn so you can focus on the pattern and stitches, and forget about doing color changes. And what is best about this self-striping yarn is that you won’t need to weave in so many ends!!
I like this yarn so much, that this is not my first Lion Brand Mandala yarn pattern, my first pattern for the Mandala yarn was a crocheted cowl: Crochet Mandala Cowl
And I even created a roundup of free crochet patterns designed specifically to go with this yarn: Free Crochet Patterns For the Mandala Yarn
SO, is only fair that I also create beautiful patterns for my knitter friends!
For this Mandala Cowl, I chose the colorway named “Thunderbird” because the colors feel like fall/autumn colors to me. I thought it was going to be perfect for the season, and maybe even wear it on Thanksgiving.
This project for the Mandala yarn, (just like my previous one), is a “one cake project”, meaning you will only need one cake of this yarn to complete your pattern. I deliberately made this decision to use only one cake or less, to make it easier to finish, and because matching colors with this yarn can be a bit challenging.
Since one of the best features of the Mandala Yarn is that you don’t need to do the color changes yourself, and therefore is an easier yarn to work with, I wanted to keep this project as simple as possible when it comes to color changes and joining new yarn.
BUT, since that side is easy and take care of, we can focus on more challenging stitches and pattern repeats, to obtain an intricate cowl.
The stitches and pattern repeat by themselves are not hard to make, and just in case I am providing a video tutorial as a visual aid for all of you that are visual learners (just like I am). But the interesting part of this pattern is that every couple (+) rows, the stitches/pattern repeat changes, which gives us that intricate and very different look.
Knit Mandala Cowl FREE knitting pattern specifics:
Skill level: Intermediate
Gauge: 16 sts by 24 rows = 4 in (10 cm) in stockinette after blocking.
Stitches used and abbreviations:
- CO = Cast On
- K = Knit
- P= Purl
- K2tog = Knit two together
- SSK = slip slip knit
- YO = Yarn over
- Cable 4 right = slip 2 sts on cable needle and hold in back, knit 2 sts from left needle, knit 2 from cable needle.
- Cable 4 left = slip 2 sts on cable needle and hold in front, knit 2 sts from left needle, knit 2 from cable needle
- Sl1 wyif = Slip 1 with yarn in front
- Sl1 = Slip 1
Lightweight; DK (#3) (11 wpi)
Sample was made with colorway “thunderbird”
Yardage: 400 yards (365 meters)
Needle: US # 8 (5.00 mm) circular 32 inches cord, or necessary needle to obtain gauge.
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Knit Mandala Cowl FREE knitting pattern:
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CO 200 sts – Join to work in rounds.
Round 1 to 5: K2, p2.
Round 6: K1, p1.
Round 7: P1, k1.
Round 8 to 10: Knit.
Round 11 to 13: Purl.
Round 14 to 16: Knit.
Round 17: Cable 4 right, p1.
Round 18 to 20: Knit.
Round 21: Cable 4 left, p1.
Round 22 to 24: Knit.
Round 25: Cable 4 right, p1.
Round 26 to 27: Knit.
Round 28: P1, sl1 wyif.
Round 29: Sl1, k1.
Round 30: Purl.
Round 31 & 32: Knit.
Round 33: K1, p4.
Round 34: K2, p3.
Round 35: K3, p2.
Round 36: K4, p1.
Round 37 & 38: Knit.
Round 39: P1, sl1 wyif.
Round 40: Sl1, k1.
Round 41: Purl.
Round 42: K2, yo, ssk
Round 43 & 44: Knit.
Round 45: Purl.
Round 46 & 47: K2, p2.
Round 48 & 49: P2, k2.
Round 50 & 51: K2, p2.
Round 52 & 53: P2, k2.
Round 54: K6, k2tog, yo, k2.
Round 55: K5, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk.
Round 56: K7, yo, ssk, k1.
Round 57 & 58: Knit.
Round 59: K2tog, yo.
Round 60: Knit.
Round 61: K2, *yo, ssk. Repeat from * to end of round
Round 62: Knit.
Round 63: K2tog, yo.
Round 64: Knit.
Round 65 to 70: K2, p2.
Block to measurements.
Knit Mandala Cowl FREE knitting pattern, video tutorial: