Tartan Plaid Cowl Pattern

tartan plaid cowl knitting pattern

When I think of winter time, the holidays, and cozy clothes, I always think of plaid. Plaid so so hot right now and you can find it everywhere. I wanted to design a soft warm cowl scarf that wasn’t too difficult so that an advanced beginner could get on the plaid bandwagon.

tartan plaid cowl

The tartan plaid cowl pattern features simple color changes and since it is knit in garter stitch it makes doing these color changes even easier. Have you heard of surface crochet? It really is a cool technique and so easy to do. The vertical stripes on the tartan cowl are made using surface crochet to eliminate intarsia which can be intimidating.

Tartan Plaid Cowl Pattern

Yarn: 2 skeins Loops & Threads Charisma Off White (Color A), 1 skein Loops & Threads Charisma Taupe (Color B), 1 skein Loops & Threads Charisma Black (Color C), 1 skein Loops & Threads Charisma Red (Color D)

Needles: US 11 Circular

Gauge: 10 sts= 4″ and 22 rows= 4″

Hook: G 

Supplies: tapestry needle for weaving in ends


With color a CO 70 sts

Row 1: knit
Knit 6 rows
Row 7: change to color B knit
Knit 4 rows with color b
Row 11: color a knit
Row 12: knit
Row 13: color b knit 4 rows
Row 17: color a knit 2 rows
Row 19: color b knit 4 rows
Row 23: color a knit for 24 rows
Row 47: color b knit 4 rows
Row 51: color c knit 2 rows
Row 53: color b knit 4 rows
Row 57: color a knit 6 rows
Row 63: color d knit 2 rows
Row 65: color a knit 2 rows
Bind off on right side

With right sides facing seam ends together

Find the center of your cowl.
at the edge of work holding yarn d in back use crochet hook to pull up a small loop between garter stitches. working from the bottom to top. keep loop on hook and insert needle in the hole above the garter stitch on the next row. pull up a loop and pull it through the loop already on the hook. This is a slip stitch in crochet and you will continue this way until you reach the top. u will make three of these evenly spaced across your cowl.

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