Afternoon Stroll Cowl – FREE Knitting Pattern

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This lightweight, lacy cowl is the perfect accessory for breezy days. A simple, feminine project that knits up quickly with just one skein of yarn!

Afternoon Stroll Cowl

Knitting Pattern by Yay For Yarn


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Skill Level: Advanced Beginner


You Will Need:

207 yards (190 meters) of #4 Worsted Weight yarn (I used 1 skein of Lion Brand Touch of Alpaca in “Goldenrod”)

US Size 7 / 4.5 mm Circular Knitting Needle, 24” (61 cm) long

1 Stitch Marker that can slip onto the knitting needle


Ruler or Measuring Tape

Yarn Needle or Blunt Tapestry Needle (for weaving in ends)


Finished Size:

24” (61 cm) in circumference, 10 ½” (26.7 cm) high



18 stitches = 4” (10 cm) in stitch pattern, 25 rows = 4” (10 cm) in lace stitch pattern



sts: stitches      K: knit      P: purl      *YO: yarn over      *K2tog: knit two stitches together      *SL: slip      *PSSO: pass the slipped stitch over

*See instructions below to learn how to work this stitch.


YO: Bring the yarn to the front, and wrap it over the right needle from front to back. This stitch is worked into as normal on the following row. It creates the little holes or eyelets in the lace.


K2tog: Insert the needle from front to back into the next 2 sts at the same time. Knit through both stitches as though they were one.


SL: Insert the right needle from front to back into the next stitch, and slide the stitch off of the left needle. We’re not working into the stitch, but just moving it to the right needle.


PSSO: This is done after you’ve slipped a stitch and knit the next stitch. Insert the left needle tip into the front of the slipped stitch on the right needle. (It should be the stitch right before the one you just knit.) Lift it up and over the knit stitch to the left and over the tip of the right needle (as if you were binding that stitch off). Slide the left needle out of the slipped stitch.

This lightweight, lacy cowl is perfect for any beginner looking to try lace knitting.

Cast On 105 sts.

Place stitch marker on the right needle and join to work in the round, making sure the cast-on edge is not twisted.

Note: You should always have 105 sts at the end of every round.

Round 1: K around. SL marker.

Round 2: P around. SL marker.

Rounds 3-4: Repeat rounds 1-2.

Round 5: *K1, K2tog, YO, K1, YO, SL 1, K1, PSSO, K1.* Repeat between *and* around. SL marker.

Round 6: K around. SL marker.

Round 7: *K2tog, YO, K3, YO, SL 1, K1, PSSO.* Repeat between *and* around. SL marker.

Round 8: K around. SL marker.

Repeat Rounds 5-8, 19 more times. Piece should measure 10” from cast-on edge.

Round 9: Repeat round 2.

Round 10: Repeat round 1.

Round 11-12: Repeat rounds 9-10.

Bind off loosely. Tie off, weave in ends.

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To Block:

If using Acrylic or other synthetic yarn, pin item out to finished measurements on an ironing board. Hold a steaming iron or garment steamer 2”-3” over the surface of the knitting, moving the iron / steamer around so all the knitted fabric is steamed. Allow to cool and dry.


If using natural fiber yarn, pin item out to finished measurements on foam blocking mats. Spray with water until the knitted fabric is damp all over. Allow to dry.


This pattern is intended for your personal use only. You may not share it, copy it, sell it, give it away, or mass-produce the finished product. However, you may sell the finished items on a small scale, as long as you convey in your item description that you used a Yay For Yarn pattern.

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2 Responses

  1. I have attempted to knit this cowl a couple times now and have found each time that I am decreasing somehow to 85 stitches even though I started with the instructed 105 stitches. I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong, I follow the steps step-by-step. I’ve been an experienced knitter for about seven years or so, I definitely know the stitch pattern but unsure of why I am decreasing that many stitches. Help please!!

    1. Hi Corissa! Perhaps you could double-check to see if you might have missed a few yarn overs? Since there are already decreases in the stitch pattern, if you accidentally omit a yarn over, it will decrease a stitch from the total stitch count. If that is not the problem, you are welcome to send me a photo at blogger[at] I am happy to help!

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