KT and the Squid

Shelton Cowl Free Knit Pattern | KT and the Squid

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Lately, I’m obsessed with these little circular shawl/cowl hybrids. I decided to give a knit one a shot with some Knit Picks Brava I had for a yarn review. I’m pretty much in love with how it came out. The best thing is it only took one skein!

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One size
20” opening at the top, 38” opening at the bottom and 14” tall at the front.


1 skein of Knit Picks Brava in Orange (100% acrylic; 100g/ 218 yards; medium weight)


US 8/5mm 32” circular needle

Other Notions

6 stitch markers


Please read all instructions before beginning.

This cowl is worked flat to make a half circle. Then it is worked in the round using the magic loop method.


16 sts by 24 rows in stockinette = 4” square (blocked)


Co = Cast on
St(s) = stitch(es)
K = knit
P = purl
Yo = yarn over
Pm = place marker
Sm = stitch marker
K2tog = knit 2 together


Garter Tab

Co 2, knit 6 rows, without turning pick up 3 sts along the garter edge, pick up 2 sts of the co edge. You will have 7 sts on your needle.

Row 1: K2, (P 1, yo) 3 times, K2. (10)
Row 2: K
Row 3: K2, (P1, yo, pm) 6 times, k 2. (16)
Row 4: K
Row 5: K2, P to last 2 sts, K2.
Row 6: (K to sm, yo, pm) 6 times, K to end. (22)
Row 7: K2, P to last 2 sts, K2.
Row 8: K
Row 9: K2, (P to sm, yo, pm) 6 times, P to last 2 sts, K2. (28)
Row 10: K
Row 11: K2, P to last 2 sts, K2.

Repeat rows 6-11 until you have 20 sts between each sm ending with a repeat of row 9.

Using the magic loop method you will now start working in the round. Remove all stitch markers and add one to mark the beginning of the round.

Rounds 1-2: K
Round 3: (k2tog, yo) around.
Rounds 4-5: K
Repeat rounds 3-5 four more times.
Knit 2 more rounds.
Bind off as normal or use the picot bind off method. The sample has a picot bind off

Picot Bind Off
1. Co 2 sts.
2. K 2.
3. Pass the 1st st over the 2nd st on the right needle.
4. K 1, pass the 1st st over the 2nd st on the right needle.
5. Repeat step 4 twice.
6. Pass the last st on the right needle back to the left needle.
Repeat steps 1-6 around.

Fasten off, block, weave in ends.

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