Easy Double Moss Stitch Cowl


Half way through November, last day at work before I finish for knitting leave (also known as maternity leave) and I finally get to wear my cowl I made a few weeks ago. Peaked out of the window this morning and got all excited about the frost on the car.

I absolutely love the texture of double moss stitch, be it teeny tiny on a baby’s cardi or in your face in a chunky knit cowl. This one is super easy to make. It is knit flat and seamed together so, if you are like me and still can’t manage to join in the round without leaving a gaping hole, it’s super simple and frustration free.

Flat knit easy double moss stitch cowl


You will need:

2 x 100g balls of chunky yarn
1 pair 9mm needles
1 large eyed darning needle (or a crochet hook)


Cast on 40 stitches

1. K2, P2 all the way across
2. K2, P2 all the way across
3. P2, K2 all the way across
4. P2, K2 all the way across
5. K2, P2 all the way across

Repeat rows 2-5 until the piece measures approx. 32″, ending on row 5.

32″ should give you enough for a good drape. If you want to be able to loop it around then knit to approx. 44″ or 50″ before casting off. If you like it a little snugger then go to 26″.

Do 1 row of K2, P2 all the way across.

Cast off leaving a long tail.

Using the long tail, thread the darning needle and sew the cast on and cast off edges together. Weave in any loose ends.

The finished item will be approx. 14.5″ wide.

I used Woolcraft New Fashion Chunky in Saxe, I only used about 1/5th of the second ball so in total the whole cowl cost about £2.00 to knit up.

Here are some other choices you might like:

Marriner Chunky 100g in Cream ( this is acrylic, machine wash at 40 C)
Sirdar Hayfield Bonus Chunky 100g in Ruby ( this is acrylic, machine wash at 40 C)
James Brett Marble Chunky Knitting Yarn 200g – Pink/Purple/Buttercup (100% acrylic, machine wash at 40C)

I’d love to see some pictures of your finished knits. You can email them to me at Katie@buttonsandpickles.com or pop your project up on ravelry.


How to KFB – Knit Front and Back

KFB, or knit front and back, is a commonly used increase stitch in knitting. This can also be referred to as a bar increase.

To do the knit front part, knit the stitch as you would normally but when you pull the loop through do not remove the old stitch from the left hand needle.

To do the knit back part, insert the tip of the right hand needle into the middle of the stitch on the left hand needle from right to left and bring the yarn around the right hand needle from back to front (as a normal knit stitch). Pull the needle back through with the new loop on it and slip the old stitch off the left hand needle.

Voila! One increase made!



How to SKPO – Slip One, Knit One, Pass the Slipped Stitch Over

Confused? It’s a bit of a tongue twister but it very straight forward to do. This creates a decrease with a slight left lean. Insert the right needle into the first stitch on the left needle as if you are going to knit it. Instead of wrapping the yarn around the right needle, simply slip the stitch from the left needle onto the right needle. Knit the next stitch on the left hand needle as normal. Insert the left needle into the second stitch on the right needle, lift it up and over the first stitch and drop it off the end of the right needle. All done!


How to K2TOG – Knit Two Together

Befuddled by a K2TOG in your pattern? Fear not. K2TOG stands for knit two together. It is a decrease stitch that slants slightly to the right. Sometimes this is in order to decrease the number of stitches in a row ( e.g. to shape an armhole in a jumper) or it is used as part of the stitch pattern. If used as part of the stitch pattern it will usually be balanced with an instruction to make a stitch somewhere in the row so that you maintain the same number of stitches in each row.


This stitch will be performed on the first 2 stitches on the left hand needle. To start with, it might help if you squish these 2 stitches up close to each other. We are going to treat these 2 stitches as 1 stitch so it might help, to begin with, to squish them together. Insert the right hand needle into this squished together “stitch” exactly as if you were knitting 1 stitch, yarn round needle just like a knit stitch and pull through. Slip both stitches off the left needle. You will notice that there are 2 loops around the bottom of the new stitch on the right needle. Easy peasy!