Negative Space Chevron Cowl

I’m really excited about this new pattern…


It’s a long cowl for looping around your neck with a very wide – but very simple – lace pattern repeat that makes what looks like chevron stripes. But instead of stripes, the chevron effect is negative space created by yarn overs.

The cowl pictured is made with Studio Worsted yarn by Neighborhood Fiber Co. in the Petworth colorway. It has these flecks of purple and gold that gives the chocolate brown yarn nice depth. This yarn is a dream to work with and I highly recommend it (note: not paid in anyway to endorse – this is just a really great yarn). Of course, any worsted weight yarn will do the trick but I would stick to a wool or wool blend yarn for nice stitch definition and because wool holds it’s shape so well. When I was swatching this project, I made a bunch of practice squares with Cascade 220 leftovers. I may have to get some good photos of those swatches even though they don’t exactly match the final pattern, they show how great this pattern can look in both light and dark colors.


Construction: The Negative Space Chevron cowl uses 400 yards of worsted weight yarn to create a fabric that looks like it has chevron stripes. But instead of stripes, yarn overs create a chevron look with negative space. This cowl is generously sized to wrap close around your neck for snuggly warmth, or you can just leave it draped or loosely wrapped..

Skill level: Intermediate

Skills needed: Casting on, binding off, knitting in the round, increasing with yarn overs, decreasing by k2tog and ssk.

Size: One size/ Adult – 60″ x 10″


  • US 8 (5.0 mm) 24” circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge
  • One skein of Neighborhood Fiber Co.’s Studio Worsted or 400 yards of worsted weight yarn
  • Stitch Marker
  • Yarn needle
  • Scissors

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