2-Square Buttoned Cowl | The Great Yarn Challenge

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2-Square Cowl

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2-Square Cowl: MAKE IT

2 Square Button Cowl by Vickie Howell

Show knit in Vickie Howell Montoya Merino, colors: Hatch Chili & Rio.

Recommended Square Sizes

You’ll need 2, same-sized knit or crochet squares:

  • Sizes 12″- 14″


Special Abbreviations

k2tbl = knit 2 sts, each through the back loop

p2tbl = purl 2 sts, each through the back loop


Additional Materials

  • Corresponding knitting needles for squares’ yarn-weight — I recommend using circular needles to help hold all of the picked-up stitches
  • Same weight yarn as squares’ (approx 75 gr, but will vary based on yarn type)
  • 4, buttons


Make tip: My swatches were knit in Size US 9 needles with 42 sts each, worked in stockinette stitch until they were square. Don’t want to knit squares that large? Simply piece together smaller swatches to create 12″-14″ squares. I love. good patchwork project!



With RS facing, lay out your squares in the manner you want them joined. If you’re up for a little pattern-play (or texture-play), consider seaming the side of one square to the bottom of the second square.

Using the desired method, seam two squares together.




Bottom Band:

With RS facing and using knitting needles, pick up stitches in multiples of 4, evenly along the bottom edge of piece.

Row 1 (WS): *K2, p2tbl; rep from* to end.

Row 2 (RS): *P2, k2tbl; rep from * to end.

Rows 4-7: Repeat Rows 1-2, changing colors

when/if desired.


Top band:

Repeat as for Bottom Band.


Right Side Band:

Row 1 (WS): *K2, p2tbl; rep from* to end.

Row 2 (RS): *P2, k2tbl; rep from * to end.

Rows 4-11: Repeat Rows 1-2, changing colors

when/if desired.


Left Side button band:

Rows 1-9: Work same as for Right Side Band.

Row 10 (Button hole row): [P2, k2tbl, BO2] four times, *k2tbl, p2; rep from * to end.

Row 11: *K2, p2tbl; rep from * to first BO gap, [CO 2,k2, p2tbl] four times.

Row 12: *K2, p2tbl; rep from* to end.

Row 13: *P2, k2tbl; rep from * to end.




Sew buttons on to Right Side band, to correspond with button holes.

Weave in ends. Block, if necessary.


2-Square Cowl -- make it with swatches!


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