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Chanterelle Cowl: Free knitting pattern

Hello! I finally wrote the pattern for the knitted cowl I made a few month ago. I hope you like this free knitting pattern to make the Chanterelle cowl!

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The story of the Chanterelle Cowl knitting pattern

For this pattern, I wanted the Chanterelle cowl to be quite light, but still warm. It is thought as an autumn or spring pattern. That’s why I chose a fingering Merino yarn and a lace pattern.

The knitting pattern is quite simple, so you can knit without paying to much attention, you just need to keep count of the rounds. This knitted cowl is made with simple stockinette and a little « V » lace pattern.

Close-up of the lace pattern of the Chanterelle cowl

Where does the name Chanterelle come from? In French, a « chanterelle » is a comestible mushroom that is very common in alpine forests (and probably in other places in the world). Personally, I’m not a big fan of eating mushrooms, but I think this name is perfect for this light cowl you can wear during the mushroom season. And also, I just like this word, it sounds lovely, doesn’t it?

If you want to knit something other than a cowl, check out my other free knitting patterns. For example, check out my free knitted scrunchie recipe!



10cm = 28 stitchs and 44 rows.

(I honestly think a gauge is not crucial for a cowl, but that’s just my advice.)

Stitches and techniques

  • Knit
  • K2tog : knit 2 stitches together
  • Yarn over
  • SKPO : Slip, knit, pass slipped stitch over
  • German twisted cast on
  • Elastic bind off

The Chanterelle Cowl knitting pattern

Cast on

With the 3mm needles, cast on 160 stitches with your favorite elastic cast on and join in the round.

My advice is to use the German Twisted Cast on, a simple and repetitive elastic cast on. You can find how to do this method here: https://www.thesprucecrafts.com/german-twisted-cast-on-2115693

Bottom ribbing

Knit in 1/1 ribbing (k1, p1) for 3cm/1.2 inches (approximately 10 rows).

Lace pattern

First, knit 2 rows in stockinette (knit all stitches).

Then, knit following the pattern chart, repeating the 22 rows for about 30cm/12inches or to the height you want.

The row by row written explanations are detailed right below the chart. The chart must be read following the knitting, from bottom to top and from right to left.

This pattern is stockinette with yarn overs and decreases, and is repeated every 22 rows. If you want to knit with straight needles, don’t forget to adapt the chart!

Grille / Chart Col chanterelle

Here is the detailed written explanation for the lace and decrease rows. All the other rows must be knitted in stockinette (knit all stitches with circular needles).

Row 1: *knit 1, k2tog, yarn over, knit 7*. Repeat to the end of round.

Row 3: *k2tog, yarn over, knit 1, yarn over, SKPO, knit 5*. Repeat to the end of round .

Row 12: *knit 6 , k2tog, yarn over, knit 2.* Repeat to the end of round .

Row 14: *knit 5, k2tog, yarn over, knit 1, yarn over, SKPO*. Repeat to the end of round.

All other rows are knitted in stockinette (knit all stitches).

Top ribbing

After knitting about 30cm in pattern of the height of your choice.

Knit in 1/1 ribbing (k1, p1) for 3cm/1.2 inches (approximately 10 rows).

Bind off

Bind off all stitches with an elastic method or your choice.

My advice is to use a sewn bind off. Find out how to do it here: https://www.andrearangel.com/tutorial-blog/sewnbindoff

When your cowl is finished, don’t forget to share your photos with #chanterellecowl, #colchanterelle and #bingetricot

I can’t wait to see your creations!

I hope you lie this pattern. Would you like me to release a pattern for the assorted hat and mittens? Or something else? Tell me in the comment section below!

If you want to knit something other than a cowl, check out my other free knitting patterns.

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