Knits : Simple Seed Stitch Cowl

I don’t think I’ve knit this much since I decided to knit two baby blankets in a row. I much prefer making cowls to any other knit item because they are incredibly warm and make great statement pieces for outfits. This simple seed stitch cowl pattern is especially a joy to make due to how easy it is to knit. In fact, this is the third time I have made this exact pattern with the same materials and I still wear my own in blue, years later.


Simple Seed Stitch Cowl in 2 Colors


I originally found this pattern on the now sadly defunct Knit and Bake blog, and decided to share it, as it is now impossible to find on the internet (despite being all over Pinterest), with its creator moving blogs and taking the pattern down from Ravelry. Luckily for me, someone commented on Facebook with the pattern for other people looking for this lovely design, which I was able to write down and share with all of you. This is a reminder to write down all of your favorite patterns, folks! Turns out the internet isn’t *always* forever.


Closeup of Blue Seed Stitch Cowl


This seed stitch cowl is such a warm, soft, and easy cowl pattern to knit. It is a smaller, less bulky cowl than my previous project, the Outlander Cowl, and fits nicely under coats. What’s even better is that you can easily make this seed stitch cowl, which only uses one ball of yarn, in a single night.  I don’t know about you, but there’s nothing quite as satisfying as watching a knitting project make up quickly, and this pattern does exactly that.  Plus, this simple seed stitch cowl is easy enough to knit while watching Bridgerton on Netflix, which frankly, is a must.


Seed Stitch Cowl
Here is my boyfriend modeling this simple seed stitch cowl, which I knit especially for him.

I personally really like that the cowl is just large enough to be pulled up further over the face, for more warmth during particularly cold and windy days, or to let bunch up for a more fashionable look. Regardless of how you wear the seed stitch cowl, it’s super warm, and is easily layered under coats, or above other cold weather items, like snoods. My boyfriend Eric, for whom I made the most recent rendition of this cowl, said it kept him very warm on long days of snowboarding.



the pattern

(This pattern originally created by Diana Levine of Knit and Bake)

Simple Seed Stitch Cowl Materi


  •  1 skein, Bernat Roving yarn in the color of your choice (I used the color “Flint” for this newest one)
  •  Size 13 circular needles (40 cm)
  •  Darning needles, for weaving in ends




  •   Cast on 49 stitches onto your size 13 circular needles, being careful not to twist stitches. I used the long tail cast on method. For a tighter join, consider knitting an extra stitch, slipping this extra stitch to your left needle, and knitting the two together. This both decreases the extra stitch and creates a tighter join, with less of a gap. Don’t forget to place a stitch marker.
  •   If you’d like to make the cowl wider or smaller, just make sure to cast on an odd number of stitches, because when working the seed stitch in the round, it will create a funny ridge if you use an even number of stitches.
  •   Round 1: *Knit 1, purl 1; repeat from * to end of round.
  •   Round 2: Knit the purl stitches and purl the knit stitches to the end of the round, in order to form the seed stitch.  Repeat this round for the rest of the project.
  •   Knit until nearly out of the ball of yarn, making sure to leave a long enough tail to weave in ends.
  •  Bind off using the method of your choice, being careful not to bind off too tightly. I feel that I should have bound off my own cowl in flint a bit more loosely.




And that’s all there is to this Simple Seed Stitch cowl! I hope you enjoy this easy knit as much as I do. I’ll be knitting a matching seed stitch beanie soon, so look for that pattern in the near future! Stay warm and happy knitting!



Knits : Simple Seed Stitch Cowl - Blogging with Dragons

Posted February 5, 2021 in Knits

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