Free Knitting Pattern: Reindeer Tracks Cowl

Updated on October 11, 2017
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An avid knitter for over 10 years, Donna enjoys sharing her free patterns and knitting experience with other fiber fans and yarn lovers.

knitting pattern for reindeer tracks cowl
knitting pattern for reindeer tracks cowl | Source

This cozy cowl features yarn carried in front and knitted stitches moving up and down to look like reindeer tracks. A beautiful pattern to show off the colors of variegated yarn, this cowl also looks great in solid colors. This pattern is easy, but suggested for advanced beginners or experiences knitters who are familiar with knitting terms and slipped stitch techniques.

I have included descriptions of some of the knitting abbreviations, but for more help visit Because of the slipped stitches, the gauge of this cowl tightens up as you knit. Be careful not to pull the yarn carried in front or behind the stitches too tight, as it will make it difficult to knit and pull the cowl out of shape. If you are a tight knitter, you might want to go up a needle size or two.

knitted stitches
knitted stitches | Source

My Materials

About 200 yards of Worsted Weight Yarn (pattern looks great in variegated, but a solid color also works). I used Caron Simply Soft paints in Sunset. I love the colors in this yarn – it’s my new favorite :)

Size # 8 and #9 circular needles (24 inch length) or size needed for gauge (because the slipped stitches can tighten up your work, I used one needle size larger than what I would normally use for this yarn)

One stitch marker

Knitting Gauge

16 sts x 20 rows in Stocking stitch = 4 x 4 inches

Terms Used in this Pattern

rnd = round

sl = slip stitch (all stitches in this pattern are slipped purlwise)

yb = bring yarn to back of work

yf = bring yarn to front of work

completed reindeer tracks cowl
completed reindeer tracks cowl | Source

To Start:

Cast on 96 sts using #8 needle for snug cowl (about 26 inches), 116 sts for looser cowl (about 30 inches) , or any multiple of 4 sts. Join in the round, but be careful not to twist the stitches, and place marker.

Begin by knitting 6 rnds in k2, p2 ribbing.

Foundation row: Switch to larger needle, then knit first st front & back, knit rest of rnd (increase to 97 sts or 117sts).

Rnd 1: Knit all stitches.

Rnd 2: K1, p1, *yb, sl 1, yf, p1*, repeat * to last st, k1.

Rnd 3: Knit all stitches.

Rnd 4: K1, yf, sl 1, yb, k1, yf, *sl 3, yb, k1, yf, * repeat from * to last 2 sts, sl 1, yb, k1.

Rnd 5: K1, yf, sl 1, yb, k1, yf, *sl 3, yb, k1, yf, * repeat from * to last 2 sts, sl 1, yb, k1. (same as rnd 4)

Rnd 6: Knit all stitches.

Rnd 7: K1, p1, *yb, sl 1, yf, p1*, repeat * to last st, k1.

Rnd 8: Knit all stitches.

Rnd 9: K1, yf, sl 3, yb, *k1, yf, sl 3, yb,* repeat from * to last st, k1.

Rnd 10: K1, yf, sl 3, yb, *k1, yf, sl 3, yb,* repeat from * to last st, k1. (same as rnd 9).

Repeat rounds 1-10 until cowl is 5 inches from cast on edge (or whatever height you choose), end on rnd 8.

Knit one more rnd, but knit first 2 sts together (k2tog). (decrease back to 96sts or 116sts).

Knit 5 rnds in k2, p2 ribbing. BO in pattern. Weave in ends, block, and enjoy!!


© 2012 Donna Herron. No part of this pattern may be copied or reproduced in any way without permission from the author/designer. For personal use only. This pattern and materials made from this pattern are not meant for commercial sale.


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    • purl3agony profile imageAUTHOR

      Donna Herron 

      7 years ago from USA

      You're very welcome! I'm glad you like it. Thanks for your comment!

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      Becky PS 

      7 years ago

      Thank you so much - so pretty!

    • purl3agony profile imageAUTHOR

      Donna Herron 

      7 years ago from USA

      Thanks!! I love the colors in this yarn and designed this pattern to show them off. Hope you give this cowl pattern a try :)

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      7 years ago from East Coast

      Very beautiful. I love the color.


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