Candy Dots cowl, a free knitting pattern from Free knitting pattern for a cowl featuring colorwork. Offered in two sizes.


Candy Dots

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With a bright, bold graphic pattern, Candy Dots is sure to satisfy your knitting sweet-tooth. Candy Dots is knit in the round and is joined seamlessly, resulting in a double layer of cozy warmth to keep you warm and smiling through those dreary, grey winter days.

Featuring a fun, but simple two-color stranded colorwork pattern, Candy Dots is available in two sizes: a single-wrap cowl or a longer infinity scarf that can be worn doubled up for a little bit of extra coziness. The colorwork motif is easy to memorize, making it a great start for adventurous beginner-level knitters looking to try stranded knitting for the first time.

Candy Dots is also a perfect way to use up those smaller amounts of left-over fingering weight yarn you just can’t bring yourself to part with. Using less than 10 g of each contrast color, you can also mix things up and use a different color for each stripe of dots or chevrons to produce a wildly fun cowl/scarf that will keep you smiling all winter long.

spacer model: Brandy Velten

spacer photos: Andrew Long


Single-wrap Cowl[double-wrap Infinity Scarf]


Cowl: 6 inches tall x 25.5 inches circumference
Infinity Scarf: 6 inches tall x 46 inches circumference


Knit Picks Stroll [75% superwash merino wool, 25% nylon; 231 yd/211 m per 50g skein]
spacer [MC] White; 1[2] skeins
spacer [CC1] Pucker; 1[1] skein
spacer [CC2] Sour Apple; 1[1] skein
spacer [CC3] Razzleberry; 1[1] skein
spacer [CC4] Vibrant Violet; 1[1] skein
spacer [CC5] Black; 1[1] skein

Recommended needle size
[always use a needle size that gives you the gauge listed below - every knitter's gauge is unique]
spacer 16-20 inch US 2.5 /3 mm circular needle and extra set of needles in the same size for working Kitchener stitch

spacer yarn needle
spacer stitch marker
spacer scrap yarn for provisional cast on


30.5 st/40 rounds = 4 inches/10cm in single color stockinette stitch
32 sts/ 33.75 rounds = 4 inches/10cm in stranded stockinette stitch after blocking


[Knitty's list of standard abbreviations and techniques can be found here.]

As gauge can differ when worked flat vs. in the round, gauge swatch should be done using colorwork pattern in the round to get most accurate measurements.

This pattern is knit in the round using a provisonal cast on. Work is then seamlessly grafted together using the Kitchener stitch.

This project uses a provisional cast on. Use your preferred provisional cast on technique; directions for one technique may be found here.

Instructions for grafting can be found here.


With scrap yarn, CO 96 sts using provisional CO.

PM and join for working in the rnd, careful not to twist sts.

Start chart: Work Chart 16 times around.
Work rows 1-43 of Chart 4[8] times, then work rows 1-42 once more.


Weave in ends.

Unravel provisional CO and carefully place live stitches onto extra set of needles. With MC and RS facing, graft together CO edge and live stitches on circular needles. Weave in any remaining ends.




Brandy Velten is a biology Ph.D. candidate by day, but a passionate knitting enthusiast by night. Her first adventures into design began in the world of crochet in 2006, but recently, Brandy has branched into the world of knitwear design as a creative outlet as she finishes her graduate degree at the University of Toronto.

Brandy enjoys experimenting with color, texture, and traditonal knitting techniques to produce modern, straight-forward garments with clean lines and unexpected details. She finds inspiration from her day-to-day life in Toronto, drawing on unexpected color combinations, architectural details, and the hint of nature that peeks through in the city. You can find more information about Brandy’s knitting adventures and her life in the city at her blog, Brandy Velten Designs.

Pattern & images © 2016 Brandy Velten. Contact Brandy