March 29, 2019

Needle Knit Sisal Cowl

By Kristen Mangus

I’ve been having so much fun working with new stitch patterns. I recently published a couple loom knit patterns using the Sisal Stitch. I never want to leave my needle knitters out in the cold so I converted the stitch and patterns. I’m excited to bring the needle knit Sisal Cowl pattern.

In case you missed it, the loom knit versions of the stitch and patterns can be found here:

Sisal Stitch

Loom Knit Sisal Cowl

Loom Knit Sisal Scarf

The needle knit Sisal Cowl is knit using my Sisal stitch pattern. It is a beautiful, rich-textured stitch that resembles the woven look of sisal. Sisal is a plant that both strong and pliable making it ideal for weaving. The Sisal stitch looks like a dense weave . It also has the added benefit of being unique and beautiful on both the front and back of the fabric.

The Sisal Stitch is easy to work on needles for the everyday knitter or ambitious beginner.  You will need to know how to purl, bind off in purl and thumb cast on for this pattern. If you need help scroll on down and watch the tutorial video. (I’ve also got a video especially for left-handed knitters to see the stitch pattern from their perspective.)

Needle Knit Sisal Cowl finished PIN Image

Needle Knit Sisal Cowl Pattern

A downloadable PDF of this pattern is available on


Materials list may contain affiliate links to products I use.

Premier Everyday Bulky (100g / 3.5oz, 80 m / 87 yards) 2 balls.
Color Aqua used in sample.

US 10.5 (6.5 mm) needles. Knitters Pride Dreamz Interchangeable Needles used in sample.  If substituting yarn; use needles 2 sizes smaller than recommended on yarn label.

Tapestry needle

Needle Knit Sisal Cowl progress pic with yarn


K = Knit
Knit BO = Knit Bind off – Knit 2 stitches, lift 1st stitch over 2nd to bind off.
Purl BO = Purl Bind off – Purl 2 stitches, lift 1st stitch over 2nd to bind off.
Rem = Remaining
Rep = Repeat
RS= Right Side
Sl 1 KW = slip 1 knitwise; slip st as if to knit.
Sl 1 PW = slip 1 purlwise; slip st as if to purl.
St(s) = Stitch(es)
WS= Wrong Side
Thumb CO = Thumb Cast On – also known as an ‘e-loop’ or ‘backward-loop’ cast on. A simple cast on which twists a yarnover in the opposite direction. Do not substitute for another cast on as it is needed to set up the next row sisal stitches.


6 sts x 5.25 rows in 2” (5 cm) in sisal stitch pattern




6.25” x 30.5” (14.5 cm x 77.5 cm)


Cowl is worked as a flat panel and seamed after bind off.

For a wider cowl cast on additional stitches.  Make sure you cast on an even number of stitches.

Seam the cast on and bind off edges using the mattress stitch.

The following tutorial videos will teach all the skills to knit the Sisal Cowl:
Sisal Stitch and Seaming tutorials. (Keep scrolling to see the videos below.)

Needle Knit Sisal Cowl closeup


Cast on 20 sts.

Foundation row (WS): Sl 1 PW, P rem sts.

Row 1 (RS): Sl 1 KW, *Knit BO 1, Thumb CO 1 rep from * to last st.  K1. Do not overtighten.
Row 2 (WS): Sl 1 PW, *Purl BO 1, Thumb CO 1 rep from * to last st.  P1.
Rep Rows 1-2 until knitting measures 30” (76 cm); end after completing a Row 2.

Row 3 (RS): Sl 1 KW, K rem sts.

Bind off purlwise leaving a long tail (about 2-3 times the width of your cowl). Thread yarn tail onto tapestry needle and seam cast on and bind off edges together using the mattress stitch.  Weave in ends.

Sisal Stitch Tutorial Video

Sisal Stitch Left-handed Tutorial Video

Tutorial for Seaming used for this cowl. (Video set to begin at seaming.)

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Sisal Stitch PIn image
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Kristen Mangus
About Kristen Mangus
Kristen is a multi-talented entrepreneur with a heart as big as Texas. She is the owner of GoodKnit Kisses whose mission is to inspire, encourage and empower people through education and design. She’s built a large and loyal online community of followers by sharing her personal passion for loom knitting, needle knitting, crochet and all things creative through YouTube tutorials, Facebook live broadcasts, blogs and pattern design. Her vision is to leave an inspired crafting world for future generations that continues to teach and reach others. She and her husband, John, have three amazing kids.
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    Thank you Kristen, for this pattern! I’m new to Needle Knitting and I’m definitely going to try this!😃.
    Diane Thomas

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