Spine Rib Cowl

Hello knitters!

I hope everyone is doing well! It seems like so long ago since I’ve written a blog post, but in actuality, it’s only been a little over a week. I’ve been somewhat busy this past week and haven’t had much time to write.

I recently started a new job which has taken up most of my time. I find myself coming home from work and still thinking about work. I can’t seem to find to off switch. In addition, the transition from being jobless for a month to getting back to a normal work schedule has proven to be quite difficult. Though I am happy to have been able to catch up on some sleep this weekend.

With my now busy schedule, I am very sad to say that I will not be able to design knit patterns the way I used to 🙁 Even though I will be slowing down my design work, I will continue to knit and will still be adding new stitch patterns, tips and tutorials!

Now with that being said, I have managed to finish a cowl pattern that I’ve been working on for the past week or so. My first design for this cowl was completely different. It was a simple mesh lace pattern that I had designed specifically for beginning lace knitters. I had to completely frog it because I made the mistake of posting the written pattern on social media before I had the chance to finish it. So in turn, my design was stolen by a fellow knitter (you know who you are) who has now claimed it to be their own.

Simple mesh lace

It was meant to be a FREE pattern! They wouldn’t have had to pay a dime to use it. I guess now they can sell it and make money because it is technically theirs. The sad part is that they could have at least changed the edging or modified it somehow, but they didn’t. How pathetic! And to be my follower on Instagram too! I was naive to think that everyone has good morals and integrity. Oh well, what goes around comes around. That is the law of the universe…at least I believe so.

Okay, I have to let it go. I’ve made my mistake and have learned my lesson. On to my new and improved cowl pattern. Hope you all enjoy! Note: my patterns are free but if you are to use it or include it on your site, please allow me the deserved credit. In fact, please do so for all patterns you use that is not yours. It’s proper copyright etiquette.

Spine Rib Cowl - Purl Avenue


2 skeins of Berroco Flicker (color: Brown)
US 11 (8mm) 24″ circular needles
Stitch marker
Yarn needle


16 sts=4″
20 rows=4″


CO 144 sts.


Rnd 1-5: *K4, P4; rep from * to end of round.

Main body

Rnd 1: *C2B, C2F; rep from * to end of round.
Rnd 2: Knit.

Repeat Rnds 1-2 until cowl measures about 7.5″ from cast on edge (4o rounds).

Spine Stitch - Purl Avenue

Repeat Rib 4×4 edging pattern above.

Now bind off and weave in loose ends.

spine rib cowl folded - Purl Avenue

Measurements: 30″ (approximately 76 cm) circumference and 9.5″ (approximately 22 cm) wide.

Intended for personal use only and NOT selling or re-selling purposes. Please be considerate when using our patterns by allowing us credit for our hard work.

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  1. I thank you so much for your patterns and your precious time bringing them to us all! Do t dispair dear heart! There is more to selling than you may think….a good reputation, kindness, honesty , integrity, and value able networking! These days, I believe people think hard on where they spend and I also believe it takes more than just a product! You have it all, in the short time I have connected with your talent I will definitely purchase from you.
    Congrats on your new position and thank you again! xoxo

  2. Thank you for a wonderful cowl pattern – I looooove cowls. I’m moving to Minnesota in a couple of weeks (from Georgia!) so will have to have a few to get acclimated back to the cold!

    As for the “thief”, I’m sorry it happened to you. I have a saying I used with my kids when they wanted to ‘get even’ with someone: “What goes around, comes around.”. God bless you for sharing your talent freely here on your blog.

    • Thank you so much Cindy! Moving from Georgia to Minnesota is quite a change. You should definitely visit Mall of America when you get there. I hear it’s awesome!

  3. I love this cowl, will be making it for my daughter for Christmas, yay! It is a shame that your work was copied and used by someone as their own, specially as you are kind enough to offer your designs to be used by all for free! Do know that she was probably one of a very few who would take credit for another persons accomplishments. Good luck with your new job…

  4. What a great stitch. I think this would make a nice stitch for a man’s hat too. It is too bad that some people want credit for work that isn’t theirs. Thank you for your generousity!

  5. Charlene Quevillon

    Hi, I love your designs!
    I’m not a copyright expert but the fact that you published your work first, finished or not, should prove that the you were the originator of this design. I think you have every right to call it yours and proudly display it.

  6. First, would like to thank you for the wonderful patterns you design, wonderful talent you have.
    Maybe it’s just too late tonight but, can you advise what C2B & C2F stand for, I’m thinking back & front & maybe cable? thanks.

  7. I don’t know what “C2B,C2F” means. I’m guessing “cable” but too new to knitting to be sure. Thanks. Too bad about the rip-off.

  8. Hi Honey!!! don’t you just have those weany people who hide in the corners to take things?

    Anyway, the C2B, C2F link above…the instruc say the same for both crosses…..but I know what you’re talking about.

    I love cowls and have been designing a lot..last year..thank you for this one! The st patt is so nice for a lot of yarns, it’s mindless (for me) and it’s knit in the round! BAMM! total fun.

  9. I have enjoyed your patterns and have knitted several of them. I’m looking forward to trying this pattern for a Christmas gift for a dear friend. I have never posted a photo of my knitted projects but I ever do I would definitely follow proper etiquette and give credit the creator of the pattern.

    • Thanks! Many do not realize that a lot of hard work goes into designing patterns. Honesty and integrity are definitely qualities more people should possess.

  10. Thank you for the lovely pattern. It’s next on my list. Pls look at glossary of terms. I think CF2 should read “hold in front of work”, right?

  11. I just found your site today and I LOVE IT!!! I have recently picked up my knitting needles again (used to knit when I was younger with my Mom) and wanted to look at something to knit for my husbands daughter…this looks like it!

    Thank you SO MUCH for your site, your facebook page, and your willingness to put your designs and patterns online for free. It is appreciated by many!!

  12. Glad you found work. Not so glad someone took your hard work and lied and said it was yours. And well know that their action will someday come back and haunt them.

    • The really good thing about this entire conversation thread is not venting about one person’s lack of judgement, but that we can all be reminded of how important it is to acknowledge and even champion the intellectual property rights of others, even if they can’t ‘legally’ claim them for themselves. As a knitter I build upon the spinning, dyeing and pattern designs of so many others that my part in the process almost seems insignificant!
      I am forever grateful to all of the sharing souls there are in the world.

  13. Hi, I Love this..but being a newby what is C2B ( can figure out B is back, what is the “C2B” Something 2 in the back!
    Thank you for your patience.

  14. Thank you for working so hard to design patterns, especially to share with everyone at no charge. I dabble a little in design myself, so I know how much work it is to make sure it’s perfect. I hope all is well with the job that caused you all that stress a year ago.

  15. that is really beautiful. i echo what barbara said above – designing takes quite a bit of time and effort, so an extra big thank you to you for sharing this pattern.

  16. Thanks for such a great looking cowl pattern. I can’t wait to try it. I’m sorry you’ve had such a poor experience but I share your belief, and karma can be a bitch. 😉 Thanks again for sharing.

  17. Thank you for your generosity. I do my cowls to hang on a mitten tree outside a local church so it is always exciting to find new and straightforward patterns that are also free. Enjoy. j

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