English Bond - knitting pattern

The town where I grew up used to be well known for making house bricks. Consequently, there is some fantastic brickwork in the town, it’s not unusual to see one house with three or four differently coloured bricks.

The patterns that the bricks are arranged in all have different names, some are for strength, some are purely decorative. When alternating rows of bricks are laid long side on and short side on, it’s called English Bond.

This cowl design replicates that pattern using slipped stitches, only one colour is used at a time.


  • Illustrated knitting pattern
  • US Imperial measuerements/ Metric measurements
  • Fully written/ charted instructions
  • Size - 17.75cm/7" x 60cm/24"

Materials you need at home:

  • DK/Worsted yarn in 3 colours (Cascade 220 Superwash used in sample)
  • MC - 60g, 123 yards/120m
  • CC1 - 20g, 44 yards/40m
  • CC2 - 20g, 44 yards/40m
  • 4mm/US 6 circular needle
  • Stitch marker
  • Tapestry needle
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Jo Torr

I'm a knitting designer, living in Reading, UK, with my husband and three cats. I’ve been knitting since I was small, I remember my grandmother helping me make a jumper for my teddy when I was about 7. I love to knit all types of things, but I’m quite a slow knitter so my designs are for accessories so I can actually manage to finish them myself!

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