Free Knitting Patterns: Cowls and Neck Warmers

From oversized and bulky to trim and fitted, the knitted cowl encompasses a lot of different styles. Traditionally, a cowl is a knitted garment that can be worn over the head and neck. It can be pulled up like a hood or dropped down like a small scarf. Cowls are pretty easy to knit and therefore make great beginner projects. Their small size means they can often be completed using just one skein of yarn.

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Butterfly Stitch Cowl

Beginner/Intermediate. This fun cowl can be sized for anyone from a toddler to an adult; made with 150 - 300 yards dk yarn.

Gauge: 5.5 stitches per inch or 22.0 stitches per 4 inches.

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Sailor's Rib Cowl

Beginner/Intermediate. This simple cowl is suitable for either a man or a woman and uses about 200 yards of worsted weight.

Gauge: 5.0 stitches per inch or 20.0 stitches per 4 inches.

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Quick Knit Cowl Neckwarmer

Beginner. Extremely quick and easy knitting pattern for a cozy neck warmer cowl.

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Horseshoe Cable Muffler

Beginner/Intermediate. This muffler can be styled as a cowl or a scarf and uses about 260 yards of dk weight yarn.

Gauge: 5.5 stitches per inch or 22.0 stitches per 4 inches.

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Easter Moebius

Beginner/Intermediate.

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Buginarug Cowl

Beginner/Intermediate.

Gauge: 3.75 stitches per inch or 15.0 stitches per 4 inches.

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Winterfloral Cowl 1

Intermediate.

Gauge: 5.75 stitches per inch or 23.0 stitches per 4 inches.

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Royal Purple Cowl

Beginner.

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Misty Morning Cowl

Beginner.

Gauge: 4.0 stitches per inch or 16.0 stitches per 4 inches.

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Horseshoe Lace Cowl

Beginner/Intermediate. The lace design is easy to memorize after just a few pattern repeats and knits up quickly.

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Fallen Leaves Cowl

Beginner/Intermediate.

Gauge: 3.0 stitches per inch or 12.0 stitches per 4 inches.

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Cloudsong Cowl

Intermediate.

Gauge: 4.5 stitches per inch or 18.0 stitches per 4 inches.

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Braided Cowl

Beginner/Intermediate.

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Eglet Ribbed Cowl

Beginner.

Gauge: 7.5 stitches per inch or 30.0 stitches per 4 inches.

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Burly Spun Grey Owl Cowl

Intermediate.

Gauge: 2.25 stitches per inch or 9.0 stitches per 4 inches.

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Kumara Cowl Hood

Beginner/Intermediate.

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Quick Cabled Cowl

Beginner.

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Incognito Cowl

Beginner.

Gauge: 3.5 stitches per inch or 14.0 stitches per 4 inches.

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Grey Loop Cowl

Beginner/Intermediate.

There's 116 Cowls and Neck Warmers patterns. Use the links below to view more:

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