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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French Inspired Cowl

Beginner/Intermediate. Using one 50 gram ball of the Passard yarn, Boheme and some contrasting Aran yarn.

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Mauve and Mustard Scarf

Intermediate. This three-color scarf is made with roughly 325 yards of worsted weight yarn and size US 8 needles.

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

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Jolly Waves Cowl

Intermediate/Advanced. Cowl with a combination of short rows with a feather and fan pattern

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Ribbon Stitch Cowl

Beginner/Intermediate. Slip stitches make colorwork easy on this simple, unisex cowl project. Links to felting tutorial.

Gauge: 0.0 stitches per inch or 0.0 stitches per 4 inches.

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Stringy Cowl

Beginner/Intermediate. Knit flat, joined at the end. An EZ pattern repeat. Fringe is made at end with dropped stitches!

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

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81-Yard Cowl

Beginner/Intermediate. This one-skein cowl uses 80 yards of chunky weight yarn and size US 10.5 needles.

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

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Honey Cowl

Beginner/Intermediate. This cowl uses an openwork basketweave mesh and about 200 yards of worsted weight.

Gauge: 4.25 stitches per inch or 17.0 stitches per 4 inches.

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Simple Eyelet Cowl

Beginner/Intermediate. This v-necked cowl uses roughly 200 yards of sock weight yarn and a 24" circular needle in size US 2.

Gauge: 6.5 stitches per inch or 26.0 stitches per 4 inches.

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Stranded Cowl

Beginner. A loose cowl using slipped stitches to show off variegated yarns well.

Gauge: 1.0 stitches per inch or 4.0 stitches per 4 inches.

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I Dream of Beaches Cowl

Intermediate. This attractive cowl uses size US 7 needles and roughly 250 yards of worsted weight yarn.

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

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Sugar Plum Cowl

Beginner. This easy stockinette cowl with ribbed edges uses only 1 skein of worsted yarn. Worked in the round.

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

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Woodland Turtle Cowl

Intermediate.

Gauge: 6.0 stitches per inch or 24.0 stitches per 4 inches.

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Seashore Cowl

Beginner.

Gauge: 2.5 stitches per inch or 10.0 stitches per 4 inches.

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Warm Wool Cowl

Beginner.

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Paint Palette Cowl

Beginner.

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

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Autumn Harvest Cowl

Beginner.

Gauge: 2.0 stitches per inch or 8.0 stitches per 4 inches.

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Bittersweet Cowl

Beginner.

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

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Fantastic Welted Cowl

Beginner/Intermediate. This cowl has a fun texture and can be sized from toddler to adult.

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

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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.

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Winterfloral Cowl 1

Intermediate.

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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.

There's 134 Cowls and Neck Warmers patterns. Use the links below to view more:

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