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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Diamond Cowl

Intermediate.

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

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Zigzag Ribbon Stitch Cowl

Intermediate. This cowl has a mesh back and a full, lightly textured body. Uses provisional cast on and Kitchener.

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

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Ombre cowl

Beginner. Simple yet gorgeous cowl knit stockinette with lace-weight yarn held double for an ombre effect

Gauge: 7.0 stitches per inch or 28.0 stitches per 4 inches.

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Colorblocked V Cowl

Beginner/Intermediate. This colorblocked cowl uses dk weight yarn and size 6 needles. It's a great odds and ends project!

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

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Umeda Lace Cowl

Beginner.

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Ripple Cowl

Beginner.

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Lemon Twist Cowl

Beginner.

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

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Flora Neckwarmer

Intermediate.

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

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Cowl Hood Warmer

Beginner.

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

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Striped Anemone Cowl

Beginner/Intermediate. This fun four-color cowl pattern knits up quickly in worsted weight yarn.

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

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Arrowhead Lace Cowl II

Beginner/Intermediate. This lightweight cowl is made with size 4 needles and has a nice drape.

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

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Eiffel Tower Eyelet Cowl

Beginner/Intermediate. This shaped cowl uses dk weight yarn and a simple garter background eyelet stitch for interest.

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

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Fretted Band Cowl

Beginner/Intermediate. This is a slip stitch pattern using dk weight yarn.

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Twin Leaf Cowl

Beginner/Intermediate. This light weight cowl uses basic shaping, stockinette a pair of lace panels for a clean look.

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

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Water Lilies Cowl

Beginner/Intermediate. Here is a two-color cowl with a nubbly slipped stitch pattern and a striped ribbing.

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

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Sugar & Ice Cowl

Beginner/Intermediate. This two-color cowl uses a reversible mesh at the top and the bottom, and a slipped stitch pattern.

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

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Pretty Plum Cowl

Beginner/Intermediate. This light weight cowl uses cables and simple lace and is still effective in a variegated yarn.

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

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Lace Ladder Cowl

Beginner/Intermediate. Knit with dk-weight yarn, this light spring cowl is perfect for a nubbly linen blend or variegation!

Gauge: 5.25 stitches per inch or 21.0 stitches per 4 inches.

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Sweet Strawberry Cowl

Beginner. This is a simple shaped cowl with a reversible meshing at the top which gives it an attractive drape

Gauge: 5.25 stitches per inch or 21.0 stitches per 4 inches.

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Daisy Chain Cowl

Beginner/Intermediate. A light-weight, springy cowl knit with sport-weight yarn and a cute eyelet design.

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

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