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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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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Mellow Yellow Cowl

Beginner. This two-color cowl relies on a simple knit/purl design and is very versatile.

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

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Ton of Triangles Cowl

Beginner/Intermediate. A two-color, slipped stitch cowl with two different triangle patterns for shaping.

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

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Soft Shoulder Cowl / Shawl

Beginner/Intermediate. Top down circular, mostly Stockinette w/ some textured sts at the end. 8 or 9mm Ndl. Size Sm/M & L.

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

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Field of Tulips Cowl

Beginner/Intermediate. A three-color cowl pattern that uses worsted-weight yarn and two different slipped stitch patterns.

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

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Turquoise V Cowl

Beginner/Intermediate. Here is a worsted-weight cowl with a cable detail that's designed to sit in a folded V.

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

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Lucina Shell Cowl

Beginner. A two-color, worsted-weight spring cowl with lovely drape.

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

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Flemish Block Cowl

Beginner/Intermediate. Here's a voluminous spring weight cowl that mixes two lace designs for a nice effect.

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Stripe and Spot Cowl

Beginner/Intermediate. Here is a three-color cowl that uses slipped stitch stripes to create texture. Perfect for spring!

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Diagonal Weave Cowl

Beginner/Intermediate. A quick, fun-to-knit two-color cowl perfect for a couple of leftover skeins!

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Star Stitch Cowl

Beginner/Intermediate. Here is a two-color, nicely shaped cowl worked with eyelets. Perfect for spring!

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Cat's Eye Cowl

Beginner. A worsted weight cowl with large eyelets and nice volume.

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Jaymie Cowl

Beginner.

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Evangeline Cowl

Beginner/Intermediate.

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Burning Embers Cowl

Beginner/Intermediate.

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

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Chevrons All Round Cowl

Intermediate. Knitted flat with ends grafted together, this cowl is great for showing off variegated yarn.

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Buginarug Cowl

Beginner.

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Nougat Neckwarmer

Beginner/Intermediate.

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Ice Queen Beaded Cowl

Intermediate.

Gauge: 22.0 stitches per inch or 88.0 stitches per 4 inches.

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Cold Days Cowl

Beginner.

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

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Quilted Cowl

Beginner/Intermediate.

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Simple Gifts

Beginner. Worked in a simple knit /purl stitch pattern this piece can be a neck warmer, ear cuff or hat.

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

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Bridger Cowl

Beginner/Intermediate. This 1 skeiner uses sz 10 ndl, knits up in a matter of hrs! Makes great gift item, Squooshy & warm.

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

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Oats

Beginner. A quick cowl, perfect for your first project in the round.

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

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Bobbled Cowl

Intermediate.

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

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Chalet Cowl

Beginner.

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

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Kuusk Lace Cowl

Beginner/Intermediate.

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

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Harvest Stitched Cowl

Beginner/Intermediate.

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Diversify Cowls

Beginner.

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