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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Flemish Block Cowl

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


Diagonal Weave Cowl

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


Star Stitch Cowl

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


Cat's Eye Cowl

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


Jaymie Cowl



Evangeline Cowl



Burning Embers Cowl


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


Chevrons All Round Cowl

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


Buginarug Cowl



Nougat Neckwarmer



Ice Queen Beaded Cowl


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


Cold Days Cowl


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

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