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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Zig Cowl

Beginner/Intermediate.

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Windshield Loose Lacy Neckwarmer

Beginner/Intermediate.

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Treasure Cowl

Beginner/Intermediate. A fitted cowl with a secret pocket!

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Woodland Cowl

Beginner.

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

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Splash of Color Cowl

Beginner.

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

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Shetland Neckwarmer

Beginner/Intermediate.

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

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Two-Tone Snood

Intermediate.

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

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Shelter Valley Cowl

Beginner/Intermediate.

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

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Whirlwind Neckwarmer

Beginner/Intermediate.

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

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Stonehenge Cowl

Beginner/Intermediate.

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

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With a Song in Your Heart Scarflette

Beginner/Intermediate.

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

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White Caps Cowl

Intermediate.

Gauge: 8.0 stitches per inch or 32.0 stitches per 4 inches.

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Tenth Floor Cowl

Intermediate. The use of slip stitches and an asymmetrical band lets the contrast color in this fashion cowl stand out.

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

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Shawl Collar Cowl

Intermediate.

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

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Wonky Cowl

Beginner.

Gauge: 3.25 stitches per inch or 13.0 stitches per 4 inches.

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Textured Cowl

Beginner.

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

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Pucker up Cowl

Beginner. This pattern is really easy, uses only one skein, and knits up quickly.

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Lara's Cowl

Beginner.

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

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Gray Moss Cowl

Beginner.

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Easy Ridged Cowl

Beginner. Easy and knits up fast with beautiful chunky yarn. Garter stitch edging with occasional garter stitch or purl ridges.

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

There's 103 Cowls and Neck Warmers patterns. Use the links below to view more:

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