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.


Meowl Cowl

Intermediate. This unisex cowl is made with 175 - 275 yards of dk weight yarn and size US 6 needles

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


Red Rasta Cowl

Beginner. This simple cowl shows off Malabrigo's gorgeous colorways.


Claudia's Cowl

Beginner. Cascade Eco Duo is perfect for this stylish and comfortable cowl.


A is for Ascot

Intermediate. This fun cowl is made with roughly 200 yards of sock weight yarn and size US 4 needles.

Gauge: 6.75 stitches per inch or 27.0 stitches per 4 inches.


Bulky Ribbed Cowl

Beginner/Intermediate. This quick & easy cowl is worked in the round with bulky yarn and large needles. 240 yds bulky yarn.

Gauge: 0.625 stitches per inch or 2.5 stitches per 4 inches.


Two-Toned Diamonds Infinity Scarf

Intermediate. Traveling eyelets form a diamond pattern in this cozy, color blocked infinity scarf.


French Inspired Cowl

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


Divine Drape Cowl

Intermediate. This lightweight cowl is made with roughly 225 yards of sport/dk weight yarn & US 3, 4, & 8 needles.

Gauge: 5.75 stitches per inch or 23.0 stitches per 4 inches.


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.


Sediment Collar by JUL Designs

Intermediate. The Sediment Collar is reversible, with a highly textured ridge pattern on the knit side.


Jolly Waves Cowl

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


Brioche in Montreux

Intermediate. Two color brioche cowl with cables.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Woodland Turtle Cowl


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


Seashore Cowl


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


Warm Wool Cowl



Paint Palette Cowl



Autumn Harvest Cowl


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


Bittersweet Cowl


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


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.


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.


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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