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75+ Cowl and Scarf Knitting Patterns for the Holidays

Check out these free knitting patterns for scarves and cowls perfect for Christmas or any other holiday celebration.

By: Nicola Trumbull, Editor,
Updated August 07, 2018
Cowl and Scarf Knitting Patterns for the Holidays

If you’re looking for knit scarves to give as gifts or a warm cowl for yourself, look no further than these festive free knitting patterns for scarves and cowls.

75+ Cowl and Scarf Knitting Patterns for the Holidays is a collection of the best scarf and cowl knitting patterns. Not only do these patterns produce wonderful looking scarves, but they are meant for winter. That means these scarves and cowls are chunky, warm, thick, and soft.

Knitting cowl patterns are addicting. You won’t want to stop knitting these fun and stylish cowls that are sure to keep out the cold. Some are loose fitting and others are tighter to give you a choice of comfort.

Most of these scarves are fun and brightly colored--perfect for that extra splash of color on those grey winter days. You can easly make these knitting patterns in any color you like. Try the neutral colored scarves for an elegant and practical scarf that will look good with any color coat.

BONUS! If you're interested in knitting a cable stitch cowl or scarf, be sure to check out the helpful video below to learn how to knit a cable stitch.

Colorful Knitting Cowl Patterns

True Blue Ribbed Cowl

The knitted cowl fashion trend is sweeping the nation, and it's not hard to see why. Keep Jack Frost at bay with these cozy cowls. From bright bubblegum pink to a more subtle dark purple, these knit cowl patterns are just begging to be knit. The hardest part will be deciding which free knitting pattern to work up first.

With so many excellent options to choose from, you will have everyone on your gift list taken care of in no time. No one can resist such a practical and beautiful handmade present for the holiday season. Plus, a pop of color is just what the doctor ordered on gray days when the sun is nowhere to be seen. Work up one of these brightly colored knit cowl patterns and spread light to all those around you.

Neutral Knitting Cowl Patterns

Snowy Buttoned Cowl

If you're going for a more subtle look with your accessories this year, cast on one of these neutral knitting cowl patterns. Don't these beautiful knits look great with darker clothing? Fall in love with the way the Chic Gray cowl looks in black or the way the buttons accent the Snowy Buttoned Cowl. Any fashionista in your life will love wearing one of these neutral cowls out and about.

The versatility of these cowl knitting patterns really sets them apart from the rest. You can pair them with anything in your wardrobe and look effortlessly put together in no time. At the end of the day, when it comes to neutral knitting patterns, you really can't go wrong, because they'll work with practically everything and anything currently in your wardrobe.

Colorful Knit Scarf Patterns

Spiced Plum Scarf

These knitting patterns for scarves are the best of the best. Try the Cobalt Ruffled scarf for some extra flair or the Memory Lapse scarf for a bright design. With so many colors and patterns, there is definitely a scarf here for you. After all, you can't go wrong with color. A bright scarf wrapped around your neck will turn even a gray and snowy day around.

In the winter, when it seems as if everything is covered in white, you can really stand out from the crowd with one of these beautiful knit scarf patterns. The rich hues are simply irresistible! Plus, you can wear a scarf so many different ways - the possibilities are simply endless.

Neutral Knit Scarf Patterns

Elegant Seed Stitch Scarf

Just like the neutral cowls, these free knitting patterns for scarves look great with just about everything. Try the Braided Loaves Scarf pattern for a tan scarf or the Bobble Cable Ascot for a stylish little scarf. Cowl and scarf knitting patterns can be the perfect addition to a tasteful, simple outfit.

If you're knitting a scarf for a loved one and you're not sure if he or she is into wearing a lot of color, then a neutral piece is the way to go. You can't go wrong when it comes to these versatile colors, because they really do work with anything and everything.

How to Knit an Infinity Scarf for the Holidays

Homespun Circle Scarf

These free knitting patterns for infinity scarves are just what your wardrobe is missing! We've supplied you with five bonus scarf knitting patterns in case the first thirty-nine weren't enough and, let's face it--if you're an avid knitter, they probably weren't! You'll adore these patterns, but good luck giving them away as gifts and not keeping them all for yourself!

Enjoy these wonderful free knitting patterns for the holidays. In fact, these beautiful scarf and cowl patterns are perfect all year round. You don't need a special occasion in order to work up one of these delightful patterns, so grab those needles and cast on! Whether you make one of these infinity scarves for yourself or a loved one, you are guaranteed to have a good time and spread joy to all those around you.

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Knitting a scarf or cowl for a loved one during the holiday season is such a nice gesture. There's really nothing better than a handmade gift.

It was a good ideas on knitting cowl patterns and scarf too..

A delightful collection of scarves and cowls. I think I have become addicted to knitting cowls, regret the time sweaters take from the cowl time

nice assortment

Cowls have really come into their own in the past couple of years. I love the variety of patterns.

where can i get this yarn. Love the cowl but can't find the wool Joan Tallett

Picture for the Memory Lapse Scarf is incorrect!!! Ravelry shows the correct picture - this picture is a different pattern.


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