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28 Killer Knit Cowl Patterns

Make one of these cowl knitting patterns for yourself or as a special gift for a friend!

By: Katelin Burke, Editor,
Updated February 09, 2018
28 Killer Knit Cowl Patterns

When the weather turns and the days grow shorter and colder, it's time to stock up on warm layers. A cowl knitting pattern is a great way to fend off the first chill of winter because it's smaller and quicker to knit than your average scarf, giving you something to wear while you work on bigger projects.

Free knitted cowl patterns also make incredibly versatile accessories: a larger cowl can be wrapped twice around your neck like an infinity scarf pattern or pulled up over your head like a hood.

Knitted cowls are also a great place to experiment with new patterns and techniques. Our collection of 28 Killer Knit Cowl Patterns allows you to pick your poison from a range of styles. Knit yourself an elegant lacy cowl to stave off the chill of late fall and early spring or a chunky one that will bring you through the brunt of winter. No matter what kind you choose, a knit cowl pattern is a stylish and sensible addition to every winter wardrobe.

PLUS! Don't miss the video tutorial below. You can learn how to knit the mistake stitch -- a great stitch for knit cowl patterns!

How to Knit a Cowl on Straight Needles

A finished piece might be round, but that doesn't mean it was knit that way. Straight needle knitting patterns are a great way for beginners and veterans alike to create gorgeous neck warmers without the trouble of knitting in the round.

Knitting a cowl flat also means you can add a twist before seaming it, a simple trick that gives the Easy Cozy Cowl and the Tangy Moebius Cowl their instant intrigue.

Quick Knitting Projects: Chunky Cowls

Warm winter cowls don't have to be time-intensive projects. In fact, the thicker yarn in these chunky knits works up faster, making them especially rewarding projects for beginners learning how to knit a cowl. These quick-knitting projects will have you prepared for winter's worst long before it arrives.

If time is truly of the essence, the Magic Arm Knit Cowl is a great way to try your hand at arm knitting patterns and their nearly instant results.

Lovely Lacy Knitted Cowl Patterns

If you're looking for something a little more delicate, a cowl knitting pattern is a great platform to practice your lacework. A knit lace pattern adds elegance to any outfit, making these lacy cowls perfect accessories for cool-weather formal occasions.

Thanks to their open design, they're also a great way to stay warm in fall and spring without getting overheated from a chunkier knit. For a sophisticated wardrobe, a lacy knit cowl pattern is a must-have.

Knitting in Technicolor: Colorwork Knitted Cowl Patterns

On dreary winter days, wearing an extra-colorful cowl can bring cheer as well as warmth to your day. Why not practice your colorwork with one of these bright pieces? A Fair Isle pattern like the Bright Diamonds Cowl or the Christmas in the Country Cowl will add traditional festive flair to your outfit, while the Slanted Cowl has a sharp modern appearance perfect for fashion-conscious city dwellers.

Whichever way your style leans, a bright knit cowl pattern is sure to bring you joy.

More Knit Cowl Patterns

These brand new patterns are trendy and chic, keeping you just as warm as you are stylish! Any of these patterns would make great knitted gifts, or you can knit them all for your own cowl wardrobe. Don't miss out on these great patterns.

When it comes to cowl knitting patterns, this selection definitely takes the cake in terms of versatility, ease of wear, and overall beauty. Find the pattern that speaks to you and get started on knitted cowl of your dreams.

How will you add to your knitted cowl wardrobe this year?

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Thanks for the helpful stitch tutorial video! I'm super excited to make a cowl with it. I'm also adding that chevron cowl to my "to-make" list!

Autoplay videos are completely inconsiderate!

An entire collection of cowls - designed with me in mind no doubt. Absolutely delightful from chunky to lacy, sporty to elegant. Can't wait to knit them all.


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