Winter is almost here, and so is the rain and the chill. That means it’s time to get started on making the right accessories that will keep you warm. These 18 cowl knitting patterns are perfect to keep you warm and cozy this winter!
Free knitting cowl patterns are a great way to learn how to knit and play around with new techniques and knit stitches. When you knit a cowl, you know that it’s not a massive investment in yarn or time either.
The beauty of cowl knitting patterns is the variety of styles, thicknesses, and stitches you can use to make these knitting projects as simple or as complicated as you want. This includes lace knit cowls, infinity scarf cowls, chunky knit cowls, and a full range of other styles.
Update your winter wardrobe with one of these stunning knit cowls or give it as a luxurious handmade gift to friends or family members.
#1 Ribbed Velvet Knit Cowl
This is a quick and fairly beginner-friendly knitting project that ends up looking like something you would buy in the store for lots of money and you would never know it’s handmade! The knit pattern is designed with a simple ribbing construction and it’s so easy to make.
#2 The Central Park Knit Cowl
This knit cowl gives you both the contrast and the beauty that Central Park gives NYC — you can tell your own color story. It is an easy knit that works up super fast and it’s great for beginner knitters.
This Scraptastic knit cowl ’s a very warm and cozy cowl that you’ll be wearing non-stop. It fits snug around the neck and is tall enough to pull up over your nose. Because the cowl knitting pattern is worked in the round in a tubular shape, the cowl has double thickness – deliciously snug on a cold morning!
#4 Red Heart Fair Isle Stranded Cowl
This modern Fair Isle knit cowl pattern takes advantage of self-striping yarn for the contrast color, so there are few ends to weave in. And the bulky weight yarn means quicker results — so it’s great when you have a gift deadline to meet.
#5 Floats Cowl
There’s much more to this easy knit cowl than meets the eye. Named for the “floating” slip-stitched strands that form vertical columns on one side, the Floats Cowl is knit in the round in a crazy-simple 2-round stitch pattern.
#6 Bulky Ribbed Cowl
Big bulky cowls are popular, stylish, and warm. This chunky cowl knitting pattern is easy enough for a beginning knitter, but also quick enough for an experienced knitter to make in an evening. It is also completely reversible.
#7 Jeansy Cowl
This Cozy cowl is knitted with a simple textured stitch. It’s designed to keep your neck warm, but it’s long enough to be pulled up and worn as a hood. It’s fully reversible and it’s worked in the round in one piece.
#8 Copycat Cowl
A simple cowl that mirrors the popular knit beanie style that we love. Just knits and purls with some simple increases to add a gentle flair to the base and encourage graceful puddling.
#9 Two-hour Cowl
Have a hankering for a fun, quick and easy knit project? Knit the two-hour cowl! This stylish and cozy cowl knits up super fast and is a perfect last-minute gift for a friend OR yourself!
#10 Bubblegum Cowl
This chunky knit cowl is suitable for both kids and adults alike. Knit with thick bubblegum pink yarn, it is a super-fast project to make for yourself or for a quick gift. This cowl is knit in the round from the bottom up with alternating bands of stockinette and seed stitch.