Free Cowl Knitting Patterns for Beginners
Get ready for winter with these free cowl knitting patterns for beginners. This collection includes easy cowl knitting patterns for every kind of knitter in every kind of weather. Take a look and get inspired.
Just a quick note. These patterns are not my own designs. If you have questions about a particular pattern, please contact the designer directly.
Blue Stone Bridge Cowl
blue stone bridge cowl via o-wool.com
Here’s a free cowl knitting pattern for beginners using O-Wool yarn.
This cowl knits up with chunky merino wool yarn in five solid colors. You’ll even have leftover yarn to make several of these. What a great knitting gift idea!
Feeling adventurous? Make this knitted cowl your next scrap yarn project.
You’ll need interchangeable knitting needles in size 9 U.S. (5.5 mm) and size 10.5 U.S. (6.5 mm). As far as knitting notions, check your knitting kit. You’ll need stitch markers and a tapestry needle to weave in ends.
If you’re familiar with stockinette stitch knitting and can garter stitch in the round you can knit this cowl. Make this your next beginner knitting project.
* Get Blue Stone Bridge Cowl from O-Wool.
* Get tapestry needles for this knitting project.
Ma Belle Amie
Ma Belle Amie via Ravelry.com
Looking for an infinity scarf knitting pattern with straight needles? Here it is!
Knit flat with a garter stitch border, this DK scarf knitting pattern is easy to make, too.
This striped scarf stockinette pattern uses four colors and four skeins of yarn in Madelinetosh yarn. When you’re done, just seam the ends to create an infinity scarf.
* Get Ma Belle Amie from Ravelry.
* Get locking stitch markers for this knitting project.
Tiltawhirl Cowl via Universalyarn.com
Looking for a super simple cowl knitting pattern using chunky yarn? Try this Tiltawhirl Cowl from Universal Yarn.
Using Classic Shades Frenzy yarn, this is a one skein cowl knitting pattern. With an interesting diagonal rib stitch pattern, the bulky yarn will add definition to your stitches. All you need to know is how to knit in the round and how to purl.
The pattern includes both written knitting instructions and a knitting chart and is an easy knit cowl pattern for beginners.
* Get Tiltawhirl Cowl from Universal Yarn.
* Get Classic Shades Frenzy yarn for your knitting project.
Bernat Shimmer via yarnspirations.com
This easy garter stitch cowl from Bernat yarn is a great knitting project for beginners. Knit with size U.S. 15 (10 mm) knitting needles, it uses two balls of super bulky yarn in Bernat Dazzle.
Then, you’ll need to knit and seam. Make it for yourself or as a quick knit gift.
* Get Shimmer Cowl from Yarnspirations.
* Get Bamboo Knitting Needles for this knitting project.
Ombre Textured Cowl
Ombre Textured Cowl via FelinityKnits
If you’ve been looking for a way to use those mini skeins of yarn, this easy ombre knitting pattern is for you.
Knit in fingering weight Sweet Georgia yarn, you’ll need about 550 yards of varying colors. Want something chunky and cozy? You could easily modify the pattern and knit with a heavier weight yarn.
The written pattern alternates between garter stitch, stockinette stitch, and an easy slip stitch texture. You’ll also need to know how to knit in the round and make yarn-overs. Easy peasy.
* Get Ombre Textured Cowl from Felinity Knits.
* Get Rainbow Knit Blockers for this knitting project.
The Cowl via Ravelry.com
Here’s an easy cowl knitting pattern for circular needles. The Cowl was a big hit at Vogue Knitting Live 2019 in NYC. By popular demand, the free knitting pattern has been made available to you.
This knitted neck warmer is knit in the round using three strands to knit – one worsted weight and two fingering weight yarns. This gives you endless color possibilities! Our favorite kind of knit.
*Get The Cowl from Ravelry.
Aurora Gradient Waves Cowl
Aurora Gradient Waves Cowl via Premieryarns.com
Here’s another easy cowl knitting pattern for beginners. Knit flat with straight knitting needles, it’s made with acrylic yarn in a worsted weight. What makes it so unique is the self-striping yarn it uses.
It’s so easy to do, too. If you can knit, you can make this knitted cowl. The only other techniques you’ll need beyond the knitting basics are how to Make 1 (M1) and how to slip knit pass (SKP). That’s it.
* Get Aurora Gradient Waves from Premier Yarn.
* Get Size 10 (6mm) Knitting Needles for this knitting project.
Scraptastic Cowl via Leoniemorgan.com
If you’ve ever wondered what to do with your scrap yarn, this beginner knit cowl pattern is perfect for you.
You’ll work with circular needles and need to know how to knit in the round. You’ll also need to use the provisional cast on method.
Knit with DK weight yarn or Light Worsted weight yarn, this scrap yarn project uses 10 different colors. Each color stripe ranges from 28 yards to 48 yards of each color.
As this is an easy knitting project for beginners, this pattern is in written form only.
* Get Scraptastic Cowl from Leonie Morgan.
* Get Circular Knitting Needles, Size 6 (4mm) for this knitting project.
Sharing Creativity DK
sharing creativity DK via ravelry.com
You can make this knitted neckwarmer with either DK weight yarn or by knitting with two strands of fingering weight yarn. Knitting with 2 strands of sock yarn will definitely create a one of a kind garter stitch knitted bandana cowl.
You’ll begin this knitting project by knitting flat then joining to knit in the round. Don’t forget your stitch markers.
You’ll need to know how to increase with knitting front and back (KFB) and make one in knitting (M1L, M1R). You’ll also need to know how to slip a stitch and how to decrease with a slip-slip-knit (SSK). Finally, you’ll use an i-cord bind off to cast off your knitting.
So dig through your yarn stash. This could be the ultimate stash buster project full of fun marled knitting and color fade magic.
* Get Sharing Creativity DK from Ravelry.
* Get Malabrigo Sock Yarn for this knitting project.
Caron Knit Cozy Tweed Cowl
Caron Knit Cozy Tweed Cowl via Yarnspirations.com
If you’re looking for a knit and purl stitch pattern for beginners, then you’ve found it. It’s knit with two balls of Caron Simply Soft Tweeds on size U.S. 8 (5 mm) knitting needles.
There are no increases or decreases to learn, no knitting techniques beyond the knitting basics. You’ll only need to know how to knit in the round, which makes it a great circular knitting pattern for beginners.
Zig Zag Cowl
Zig Zag Cowl via Plymouthyarn.com
Light and delicate, this easy lace cowl knitting pattern makes the perfect everyday accessory. Knit in the round, it requires a single hank of yarn in luxurious merino cashmere.
You’ll need to know how to knit in the round, knit two together (K2tog), and Slip-slip-knit (SSK). So easy. Keep it for yourself or surprise someone you love with this beautiful hand knitted gift.
* Get Zig Zag Cowl from Plymouth Yarn.
* Get Sheep Stitch Markers for this knitting project.
Just Slip It Cowl
Just Slip It cowl via Ravelry.com
If you’ve ever wanted to try slip stitch knitting, this free cowl knitting pattern is perfect for you.
This pattern is not knit in the round so it is perfect for beginners. Using DK weight or Aran weight yarn, you can make it short, long, or use the pattern to knit up a scarf instead. Depending on your project, you’ll need from 110 yards to 220 yards of yarn.
The free knitting pattern also includes helpful tips on gauge, project suggestions, yarn choices, and more. And with a rating of 4.9 out of 5 stars on Ravelry.com, you can’t go wrong.
* Get Just Slip It Cowl from Ravelry.
* Get Malabrigo Rios yarn for this knitting project.
Bernat Mobius Cowl
Bernat Mobius Cowl via Yarnspirations.com
Most circular knitting patterns remind you to make sure your stitches aren’t twisted when you join the round. Not this one. This Mobius Cowl knitting pattern does the opposite.
Knit with Bernat Roving bulky yarn in a lovely wool-blend, this oversized cowl will knit up quick. To make one of your own, you’ll need to know how to knit one below (K1B) and purl one below (P1B).
* Get Bernat Mobius Cowl from Yarnspirations.
* Get Bernat Roving yarn for this knitting project.
Hooded Neckwarmer via Plymouthyarn.com
Looking for an all-in-one cowl and hat? This hooded cowl knitting pattern is the perfect thing to knit.
To knit this you’ll need to know how to knit flat AND in the round. You’ll also need to know how to slip slip knit (SSK), make one in knitting (M1), and knit two together (K2TOG). As for knitting notions, you’ll want to use a couple of stitch markers.
It uses a 80/20 blend of alpaca yarn and acrylic and calls for size U.S. 9 circular knitting needles, or whatever is needed to make gauge. Speaking of gauge, you can learn how to swatch in the round here.
And since it’s made in a bulky weight yarn, you’ll finish in no time. So what are you waiting for? Get this free hooded cowl knitting pattern now.
* Get Hooded Neckwarmer from Plymouth Yarn.
* Get Baby Alpaca Brush yarn for this knitting project.
Autopilot cowl via Ravelry.com
If you love to knit and binge on Netflix, this free knit cowl pattern on Ravelry is perfect for you. But you don’t have to stay home to make it. Why not make it your next travel knitting project?
It’s designed for worsted weight yarn, but you can knit it using any yarn you choose. The knitting instructions come with details on how to customize this cowl to your preference. So if you want to double the length and turn it into an easy knit infinity scarf, you can.
* Get Autopilot Cowl from Ravelry.
* Get this Knitting Tote Bag for this project.
Viento Cowl via Plymouthyarn.com
Don’t you just love knitting rib patterns? I do. They’re easy enough to knit without having to give your complete attention to. Perfect for Netflix and chill.
Here’s a super simple lightweight cowl that won’t skimp on warmth. Made with Viento from Plymouth yarn, it’s a silky blend of alpaca wool and bamboo viscose. While it is a bulky weight yarn (5), it won’t take away from the fashion either.
Using the mistake rib stitch and straight knitting needles, the pattern is a simple one row repeat. Alternating two stitches, knits and purls, just knit to your desired length then seam it together.
Maybe you’re looking for a knitted scarf pattern using bulky yarn. No problem. You could easily modify this written pattern into a mistake rib scarf. All you have to do is eliminate seaming the ends.
* Get Viento Cowl from Plymouth Yarn.
* Get Plymouth Yarn Viento for this knitting project.
Moody Romance Herringbone Cowl
Moody Romance Herringbone Cowl via Ravelry.com
Sometimes yarn and a knitting stitch pattern collide and make something absolutely amazing. Take this herringbone knitting pattern and combine it with Qing Fibre fingering weight yarn, for example. The result is this moody color cowl that has all the feels.
Want to learn the herringbone knit stitch? You can find a great knitting tutorial here. It’s simpler than it looks. Give it a try.
* Get Moody Romance Herringbone Cowl from Ravelry.
* Substitute Malabrigo Mechita yarn for this knitting project.
The Queen’s Spiral Cowl
The Queen’s Spiral Cowl via Ravelry.com
The colors in this gradient cowl, in combination with the knitting pattern, make this knitted fabric so mesmerizing. Knit with colors from a Mini Skein Pack from Wonderland Yarns, the hand dyed yarn really lends itself to the stitches.
You’ll need to know how to knit, purl, knit two together (K2tog), yarn over (YO), and knit in the round. This project makes for an easy knitting patterns for beginners.
* Get The Queen’s Spiral Cowl from Ravelry.
Three Color Cowl
three color cowl via lionbrand.com
I love a good rib knit, don’t you? This Three Color Cowl from Lion Brand definitely fits the bill.
Knit with Lion Brand Heartland, this super bulky yarn pattern is easy knitting for beginners.
It’s a simple rib stitch knitting pattern that needs only knits and purls. You’ll need to know how to knit in the round and how to change colors in knitting.
CHOUX COWL VIA UNIVERSALYARN.COM
If you’re looking to practice your color knitting, this is a great pattern to start with. This 2 color cowl knitting pattern is a reversible cowl, too.
Doubled up or worn long as an infinity scarf, it will keep you lovely and warm. Knit with Rozetti Yarns Alaska, it is a blend of acrylic, alpaca, and wool, and uses two balls of yarn in two colors.
An interesting detail for this knitting pattern is that it is knit as a tube in the round. You’ll also need to finish off the ends by either sewing or grafting.
Try this easy infinity scarf knitting pattern for yourself.
* Get Choux Cowl from Universal Yarn.
* Get HiyaHiya Interchangeable knitting needles for this project.
Fair Isle Stranded Cowl
Fair Isle Stranded Cowl via yarnspirations.com
Love stranded knitting? Then this modern Fair Isle cowl pattern is a great project to knit.
Using Red Heart Fair Isle yarn, this beginner knit cowl pattern is stranded knitting at its simplest. The self-striping yarn does all the work so you don’t have to, which is great if you’re new to Fair Isle knitting. The best part? Only a few ends to weave in. Hooray!
Knit in the round, this chunky knit cowl pattern has both charted and written instructions. It also recommends using locking stitch markers to keep track of the pattern.
Nose Hill Park Cowl
Nose Hill Park Cowl via Ravelry.com
This gorgeous green lace cowl has such amazing texture. You can knit this cowl with an acrylic, aran weight yarn on size U.S. 7 (4.5 mm) knitting needles.
This free intermediate knitting pattern is knit in the round. You’ll also need to know knitting techniques such as how to increase with yarn overs (yo) and decrease with Slip-Slip-Knit-Pass (S2KP). Both techniques are easy to do. Otherwise, it’s just knits and purls.
* Get Nose Hill Park Cowl from Ravelry.
* Get Caron Simply Soft yarn for this knitting project.
Host Cowl via Bogevald.com
The Host Cowl is knit in the round from the bottom up. The designer used The Fibre Co.’s Acadia, a blend of alpaca and silk. So luxurious. The pattern requires 100g of your favorite DK weight yarn.
The knitting techniques you’ll need to know are knits, purls, and knitting decreases (K2TOG and SSK). If you haven’t tried i-cord knitting, here’s your chance.
This cowl uses an i-cord cast on and an i-cord bind off which are both really easy to do. The written pattern includes instructions on how to do both.
* Get Host Cowl from Bogevald.
Autumn is Coming Bandana Cowl
autumn is coming bandana cowl via knitting-and-so-on.BLOgspot.com
This bandana cowl begins as a flat knit, but later you’ll join to knit in the round. You’ll need to know the knitted cast on, which is a stretchy cast on. You’ll also need to know how to knit front back (KFB), slip slip knit (SSK), how to yarn over and knit two together (YO, K2TOG).
This knitted neck warmer is a simple knitting project that knits up with your favorite DK weight yarn.
The designer used Rico Essentials Merino DK, which required 2 balls. According to YarnSub, Cascade Yarn’s Longwood Sport makes for a great yarn substitute and only requires 1 skein. You can find links to both yarns below.
The pattern includes complete written knitting instructions and a knitting chart for the lace pattern.
Cozy Ribbed Scarf
cozy ribbed scarf via ladybythebay.com
This is a classic rib knit cowl pattern that is easy enough to make. Knit with two skeins of chunky alpaca yarn and size 15 knitting needles, it’s the ultimate quick knit project.
Just look at the drape. The key is the 100% alpaca yarn. So whether you use their yarn recommendations or a yarn substitute, be sure to check the fiber.
To make this knitted cowl pattern on circular needles, you’ll need to be able to knit in the round. The pattern creates a simple rib knit fabric of knit 2 purl 2 (K2, P2).
It also uses Jeny’s surprisingly stretchy bind off, which you can find a tutorial for here.
* Get Cozy Ribbed Scarf from Lady by the Bay.
* Try Cascade Yarns Baby Alpaca Chunky yarn for this knitting project.
Looking for more knitting ideas for beginners? Take a look at our easy scarf knitting patterns for more inspiration. Or, if you’re looking for something for Mom and baby, check out these baby blanket knitting patterns. All are easy enough for beginners, too!
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