7 Free Cowl Knitting Pattern Ideas

In the last couple of winters, I’ve worn more knitted cowls than regular scarves. Knitted cowls are quick projects, and you can use up small amounts of luxury yarns you might have in your stash. That’s why we’re giving you these seven free cowl knitting pattern ideas you’ll love.


Cowls are quick and fun to knit, and they’re the perfect projects to help you use up small amounts of luxury yarns you might have in your stash. The experts at Interweave gathered seven exclusive cowl knitting pattern ideas for you to knit that include beginner knitting patterns and even more advanced knitted cowls.

In this free eBook, Knit Cowl Pattern Ideas: 7 Free Knitted Cowl Patterns for Women, you’ll learn how to knit a cowl and get seven luscious designs to try! We’ve got your go-to basic pattern, plus lace and cables, and both long and short cowl designs. Whatever style you are looking for, we’ve got the free cowl knitting pattern for you in this download.

You’ll love working each of these patterns, whether you want to make them for gifts or keep them yourself! If you’re looking for a free knit cowl pattern, look no further than this free download.

Cowl Knitting Pattern Ideas You’ll Find:

Relaxing, Garter Stitch Cowl

Perfect beginner knitting pattern that includes a rainbow cowl knitting pattern idea with the garter stitch and self-striping yarn from Interweave.
Rainbow Cowl by Lisa Shroyer
This Rainbow Cowl is a beginner’s delight, but it’s also a great knitting pattern for any knitter who wants to show off some beautiful self-striping yarn in this knitted cowl pattern. It’s knit in relaxing garter stitch; perfect for knitted gifts! Lisa Shroyer offers extensive knitting knowledge to all those willing to learn. She’s written three books, countless blog posts, launched new brands, starred on knitting TV shows and the list goes on and on!

Reversible, Cabled Cowl

"The Winding River Cowl is a reversible, cabled cowl that you can knit lengthwise.
Winding River Cowl by Kathleen Cubley
This cowl knitting pattern is knitted lengthwise and not in the round, so you can make it as long as you want. Turn the Winding River into an infinity scarf and make a real statement! Knit this in a super soft yarn, and you’ll never want to take it off. Kathleen Cubley comes from a family of knitters and loves the history and traditions behind knitting and “feeling connected to all of the knitters who came before me.”

Easy Cowl with Beautiful Drape

The Orange Crush Cowl from Interweave made from lace-weight, cashmere yarn that gives this knitted cowl a fabulous drape and is also very cozy and warm.
Orange Crush by Kathleen Cubley
The lace-weight, cashmere yarn is knit on larger needles to give this knitted cowl a fabulous drape, and you can crush the cowl down to make a cozy and warm winter accessory proven to keep you warm and happy.

Cushy Cowl

The Winter Sea Cowl from Interweave combines bulky yarn and an openwork stitch to create a beautiful stitch pattern while keeping you warm.
Winter Sea Cowl by Marie Segares
Bulky yarn and an openwork stitch work together in the Winter Sea Cowl by Marie Segares. You’ll learn to knit the star stitch, an easy lace pattern that’s quickly memorized. Choose two complementary colors to give your cowl depth and show off the pretty stitch pattern. This cushy cowl will become your winter go-to! Marie Segares has been crocheting since she was nine and conquered her self-described fear of knitting in 2010. She hasn’t looked back since! She is also the host of the Creative Yarn Entrepreneur Show, a podcast filled with ideas for launching and managing an indie yarn-related business.

Easy, Knitted Lace Cowl

The Amplified Cowl from Interweave is a quick and easy lace knitting project that creates a beautiful knitted cowl.
Amplified Cowl by Kate Gagnon Osborn
Knit on size 10s, Kate Gagnon Osborn’s Amplified Cowl will be done in a jiff. A graphic lace stitch is dramatic when worked in a plush, airy chunky-weight yarn. Slanting blocks of garter stitch plus an eyelet-based pattern make a beautifully textured cowl. This is easy lace knitting at its quickest and most beautiful! Kate Gagnon Osborn utilizes her background in fine arts, textiles, knitwear design and many years as a knitter to create stunning patterns.

Hand-Dyed Yarn Knitted Cowl

The Rippling Fans Cowl from Interweave is made for hand-dyed yarn and uses knitting in the round techniques.
Rippling Fans Cowl by Gladys We
Gladys We’s Rippling Fans Cowl is designed specifically for hand-dyed yarn. Knitting in the round is a great way to control color pooling because the finished piece closely resembles the original skein. Take a look at your hand-dyed yarn and see if you have any special skeins that will work for this cowl! Gladys We is known for her designs that combine color and lace patterns in unique ways. She finds great inspiration through Mother Nature — from color combinations to patterns and geometry to unexpected and intricate lace patterns. When it comes to creating patterns, she says, “I look at the yarn and I look at what the dyer named it, and then I try to find a pattern that lives up to the dyer’s dreams for it.”

Bold Knitted Cowl

The Serpentine Cowl from Interweave is created with surprising stitches that create a stunningly textured piece of neckwear.
Serpentine Cowl by Angela Hahn
The Serpentine Cowl is created with surprising stitches that create a stunningly textured piece of neckwear. Designer Angela Hahn uses yarnovers to create structure rather than lace, and patterning is worked every round, forming rapid diagonal movement and revealing the bold motif in relatively little space. Angela finds inspiration in her natural surroundings: “I like to look for repetitive patterns in nature (for instance in cloud formations, wave patterns, plants or animal markings) or in the decorative arts (sculpture, architectural details, mosaic tiles or fabric prints) and re-interpret them as knitted motifs.”

Have fun knitting these wonderful, free knitting patterns for cowls. Whether you’re knitting for yourself or making gifts, you’ll enjoy making these quick-to-knit winter warmers!

Knitted cowls are some of our favorite accessories. You can make them bulky, lacy or you can knit up a cabled cowl pattern! You’ll learn lots of knitting techniques as you learn how to knit a cowl, too, from reversible cables to shaping in garter stitch. With this collection of free cowl knitting pattern ideas, yyou’ll have the perfect variety of patterns to fulfill all your needs. Download all seven designs, choose your yarn and cast on today.



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