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Rib Knit Cowl And Hat Pattern


In this post, you will see a rib knit cowl and hat pattern.

The knitted beanie hat and matching cowl set is an easy pattern to follow, all you need is some knowledge of the knit and purl stitches.

Using 2×2 garter stitch rib you will create a stretchy and textured knit fabric.

Scroll down to view the free pattern or grab the printable PDF pattern from my shop here.

Hat and cowl knit

What Is A Rib Knit Fabric?

Rib knit is a knitted fabric created with alternating knit and purl stitches that give it high and low knit columns.

This makes it more elastic (a stretchy fabric) and frequently used for cuffs, necklines, and socks.

You will often see ribbing in sweaters and other garments for the neckbands and waistbands.

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easy cowl and hat knitting pattern

How Do You Knit A Rib For Beginners?

There are many ribbing patterns out there for you to try out as a beginner, including 1×1 ribbing, 2×2 ribbing, and the stitch used in this pattern 2×2 garter stitch ribbing.

You will use alternating knit and purl stitches to create a column of knit stitches.

Learn more about basic rib stitches here – How to Knit Rib Stitch (1×1 and 2×2 ribbing)

1x1 rib knit

How To Knit 2/2 Garter Stitch Rib

The cowl and basic beanie shape are enhanced with a classic garter rib stitch pattern, then finished with a fluffy large pom.

  • The 2/2 garter stitch rib is a variation of ribbing.
  • This is a kind of false rib – with only every other row ribbed creating knitted vertical stripes.
  • It lies flat and has a different look on each side of the ribbing fabric.

To work the 2/2 garter stitch rib you will work the following:

Worked in the round:

Knit according to this stitch pattern:

Round 1: *K2, p2, repeat from * to end of the round.

Round 2: Knit.

Repeat these 2 rounds for the pattern.

matching hat and cowl knitting pattern

Rib Stitch Knitting Patterns

You can view knitting patterns that use a variation of knitting rib stitches here…

free knitting patterns
chunky hat and cowl knitting pattern

Cowl and Hat Knitting Pattern

Purchase the inexpensive ad-free, PDF printable pattern in my shop here.


The hat and cowl set knits up quickly in super bulky yarn, and the simple design makes for a relaxing and enjoyable knit.

The right side of the piece of fabric looks different to the wrong side.

You may need smaller needles (DPNs) for the decreases for the top of the hat.

If you have never knit in the round before you can watch my video tutorial here. – How to join knitting in the round with circular knitting needles

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Skill Level – Easy

Size –

  • Adult woman
  • Hat to fit a head with a circumference size of around 22-26 inches.

Gauge – 8 sts and 14 rounds = 4in/10cm

The Supplies You Need…


  • 3 skeins of super bulky yarn – I used Hayfield Super Chunky With Wool in shade 0057 (in thistles – purple).
  • 1 skein or a scrap of white (I used Yarn Art Alpine Alpaca in white 433) suitable for size 10.00mm (US 15) needles.
  • Lion Brand wool ease thick and quick or something similar will also be fine to use.
  • Super bulky weight – 106 yards. / yarn weight guide


Abbreviations / Knitting Abbreviations And Terms (US And UK) List

  • CO – Cast on
  • K – Knit
  • K2tog – Knit two stitches together
  • P – Purl
  • PM – Place marker
  • Rep – Repeat
  • St(s) – Stitch(es)

Hat Pattern Instructions

Yarn A – White / Yarn B – Thistles (purple)

Cast on 40 sts in Yarn A, PM, and join in the round, being careful not to twist the sts.

Start off in 2×2 ribbing – K2, P2 every round until the piece measures 2 inches.

Change yarn to Yarn B and knit 1 round, then continue in the pattern below >

  • 1st round: K2, P2 – rep to the end of the round.
  • 2nd round: Knit.

Those two rounds form the pattern – continue this until the hat measures 9 inches from the cast-on edge.


  • Shape top: 1st round: *K2tog. Rep from *
  • Break yarn.
  • Draw the end through rem sts and fasten securely.

Sew in any loose ends.

Make a large pom and securely fasten it to the top of the hat.

chunky cowl knitting pattern

Cowl Pattern Instructions

Yarn A – White / Yarn B – Thistles (purple)

Cast on 60 sts in Yarn B, PM, and join in the round, being careful not to twist the sts.

  • 1st round – Purl.
  • 2nd round: Knit.
  • 3rd round: K2, P2 – rep to the end of the round.

The two rounds below form the pattern >>

  • 1st round: Knit.
  • 2nd round: K2, P2 – rep to the end of the round.

Continue this pattern, repeating rounds 1 and 2 until the cowl measures 11 inches from the cast-on edge. (You can make it longer or shorter).

Cast off on the last knit row.

Sew in any loose ends.

Share your work with us…

I love seeing your finished projects! If you enjoyed making the hat and cowl, I’d love to see yours on Instagram, be sure to tag me @handylittleme.

I’d love to see your work!

Happy Knitting! xoxo

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  1. How many skeins are needed to make both the hat and the cowl? Three of color A for each and one of B, or four total for both?

    1. Hello Autumn Rain,
      You need 3 skeins in the primary color of super bulky yarn for the hat and cowl – but if you want to add the white/another color to the hat’s brim, you need around 40-50g for that, enough for a few rounds.
      I hope that helps!