Cowl Knitting Pattern | The Pandora


This chunky cowl knitting pattern would make a cosy addition to your winter wardrobe.

The chunky ribbed cowl is an easy pattern to follow, all you need is some knowledge of the knit and purl stitches.

This neck warmer has been made using chunky yarn to ensure extra winter warmth!

cowl free knitting pattern

An Easy Level Knitting Pattern

This is an easy pattern for those of you who are advanced beginner level, and the techniques you will need to know are knit, purl and knitting in the round.

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Using mainly knit and purl stitches, it will also introduce you to increasing and simple shaping.

If you have never knit in the round before you can watch my video tutorial here.

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Cowl knitting pattern

Resources and tutorials you may find helpful in following this pattern:

This pattern is great for any advanced beginner knitters.

red knitted cowl

Cowl Knitting Pattern

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The cowl knits up quickly and the simple design makes for a relaxing and enjoyable knit.

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Gauge – 9 sts and 18 rounds = 4in/10cm in 2×2 ribbing.

The Supplies You Need


  • Super Bulky Yarn (06) – For example Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick in red or Hometown.
  • I used 2 skeins (212).


  • Pair of 10 mm (US 15) circular needles 24″


  • Stitch markers
  • Scissors
  • Darning needle
  • Tape measure


  • Beg = Begin(ning)
  • Cont = Continue(ing)
  • K = Knit
  • P – Purl
  • PM – place marker
  • M1 = Make 1 stitch
  • Rem = Remaining
  • Rep = Repeat
  • Rnd(s) = Round(s)
  • St(s) = Stitch(es)


  1. Cast on 92 sts
Join in the round and place a stitch marker at the join.
  3. Be careful not to twist the stitches.
1st round – K2, P2 (Ribbing)
Continue to knit every round in K2, P2 ribbing until the piece measures 12 inches from the co edge.
  6. Next Round – K1, M1, K1, P1, M1, P1 – rep to the end of the round.
  7. Next round – K3, P3 – rep to the end of the round.
  8. Cont to K3, P3 every round until the piece measures 15 inches from the co edge.
  9. Add more or less in terms of measurement depending on how long/short you want the cowl to be.
  10. Cast off in pattern.
  11. Weave in loose ends.

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Happy Knitting! xoxo

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  1. Will this pattern work in wool ease chunky? Same size needle, or should I adjust needle size? I just happen to have 3 skeins of this yarn, 153 yards each…think this will work?

    1. Hello Deb, You could use wool ease chunky but you may need to adjust your needle size. The cowl was knit with size 10mm (US 15) needles – so perhaps you need 8mm (US 11) needles. I hope that helps 🙂