Free Cowl Patterns

Knitted cowl patterns

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What could be cosier than wearing a hand knit cowl during a chilled autumn/winter walk?

Winter is the perfect time to make and wear your knits, from cowls, hats and gloves to sweaters and cardigans.

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Cowl Patterns

I always get ready to knit during the fall and winter, with many projects on the go.

There are so many yummy yarns out there that I just can’t control myself.

I seriously have a yarn addiction and have two Ikea Billy bookcases filled with yarn just waiting to be used and I’m still ordering more!

Cowl knitting patterns are often easy and really great for beginners to practice their skills.

They can also allow you to use a variety of yarn weights depending on your preferences.

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free cowl patterns

If you are new to knitting and want to learn how to knit there are many easy and free patterns on my website, just take a look at my knitting pattern library, with patterns for women, men, baby, kids, pets and the home.

There are also many great oversized sweater knitting patterns – take a look at this post and find something you can make for fall.

Plus many scarf knitting patterns that are perfect for fall and winter.

Take a look at the roundup of free cowl knitting patterns below and feel inspired to make one of your own.

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1. Hooded Cowl Free Knitting Pattern

Make a cosy hooded cowl with this free pattern from Make Do and Crew. 

It’s a great project for an advanced beginner who wants to practice working in the round with double pointed needles.

Make it with two skeins of Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick Bonus Bundle.

Lion Brand has created a kit that includes all the yarn you need to make this knit hooded cowl as well as a copy of the printable pattern. 


2. Chevron Lace Striped Cowl Pattern

Make a chevron lace striped cowl with this free pattern from Lux Adorna Knits. 

This cowl is worked in the round when changing colours in your stripe work, you can tie on your new colour, knot it and leave it on the inside of your work. which means there are no ends to seam in!

This pattern includes instructions for Advanced Beginner and Intermediate.

*This is available as a free download on Ravelry.

chevron knit cowl

3. Cable Cowl Pattern

Make a cosy cable cowl with this free pattern from Purl Soho.

Made with one of their yummy yarns, the incredibly soft Lanecardate Feltro.

It’s one of those projects that can be made quickly when you need something warm and toasty for yourself or to give to someone you love.


4. Twisted Cowl Pattern

Make a twisted cowl with this free pattern from Patons.

This is a plush cowl with a fun twist – knit in Patons Classic Wool Roving.

Skill Level – Intermediate.

twisted cowl pattern

5. Crabapple Cowl Pattern

Make this crabapple cowl with a free pattern from Noble Knits. 

Knit this easy wide ribbed cowl that uses one skein of hand dyed Crabapple Posh Fingering yarn.

It’s long enough to wear loose or doubled around the neck.

6. Ribbed Cowl Pattern

Make this easy ribbed cowl for men or women with this free pattern from me! Yes from handylittleme.

If you want to make something for your man that he will love this winter…then make him a knitted bobble hat and matching cowl.

Simple to make in an easy ribbed stitch, this free cowl pattern will knit up in a few hours.

7. Easy Knit Cowl Pattern

Make this easy garter stitch cowl with a free pattern from The Knitting Bee.

This cowl has been made using 5 x 100g balls of Moda Vera Shiver.

Skill Level – Easy.

8. Cowl Knitting Pattern

Make this stunning fall cowl with a free pattern from Lion Brand Yarns. 

The cowl has been made using Lion Brand Heartland.

Skill Level – Easy.

9. Openwork Cowl Pattern

Make this openwork cowl with a free pattern from Bernat. 

This bulky cowl has a gorgeous texture, that looks hard but is actually easy to work!

Knit in Bernat Wool-Up Bulky yarn, this pattern works up quick and makes the perfect fall and winter accessory.

Skill Level – Easy

10. Colour Work Cowl Pattern

Make this colour work cowl with a free pattern from Graphica on Ravelry. 

The Inspira Cowl is worked in the round on circular needles. Corrugated ribbing is used, where two different coloured yarns are stranded across each round.

The ribbing height varies throughout for each of the three cowl options.

After two plain knit rows, the corrugated ribbing pattern shifts, or is staggered, i.e., previous knit columns become purl columns.

This graphic shift of colour & texture is what gives Inspira it’s dynamic flow.

Skill Level – Intermediate

*This pattern is available as a free Ravelry Download*

colour work cowl

What are you going to make this fall/winter?

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