Hot Trend: Cowl Knitting Patterns
Cowl Knitting Patterns: A fun way to get knitting!
Cowls have been a hot fashion trend on the ready-to-wear runways and have shown no signs of slowing down. They are shown from light and airy, to big and chunky and use a variety of yarns depending on the season. Cottons and silks are shown for spring and summer, while winter warming cowls come from wool, alpaca, and other cuddly fibers. This lens will give you ideas to create your own easy to knit cowls. We've included patterns from top designers on the web, how to knit instructions and videos, and a few of our favorite free cowl knitting patterns.
Pattern shown, left. Ewe Ewe Yarns Happy Cowl Knitting Pattern
What is a cowl?
The Cowl: You may have also heard it called the infinity scarf, circle scarf, or loop scarf. Basically, it's a big loop of knitted fabric that can be worn around the neck in a variety of ways. To knit a cowl, you will most often be knitting a one piece tube. It's knitted in the round, so no seams to sew and usually only requires a ball or two of yarn.
How to Wear a Cowl?
Don't know how to wear an infinity scarf/cowl? Most often, you can just pull it over your head and off you go. But if you are looking for some creative alternatives, check the links below.
We found the Scarf Queen had a lot of creative ideas for How to Wear an Infinity Scarf/Cowl
3 Ways to Wear an Infinity Scarf/Cowl at Tie my Scarf
Suck it Martha wrote a humerous and very helpful guide on choosing just the right cowl to fit your body: How to Wear a Cowl
Beautiful Braids - Featured Cowl Knitting Pattern
This Pam Powers Challah Infinity Scarf knitting pattern uses knit and purl stitch combinations to make a cowl loaded with texture. It's a great "next step" knitting challenge for a beginning knitter.
Cowl Knitting Patterns
- Ewe Ewe Cafe Latte Cowl Knitting Pattern
Easy! This 1-skein cowl knitting pattern is knit in the round using the linen stitch, then tied with a beautiful silk ribbon.
- Cosmicpluto Signal Hill Cowl Knitting Pattern
Advanced beginner pattern. Large textured cowl may be knitted in two sizes.
- Jennifer Lang Rope Cowl Knitting Pattern
Large cowl knit with cable pattern that winds around. Classic and sophisticated.
Free Cowl Knitting Patterns
- Simplicity Big Bamboo Cowl Free Knitting Pattern
Bulky weight cowl that knits up fast and uses 1-skein of yarn.
- Burberry Inspired Cowl Free Knitting Pattern
Easy! No need to spend $750 dollar for the Burberry cowl when you can knit your own beautiful look-alike cabled cowl. Free pattern from the Garter Girl.
- Big Fat Cowl Free Knitting Pattern
Super Easy! Great beginner cowl knitting project. Knit in the round and uses 1-skein of bulky weight yarn
- Debbie Macomber Ribbed Cowl Free Knitting Pattern
Easy! Garter ribbed cowl knitting pattern. May be worn wrapped once or twice around the neck and knit on straight needles. Perfect if you haven't mastered round knitting needles.
- Fairmount Fibers Quaker Cowl Free Knitting Pattern
Easy! Simple knit and purl stitches take on aUses 1-skein worsted weight yarn.
- Knitted Bliss Stockholm Infinity Scarf Knitting Pattern
A bit more challenging! This big, chunky infinity scarf/cowl uses a reversible stitch pattern so it looks good on both sides.
- Madelinetosh Honey Cowl Free Knitting Pattern
Pretty yet simple to knit cowl is enhanced when using a beautiful hand dyed yarn.
Learn Knitting Basics
Most of these patterns require how to cast on, bind off, knit in the round, and purling. Here are how to's on these beginner knitting basics.
- How to cast on knitting video
Very Easy! Learn how to cast on your knitting using the "long tail" cast on.
- How to bind off knitting video
Easy! This For Dummies video show you how to "bind off" or take your stitches off the knitting needles.
- How to knit in the round video
This video shows you how to knit in the round on circular knitting needles. Helpful tips, too!
- How to make the purl stitch video
This video shows you how to make the purl stitch in knitting.
A Free Pattern from Tricksy Knitter
Featured Cowl Pattern
This pretty cowl knitting pattern from Tricksy Knitter is free on her blog. It's considered an easy pattern, but because of the eyelet, I would say it's good for a beginner knitter looking for a next step project. It's knitted in the round, all in one piece. She includes instructions to knit this cowl in two sizes and has photos showing different ways you can wear your cowl.
It uses 270 yards of fingering or sock weight yarn and measures 6.5" x 22 (44)" around.