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Hot Trend: Cowl Knitting Patterns

Updated on March 9, 2012

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.

This free cowl knitting pattern may be worn looped once or twice around the neck.
This free cowl knitting pattern may be worn looped once or twice around the neck.

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

Pam Powers Challah Cowl Knitting Pattern
Pam Powers Challah 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.

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.

Tricksy Knitter Botanical Cowl Free Knitting Pattern
Tricksy Knitter Botanical Cowl Free Knitting Pattern

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.

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      4 years ago

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      4 years ago

      @lesliesinclair: Thanks!

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      4 years ago

      Ahhh, that's a charming braided scarf, first I've ever seen.

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      Jenn Dixon 

      6 years ago from PA

      I love cowls and I love knitting them. Well done!

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      6 years ago

      @sujathayder: Thanks!

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      6 years ago

      great lens...

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      Nice work. Please visit my lens too. :)


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