Cozy Knitted Cowls for Maximum Comfort in Fall and Winter

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Combining comfort and classic style, knitted cowls are a must for any winter wardrobe.

Because it’s actually a variation of the knit scarf, these projects are usually easy to make and beginner-friendly. Plus, the simplicity leaves plenty of room for experimentation, so if you’re an intermediate knitter, you’ll only need to learn how to knit a cowl. Get inspired and start right away!

Take a look at the examples below and search for links to free patterns for knit cowls under the pictures.

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1. Tango Braided Cowl

The special braid design gives this knit cowl a unique, eye-catching look. With the many colors used, you can make this piece really versatile, so it will work with almost any outfit. Plus, the project is designed with beginners in mind, so you won’t find the process difficult. Put it on your to-do list and see what happens! The knitted cowl pattern is free.

  • DESIGNED by Alexandra Tavel
  • PROJECT TYPE cowls
  • CRAFT knitting
  • SKILL LEVEL upper beginner
A woman wearing a knitted cowl.

Photos by Alexandra Tavel / Ravelry.com

Find the original free pattern on twoofwands.com, or read more about it on Ravelry.

2. Pink Pop Cowl

This cowl pattern is great for everyday wear. It’s quite light, yet very warm because of the right yarn. The stylish design is simple and goes with any style of clothing. With the bright yarn it will make a nice accent and with the muted yarn it will make a great basic. Follow the easy knit cowl pattern to see how it works.

  • DESIGNED by Karin Fernandes
  • PROJECT TYPE cowls
  • CRAFT knitting
  • SKILL LEVEL upper beginner
A woman wearing a pink knitted infinity scarf with a label on it.

Photos by Karin Fernandes / Ravelry.com

Find the original free pattern on beautifulknitters.co.uk, or read more about it on Ravelry.

3. Col Rivière

Mohair yarn makes this knit cowl both extremely warm and lightweight. This seamless design is so easy to make, it’s a must for any beginner. Accessories like this are usually quite expensive in stores, but all you need is a few hours and a few skeins of the right yarn. Follow the step-by-step knitting instructions on the original website and get started today!

  • DESIGNED by Solenn Couix-Loarer
  • PROJECT TYPE cowls
  • CRAFT knitting
  • SKILL LEVEL beginner
A woman knitting a cowl and sweater.

Photos by Solenn Couix-Loarer / Ravelry.com

Find the original free pattern on blog.dererumnatura.fr, or read more about it on Ravelry.

4. Gråbo – Faux Turtleneck

Simple, practical, fashionable. This ribbed turtleneck knit cowl is a great addition to your wardrobe. The Scandinavian vibe makes it extremely comfortable to wear. Plus, it’s easy to mix and match, so you can create many outfits with just one piece. Check out the free knitting pattern for turtleneck to get started.

  • DESIGNED by Maja Karlsson
  • PROJECT TYPE cowls
  • CRAFT knitting
  • SKILL LEVEL beginner
A woman wearing a knitted cowl.

Photos by Maja Karlsson / Ravelry.com

Find the original free pattern on jarbo.se, or read more about it on Ravelry.

5. Scraps and Bobbles Knit Cowl

The charming design of this knitted cowl is achieved by using leftover yarn. It is easy to make and features a variety of motifs that make it an interesting project to work on. It will also give you practice in circular knitting, two color knitting and bobble knitting. Yardage will vary depending on the weight of your scraps. Follow the easy pattern on the original website to see how it works.

  • DESIGNED by Hannah Bergmann
  • PROJECT TYPE cowls
  • CRAFT knitting
  • SKILL LEVEL beginner
A woman wearing a knitted cowl.

Photos by Hannah Bergmann / Ravelry.com

Find the original free pattern on ko-fi.com, or read more about it on Ravelry.

6. The Waymaker Cowl

If you are looking for a beautiful project to help you relax by concentrating, consider starting this project. The rhythmic stitches are sure to soothe you no matter how difficult your day has been. The name of this knitted scarf means finding a solution despite the impossibility, and it will help you when you’re having a bad time. Feel free to view the easy cowl knitting pattern and get started right away. Be sure, it’s really worth a try!

  • DESIGNED by Amanda Massingill
  • PROJECT TYPE cowls
  • CRAFT knitting
  • SKILL LEVEL beginner
A knitted shawl in pink and yellow.

Photos by Amanda Massingill / Ravelry.com

Find the original free pattern on Ravelry.

7. The Easiest Scarf

This knit cowl pattern is for those who love simplicity and functionality. Minimalist yet beautiful, it has nothing unnecessary and exudes that Scandinavian practical vibe. The saturated color and visually captivating texture only add to the piece. The bonnet is made from a rectangle that is tied and hemmed at the end.

  • DESIGNED by The Blue Mouse
  • PROJECT TYPE cowls
  • CRAFT knitting
  • SKILL LEVEL beginner
Two pictures of a woman wearing a knitted cowl.

Photos by The Blue Mouse / Ravelry.com

Find the original free pattern on Ravelry.

8. Eagle Harbor Cowl

If you’re looking for a relaxed knit, this cowl design may be for you! This knitted accessory is great for those looking for comfort. You can throw on a few rows, get comfortable, and get started. Rest assured, with the easy-to-follow instructions, the cowl will knit itself! Give it a try and embrace the new experience.

  • DESIGNED by The Lamb & Kid Designs
  • PROJECT TYPE cowls
  • CRAFT knitting
  • SKILL LEVEL beginner
Two pictures of a woman wearing knitted cowls.

Photos by The Lamb & Kid Designs / Ravelry.com

Find the original free pattern on Ravelry.

9. Quick As A Wink Cowl

Fancy minimalist knit cowl with three color combination. If you’re looking for something simple but still captivating, this design will do the trick. Another advantage is that cowls are usually more comfortable to wear than regular scarves. This piece will suit those who value comfort above all else. The cowl looks best with casual clothing.

  • DESIGNED by Ksenia Naidyon
  • PROJECT TYPE cowls
  • CRAFT knitting
  • SKILL LEVEL beginner
A woman wearing a knitted cowl scarf with different colors of yarn.

Photos by Ksenia Naidyon / Ravelry.com

Find the original free pattern on purlsoho.com, or read more about it on Ravelry.

10. Polkadrop

With this knitted cowl you can make your monochrome outfit look interesting. The gradient effect combined with the black base makes this accessory look rich and suitable for various outfits. Try it with the black coat to let the cowl show all the beauty of the pattern. Besides, you can experiment with the color gradient according to your preference.

  • DESIGNED by Marit Munson
  • PROJECT TYPE cowls
  • CRAFT knitting
  • SKILL LEVEL beginner
Two pictures of a woman wearing knitted cowls.

Photos by Marit Munson / Ravelry.com

Find the original free pattern on knitty.com, or read more about it on Ravelry.

11. Garri Cowl

A stylish knitted cowl for crafters who prefer needles to hooks. The pattern is very simple and will show you how to make this ribbed texture. You can wear it as a cowl or fold it and wear it as a headband. The cowl is compact yet warm, so it’s good for both winter and spring. The cowl knitting pattern comes in one versatile size that fits almost everyone.

  • DESIGNED by YRJA knit / Edda Andresdottir
  • PROJECT TYPE cowls 
  • CRAFT knitting
  • SKILL LEVEL beginner
Two pictures of a woman wearing a knitted cowl and hat.

Photos by YRJA knit / Edda Andresdottir / Ravelry.com

Find the original free pattern on yrjaknit.com, or read more about it on Ravelry.

12. Checkmate Knit Cowl

Learn to knit a simple cowl with this pattern! It uses only knit and slip stitches, so you won’t have any trouble even if you’re a beginner. The piece is versatile and has worked well for both winter and spring. This pattern comes in 3 sizes: child/XS, S/M, L/XL. You are sure to find the one that fits you best.

  • DESIGNED by Lauren McElroy
  • PROJECT TYPE cowls 
  • CRAFT knitting
  • SKILL LEVEL beginner
Two pictures of a woman with afro hair wearing a scarf made of knitted cowls.

Photos by Hannah Schweiss / Ravelry.com

Find the original free pattern on stitchandhustle.com, or read more about it on Ravelry.

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