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The Basic Knitter’s Cowl – Free Knit Cowl Pattern!

Hi Lovelies! Did you read my last post? If so, you know that I’ve recently delved into the realm of Knitting – and I am LOVING it! Once I understood the basic stitches (i.e. how to knit and purl), the idea of this knit cowl pattern popped into my head and I couldn’t not make it.

So here she is! The Basic Knitter’s Cowl – a very beginner friendly, cozy knit cowl pattern. She is perfect for everything Fall. Just envision going pumpkin picking or venturing through a corn maze all snuggled up in this cowl!

To create this cowl, all you need to know is how to knit, purl, join to work in the round, and do a stretchy cast off. Now, if you aren’t sure about all of those techniques, check out my last post and learn about some knitting basics and find other resources for great beginner knitting information.

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Pattern Notes:

  • The pattern is written to fit an adult.
    • The specific Finished Dimensions are below.
    • Interested in a Toddler (2-5 years) or Child (5-12 years) size? If so, you can purchase the inexpensive pdf from Etsy or Ravelry!
  • The cowl is worked continuously in the round, so I recommend using a stitch marker to help note each row as it is finished.

Needed Materials


  • CO: Cast On
  • St(s): Stitch(es)
  • K: Knit
  • P: Purl

Gauge & Finished Dimensions

Gauge: 4″ Sq = 9 sts x 13 rows of knit st in the round

Finished Dimensions: 30″ in Circumference & 11.5″ Tall

The Pattern

Using the Long Tail CO method, CO 68 sts.

Join and work all following rows in the round.

Rows 1-6: K1, P1 around.

Rows 7-34: K around (or until knit section measures 7.5″ tall).

Rows 35-40: K1, P1 around.

To finish, bind off using a standard bind off method.

If you would prefer a looser bind off, then I would recommend using the Stretchy Bind Off method. Studio Knit has a great YouTube Video.

Also, I found this video on making a pretty finish after a circular bind off from Very Pink Knits extremely helpful!

That’s it! Feel free to add more stitches when you’re casting on if you want to make the cowl wider (just make sure it’s an even number), or add more knit rows in the middle if want to make it taller. Additionally, newborn through child sizes have already been calculated for you and are available in the pdf version of this pattern. Find the pdf from either Etsy or Ravelry.

Interested in an ad free PDF of this knit cowl pattern? Then don’t hesitate to check out my Etsy or Ravelry stores!

Make sure to pin this knit cowl pattern to one (or more!) of your Pinterest Boards to save it for later!

When you finish your Beginner Knitter’s Cowl, make sure to share it on Instagram, use the hashtag #beginnerknitterscowl, and tag me (@hanoveriancrochetco) so I can see it and share it! I sincerely hope this becomes your favorite knit cowl pattern because it is definitely one of mine. Stay cozy! Winter is coming…

As always, all my love!


PS. Don’t miss the matching hat pattern! Keep your noggin warm this winter by making the matching Basic Knitter’s Slouchy Beanie because who doesn’t love a matching set?!

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