Chunky knit cowl pattern

Use this chunky knit cowl pattern to keep you warm all winter long.

Chunky knit cowl pattern

Stay cosy with Cristin Greenlee’s simple knitted cowl pattern. This winter, layer up in bold and cosy knits like the super-soft and bulky knitted cowl. Last-minute gift makers can stitch it up really quickly, ready to wrap by the end of today, simply by combining chunky yarn and large needles.

Wear it over your head as a hood, around your shoulders like a scarf, or just round your neck as a cowl. It’s the ideal chill-buster and gives slouch-appeal to any outfit! Here’s how to make it…

Chunky knit cowl pattern cropped

You will need:

• Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick Yarn, 82% acrylic/10% wool/8% rayon, 170g/97m per ball, one ball in Cranberry (138)
• 15mm (US 19) 80cm (31½”) long circular knitting needles
• Scissors
• Yarn needle with eye large enough to weave in ends
• Stitch marker (optional)


stitch (st), knit (k), purl (p)

Finished measurements:

Approximately 30cm deep by 40cm around


Approx. 9 sts and 10 rows to 10cm (4”) square.

Knitting notes

Every odd numbered round is knit and even numbered rounds are purl. Knitting in the round and switching between knit and purl at the beginning of each round creates a traditional garter stitched scarf. This is the same as the basic stitch that is created when knitting with two needles. A seam will be created as you are switching between knit rounds and purl rounds. Looking out for this seam will help you to know when to switch your stitches without having to use a stitch marker.

Chunky knit cowl pattern


You Will Need

  • Wool
  • Scissors
  • Knitting needles

Step 1

Chunky knit cowl pattern step 1

Cast on 36 sts.
Place stitch marker if using. Join in the round, but ensure that all the stitches are in line inside the ring of the circular needles. If the yarn becomes wrapped around the wire of the needles when knitting, this creates what is called a mobius (twisted) scarf and is not the look we are going for this time!

Round 1
K, slip stitch marker to right needle.

Step 2

Chunky knit cowl pattern step 2

Round 2
P, slip stitch marker to right needle.

Step 3

Chunky knit cowl pattern step 3

Rounds 3-29
Repeat Rounds 1 and 2 thirteen (13) times, then repeat Round 1 again. Cast off on round 30 purlwise. Break yarn and fasten off. Weave in loose ends and keep cosy in your new hand-knitted cowl!


Chunky knit cowl pattern cropped

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About Cristin Greenlee
Graphic designer turned knitter and business owner Cristin has a love for all things fibre. She lives in St Louis in the US and knits at home by day and hangs out with her husband and two-year-old in the evenings. Take a look at her shop for cute bow headbands, pompom hats and knitted scarves a-plenty.

Model and profile photograph of Cristin: Courtney Longnecker of Courtney Smith Photography.