Chunky knit cowl pattern

Use Cristin Greenlee’s chunky knit cowl pattern to create this striking scarf that will keep you warm all winter long.

Chunky knit cowl pattern

Stay cosy with Cristin Greenlee’s chunky knitted cowl pattern. Cristin’s cowl is perfect to layer up with other cosy knits that will keep you warm all winter long. Wear it over your head as a hood, around your shoulders like a scarf, or just round your neck as a cowl. We can totally imagine you knitting this staple alongside our owl fingerless gloves knitting pattern and our bobble hat pattern to create a set that will have you looking super cute as well as cosy. It’s a great beginner knitting project and is a last-minute gift that you makers can stitch up really quickly. Keep this chunky knitted cowl pattern up on your laptop, grab your chunky yarn and large needles and get to work!

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)

To understand all the abbreviations used in this pattern head to our knitting abbreviations guide and our yarn weight conversion chart.

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.

If you’re new to knitting don’t worry! We have a knitting for beginners guide right here on Gathered which teaches you all the basics. 

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 your chunky knitted cowl is complete!


We hope you’ve enjoyed making your chunky knitted cowl. We have loads of fab knitting projects here on Gathered like our free poppy knitting pattern and our premature baby hats knitting patterns which are both for great charitable causes. Or check out our knitting kits post which includes the best kits for beginners. 

Chunky knit cowl pattern
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