Free Knit Cowl Pattern – Chunky

My love affair with cowls continue, and that’s good news for you.  Usually when I’m obsessed with things, I create patterns for those things so I can love them even more.  I just wrote a post about cowls that includes a great sampling of crocheted and knitted designs.  Of the bunch, one of my favorites is a thick, squishy, absolutely-chunky, knit cowl.

Chunky Knit Cowl Pattern

Chunky Knit Cowl Pattern

It’s a simple pattern.  So simple you’ll hate yourself for not thinking it up first (although I’m sure this isn’t the first time this cowl’s been made).

Make one for yourself (I did) or make a couple for Christmas gifts for your friends (did this, too)

Materials

Size US 17 (12.75mm) Knitting Needles

1.5 skeins (160 yards) Lion Brand Thick & Quick – Wool Ease.  You can also use any extra-chunky yarn.

Chunky Knit Eternity Cowl Pattern

CO 15 stitches.

Work Moss Stitch until you run out of yarn.

Moss Stitch

Row 1 – *K1, P1* across an odd number of stitches

Repeat Row until you have about 3 feet of yarn left.

Bind off.

Fasten off yarn, leaving a 12 inch tail.  Using a large darning needle and yarn like thread, sew short sides together with a half-twist to give cowl an infinity loop.  (For details on infinity loop, see bottom of post here.)

Cowl will measure 8.5 inches wide; 70 inches long.  Voila!

free knit cowl pattern

Free Chunky Knit Cowl Pattern

Free Chunky Knit Cowl Pattern

Close up of knit moss stitch:

Moss Stitch Knit

Close up of knit “Moss Stitch” – See how the purls are worked on top of the knit stitches to give you little bumps?

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33 thoughts on “Free Knit Cowl Pattern – Chunky

  1. Lisa

    I love this pattern. I have one question. I have looked everywhere for size 12 knitting needles. The sizes go from 11 to 13, with no 12. It looks like the size would be 13?
    Thanks!

  2. JJCrochet Post author

    Hi Lisa – This pattern actually calls for a size 17 needle – not size 12! Woops, I think I typed that in by accident. Thank you for catching my mistake! For this cowl pattern, you use size 17 needles (12.75mm). Enjoy!

  3. JJCrochet Post author

    Hi Mikale,

    I used a whip stitch to sew the cowl together – just weaving through one side, then the other side. Since the knit stitch is textured, you can pretty much do whatever and it’ll hide your work!

  4. Vivian Rippy

    Yay!!! Thanks so much for sharing this pattern!!
    I’ve been hunting for a pretty, chunky cowl pattern!
    I’ve got my size 17 needles out…going for yarn in several
    colors!!! I can’t wait to make this for Christmas gifts!!!

  5. Jan Sterling

    I love this pattern, but I have 100 yds of handspun wool from a sheep farm in Marin county CA. It calls for #13+ needle. It’s called Ba-Rage yarn, if that means anything–light cream color. I’d really appreciate sny help and will be happy to pay you. Jan(Scottsdale,AZ

  6. Marlene

    I am just wondering can the Cowl be made on a circular needle and would it still be a size 17 needle? Thanks for helping me

  7. Luisa

    I have made this same cowl with large circular needles. you need to play a little w how many stuicthes to cast on. I did 85 or so.

  8. JJCrochet Post author

    Hi Nicole, the free pattern for this cowl is written out in the post. If you’re having trouble viewing it, try switching your browser to Firefox or Chrome and that should resolve the problem. Let me know if that helps!

  9. Jill

    I am using Size 15 needles (that’s what I have around), and I’m about 20 rows in now, but my width is only a little less than 5 inches across. I cast on 15 stitches. Is the size really causing it to be 3.5 inches shorter?

  10. Debbie

    So, if I use circular needles, I should add about 85 stitches…and the moss stitch is actually k1, p1 and just keep on doing that. You said tht the Cowl will measure 8.5 inches wide; 70 inches long.
    If I add 85 stitches…and work it for 70 inches long will it be able to be doubled….I really like the way it looks in the photos….I have made two so far…and I have ripped them both out…I want to do a pattern that looks chunkey and doubles…similar to the photo…do I understand the directions correctly?

    Thanks
    Debbie

  11. Taryn

    Hi there,
    I’m a new knitter and found this pattern to be a cable knit not a moss stitch? Mines pretty condensed, nit spread out like the picture, did I misunderstand the pattern?

  12. Connie B

    Hi, I am trying out this pattern & Have a question. I am using size 17 needles, the thick & quick – wool ease. I casted on the 15. I have worked about 27 rows so far. When I measured the width I get 4.5. What am I doing wrong? I am puzzled.

  13. JJCrochet Post author

    Hi Connie, you may be knitting tighter even though you’re using larger needles. If you’re finding the cowl isn’t as wide as you’d like, I’d cast on more stitches (around 25) or use bigger needles to get the right size. Hope that helps!

  14. Janie

    Would there be an alternate yarn I could use for this pattern. I am a bit naive about yarn, been a knitter since 10 but not up to date on new yarns out there. I want this cowl to be soft and organic to the skin for a young woman I am making it for. She is alergic to wool. Any ideas?

  15. JJCrochet Post author

    Hi Janie,
    I’m sure your friend would love this cowl. I’m not sure about organic yarns, but I’d say anything you find that is super chunky would be good. I looked online for a few non-wool yarns, but didn’t find too much. You might have to visit your local yarn store and feel the yarn to determine if it’d be a good option for your friend. Hope you find the perfect yarn!

  16. Victoria

    Hi, love the pattern ! Thank you for sharing ;) Would you happen to have the same /similar in a crochet? Thanks again :)

  17. Lou

    I am using this pattern and using Size 15 needles since that is all that I have available right now. Anyway, I am using Baby’s First yarn from Lion Brand. It is very soft and is working well. The piece only measures 6 inches, but I am sure that is because I am using a smaller knitting needle. I will try it again when I get some 17′s. Thanks for the pattern. I like patterns that are easy to make and the finished product gets done quickly.

  18. Aileen

    The pattern says to use Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick, and to knit until the yarn runs out. Also states 160 yards needed. However, skeins of Thick & Quick are 106 yards. Did the pattern transpose the yardage needed, or do I need to use more than one skein? If so, how long is the cowl before bind-off?

  19. JJCrochet Post author

    Hi Mall – No circular needles are needed. The cowl pattern is worked width-wise, so only size US 17 needles are needed to CO the the 15 stitches.

  20. Lynn

    This is some information on the wool yarn she used so you can match up closet what someone needs to obtain the same thick style…

    Weight Category: 6 – Super Bulky Weight: Bulky, Roving Yarn
    Solids, Heathers, Twists, Tweeds:6 oz./170g (106 yd/97 m)
    Prints (Sequoia, Mesquite, Granite): 5 oz./140g (87 yd/80 m)
    Metallics: 5 oz./140g (92 yd/84 m)

    Solids, Heathers, Twists: 80% Acrylic, 20% Wool
    Wheat & Wood: 86% Acrylic; 10% Wool; 4% Rayon
    Oatmeal & Barley & Grey Marble: 82% Acrylic; 10% Wool; 8% Rayon
    Metallics: 79% Acrylic, 20% Wool, 1% Metallic Poly

    Gauge:
    Knit: 9 stitches x 12 rows = 4″ (10 cm) on size 13 (9 mm) needles
    Crochet: 6.6 sc and 8 rows = 4″ (10 cm) on size N-13 (9 mm) hook

  21. Terry

    I love this pattern. I am new to knitting and this gives me a chance to practice knitting/purling. My daughter loves this pattern also (she found it on the internet) so I guess I will be making a lot in different colors. Thanks so much!

  22. Beth

    You state twist once and sew short ends. Do right sides also have to be matched together. If yes, that would make a double twist, yes? OR, is there no right and wrong side with this parren? I’ve made two — one with a single twist and one with a single ties then match “right” sides. Thanks!

  23. JJCrochet Post author

    Hi Beth, it’s just a single twist so right sides won’t be matched together (although it won’t matter with this pattern). Hope that helps!

  24. rachel

    This pattern was not only fun, and easy..the result was a lovely gift. Now I make one for me. Thanks for sharing!

  25. Carol Riley

    I made this cowl many times… easy…love it! Thanks for posting.

    I did my own version… kinda…. I used size 15 needles… and then I made it the length I decided upon. I just kept knitting… and stopping and then I would put it over my head… twist it… and finally got what I wanted. I measured that amount and now use it for my other cowls..
    Also, after casting off… I made sure I left a very long tail… then I crochet it….
    I have had so many complements on it. Thanks again.. ca

  26. Deb Mirrison

    I didn’t want as much bulk around my neck so I made this between 30-35 inches long. I wrap it only once around my neck. It looks so cute with a jacket! The gals at work wanted one so I ended up making about 6 of these. I used Lion Brand Hometown USA yarn, the variegated colors. I used size 15 needles as that’s what I had, it came out great casting on 15 stitches. Huge hit, thanks for the pattern!

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