How to Knit an Easy Cowl Neck Scarf

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Knit a toasty cowl to keep your neck warm.
Knit a toasty cowl to keep your neck warm. (Image: Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Cowls are the neck warmers of choice these days. Versatile and warm, they have no loose ends to get caught and can be knit to coordinate with any outfit. This simple knit cowl uses only basic knit and purl stitches and works up quickly using super-bulky, 6-weight yarn. Large enough to be pulled over the head, this cowl will keep you toasty warm on the chilliest of days.

Things You'll Need

  • 200 yards of super-bulky, 6-weight yarn
  • Size 15, 24-inch circular knitting needles
  • Stitch counter
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle

Cast on 60 stitches.

Place marker and join, taking care not to twist stitches.

Work Rounds 1, 2 and 3 by alternately knitting 2 stitches and purling the next 2 stitches, in a K2, P2 rib pattern.

Work Round 4 by knitting every stitch.

Repeat Round 4, creating a stockinette stitch, for 30 more rounds.

Work Round 35, 36 and 37 by alternately knitting 2 stitches and then purling the next 2 stitches, for a K2, P2 rib pattern.

Bind off all stitches.

Trim working yarn, leaving a 5-inch tail.

Weave in ends using a yarn needle.

Tips & Warnings

  • Cast on more stitches when you begin for a wider cowl, or knit more rounds for a longer cowl, keeping in mind that more yarn will be needed.
  • Use two strands of worsted weight yarn held together and worked as one in place of the super bulky weight yarn.
  • Stripe the cowl by alternating colors every six rounds.
  • Use one color for the rib pattern rounds and a different color for the stockinette rounds for a unique look.
  • Add an eyelash yarn, held together with your 6-weight yarn for a fuzzy appearance.

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