Almost Basic Cowl

My husband asked me to knit him a cowl. He wanted a plain and practical cowl to wear during his long work days throughout the cold winter, so I designed the Almost Basic Cowl. He is happy with his cowl, and now two of my sons want one. They also love the warm, cozy feel of it.

Finished Size and Measurements

Size: One Size

Height: 12 inches (30 cm)

Circumference at the bottom: 21 inches (53 cm)

Circumference at the top: 17 inches (43 cm)


17 sts x 25 rnds = 4 inches, stockinette stitch knit in the round and blocked


US 8/ 5 mm and US 9/ 5.5 mm 16 inch circular needles or size needed to get gauge


85 grams of a worsted weight yarn.

– 83 grams of Berroco Ultra Wool was used for the sample cowl.

The Almost Basic Cowl is knit in the round, from the bottom up, with one color of worsted weight yarn and a combination of knit and purl stitches. It has a looser fit along the collarbone and a comfortable but closer fit along the jawline for warmth. The cowl’s functional shape is created with ribbing along the sides, decreasing stitches near the top of the cowl, and switching to smaller needles before the top ribbing.

Designer Tip: The cowl is wider at the bottom than the top, but the difference isn’t always apparent to everyone. If you are giving the cowl as a gift, a decorative tag sewn near the bottom edge will make the recipient aware of how to wear it while also adding a personal touch.

Erica Saint is a busy wife, homeschooling mom, and grandmother. She enjoys many crafts, but her favorite pastime is knitting. Erica and her daughter-in-law, Daphne, are the makers of Rose Opal Knits. You can also find them on Instagram @roseopalknits and their Rose Opal Knits YouTube channel.

This pattern is for personal use only. Do not distribute for free or for profit. Do not sell items made from this pattern. Please contact Erica at with any questions or comments.

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