Colorful Cowl Knitting Patterns
Color’s the star in these cowls, neckwarmers, and infinite scarves, that use a variety of techniques or multicolor yarn to make a colorful impact.
To get the knitting patterns, scroll down the page to the individual pattern you want and click on the link to that pattern.
These patterns are not my designs but links to other designers who have generously shared their patterns. If you have questions about how to knit a specific pattern, please contact the designer directly.
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Free Knitting Patterns
Mixed Wave Cowl
Short rows and garter stitch create this striking design in Sybil Ramkin’s rhomboid cowl.
This double-knit, reversible cowl features 4 graphic patterns. Designed by Rae Blackledge for Willow Yarns.
Horizon Brioche Cowl
The combination of solid and multi-color yarn adds extra dimenion to this Brioche stitch cowl by Julie Hines.
Colorful cowl made with almond shaped short row sequences. Beautiful with multi-color yarn! Designed by Sybil R. Pictured project by 01serenity01
Pine Bough Cowl
Stranded cowl and infinite scarf features colorwork stripes and branch pattern. Designed by Dianna Walla
Stranded Fair Isle cowl features a different design on the inside and outside. Two sizes. Designed by Michelle Hunter. Pictured project by barbeej
Triangle Stitch Cowl
This easy cowl features stripes of a triangle stitch pattern. Quick knit in bulky yarn.
A simple slipped stitch pattern creates a graphic grid in this richly textured cowl / infinite scarf. Designed by Shibui Knits. Pictured project by Flowermouse
Fun idea for sports fans by Michelle Hunter. You knit the points as they are scored in each game in your favorite team’s colors.
Drop Stitch Cowl
This easy cowl by Margo Snyder can be worked in any colors with any weight of yarn. Great stash buster!
Prisma Loop Cowl Infinite Scarf
Garter stitch stripes combined with gradient yarn create a colorful cowl or infinite scarf. Designed by Virginia Catherall
This cowl features pattern mixing with 4 colors of yarn and has both a short and long version. Designed by Michelle Hunter. Pictured project by JWYarnGarden
Western Desert Cowl Hood
This honeycomb patterned cowl is large enough to pull over your head as a hood. Designed by Virginia Catherall
Chevron lace striped cowl by Lux Adorna Knits. Pictured project by hadams.
This gorgeous cowl by graphica features corrugated ribbing with two different colored yarns are stranded across each round, inspired by steampunk designs. Pictured project by missynell.
Drop Stitch Cowl
This easy cowl by Red Heart features a drop stitch pattern that looks great in multi-colored yarn. Uses just one ball of the recommended yarn.
Antonia Shankland designed this slip stitch cowl that looks beautiful in this multi-color yarn project by knittedblissJC
This lace cowl can also be worn as a hood up over your head or as a shoulder cozy down over your shoulders. Designed for multi-color yarn.
Fair Isle Knit Cowl
Variegated yarn adds even more dimension to this colorwork cowl by Melissa Leapman.
Linen stitch gives this design by Kristen Kapur a woven fabric look.
Patterns for Purchase
Reversible double knit cowl in the classic “lumberjack check,” inspired by plaid flannel shirts and jackets.
Buttoned neckwarmer knit in color blocked garter stitch.
Sweet Hexagon Cowl
This cowl is constructed of interlocking hexagons that are knitted in the round. Great with multi-color yarn!
Two-tone fisherman’s rib creates surprising color and texture changes in the reversible, oversized Zipper Cowl.
A stranded colorwork floral pattern cowl worked in the round with picot edges
Pysanky Cowl and Mittens Set
Colorful accessories inspired by the tradition of Eastern European pysanky (Easter eggs)
A series of angled stripes in unpredictable colors fills this graphic infinite scarf cowl by Kyle Kunnecke
Quick knit in chunky yarn by MadeByDevrie. I really love the color combinations!
Dropped stitches make variegated yarn pop in this circular cowl that converts into a capelet.
Terry is a knitting late-bloomer, learning to knit as an adult from Internet tutorials, because she wanted a craft that was useful, fun, and portable. Knitting hats for cancer patients inspired her to design her own patterns—available for free at her blog, intheloopknitting.com. Terry met her husband Ken at a science fiction convention and moved to the Kansas City area to be with him more than 30 years ago. Terry supports her yarn stash by creating websites and other digital media. Terry firmly believes in Knitting in Public—it's a great conversation starter!