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Quick knitting patterns for cowls that you can make in a few hours. Most patterns are free.

Looking for a fast knitting project that gives almost instant gratification? Here are fast cowl patterns that the designers say take one to three hours to knit — some even less than an hour!

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Free Knitting Patterns

Free Knitting Pattern for Quick Slouchy Cowl

Slouchy Cowl

Moebius cowl is a quick knit with two strands of bulky yarn held together and easy enough for beginners. Designed by nina: a well-knit shop. Pictured project by vanesapolo

Free knitting pattern for Whipped Cream Cowl and more quick cowl knitting patterns

Whipped Cream Cowl

Taiga Hilliard says this cowl of super bulky yarn can be knit in a hour or so. Four sizes Small(Medium,Large,X-Large)

Free knitting pattern for 3 Hour Cowl and more quick cowl knitting patterns

3 Hour Cowl

Ijeoma Oluo’s design is perfect to showcase handpainted yarn.

Free knitting pattern for Bubblegum Cowl and more quick cowl knitting patterns

Bubblegum Cowl

Designed by Jennifer Dickerson, this fast cowl is knit with stockinette and seed stitch.

Free knitting pattern for Pilot Butte Cowl and more quick cowl knitting patterns

Pilot Butte Cowl

This cable cowl by Taiga Hilliard can be knit in a hour or so. Four sizes Small(Medium,Large,X-Large)

Free knitting pattern for Slip It Cowl and more weekend knitting patterns

Slip It Cowl

Knitters reported that it took them two hours to finish the cowl and the designer Jenny F says “a few hours”. A great way to show off multi colored super bulky yarn! And it’s reversible!

Free Knitting Pattern for Quick Easy Full Circle Cowl

Full Circle Texture Knit Cowl

A blend of seed stitch and knit stitches created a pretty texture in this cowl from Michaels. Quick knit in super bulky yarn.

Free Knitting Pattern for Bulky Lace Cowl

Bulky Lace Cowl

This cowl from NobleKnits is knit in a super bulky ombre yarn that works up in just a few hours. The easy 4 row lace repeat is a perfect first lace project.

Free knitting pattern for One Skein, One Night, Seed Stitch Tall Cowl and more quick cowl knitting patterns

One Skein, One Night, Seed Stitch Tall Cowl

Diana Levine designed this easy cowl pattern with plenty of photos. This link is to the web archive page since it appears that her blog is no longer available.

Free Present Cowl and more quick cowl knitting patterns

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Present Cowl

Designer Mademoiselle C created this simple textured cowl to showcase the subtle color variations of hand dyed yarns and reports it knits up in a few hours.

Free knitting pattern for One Hour Cowl and more quick cowl knitting patterns

One Hour Cowl

Ingunn R’s lace cowl is knit in super bulky yarn.

Free knitting pattern for Two Hour Ribbed Cowl and more quick cowl knitting patterns

Two Hour Ribbed Cowl

Designed by Lauren Dahl, ribbing makes this super stretchy.

Free knitting pattern for ASAP cowl and quick cowl knitting patterns

ASAP Cowl

Taiga Hilliard says this cowl of super bulky yarn can be knit in a hour or so. Four sizes Small(Medium,Large,X-Large)

Free knitting pattern for Marian Cowl and more weekend knitting patterns

Marian Cowl

Jane Richmond designed this super bulky cowl with a moebius twist that can be knit in one sitting. Other knitters say it is a fast knit.

Free knitting pattern for 1 Episode Cowl and more quick cowl knitting patterns

1 Episode Cowl

Designer Taiga Hilliard says you can knit this cowl in one episode of your favorite show. Great for multi-colored yarn. Four sizes Small(Medium,Large,X-Large)

Free knitting pattern for Chunky Infinity Scarf and more quick cowl knitting patterns

Cozy Glitch

Designed by Jessica from Mama in a Stitch, this infinity scarf combines drop stitches, stockinette, and garter stitch into a versatile, easily customized long cowl. I think this would look great in multi-color yarn!

Patterns for Purchase

Knitting Pattern for Quick Hood Cowl

Bosky Shaped Hood Cowl

Versatile cowl can be worn several ways. A quick knit, with large needles with Extra Super Bulky yarn (165 – 180 yds). Great with multi-color yarn.

Knitting pattern for Asterique Cowl

Asterisque Cowl

Chunky and elegant, this cowl can be worn a number of ways and can easily be stitched in a short amount of time.

Knitting patterns for 60 Quick Cowls

60 Quick Cowls

With a range of classic styles to more intricate and innovative designs, these practical pieces make for great on-the-go or last-minute gifts. Each one is made using worsted-weight yarn.

Knitting Pattern for Forest Canopy Cowl

Forest Canopy Cowl

Quick easy cowl features a reversible, deep textured stitch pattern that folds, drapes, and wraps perfectly around you. Suitable for beginners, it’s knit in super bulky yarn.

Knitting Pattern for Quick Twist Cowl

Twist Cowl

Knit in a unique diagonal twist stitch, this neckwarmer is a quick knit in super bulky yarn.

Knitting Pattern for Quick Versatile Rustico Cowl

Rustico Cowl

Versatile lace cowl is a quick knit in super bulky yarn and can be worn in limitless ways, including cowl, neckwarmer, wrap, scarf, ascot.

Knitting Pattern for Urbana Cowl

Urbana Cowl

Versatile eyelet lace cowl is a quick knit in super bulky yarn and can be worn in limitless ways, including cowl, neckwarmer, wrap, scarf, ascot.

Knitting Pattern for Lancaster Scarf

Lancaster Scarf

This buttoned neckwarmer is a quick knit in super bulky yarn. You can also purchase the finished product.

Two-hour neckwear knitting patterns

Two-Hour Neckwear ebook

Chunky yarn, big needles and a couple of hours are all you need to knit any of these 12 designs!

Knitting pattern for Denim Cowl using lace and drop stitches

Denim Cowl

Lace and drop stitches add interest to this cowl knit with bulky denim yarn.

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