Shoulder Cozy Knitting Patterns
These shoulder cozies can drape over the shoulders for more warmth than smaller cowls but are lighter and more manageable than full ponchos. Many can convert easily from a shoulder wrap to a neck cowl by simply pulling up and off the shoulders.
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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
Soft Shoulder Cowl
This shoulder cozy cowl is knit in stockinette from the top down and bordered at the bottom with a crossed stitch. Perfect with multi-colored yarn. 2 sizes. Designed by Kris Basta – Kriskrafter, LLC. Pictured project by ohmay and yayalovestoknit
Cozy Polar Cowl
This shoulder cozy is knit flat in ribbing and seamed leaving an opening along shoulder. Approx. 20″ deep x 40″ around. Quick knit in super bulky yarn. I think this would be suitable for beginners comfortable with ribbing.
18 Petals Scarf
Wrap this versatile accessory around your neck for a unique layered shoulder cozy cowl, unwind to wear as a scarf, or drape over the shoulders for a shawl. The “petals” of this decorative edged accessory are shaped through short-rows and decreases. Knits up fast in a super bulky yarn. Perfect with multi-colored yarn. Designed by Amy Gunderson for Universal Yarn.
Easy fast cowl knit flat in garter stitch with super bulky yarn inspired by Claire’s cowl in Outlander.
Cozy Shoulders Poncho Cowl
Knit in welt stitch with self-striping yarn this can be worn around the shoulders or the neck depending on what needs extra warmth or style. Designed by Karen Whooley for Red Heart
Heather Vantress designed this cowl that drapes nicely and could easily convert to a capelet.
Patterns for Purchase
Ribbed Hugger Cowl
Easy versatile wrap that can be worn many ways knit in garter stitch and suitable for a beginner according to the designer. Quick knit in bulky weight yarn Designed by CharmedFibers
Echo Reversible Drop-Stitch Mobius
This stunning wrap can be worn as a cowl, scarf, shoulder cozy, shawl, and more. Knit with reversible cables and drop stitches in bulky yarn. Designed by Teresa Kristin Omdahl. Pictured project by LollyJoy. One of the 22 patterns in Interweave Knits, Spring 2011
Madeleine Cowl and Beret Set
Matching lace hat and shoulder cozy cowl. Quick knit in bulky yarn. Designed by Teresa Chorzepa
Capra Cowl Braided Shoulder Warmer
This knit pattern includes 3 stylish cowls: a roll-over collar style, a neckwarmer and a slouch style. DK weight yarn Designed by daydreamerknits
Graceful pullover capelet in cables and lace. Designed by Monika Sirna
On the Fringes Capelet Poncho
Easy short poncho features a cowl neck and fringe
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!