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. Updated 10/12/22
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Colorful cowl knit with a two color diamond argyle stranded design. Designed by Leelee Knits. Aran weight yarn. Web version is free.
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Geometric Reflections Cowl
Dramatic cowl featuring a fair isle stranded geometric design bordered by corrugated ribbing. Designed by Michael Harrigan for Cascade Yarns. Fingering weight yarn. This looks like it would be a great stashbuster.
This stylish ribbed cowl features interwoven I-cord loops for a beautiful plaited detail. Also available as a kit. Designed by Patons UK. Worsted weight yarn.
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.
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- See more of Rae Blackledge’s patterns in 25 Stylish Knitted Slippers: Fun Designs for Clogs, Moccasins, Boots, Animal Slippers, Loafers, & More (Kindle and Prime available)
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
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
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Prisma Loop Cowl Infinite Scarf
Garter stitch stripes combined with gradient yarn create a colorful cowl or infinite scarf. Designed by Virginia Catherall
Western Desert Cowl Hood
This honeycomb patterned cowl is large enough to pull over your head as a hood. Designed by Virginia Catherall
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- See a free knitting pattern for a honeycomb pattern blanket
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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.
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!
Patterns for Purchase
Northern Star Cowl
No longer free. This is a very simple fair isle design that is perfect for a beginner. Knitted in the round, using a traditional design in a modern style and can be knitted up quickly too. Designed by WJ Paterson. Fingering weight yarn.
Honors Geometry Cowl
Slouchy, triangle-patterned cowl that doubles as a wrap knit with double-knit. Aran weight yarn. Designed by KatieCanavan
No longer free. Stranded Fair Isle cowl features a different design on the inside and outside. Two sizes. Designed by Michelle Hunter. Pictured project by barbeej
Infinity scarf created with slipped and twisted stitches, then finished off by dropping full columns of stitches. Since it's knit flat, before it’s joined it into a cowl loop, you can easily make as a scarf or a big wrap if you prefer. And while it’s great for stashbusing with up lots of colors, you can go for a different look by sticking to fewer colors. Sport weight yarn. Designed by Lee Meredith who donates proceeds from purchases
Rhythmical Lines Cowl
Infinity scarf featuring a super simple slip-stitch pattern of solid lines on a multicolored yarn background forming diamond shapes inspired by a Waclaw Szpakowski drawing. Szpakowski was a Polish architect and engineer. Fingering weight yarn. Designed by Paola Albergamo
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)
Quick knit in chunky yarn by MadeByDevrie. I really love the color combinations!