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Colorful Cowl Knitting Patterns

by | Dec 10, 2016 | Accessories, Cowls

Knitting Patterns for Colorful Cowls and Infinite Scarves. Most patterns are free

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.

All links on this site are for informational purposes, but please note that some links are to affiliate sellers that pay me a small commission on purchases.

Free Knitting Patterns

Free Knitting Pattern for Mixed Wave Cowl

Mixed Wave Cowl

Short rows and garter stitch create this striking design in Sybil Ramkin’s rhomboid cowl.

Free Knitting Pattern for Horizon Brioche Cowl

Horizon Brioche Cowl

The combination of solid and multi-color yarn adds extra dimenion to this Brioche stitch cowl by Julie Hines.

Free Knitting Pattern for Almendra Cowl

Almendra Cowl

Colorful cowl made with almond shaped short row sequences. Beautiful with multi-color yarn! Designed by Sybil R. Pictured project by 01serenity01

Free Knitting Pattern for Pine Bough Cowl

Pine Bough Cowl

Stranded cowl and infinite scarf features colorwork stripes and branch pattern. Designed by Dianna Walla

Free Knitting Pattern for Ambiguous Cowl

Ambiguous Cowl

Stranded Fair Isle cowl features a different design on the inside and outside. Two sizes. Designed by Michelle Hunter. Pictured project by barbeej

Free Knitting Pattern for Triangle Stitch Cowl

Triangle Stitch Cowl

This easy cowl features stripes of a triangle stitch pattern. Quick knit in bulky yarn.

Free Knitting Pattern for Array Cowl

Array Cowl

A simple slipped stitch pattern creates a graphic grid in this richly textured cowl / infinite scarf. Designed by Shibui Knits. Pictured project by Flowermouse

Free Knitting Pattern for Scoreboard Cowl

Scoreboard Cowl

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.

Free Knitting Pattern for Drop Stitch Cowl

Drop Stitch Cowl

This easy cowl by Margo Snyder can be worked in any colors with any weight of yarn. Great stash buster!

Free Knitting Pattern for Prisma Loop Cowl Infinite Scarf

Prisma Loop Cowl Infinite Scarf

Garter stitch stripes combined with gradient yarn create a colorful cowl or infinite scarf. Designed by Virginia Catherall

Free Knitting Pattern for Colormatic Cowl

Colormatic Cowl

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

Free Knitting Pattern for Western Desert Cowl Hood

Western Desert Cowl Hood

This honeycomb patterned cowl is large enough to pull over your head as a hood. Designed by Virginia Catherall

Free Knitting Pattern for Lila Cowl

Lila Cowl

Chevron lace striped cowl by Lux Adorna Knits. Pictured project by hadams.

Free Knitting Pattern for Inspira Cowl

Inspira Cowl

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.

Free Knitting Pattern for One Skein Drop Stitch Cowl

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.

Free knitting pattern for Honey Cowl

Honey Cowl

Antonia Shankland designed this slip stitch cowl that looks beautiful in this multi-color yarn project by knittedblissJC

Free Knitting Pattern for Multi-wear Cowl

Multi-Wear Cowl

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.

Free Knitting Pattern for Fair Isle Cowl

Fair Isle Knit Cowl

Variegated yarn adds even more dimension to this colorwork cowl by Melissa Leapman.

Free knitting pattern for Chickadee Cowl

Chickadee Cowl

Linen stitch gives this design by Kristen Kapur a woven fabric look.

Patterns for Purchase

Knitting Pattern for Trapper Cowl

Trapper Cowl

Reversible double knit cowl in the classic “lumberjack check,” inspired by plaid flannel shirts and jackets.

Knitting Pattern for Complementary Cowl

Complementary Cowl

Buttoned neckwarmer knit in color blocked garter stitch.

Knitting Pattern for Sweet Hexagon Cowl

Sweet Hexagon Cowl

This cowl is constructed of interlocking hexagons that are knitted in the round. Great with multi-color yarn!

Knitting Pattern for Zipper Cowl

Zipper Cowl

Two-tone fisherman’s rib creates surprising color and texture changes in the reversible, oversized Zipper Cowl.

Knitting Pattern for Cassandre Cowl

Cassandre Cowl

A stranded colorwork floral pattern cowl worked in the round with picot edges

Knitting Pattern for Pysansky Cowl and Mittens

Pysanky Cowl and Mittens Set

Colorful accessories inspired by the tradition of Eastern European pysanky (Easter eggs)

Knitting Pattern for Stonehedge Cowl

Stonehedge Cowl

A series of angled stripes in unpredictable colors fills this graphic infinite scarf cowl by Kyle Kunnecke

Knitting Pattern for Adventure Cowl

Adventure Cowl

Quick knit in chunky yarn by MadeByDevrie. I really love the color combinations!

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Terry Matz

meTerry 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, 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!

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