Knitting patterns for cowls that look good inside and outside. Many of the patterns are free.
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Reversible cowl knit half with an 8 row repeat geometric colorwork pattern and half with a solid design and the folded and grafted. Designed by Valentina Georgieva.
Reversible 8 Row Repeat Cable Braided Cowl
Infinity scarf cowl (shown wrapped double) knit with an 8 row repeat reversible ribbed cable. Designed by Shannon Dunbabin.
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Cowl for Every Season
Reversible cowl knit as a 4 row repeat in 2 versions for DK or Aran weight yarn. Designed by maanel.
This cowl features a clever but easy 4 round repeat, worked in 2 colors in slipped stitches, resulting in a reversible cowl with a different pattern on each side. The key is the slipped stitches, no stranded knitting required, it’s so easy! Rated easy by Ravelrers. Worsted weight yarn. Designed by Tanis Lavallee.
South Beach Cowl
Reversible cowl knit with 2 colors of gradient yarn in a 4 row repeat of brioche tuck. Designed by Nancy Marchant. Sport weight yarn.
Reversible cowl knit in the round with a textured zigzag chevron stitch that's perfect for color-change cake or ombre yarn, as well as solid colors. 16 row repeat. Rated easy by Ravelrers. Long enough to be worn as a hood as well as a cowl. Fully reversible. Designed by Maria Socha. Aran weight yarn.
Easy Layer Cake Loop
Reversible infinity scarf cowl knit in the round with 3 different textures including a 2 row repeat cartridge rib, a knotted eyelet lace section, and a welted rib section. Perfect for color-change cake or ombre yarn, as well as solid colors. Size is easily customizable so you can create a neckwarmer, shoulder cozy, scarf, even poncho. Rated easy by Ravelrers. Worsted or sport weight yarn. Designed by steepndeep's Designs. Pictured projects by LaurenW13 and mtorresusa
Easy Broken Rib Cowl
Reversible infinity scarf cowl knit in the round with a 2 row repeat broken rib stitch that's perfect for color-change cake or ombre yarn, as well as solid colors. Rated easy by Ravelrers. You can use it with any yarn, any gauge. Designed by Wendy D. Johnson.
Buttoned cowl with reversible oversized cables. Quick knit in Super Bulky weight yarn. Col Nienna designed by Aurelie Lagneau. Available in English and French
Pembroke Street Cowl
Stunning reversible cowl knit in 2 colors. Great for learning or practicing stranded knitting. Knit in light colors for spring and summer! DK, Worsted, or Fingering weight yarn. Designed by Holli Adams Samet.
Two Ribs Infinity Scarf
Reversible cowl knit in a combination of 2 row repeat fisherman’s rib and 2 row repeat welting. Designed by Susan Lawrence. Aran weight yarn. One of the free patterns in the free ebook Exploring the Infinity Scarf Pattern: 7 Free Designs for Knitting Infinity Scarves.
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Quick Slip Cowl
Reversible cowl in linen stitch gives you a different look depending on which side is visible. Quick knit in super bulky yarn. Designed by Andra Asars. Pictured project by villarreal1997.
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Houndstooth and Stripe Cowl
Reversible cowl knit with one half an easy 4 row stripe pattern and the other half a fair isle houndstooth pattern, then folded in half and seamed. Designed by Susan Gressman. Sport weight yarn.
Hawthorne Street Cowl
Reversible cowl knit in stripes of varying widths separated with three simple rows of colorwork to transition from one color to the next. Designed for 7 colors (or more), it’s a great use for leftover yarn. DK yarn. Designed by Holli Adams Samet
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Reversible infinity scarf cowl knit with a slipped stitch plaid pattern. Scarf is knit in the round to hide colorwork reverse. If you'd rather have a scarf than a cowl, just don't join. Designed by Rachel Brockman for Universal Yarn. DK weight yarn.
Gingham Neck Warmer in Double Knit
Reversible cowl worked in double knit plaid. Designed by Gabriella Kartz. Pictured project by CallieBknits
This fully reversible infinity scarf features a wishbone cable pattern that looks the same on both sides. Designed by Universal Yarn Design Team
Brioche Cable Cowl
This reversible cowl features a brilliant contrast between variegated yarn and a neutral black or gray. Worsted yarn. Designed by Vanessa Ewing for Plymouth yarn. This pattern was featured in Season 8 of Knit and Crochet Now! and is free with registration at Annie’s
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Reversible buttoned cowl that can also be worn as a scarf knit flat with cables and textured stitches. Aran weight yarn. Designed by Agata Smektala.
Unique reversible cowl with multidirectional construction as you pivot from a rectangle to triangle to rectangle again. Knit flat in garter stitch and shaped with short rows. Rated easy by Ravelrers. Use color-change cakes or varigated yarn to showcase the different directions. Designed by Purl Soho. DK weight yarn. Pictured projects by spargelchen and Shadoweyn.
Stockholm Infinity Scarf
This cowl features a completely reversible stitch pattern with a 4 row repeat that is easy to memorize. Designed by knittedblissJC
Diagonal Hopscotch Cowl
This easy stitch pattern is offset, producing a diagonal rib-look in one row repeat. It’s worked in the round, with no seaming and can be finished in a weekend. The cowl is reversible, with a different look on each side. Perfect with multicolor and gradient cake yarn. Designed by Kim Guzman. DK weight yarn.
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!
Layer Cake Loop
Easy infinity scarf cowl is reversible and features 3 textures knit on circular needles. Designed by steepndeep. Pictured project by mtorresusa
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)
Tilting Block Cowl
Versatile reversible infinity scarf can be worn over the shoulders or wrapped around the neck. Knit in a 16 stitch 16 round repeat lace pattern. Aran weight yarn. Designed by Plymouth Yarn Design Studio. Rated easy by Ravelrers.
October Ridge Cowl
This easy reversible infinity scarf is knit with a one-row repeat. Designed by Jennifer Kelley. Pictured project by MoccaLatte
Sweet Honeycomb Cowl
Reversible cowl or infinity scarf in 2 sizes knit in slip stitch colorful honeycomb pattern in a doubled fabric. Great for stashbusting or mini skeins! Designed by Joni Coniglio. Sport weight yarn.
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Seamless infinity scarf with a reversible knit/purl pattern that can be worn doubled up as a cowl or in a long loose loop. Rated easy by Ravelrers. Aran weight yarn. Designed by Melissa LaBarre.
Slanted Gansey Cowl
This reversible infinity scarf cowl worked flat on the bias then seamed. Knit with sport-, DK- or worsted-weight yarn. Designed by Carol Sunday
True North Cowl
Reversible buffalo plaid infinity scarf cowl with gray accent. Super Bulky weight yarn. Designed by MbyMKnitwear.
A snuggly, reversible, shaped, convertible cowl-hood knit in twisted rib. Worsted or Sport weight yarn. Designed by RubySubmarine
This one-skein knit is quick, easy, reversible and knit flat and grafted or seamed. 2 sizes: 24 (32) inches. Uses one skein (150 - 215 yards / 137 - 197 m) of Worsted weight yarn. Rated easy by Ravelrers. Designed by Meaghan Schmaltz.
Light of the Universe Infinity Scarf
This reversible infinity scarf cowl has lace that looks great on both sides – the same with the stitches reversed. Knit with fingering weight yarn. Designed by Katrin Klaffenböck who recommends using gradient yarn. Available in English and German
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Reversible cowl with layers of leafy lace with a pleasing flare and flair. DK weight yarn. Designed by Åsa Tricosa
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.
Reversible double knit cowl in the classic “lumberjack check,” inspired by plaid flannel shirts and jackets.
Bear Lake Cowl
Reversible infinity scarf with panels of ribbing and mock cables knit with double strands of Aran yarn. Designed by Quenna Lee
Reversible Houndstooth Cowl
This reversible cowl is knit in the round in two pieces and then knit together to create a double-thick fabric that gives you extra warmth and wind protection, trapping warmed air in between its layers. Designed by Joleen Kraft.