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Shoulder Cozy Knitting Patterns

by | Nov 16, 2017 | Accessories, Cowls, Featured

Knitting Patterns for Shoulder Cozy Cowls and Wraps. Most patterns are free

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.

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.

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Free Knitting Patterns

Free Knitting Pattern for Lush Cable Cowl

Lush Cable Cowl

This shoulder cozy increases in circumference from the neck edge to fit over the shoulders. Quick knit in super bulky yarn.

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 Free Knitting Pattern for Pine Sway Cowl

Pine Sway Cowl

This shoulder cozy is knit with garter ridge stripes that lead into a slanting herringbone band in slipped stitch colorwork. Designed by Juju Vail

 Free Knitting Pattern for Ribbed Cowlet

Ribbed Cowlet

This easy cowl/ shoulder cozy is knit in with 2 row repeat mesh and ribbing. Super Bulky yarn. Designed by Shannon Charles for Estelle Yarns. Rated easy by Ravelrers and the designer.

 Free Knitting Pattern for Converging Lines Cowl

Converging Lines Cowl

This cowl/ shoulder cozy is knit in ribbing in sport weight yarn. Designed by Purl Soho

Free Knitting Pattern for Trifecta Shoulder Cozy


This cowl/ shoulder cover can be worn in variety of ways. Knit in ribbing in rounds in worsted weight yarn. Designed by Angela Juergens

Free Knitting Pattern for Collar Cowl

Collar Cowl

This shoulder cozy has a ribbed collar for extra warmth. 3 sizes. Quick knit in bulky yarn. Designed by Universal Yarn

Free Knitting Pattern for Cozy Polar Cowl

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.

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Free Knitting Pattern for Soft Shoulder Cowl 

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

Free Knitting Pattern for 18 Petals Scarf Free Knitting Pattern for 18 Petals Scarf

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.

 Free Knitting Pattern for Cadeau


This shoulder cozy cowl  with cables comes with instructions for 2 lengths. Quick knit in bulky yarn. Designed by Wei S. Leong. Pictured projects by IamSta and YorkshireKnitwit

Free Knitting Pattern for Earthtone Shoulder Cozy

Earthtone Shoulder Cozy

Asymmetric lace edged poncho is knit in a rectangle and seamed. Designed by Stitch Studio Design Team. Sizes XS/S; M/L. Aran weight yarn. You could probably make this into a full poncho by making a larger rectangle.

Free Knitting Pattern for Cozy Shoulders Poncho Cowl Free Knitting Pattern for Cozy Shoulders Poncho Cowl

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

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 Free Knitting Pattern for Isla Wrap

Isla Wrap

Cowl neck mini poncho wrap. Sizes S (32″-34″ bust), M (36″-38″ bust), L (40″-42″ bust). Designed by Jessica Vinson. Pictured project by forsberk

Free knitting pattern for Dobbs Ferry Cowl can be worn as poncho or capelet

Dobbs Ferry Cowl

This capelet is worked with 3 strands of super bulky yarn held together and can be worn as a cowl or poncho.

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 Cowichan Waves Cowl and Hat

Cowichan Waves Cowl and Hat

Colorwork shoulder cozy cowl with matching hat. 3 sizes. Designed by Donna Druchunas for Knitty.

Free knitting pattern for Cloos capelet cabled poncho


This shoulder cozy designed by Norah Gaughan for Berroco Design is knit in the round with cables and dropped stitches.

Free knitting pattern for Kansas City Cowl

Kansas City Cowl

Kim Guzman designed this stunning shoulder cozy that can transform into a cowl or scarf as temperatures change.The capelet features a gorgeous cabled center panel plus an intriguing drop stitch detail.

Patterns for Purchase

Knitting Pattern for Starshower Cowl

Starshower Cowl

This wrap can be worn as cowl, shoulder cozy, or shawl. Knit in star stitch that showcases variegated sock yarn. Designed by Hilary Smith Callis

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Knitting Pattern for Serenity Cowl Shawl

Serenity Cowl Shawl

Shoulder cozy with cowl than can be worn down as a neckwarmer or up as a hood. Designs are knit with easy slip stitch colorwork. Sizes S/M/L. Available in English and French  Designed by The Easy Design

Knitting Pattern for Ribbed Hugger Cowl

Knitting Pattern for Ribbed Hugger Cowl

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

Knitting Pattern for Echo Reversible Drop-Stitch Mobius

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

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Knitting Pattern for Madeleine Cowl and Beret Set

Madeleine Cowl and Beret Set

Matching lace hat and shoulder cozy cowl. Quick knit in bulky yarn. Designed by Teresa Chorzepa

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Knitting Pattern for Braided Shoulder Warmer

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

Knitting Pattern for On the Fringes Capelet Poncho

On the Fringes Capelet Poncho

Easy short poncho features a cowl neck and fringe

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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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