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Eye Knit a Cowl: Beginner-Friendly Knit Cowl Pattern

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If you’re looking for a fun, interesting, chic, yet beginner-friendly knit pattern, this eyelet knit cowl pattern is for you! Made from one rectangle, this super stylish beginner knit cowl is easy enough for novice knitters and is quick to work up. Grab your needles and let’s make one!

eyelet knit cowl pattern

Eye Knit a Cowl

Considering that I, myself, am a novice knitter, this is definitely a beginner-friendly knit pattern. All you need to know is the knit stitch, the purl stitch, and how to make a yarn over purl two together.

As an experienced crocheter, I find it easiest to knit continental style – or by holding the working yarn in my left hand.

While I am comfortable sharing crochet tutorial videos, I am not yet confident enough to produce knitting tutorial videos. That being said, as a continental knitter I found this tutorial helpful. (<< in this link I have it queued to exactly the right spot)

We are using the “Ridged Eyelet” stitch set to create this beautiful knit cowl. To do this we are alternating a few rows of Stockinette with an eyelet row that gives great texture and squish factor. This is a great way to practice your knitting while creating something beautiful in the process! It really is much easier than it looks.

This knit cowl is a great accessory to throw on when it’s just a bit chilly outside. Great for walks in the morning, or to style up your favorite outfit. I love the fuzzy feel of the Hygge yarn, but you could substitute another bulky weight yarn if you so choose. Great alternatives to this yarn would be Wonderfluff, or Wool of the Andes Bulky, among others.

eyelet cowl knit pattern


Bulky/Size 5 yarn (Red Heart Hygge pictured)
-approx. 200 yards

Size 11/8mm knitting needles


Unimportant, but 10 sts = 4″

Pattern Notes:

K = knit

P = purl

YO, P2tog = Yarn over, purl two together. This video will help, just make sure you’re purling through the next two loops.

free knit cowl pattern

Ready to get started on your knit cowl? Let’s whip one up!


Cast on 60.

Row 1: Knit across

Row 2: K6, P48, K6

Row 3: Knit across

Row 4: repeat row 2

Row 5: K6, P1, * yo, P2tog * repeat between * * to 7 sts remaining. P1, K6.

Row 6: Knit across

Row 7: repeat row 5

Row 8: repeat row 2

Row 9: Knit across

Row 10: repeat row 2

Row 11: Knit across

Row 12: repeat row 2

Row 13: repeat row 5

Row 14: Knit across

Row 15: repeat row 5

Row 16: repeat row 2

Rows 17 – 96: repeat rows 9 – 16

*should be ~27” tall

Cast off and leave a ~36” tail for seaming. Line up first row to last row. Sew stitch for stitch closed.

free knit cowl pattern

I hope you enjoyed this free knit cowl pattern, and if you are also a beginner that this pattern helped you to feel more confident in your abilities! I can’t wait to share more knit patterns as I, myself, grow my own abilities. When you’re finished please share a photo with me by tagging @HeartHookHome across all social media. ♥

beginner knit cowl pattern

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  1. Well I'm an inexperienced knitter so I would think that linking a video showing KO and purling two wouldn't have been confusing.
  2. Thank you so much for this free pattern. I have purchased and made several of your patterns and find them amazing. I recently, last week, had hip replacement surgery and I have to wear a leg brace for the next six weeks. I can’t go anywhere and I wanted something to work on. I don’t have the yarn you suggest, but I have some Black Caron Yarn. I am going to try it to see how it turns out. Thank you again and Happy Holidays. Sincerely, Cynthia Owens Richardson
  3. Hello. The link you posted for the YO, P2tog is confusing; the knitter is YO and purling through one stitch, not two. Which one are we supposed to do?
    1. Well Ashlea states in her post "This video will help, just make sure you’re purling through the next two loops." So she says two. The video is supposed to help us see how it is done.