Charlie Cowl Knitting Pattern

charlie free cowl knitting pattern

A new chunky cowl knitting pattern, the Charlie Cowl, is now a free scarf knitting pattern here on the blog. Read about the yarn and the set it is a part of or scroll down for the free pattern.

No time right now? Pin this easy cowl knitting pattern for later!

Free cowl knitting pattern

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The Charlie Cowl is the perfect quick project. Designed for super bulky yarn along with the rest of the Charlie set. It is so warm and cozy and has such a simple, classic look.

Worked in the round with circular needles, this cowl is great for beginners. With its two color design, the Charlie cowl and the Charlie set are the perfect last-minute gifts!

Charlie Accessories Knitting Pattern Set

The Chunky Charlie Beanie knitting pattern is part of a matching hat, cowl and mittens set.

Simple and unisex, make 1, 2 or all 3 pieces of the Charlie Set for a quick handmade gift!

Grab the discounted PDF pattern set here.

Charlie accessories set knitting patterns: includes hat, cowl and mittens

Quick & Easy

I’ve been wanting to design a super quick and easy accessories set in super bulky yarn for a while now. Something similar to the Simple Hat & Mittens but even quicker to make. I’ve had the leftover yarn from the Apricity Cardigan saved for this for way to long to admit but It’s finally here!!

The entire set is designed to be classic, timeless and easy to knit. Worked in the round (on circular needles) it’s completely seamless. If you’re not used to knit on circular needles, the Charlie set is a great place to start!

Each piece is sized to fit both men and women standard sizes so it’s completely unisex.

You can find the free patterns here on the blog:

The Yarn

I love the color combo I used for the Apricity Cardigan so much, I knew as soon as it was finished that I needed an accessory set with the same color combo.

The yarn I used is the popular LionBrand Wool Ease Thick & Quick in Seafoam and Succulent colors. I love how the mixed color seafoam has strands of succulent making it a perfect match.

Here are a few other color combo ideas based on the same concept:

  • Glacier with arctic ice
  • marble with black
  • market spice and mustard
  • fern and grass green
  • coney island and pumpkin spice

And many more!

Back view of the chunky beanie and cowl knitting pattern

Chunky Cowl Knitting Pattern Downloadable PDF

Click here to purchase the printable PDF of the Charlie Cowl knitting pattern

Why I Recommend You Purchase the PDF Pattern

If you’ve never used PDF patterns before, you are missing out on so much convenience!

  • You don’t need to take screenshots of the pattern
  • You don’t need to have your computer, phone or tablet around to work on your project.
  • You don’t need to panic if your husband accidentally closed the page
  • You can take notes, highlight your size and write down where you are.
  • When your best friend begs you to make her the same sweater, you have the pattern ready.
  • It’s a great way to support the blog so I can continue to bring you knitting tutorials.

Grab the printable PDF of the Charlie Cowl knitting pattern is now in my Etsy shop or on Ravelry:

Before you Start your Easy Scarf Knitting Pattern



The cowl is 21 cm / 8.25” high and 74 cm / 29” circumference.

To adjust the height, add or remove rows in color A.

To adjust the width, add or remove a multiple of 2 stitches.


The gauge for this pattern, in stockinette stitch on 8 mm / US 11 needles, is 9 st by 13 rows for a 10 cm by 10 cm square (4” by 4”).

Abbreviations & Instructions

  • st = stitch
  • k = knit
  • p = purl

Repeat instructions between [] the indicated number of times or until the end of the round/row.

The final number of stitches is indicated at the end of the round/row between < >.

Special Stitches and Techniques

  • Stockinette stitch:
    • Flat: knit on the right side, purl on the wrong side.
    • In the round: knit all rounds.
  • The cowl is worked in the round. You can choose to either work with very short needles and cables or use the magic loop technique. For the cowl I simply worked in the round on circular needles. If your cables are too long and you’re not familiar with the magic loop technique, this tutorial will help you.

The Actual Easy Cowl Knitting Pattern

With your 8 mm / US 11 needles and color B cast on 70 st and join in the round.

[K1, p1] around for 4 cm / 1.5”.

Switch to color A and 10 mm / US 15 needles.

Knit in the round for 16 cm / 6.25”.

Switch to color B and 8 mm / US 11 needles

[K1, p1] around for 4 cm / 1.5”.

Cast off and weave in the ends.

Finished knit cowl


You’re done with the knitting part. Make sure to weave in all the ends.

To make your cowl even prettier, help even your stitches and make the textures come out even more, block your project.

Don’t skip this step as it can make a huge difference. Read my detailed tutorial on why block, how-to, and all my tips and tricks if you need help.

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