Twisted Cowl Knitting Pattern

free knitted cowl pattern circular needles

A new free knitted cowl pattern, the Twisted Cowl, is now a free knit scarf pattern for beginners here on the blog. Read all about the *feature* yarn combination, the easy tube construction or scroll down for the complete free knitting pattern.

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Free knitted cowl pattern on circular needles for beginners

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twisted free knitted cowl pattern seen from the side on a women with a sleeveless jacket

As the temperature drops, stay cozy and stylish with a handcrafted accessory that’ll keep you warm! If you’ve been looking for a project that’s as snuggly as it is trendy, this Twisted free knitted cowl pattern is for you! Especially so, if you’re a beginner looking to upgrade your knitting skills with something elegant AND easy to knit.

Winter is around the corner, and staying warm shouldn’t mean sacrificing style. My newest knitting pattern promises to elevate your winter wardrobe with a touch of simple elegance. So, grab your softest worsted weight yarn and let’s dive into the world of comfy, easy-peasy knitting.

Wardrobe Essential: the Cowl

Let’s talk about one of your winter wardrobe essentials – the cowl. It’s not just another accessory; it’s a versatile piece that keeps the chill at bay while adding a hint of chic to your outfit. The Twisted Cowl, in particular, is designed to be your snuggly companion on chilly days. Picture this: soft yarn, a trendy twisted design, and all the cozy feels.

In this pattern, I’m guiding you through a project that’s perfect for lazy afternoons and TV knit nights. I share all my tips to keep you on the right track, and lead you step-by-step through the project.

knit scarf pattern beginner worn by a woman in a gray sweater

But here’s the best part – styling this cowl is as easy as knitting it. Throw it over your favorite sweater for extra warmth or pair it with a winter jacket. This versatile accessory seamlessly takes you from casual coffee dates to brisk winter strolls.

Whether you’re a seasoned knitter or you’re still figuring out how not to drop those stitches, this pattern is your ticket to a stress-free, gratifying knitting experience. So select the coziest yarn in your stash, and let’s knit a stylish addition to your winter wardrobe. Get ready for the joy of creating something effortlessly elegant with our Twisted Cowl pattern. 

This simple and elegant twisted free knitted cowl pattern could also be used to craft a gorgeous handmade gift for the Holidays!

The Twisted Cowl Knitting Pattern Construction

The free knitted cowl pattern on circular needles is worked in the round knitting a long tube which is then sewed together to form the knot. You can choose to either work with very short needles and cables or use the magic loop technique.

graphic of the construction of the free knitted cowl pattern circular needles

Downloadable Twisted Cowl Knit Scarf Pattern for Beginner

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Before you Start your Free Knitted Cowl Pattern


  • 5 mm / US 8 circular knitting needles

I used these short circular needles but you can use the magic loop method or double-pointed needles if you prefer.

  • Worsted weight yarn: 137 m / 150 yds
  • Tapestry needle to sew and weave in the ends.


The cowl is 15 cm / 6” high and 60 cm / 23.5” circumference.


The gauge for this pattern, in stockinette stitch on 5 mm / US 8 needles, is 20 st by 22 rows for a 10 cm by 10 cm square (4” by 4”).


  • st = stitch
  • k = knit

Special Stitches and Techniques

  • Stockinette stitch in the round: knit all rounds.


The cowl is worked in the round knitting a long tube which is then sewed together to form the knot. You can choose to either work with very short needles and cables or use the magic loop technique.

graphic of the construction of the twisted cowl scarf pattern

The Actual Cowl Knitting Pattern

With your 5 mm / US 8 needles and cast on 60 st and join in the round.

Knit around until total length is 60 cm / 23.5”.

Cast off and leave a long tail for sewing.


You’re done with the knitting part.

To make your cowl even prettier and help even your stitches 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.


Fold your tube in half and to join both open ends together.

Fold each end in half and interlock them as shown in the picture below sandwiching both sides into each other.

how to fold the tube to firm the twised free knitted cowl pattern

Sew through all layers. Don’t worry if your seam is messy, you won’t see any of it once you twist it over.

how to sew the cowl knot

Secure your end and weave in any ends.

image showing the sewed cowl with ends woven in

Turn it inside out for the twisted knot to come out.

close up of the free knitted cowl pattern circular needles
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