Quick cosy knits for cool weather are satisfyingly quick, and my free cowl pattern is no exception! You can knit this in just a few hours with one 100gram skein of chunky yarn. 

The sample you see here is knitted in Chunky Merino shade Precious Metals. The warm fairly neutral tones work well with many winter colours. 

The cowl makes a thoughtful last-minute gift, and is a useful addition to your winter accessory collection.

Simple Ribbed Collar free knitting pattern

Simple Ribbed Collar - free knitting pattern

The Simple Ribbed Collar is an easy knitting project made in just a few hours for a quick and super cosy  winter accessory.

It’s a great beginner project once the basic techniques have been learned, and also a lovely introduction to knitting in the round on a long circular needle.


The cowl requires:

    • 100g Chunky Merino yarn or equivalent chunky yarn with 100 metres per 100 grams
    • 7mm circular needle, approx 100cm long


  1. Use German Twisted Cast-on (or your favourite stretchy cast-on) to cast on 84 stitches.
  2. Divide the stitches evenly over the two ends of the circular needle to begin knitting in the round using magic loop technique, taking care not to twist the stitches.
  3. Work rounds of Knit3, Purl3 until you have approx 4metres of yarn remaining to cast off with (I worked 37 rounds).
  4. Cast off loosely, sew in ends and enjoy!

The result is a long ribbed tube, which doesn’t need to be blocked. It can be worn folded over for a cosy double layer tucked into your coat, or upright over your chin and mouth to keep out a chilly breeze.

The result is a long ribbed tube
Flip the collar up to keep your neck warm with short hair!

I hope you enjoy this free cowl knitting pattern. I’d love to see your versions, so if you knit it please share your pictures on Instagram or Facebook and tag them with @perranyarns

Happy knitting!

Chunky ribbed cowl free knitting pattern
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