Free Knitting Pattern…Arm Knit Knotted Cowl!

The Arm Knit Knotted Cowl is pretty and extremely fast to knit…need a very last minute gift?  You can make this in under an hour…from choosing your yarn, setting up, knitting, knotting, and all the way to the finish work!  The result is a loopy fun cowl that will keep you cozy and warm.  Wear it wrapped twice like a classic cowl as shown above, or just one loop like an infinity scarf below:

The Arm Knit Knotted Cowl

By Jennifer Dickerson


  • 2 skeins Lion Brand Homespun yarn (Note: I didn’t use the full skeins of each yarn ball.  Also, I chose two different colors…you can alternatively use the same color for each ball…colors shown are “Barrington” and “Baroque”
  • Scissors
  • Your arms!


  • 58 inches circumference (seamed, knotted and completely finished)
  • 3 inches wide (unstretched, as in the photos above)
  • 15 inches wide (opened up, as in the last photo below)

Note: Sizing will vary as this is a very loose, large gauge project.  I recommend working rows to the length desired.


Note: This pattern is written like a traditional knitting pattern, because it is made the same way, with your “tools” (arms vs. needles) being different.  For detailed help, I encourage you to scroll down and watch the videos, “How to Make the Arm Knit Knotted Cowl” and “Basics of Arm Knitting” to learn more.

CO 8 sts

Row 1: Knit all sts

Repeat row 1 nineteen more times or until desired length.

BO all sts.

Finishing & Assembly:

Tie a knot in the middle of the piece.  After knotting, seam and weave in the ends.  Because the weave of the finished fabric is so large and loose, I used my hands to weave and seam instead of a needle and it worked great!

Here is a helpful video you can watch to make the Arm Knit Knotted Cowl stitch by stitch:

If you are new to the world of arm knitting, the video below is helpful as well.  In the video we’ll make a practice swatch to familiarize you with the basic techniques of arm knitting (slip knot, casting on, knitting, transitioning from row to row and binding off):

Wishing you many happy and stitchy adventures!  

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