How To Knit A Cowl for the Absolute Beginner!

Curious about knitting? Ready to give it a try? This knitted cowl is a super easy and beautiful project to get you started! Using one basic stitch and knitted flat, this is an ideal first project. Self striping cake yarn makes changing colors a breeze too. Are you a seasoned knitter? This cowl is also a wonderfully relaxing project for those cooler days of fall!

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Absolute Beginner Knit Cowl

By Jennifer Dickerson

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  • 1 pair US 10.5 (6.5 mm) straight knitting needles 
  • 1 yarn cake of Sweet Roll from Premiere (245 yards, I used the “Punch Pop” colorway) 
  • Tapestry Needle 
  • Scissors 
  • Measuring Tape 

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  • 36 inch circumference
  • 10 inches wide

Abbreviations and Tutorial Links:


CO 35 sts.

Rows 1: K all sts.

Repeat row 1 until piece measures about 36 inches from cast on edge.

BO all sts, leaving a long tail (18-24 inches)

Seam edges together using the remanning tail with the whip stitch.

Weave in any ends.

© Jennifer Dickerson 2017

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3 thoughts on “How To Knit A Cowl for the Absolute Beginner!

  1. Thank you Jennifer! I wondered if you did any knitting projects, as I love your crochet projects! Nobody teaches and is as easy to follow as you are, and I'm having fun with all this! So – glad to know there are knitting projects on your site as well! Thanks again!

  2. Thanks for this pattern! I've got 4 cakes of the Sweet Roll yarn and wasn't sure what to make. I'll be making this cowl for my granddaughters. Simple and portable–perfect for taking with me to appointments, etc. Thanks again!

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