10 Easy Scarves + Cowls to Keep Your Neck Cozy


Whether your more of a cowl lady or love the wrap-ability of a good scarf, we've got your neck covered with 10 knit-worthy projects. These aren't your every day rectangle patterns!

1. Knit, Purl, Weave

Knits and purls make this scarf basic. The woven fringe added at the end? That's what makes it extra. Any scarf that let's us combine knitting and weaving is a win in our book.

This scarf may look complicated, but if you can knit, purl, cast on, and bind off, you've got it. Promise! The woven fringe is worked in after you're done knitting: no special tools required.

2. The Scarflette

The scarflette is totally a thing, and it just happens to be the perfect thing for a newbie knitter. Most scarves are long (long = miles of knitting). Not so for this shorty scarf. If you're looking for instant gratification, look no further.

3. Feel the Fringe

Yeah, we jumped on the fringe bandwagon, and we're not looking back. This big, bold, bulky scarf makes use of simple garter stitch, graphic color changes, and a good helping of (you guessed it) fringe.

4. Let's Hear It for the Cowl

Get ready to go circular with your knitting. The Basket Weave Cowl is an explosion of texture, but still uses all the same stitches you know and love, so you can focus on working in the round (it's easy, promise!)

5. Stash to the Rescue

Think of this pattern as more of a loose recipe than a strict pattern. Want to use lace-weight yarn? No problem. Looking for something a little warmer? This pattern can handle that, too. So go ahead and dig around in your stash for something special and get knitting.

6. We Love This Scarf x Infinity!

Spoiler alert: infinity scarf is just a fancy name for a long cowl. If you're feeling good with your basic skills, give this scarf a shot — you'll learn a few next-level tricks to make your knitting infinitely more exciting.

7. Garter Stitch With a Twist

The humble garter stitch is always a solid choice when it comes to knitting scarves. But if you want to shake things up a bit, try adding in some eyelets. By simply binding off and casting on mid scarf, you'll create a lacy, gorgeous, garter stitch scarf.

8. Wear Your Waffles

This bulky knit cowl is a cozy dream come true. It knits up quickly, thanks to the super-bulky yarn, and it's simple stitch pattern evokes one of our favorite breakfast foods — waffles!

9. Simply Biased

Knitting straight is fun, but if you're ready for a change, try knitting on the bias. This simple cowl uses increases and decreases at the beginning and end of every other row to create a diagonally flowing fabric. Work it flat, then join it into a round cowl (or keep going and make it a scarf!).

10. That's So Modular

This two-color beauty uses clever shaping to create a round cowl. You'll alternate wide and thin triangles, and use a provisional cast on to create a seamless circle.

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