How to Knit a Cowl on Large Needles

Quickly knit a cowl with chunky yarn and large knitting needles.
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Cowls, or infinity scarves, are trendy fashion accessories that can be knit to coordinate with any outfit in your closet. Unlike scarves, cowls have no loose ends and simply slip over the neck. Cowls can be quickly knit using a chunky weight yarn and large knitting needles. With a wide variety of colors and textures of yarn readily available online and in craft stores, you can easily adapt a cowl to suit.

Things You'll Need

  • Size 15 Knitting Needles
  • 150 Yards Of Chunky, Or 6-Weight Yarn
  • Scissor
  • Ruler
  • Yarn Needle

Cast on 54 stitches.

Work Rows 1, 2 and 3 by knitting the first two stitches, purling the next two and then alternating knitting two and purling two across the row. (K2, P2 – repeat from ) This forms a ribbed border.

Work Row 4 by knitting the whole row.

Work Row 5 by purling the whole row.

Repeat Rows 4 and 5, alternating knit and purl rows for a stockinette stitch, until the piece is 11 inches long.

Work Rows 1, 2 and 3 once again for another ribbed border.

Bind off all stitches.

Cut your working yarn, leaving a 12-inch tail.

Line side seams together to form a circle with the ribbed border at the top and bottom of the cowl.

Thread the tail through your yarn needle and carefully stitch the seam.

Weave in any loose ends.


  • Make the cowl longer by knitting more rows of stockinette stitch. Remember that more yarn will be needed.

    These make great gifts for friends and family.

    You can knit this in the round using circular size 15 needles. Keep the ribbed border pattern the same, but remember that you must knit every row of the body for stockinette stitch knit in the round.