Cowl Or Neck Warmer is a must for wintry days; it keeps you warm and adds a sense of fashion to your OOTD (Outfit Of The Day). Here is our zipper cowl knitting pattern, with an eye-catching cable knitting pattern element that instantly elevates the fashion style. Scroll down to get the absolutely free cowl knitting pattern.
Weather is getting furious lately with winter storm freezing up part of the Northern Hemisphere, whilst heat wave melts down part of the Southern Hemisphere. We were warned about global warming decades ago, and now experts say that the Earth could be going through a mini ice age as the heat of the sun is predicted to weaken in years to come. Seems like the weather is getting harder to predict, I hope everyone stays safe and sound while the Earth is making some unannounced changes.
Besides wearing a jacket and gloves to keep warm, a neck warmer is one of the essential clothing for cool days.
I knitted this timeless yet stylish cable knit zipper cowl neck warmer some time ago for my Japan vacation. If you find it looks familiar with the pair of knit leg warmers, you are right; they both came as a set. Wearing both of them is perfect for saving a hot weather person (that’s me!) from the harsh cool day of winter holiday.
Zipper Cowl Knitting Pattern
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This zipper cowl is knitted by using Lion Brand Scarfie yarn (lots of colors to choose from), it comes with a unique self-striping ombre in the yarn, which gradually shades from one color to the next. I also knit a Beanie Hat from this yarn but in a different color , you can click the link to get the free knitting pattern as well.
What really makes this cowl scarf or neck warmer really stand out are the cable knitting patterns. The beautiful braids design from the cable knit lifted the fashion sense right away.
Besides the ombre effect and the cable design, I added a zipper to the cowl to give it a touch of chic and stylishness. You may zip it up to be a normal neck warmer, unzip it to cover your shoulders or your head as a cowl, or zip it halfway through for the style in between.
The zipper cowl measures about 25″ in circumference and 14.5″ in length, it fits well on a small/medium women’s size. If you wish to make a larger cowl, the pattern is easy to adapt (read the NOTE on the pattern page).
The free pattern comes in both the written pattern and the chart diagram, so it is easy to understand. Make it for yourself or for your loved ones.
- Start knitting and share your completed handmade on Facebook and/or Instagram. Remember to tag us, @craftpassion, so that we are able to see them.
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- Share with your knitting groups for a knit-along event.
- Check out more free knitting patterns, especially the leg warmers and beanie hat patterns to create a 3-piece set.
- Yarn: Lion Brand Scarfie Yarn, 78% Acrylic, 22% Wool (approx. 312 yards/285m per 150g ball) - Yarn Color: Denim/Navy, Balls needed: 1 ball
- Zipper, 8″
- Matching color thread to sew the zipper
- Needles: 16″ Circular needles U.S. 9 (5.5mm)
- Cable needle (size should be smaller than the circular needle)
- Tapestry needle
· Stockinette Stitch: 14 sts and 20 rows = 4″ (10cm) using U.S. 9 (5.5mm) needles
· 2 x 2 Ribbing Stitch: 21 sts and 24 row = 4″ (10cm) using U.S. 9 (5.5mm) needles
- Take time to make a gauge swatch to check your tension.
- Wash and block your swatch before measuring.
- Use larger or smaller needles if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
· C4F = Cable 4 Front. Slip next 2 sts onto cable needle and leave at the front of work. K2, then k2 from cable needle
· cont = Continue
· k = Knit
· P = Purl
· RS = Right Side
· st(s) = Stitch(es)
· T3B = Twist 3 Back. Slip next st onto cable needle and leave at back of work. K2, then p1 from cable needle
· T3F = Twist 3 Front. Slip next 2 sts onto cable needle and leave at the front of work. P1, then k2 from cable needle
· WS = Wrong Side
CABLE COWL KNITTING PATTERN
Using 16″ Circular needles U.S. 9 (5.5mm) and Scarfie yarn, 2×2 tabular cast on 130 sts (Watch the video on how to do 2×2 tabular cast-on). Begin the 2 x 2 with 2 purl stitch.
Row 1 (WS) : (k2,p2) to end, end with k2
Row 2 (RS): (p2,k2) to end, end with p2
Row 3: (k2,p2) to end, end with k2
Row 4: p1, [p1, T3F, T3B, p1] 16 times, p1
Row 5: k1, [k2, p4, k2] 16 times, k1
Row 6: p1, [p2, C4F, p2] 16 times, p1
Row 7: k1, [k2, p4, k2] 16 times, k1
Row 8: p1, [p2, k4, p2] 16 times, p1
Row 9: k1, [k2, p4, k2] 16 times, k1
Row 10: p1, [p2, C4F, p2] 16 times, p1
Row 11: k1, [k2, p4, k2] 16 times, k1
Row 12: p1, [p1, T3B, T3F, p1] 16 times, p1
Row 13 – 39: Repeat row 1 and 2, end with row 1
Row 40: p2, k2, p1, [p1, T3F, T3B, p1] 15 times, p1, k2, p2
Row 41: k2, p2, k1, [k2, p4, k2] 15 times, k1, p2, k2
Row 42: p2, k2, p1, [p2, C4F, p2] 15 times, p1, k2, p2
Row 43: k2, p2, k1, [k2, p4, k2] 15 times, k1, p2, k2
Row 44: p2, k2, p1, [p2, k4, p2] 15 times, p1, k2, p2
Row 45: k2, p2, k1, [k2, p4, k2] 15 times, k1, p2, k2
Row 46: p2, k2, p1, [p2, C4F, p2] 15 times, p1, k2, p2
Row 47: k2, p2, k1, [k2, p4, k2] 15 times, k1, p2, k2
Row 48: p2, k2, p1, [p1, T3B, T3F, p1] 15 times, p1, k2, p2
Row 49 – 51: Repeat Row 1 to Row 3
Row 52 – 60: Repeat Row 4 to Row 12
Row 61 – 63: Repeat Row 1 to Row 3
Row 64 – 72: Repeat Row 40 to Row 48
Row 73 – 75: Repeat Row 1 to Row 3
Row 76 – 84: Repeat Row 4 to Row 12
Row 85 – 86: Repeat Row 1 and Row 2
Tubular bind off the 2×2 rib.
If you wish to make a bigger size, add a multiple of 8 sts to the pattern, and repeat from Row 63 for the length after you have done row 86.
Block the cable knit cowl to obtain the correct size.
TO FINISH OFF
1. Fold and sew the top and bottom edges of zippers to the back of the zipper.
2. Bring both side edges of the cowl together. Begin at row 1, sew to join them with a tapestry needle and with mattress stitches. Stop at 8″ from the last row of the cowl. Hide all yarns.
3. Align the zipper along each edge of the unsewn seam respectively, the top stops of the zipper are at the last row of the cowl. Pin and sew with back stitches.
4. Turn to the inside of the cowl, fold the tape of the zipper and sew near the zipper tooth. This is to neaten the zipper tape at the back of the cowl.
Pattern Diagram & Panel Chart (Click to download larger chart, pdf open in new tab/window.)
Instructions with pictures to assist in knitting a Zipper Cowl
- Gather the materials and tools needed to knit the zipper cowl.
- Follow the pattern and instructions to knit the cable knit cowl.
- Bring both side edges of the cowl together.
a. Begin at row 1, sew to join them with a tapestry needle and with mattress stitches.
b. Stop at 8″ from the last row of the cowl.
c. Hide all yarn ends.
- Prepare the zipper by neatening the top and bottom raw edges before sewing it to the cowl.
Fold and sew edges to the back of the zipper.
- a. Align zipper along each edge of the unsewn seam of the cowl respectively, top-stops of a zipper are at the cowl's last row.
- Sew the zipper to the cowl with back stitches.
- Turn to the inside of the cowl, fold the tape of the zipper and sew near the zipper tooth.
This is to neaten the zipper tape at the back of the cowl.
- The cowl looks great and neat from the inside with the extra work on the zipper tape.
- This is the completed zipper cowl that is ready to be worn.
I love this soft and warm cable knit zipper cowl. You may zip it up to be a normal cowl or unzip it to cover your shoulders or somewhere in between. Get stylish with the cozy warm cable knit zipper cowl, protect and warm your neck during the cold days.
Get patterns to make a matching pair of leg warmers.
Yarn amounts given are based on average requirements and are approximated.
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