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Pattern Time! Wide Ribbed Neopolitan Knit Cowl

Wide Ribbed Knit Cowl Pattern 1

So here’s the cowl I made from the lovely yarn that I received from Mountain Meadow Wool.   I wanted the color to be the star of the show, so I kept a simple pattern without a whole lot of detail.  This is a fun project to make because it’s very easy, and although the pattern is repetitive, it’s neat to see how to the colors work up.  The wide rib looks cozy and making the cowl a bit longer than usual adds some extra coverage and warmth.  This cowl is going to be for me, myself and I. I love it!  There’s even enough left from a second hank to make my daughter a matching one (thanks to one of my lovely readers for the idea to make something for my girl). 🙂

This is completely suitable for a beginner wanting to practice knit and purl, or someone wanting to try out knitting in the round.  Of course, it’s also great if you’re an expert and just want a good mindless pattern.  You could easily knit this cowl with just one hank of yarn, and it would be about 10.5 inches tall. I wanted a bit more height to it, so I used part of a second hank.

Wool Ribbed Knit Cowl Construction

You will need:

2 skeins Mountain Meadow Wool Powell Yarn in Neopolitan or comparable worsted weight yarn (only one skein if you’d like it shorter)

US Size 8 16 inch circular knitting needles

US Size 10 Knitting Needles


Tapestry needle to weave in ends

Gauge: About 5 stitches and 6 rows per inch in wide rib pattern



Cast on 120 stitches

Round 1   *Knit 4, purl 2, repeat from * to end of round   (Wide uneven rib pattern)

Round 2 until entire piece measures approximately 13 inches in height –  Repeat round 1

Once piece measures approximately 13 inches tall, knit cast off with size 10 knitting needles. This will create a more open look to the top of the cowl. Weave in ends.

Wool Ribbed Cowl Pattern
Big ribs and lots of great color makes me happy.

Hope you enjoyed this project! As always, let me know if you have any questions or if I can improve the pattern instructions in any way.

Wool Cowl Knit Pattern

Most of the time I tend to gravitate to neutral colors when I knit things for myself, but I’m really excited about this cowl. 🙂


What about you? Do you like bright color or do you prefer to keep it neutral?


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  1. I adore the yarn color you picked out, so pretty. I also appreciate your idea of using a larger needle to cast off, I will bring that up in my knitting get-together. Thanks for the pattern

    1. Hi Sylvia,
      You know I remember that idea of casting off with a larger needle from another pattern, but I can’t remember which one! I think it works if you even go one needle size up, but I went up two to make sure it worked well. I’m so glad you like the color. 🙂 Thanks for letting me know!

  2. You amaze me with your pattern creations. Definitely gonna add to my current list of 192 projects I want to do! I do love the color of the yarn you used, as it looks great on you. I am sure fabulous in any color! Great work! Xo

    1. Aww, thanks Esther. You have a list as long as mine of projects to do! Great minds think alike, right? 😉

  3. This just looks fabulous. You continue to amaze me with new creations! Thanks Jessica.

  4. I love the look of this cowl, but I am a bit confused as what to do on Round 2 . Do you just do Round one the whole time , until it is the size you want it ?
    Sorry if this is a dumb question !

    1. No no, never a dumb question! Yes, thats right. You just do round one until you get it the size that you like. You don’t have to count rounds or anything. Does that make sense? Hope that helps! Let me know if you have any other questions!

  5. I would like to make the cowl longer rather than taller. Do I just add multiple of 6 more stitches? Love your color. Thanks.

  6. Hey Jessica!! Love this pattern, the color looks gorgeous. I was wondering if I could do the same pattern but on straight needles and make it a scarf? Thanks 🙂

    1. Hi! So, you could use that pattern of the wide rib! On straight needles of course it is different because you aren’t working in the round. You would want to cast on a less stitches as well or else you are going to have the widest scarf in all the land. Ha! Hope this helps, and would love to see it if you decide to make it. 🙂 You can post pictures to my Facebook page or email me. 🙂 Good luck!

  7. Just a quick question from a NEW round knitter. I can’t seem to get the first row connected right. There seems to be a gap in the second row from where I knitted the first stitch of the second row. How do I make it tighter?

    1. Hi Mary! I sometimes have to remind myself how to do it too. Here is a video you can watch on how to join in the round without a gap. Hope it helps!

    1. I just checked, and if you look right below my last response to you, there’s a picture of a video – it’s a youtube, that says How to Knit and Invisible Join in the Round. Hopefully you can see it too!

  8. Was wondering what the brand name of the Mountain Meadow Wool Powell yarn is please (Neopolitan). Red Heart , Paton ,Bernat etc.

    Please and Thank you

    1. The brand is “Mountain Meadow Wool”. They are their own company, you can see their company if you click on the yarn listed in what you need to make the pattern. 🙂 Or you can put it into Google. 🙂

  9. Hi! Jessica my name is Silvia.
    I just wondering about the circumstances ,how many centimeters.
    I like your cowl I would like to make it for my self. Thank you

  10. Gorgeous Cowl! Thanks for posting this, I think my knitting students will love it. One thing though, your stitches are all twisted (kbl and pbl) but the pattern says just knits and purls. Is this an oversight or just a byproduct of your grip/technique? Not a complaint; I really love the twisted knit texture and wanted to make sure I’m not missing something. Thanks again!

    1. Hi Jan! I was indeed knitting through the back loop for some of the cowl! 😉 However, I left it out of the pattern because the ribbed look was, to me, the important design element of the cowl. 🙂 Thanks for asking!

  11. HI Jessica, I have had this on my back burner for a while. I’m going to have the time soon to start on it. One question. When you cast off do you cast off in pattern ( cast off four stitches in knit, two stitches in purl) or just cast off all stitches in knitting? It appears in your photo that it’s cast off in all knit.

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