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Thankful Cowl | Free Knitting Pattern

This cowl is designed to symbolize that despite any twists and turns life might have in store, there is always something to be thankful for. I am so thankful for YOU, and I hope you enjoy knitting this cowl!


  • 1 hank of Knit Picks Muse Handpainted, or approximately 90 yards of any heavy worsted weight/aran yarn. Sample uses the colorway “Gratitude”

  • Size 10.5(6.5 mm) 24” circular needles

  • Stitch marker, scissors, yarn needle


7 stitches and 10 rounds = 2 inches in pattern


CO: cast on

k: knit

p: purl

1/1 LC: 1 by 1 left cable (slip one st onto cable needle and hold in front, k one st from left hand needle, k st from cable needle)

1/1 RC: 1 by 1 right cable (slip one st onto cable needle and hold in back, k one st from left hand needle, k st from cable needle)

pm: place marker

beg: beginning

ea: each

st(s): stitch(es)

*...*: repeat the instructions in the asterisks

Helpful Tutorials

Cabling without a Cable Needle:

Pattern Notes

  • Find the yarn featured in this pattern here.

  • When finished, this cowl measures 25” in circumference and 7.5” deep.

  • This cowl is worked in the round, so be sure to place a stitch marker at the beginning of every round.

  • Some knitters like using a cable needle for the cables required in this pattern, and others don’t. Use whichever method suits you!

  • To modify the circumference of the cowl, cast on in multiples of eight. To modify the depth, work more cable repeats.

Bottom Border

CO 88 sts using the long tail cast on method, and pm to mark the beg of ea round.

Rounds 1-6

*k2, p2* around


Round 1

*1/1 LC, p2, 1/1 RC, p2* around

Rounds 2 and 4

*k2, p2* around

Round 3

*1/1 RC, p2, 1/1 LC, p2* around

Repeat Rounds 1-4 seven more times for a total of eight repeats.

Top Border

Rounds 1-5

*k2, p2* around


Bind off all stitches in rib. Cut yarn, and weave in any ends.

Blocking isn’t necessary for this cowl, but will allow the cables to lay nice and flat. I like to pin the cowl on blocking mats, spritz with water, and let air dry.

Lastly, enjoy and show off your beautiful new cowl, or gift it to someone special. If desired, share it on Instagram using the #thegracefultangle and tag @thegracefultangle! Next, check out the Thankful Beanie pattern here!

I hope you enjoyed following this pattern! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to send an email to Don't forget to follow along on Instagram, YouTube, and Facebook and to stay in the loop!

Until next time,

Amy Kate

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