Chunky Cabled Cowl – Free Knitting Pattern

Adult Knits/ Free Patterns

I am in love with cable stitches right now.  They add so much style to outdoor accessories, yet are very easy to create!  This cowl is knit up with a simple six stitch cable pattern.  If you are new to cables, don’t be intimidated.  Once you watch a couple of You Tube video tutorials you’ll be ready to take your knitting to a whole new level.  Purllinknitting has a great basic Cable Tutorial.

I used Knit Picks Mighty Stitch Bulky Yarn in Pomegranate to make this cowl.  First of all, I cannot get over the colour!  Its the perfect shade of red that I was looking for…  it reminds me of a glass of wine!    And once knit up, the scarf feels like luxury against your skin!  It is so incredibly soft and cozy, you will not want to take it off.

I have written out and posted the free pattern for this cowl below on this page.  However, you can also purchase the PDF file for easy printing and reading (and to support me to be able to continue to post patterns on this blog).  If you’d like to purchase the PDF file, click the “Purchase PDF File” button below.

Chunky Cabled Cowl

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Chunky Cabled Cowl Knitting Pattern

Here is what you will need to make this soft and snuggly cowl:

chunky cabled cowl knitting pattern


14 Stitches, 16 Rows = 4 Inches in stockinette stitch


12″ (width)  X 24″ (length before sewing up seam)


K: Knit

P: Purl

C6F: Cable 6 Front (slip 3 stitches onto your cable needle to the front of your work, knit the next three stitches, then knit the three stitches off of the cable needle).


Cast on 59 Stitches.

Row 1: K1, *P3, K6; repeat from * to last four stitches; P3, K1.

Row 2: P1, *K3, P6; repeat from * to last four stitches; K3, P1.

Row 3: K1, *P3, K6; repeat from * to last four stitches; P3, K1.

Row 4: P1, *K3, P6; repeat from * to last four stitches; K3, P1.

Row 5: K1, *P3, K6; repeat from * to last four stitches; P3, K1.

Row 6: P1, *K3, P6; repeat from * to last four stitches; K3, P1.

Row 7: K1, *P3, C6F; repeat from * to last four stitches; P3, K1.

Row 8: P1, *K3, P6; repeat from * to last four stitches; K3, P1.

Repeat rows 1 through 8 until your work measures 24 inches.

Cast off.


Fold the cowl in half and sew together the cast on and bind off ends.  Weave in all loose ends.

If you enjoyed this pattern please post the link on your favourite social media site to share with your friends! Also check out my Etsy, Craftsy, or Ravelry stores for more knit and crochet patterns like this matching cabled hat!

Cable Knit Hat

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  • Reply smg November 2, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    Will you share your pattern for the matching cable hat for free, too?
    If so ~ please send to my email address: [email protected]
    I belong to a Knit Crochet Give It Away group at my church and we make many different Items all year long to give away to those less fortunate.

    Thank You ~

    • Reply Judy December 26, 2016 at 9:15 am

      Did you ever find the pattern for the matching Cable Hat? I would love to have it also! Please email me – thanks! [email protected]
      Thank you!

  • Reply Hayley @ Craftaholique November 3, 2016 at 4:10 am

    I really love this cowl, especially the colour! I’m not so good at knitting, but perhaps this one will be something that I can manage. Thank you so much for sharing! I’m including a link to your post here in a my blog round up for great autumn crafts, hope that’s ok?

    • Reply Leelee November 3, 2016 at 1:54 pm

      Of course! Thank you so much for sharing. Enjoy the pattern!

  • Reply Karla November 3, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    Oh, this is so pretty. I’ve never knitted anything with cables before, but am looking forward to trying this pattern. Thank you for making it free.

    • Reply Leelee November 3, 2016 at 1:53 pm

      You’re welcome! I hope you enjoy it! I tried to make something super easy for cable beginners 🙂

  • Reply Lorraine November 7, 2016 at 5:54 pm

    Love the look of it so am going to try to knit it. Thanks, Lorraine

  • Reply Lorraine Geraghty November 7, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    Very interested in Trying this pattern. Thanks

  • Reply Jennifer November 13, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    I would also like your hat pattern. This would be such a combination for the winter.

  • Reply Pat November 17, 2016 at 3:00 am

    I have just made this chunky cable cowl and delighted with it. I am off to buy more wool to make more as extra Xmas presents for my family. Thank you so much for the free pattern. I didn’t have 8 mm needles so did it on 7mm and it worked beautifully. Also it took two balls of chunky as I was. Bit confused with skeins. Hope thathelps someone out there

  • Reply 2610 W Berridge on C215 Phoenix 85017 November 30, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    No need for a scarf in AZ but you can bet I’m going to make it Absolutely gorgeous

  • Reply Deborah December 2, 2016 at 6:06 am

    Is this pattern for the chunky cable cowl? I don’t see any directions using the cable needle in your instructions

    • Reply Deborah December 2, 2016 at 6:08 am

      Never mind sorry I didn’t read all the way thru. I am new at this!

  • Reply Linda Bultema December 15, 2016 at 8:31 am

    Can this pattern be done in the round?

    • Reply Leelee December 19, 2016 at 2:09 pm

      Sorry, it cannot be done in the round because of how the cables are made.

  • Reply jane December 16, 2016 at 8:05 am

    How special of you to share this beautiful pattern with all of us. It is a beautiful cowl. I do hope you will share the hat pattern that matches as well….. color so luscious also. Merry Christmas to you….

  • Reply Judy December 17, 2016 at 8:38 am

    Where can i find the pattern for the matching cable hat! I have been knitting lots of cowls but would love to make the set for my granddaughter! Thanks!

  • Reply Lili April 3, 2017 at 11:06 pm

    Of course! Thank you so much for sharing. Enjoy the pattern!. I an very interested in Trying this pattern.

  • Reply Linda September 8, 2017 at 6:19 pm

    Lee lee,
    So excited to get your pattern. I am in love with it and anxious to give it a whirl. Thanks for sharing your beautiful work and will also be anxious to do the matching hat. In fact I did one other pattern of yours, it was that zig zag scarf. Love it also. You do beautiful work.

    • Reply Leelee September 13, 2017 at 1:25 pm

      Thanks Linda, I’m so glad to hear that you are enjoying the patterns! Have a great day!

  • Reply Elize September 9, 2017 at 2:40 am

    Thank you so much for sharing the pattern, it looks such a lovely cowl to keep out the chilly breeze and it is a smart item using the cable stich pattern.

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