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Knit this Easy Moss Cowl Pattern in the Round!

Knit this Easy Moss Cowl Pattern in the Round!

Inside: Easy Moss Cowl pattern and tutorial videos for both right and left handed knitters.

This easy Moss Cowl brings a little bit of texture and a whole lot of style.  This chunky cowl is knit in the round using just knits and purls in a simple repeat.  

As I was planning my How to Knit for Complete Beginners series I knew I had to include a lesson on how to knit in the round. I needed an easy pattern to go along with the lesson and a cowl is the perfect project for a new knitter.

easy moss cowl pattern

Unlike a hat you don’t need to know any decreases to knit a cowl. This makes it ideal as a beginner pattern. I decided to use the moss stitch to give it a bit of texture and because we all love eye-catching designs.

Be sure to watch the tutorial video below. Not only does it walk you through the pattern but is loaded with extra content including calculating cast on, basic pattern reading, using a magic loop, making sure you have enough yarn for a 1 skein project, and troubleshooting common problems

Grab your yarn and needles and let’s KNIT!

Easy Moss Cowl Pattern

By Kristen Mangus

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#6 super bulky weight yarn
Bernat Softee Chunky (108 yds./ 3.5 oz. (99 m/ 100 g)) 1 ball. 
Color Limelight used in sample.

US 11 – 8 mm circular needle with 24”-36” cable.
Addi Turbo circular needle 40” used in sample.
Tapestry needle for seaming and weaving in tails.

easy moss cowl pattern with yarn and needles

K = Knit
P = Purl
PM = Place marker
Rep = Repeat
RS = Right side
SM = Slip marker
St(s) = Stitch(es)

10 sts x 19 rows in 4” in moss stitch


Approx. 8” x 29” (20 cm x 73 cm)


The moss stitch uses a multiple of 2 stitches.  If you want to increase or decrease the circumference of the cowl be sure to cast on an even number.


Cast on 72 sts.  Join in the round by switching 1st and last stitch. PM between 1st and last sts to mark beginning of round. All rounds are RS.

Rnd 1: *K1, P1. Rep from * to end of rnd. SM

Rnd 2: Same as Rnd 1.

Rnd 3: *P1, K1. Rep from * to end of rnd. SM

Rnd 4: Same as Rnd 3.

Rep Rnds 1-4 until cowl measures approx. 8” or until desired length ending after a Rnd 1 or 3.

Bind off in pattern. Weave in tails.

Try these other knit cowl patterns from GoodKnit Kisses:
Basketweave Cowl
Sisal Cowl
Fair Isle Cowl


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Easy Moss Cowl Pattern Video Tutorial

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The tutorial videos below teach all the skills you need to not only knit in the round on circular needles, but complete the Moss Cowl pattern. They also includes loads of tips like how to use a magic loop, basic pattern reading and how to avoid common problems. Use the timestamps below to help you navigate the videos:

Lesson 8 Timestamps
00:00:00 Welcome
00:00:29 Overview – What’s covered in this video
00:01:12 Supplies for Pattern
00:02:39 Using different yarns & getting same size item
00:04:02 Start Pattern Reading HERE
00:07:36 TIP for 1 ball project; mark end of yarn for bind-off
00:11:03 Pull out enough yarn to cast on
00:11:56 TECHNIQUE – Cast on to get right gauge
00:15:53 Connecting in the round – MAGIC LOOP
00:19:10 Round 1
00:20:14 Magic Loop Troubleshoot – Moving cable loop
00:21:28 TIP – Magic Loop moving as you go
00:22:23 Round 2
00:22:53 Moving cable again in Magic Loop
00:23:39 Ending And 2 – Notes on twisting, etc
00:24:04 Round 3
00:25:07 Round 4
00:25:24 Repeating instructions for cowl
00:21:27 Bind off in-the-round in pattern
00:29:36 Finishing bind off in the round – connect
00:32:10 Finishing – Weaving tails
00:35:04 Wrap Up

Right handed

Left handed

Be sure to follow all the How to Knit for Complete Beginners Lessons.

  1. How to Knit – Garter Stitch for Complete Beginners includes Basic Garter Scarf pattern
  2. How to Knit – Purl stitch for Stockinette
  3. How to Knit – Stockinette with Garter Border includes Basic Bordered Dishcloth pattern
  4. How to Knit – Ribbing 1×1 and 2×2 includes Easy Ribbed Headband pattern
  5. How to Knit – Seed Stitch for Beginners includes Seed Stitch Washcloth pattern
  6. How to Knit – Moss Stitch for Beginners includes Moss Stitch Washcloth pattern
  7. How to Knit – Basketweave Stitch for Beginners includes Basketweave Cowl pattern
  8. How to Knit – Knitting in the Round includes Moss Cowl pattern.
  9. How to Knit – 5 Cast Ons for Beginners
  10. How to Knit – 4 Increases includes Grandma’s Favorite Dishcloth pattern
  11. How to Knit – 5 Decreases includes Grandma’s Favorite Dishcloth pattern
  12. How to Knit – Slip Stitches