Knitted Lazy Afternoon Cowl

The Knitted Lazy Afternoon Cowl is a soft and snuggly accessory that's perfect for wrapping up on a chilly day. Made with chunky yarn and a relaxed stitch pattern, this cowl has a gentle, laid-back vibe that's reminiscent of a cozy afternoon spent lounging in your favorite armchair. The oversized design makes it easy to slip on and off, and the soft texture provides warmth and comfort without being too bulky. This cowl is ideal for layering over sweaters, jackets, or dresses to add a touch of effortless style to any outfit.

Skill level: Easy

Size: 4” high by 20” circumference (unstretched) – will stretch to fit over head


150 yds. worsted weight yarn medium

Sample shown in Universal Yarns “Deluxe Worsted” (100% wool, 220 yds per 100 g hank)

Circular knitting needle (16” length) size 7 (4.5 mm), or size needed to achieve gauge

Stitch marker

Tapestry needle

Gauge: 20 sts & 26 rows = 4” in stockinette stitch on size 7 (4.5 mm) needles

Terms/Abbreviations: beginning (beg), bind off (BO), cast on (CO), knit (k), pm (place marker), purl (p), remaining (rem), repeat (rep), round (rnd), slip (sl), stitch (st), yarn over (yo)

Pattern notes:

Cowl is worked seamlessly in one piece from lower edge to top.

Pattern stitch forms a different texture on each side so cowl is considered reversible.

Cast on and bind off somewhat loosely to allow for stretch over head.


CO 90 loosely. Join for circular knitting, being careful that stitches are not twisted. Place marker to note beginning of round.

Rnd 1: P.

Rnd 2: K.

Rnd 3: P.

Begin pattern:

Rnd 4: *K2, p1, rep from * around.

Rnd 5: *Yo, p2, slip the yo over the 2 purl sts, p1, rep from * around.

Rep Rnds 4-5 until piece measures 4” from cast-on edge, ending with Rnd 4.

Bind off in k2, p1 pattern.

Cut yarn and weave in all tails.

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