Hooded Cowl Easy Pattern For Knitting Circular

This hooded cowl was so fun and easy to make. I love knitting in the round. It’s so much easier plus I love the fact that when I’m knitting circular there are no seams when I am finished. How great is that?

hooded cowl

If you are new to circular knitting this pattern is great for you to start with. In fact it doesn’t get any easier than this. And the nice thing about this pattern is that you can use any kind of yarn to make it. I’ll show you how

How To Knit A Hooded Cowl With Any Yarn

It’s very simple. First you need to know how many stitches per inch you have so….

Make a knitting gauge swatch and let’s say your swatch reads 3 stitches per inch.

Measure your head or the head of the person you’re making the hooded cowl for and let’s pretend the measurement is 20 inches.

Multiply the head measurement by the stitches per inch:

20 inches X 3 sts per inch = 60 stitches

Now that will work however what if you want to make the hooded cowl looser?

Easy. All you need to do is add ½ – 1 inch more to the head measurement or even more if you want too.

20 inches + 1 inch = 21 inches X 3 sts per inch = 63 sts to cast on. 

The same rules apply if you want to use a thinner yarn as well.

Now you’re ready to go.

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Hooded Cowl Pattern Details

Skills Required

Cast on
Joining in the round
Knitting in the round
Bind off


Yarn:  1 skein worsted weight (medium) yarn, approximately 100 grams

Circular needles:  Length = 16 inches, size US 8 (5.00 mm)

Gauge:  4.5 sts and 6 row = 1 inch

NOTES:  Here’s a little knitting tip and also what I like to do before joining my work in the round.  As you may know it’s really important to make sure that none of the stitches are twisted around your needle. If they are, you will have to rip your knitting out. And I’ve done it.  So to avoid having to go through all that, I like to knit flat for a couple of rows before I join my work.  That way it’s easier to see if my work is twisted or not and it’s only a couple of rows so there won’t be much seaming. On this hooded cowl I knit 4 rows of Garter stitch flat.  You could of course knit Stockinette stitch (knit one row, purl one row) if you wish. It doesn’t matter. Then I joined my work.

Hooded Cowl Pattern Instructions

Cast on 92 stitches and don’t join.

Knit 4 rows Garter stitch

When you finish the 4 rows, straighten out your knitting and make sure you don’t have any twisted stitches  around the needle. Join work and place a marker at the beginning of your work so that you know where your round begins.

Knit around and around for at least 20 inches ending with 4 rows of Garter stitch just like in the beginning.


Bind off very loosely. Seam those 4 rows of garter stitch you did before joining your work, weave in ends.


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8 thoughts on “Hooded Cowl Easy Pattern For Knitting Circular

  1. Ive been knitting for only a year and this is a great pattern to practice but still be a useful piece. I used two strands of contrasting colors together (deep purple & Heather grey) and it is so beautiful. My “mother in common law” and I started this together Christmas eve and I just finished mine. So warm and practical. Thank you for sharing this pattern! It has made my holiday season more enjoyable!

    1. Hi Ally. Yes that’s right. Once you have gauge you can figure out how many sts to cast on for anything really. Keep in mind that you may want it looser and if that’s the case you’ll still use your gauge but add on 1 or 2 inches more to the head size. Those extra inches are called ease. So if your head size is 20 inches and you want a looser hood add 2 inches to that making it 22 inches X gauge. Then you’re good to go. Hope this helps. Happy Knitting! 🙂

  2. Hi l don’t know how to download on my phone can l get this pattern hooded cowl pattern sent to my email l walk to work and need something like this, thanks

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