Makenzie Alvarez

Makenzie is a full time knitwear designer with a passion for cables and lace. She is always working on new designs for the fiber community. When she doesn't have yarn in hand, she is busy enjoying time with her family, in the garden, or cooking and baking away in the kitchen.

The Classic Cowl Knitting Pattern by Makenzie Alvarez


Hello My Yarn Friends!

If you don’t know me my name is Makenzie, I am the designer behind Hanks And Needles. I have some exciting news to share with you, I am officially  part of The Hook Nook Dream Team! I have been working hard behind the scenes to bring you a line of beginner friendly knitting patterns, perfect for The Hook Nook Yarns. My hope is you find joy in making them; I truly loved designing them for you.

I love all types of knitting from simple stitches to complex advanced stitches; it is my happy place. I created this pattern to bring joy to the maker using a classic stitch, that has a rhythm of knits and purls, while creating a luxurious drape. 

The Classic Cowl is the perfect simple knit it works up quickly with bulky weight yarn and large needles. Then seamed together creating a timeless accessory that will work go with everything, you might love it so much you will want to make another.

Supply List

The Classic Cowl Knitting Kit available here

The Hook Nook, Yummy Tweed Yarn; 77% Acrylic, 20% Wool, 3% Viscose; 185 yards/170 m; 3.5 oz/100g; 2 balls total.

Sample Used: Cookies & Cream (359 yds/328m, 7oz/194g; 2 balls) 

US11/8mm knitting needles

The Hook Nook Tapestry Needles

The Hook Nook Scissors

Knitting Abbreviations 

BO - Bind Off

CO - Cast On

K - knit

P - purl

Rep - repeat

RS - Right Side

sl1 - slip 1 stitch with yarn in back

sl1 wyif - slip 1 stitch with yarn in front 

st(s) - stitch(es)

WS - Wrong Side

Skill Level


Finished Size

28”/71cm circumference x 15”/38cm tall


14 sts x 20 rows = 4”/10cm square in 1x1 rib.

Knitter’s Notes

This cowl is worked flat than seamed together.

The first stitch is slipped in every row, which creates a clean edge.


CO 61 sts in preferred method.

Rnd 1 (WS): Sl1 wyif, (k1, p1) rep to end.

Rnd 2 (RS): Sl1, (p1, k1) rep to end.

Rep Rnd 1 and 2 until you reach 28”/71cm or desired circumference.


Bind off in pattern. 

Seam together CO and BO edges.

Weave in ends.

Steam or wet block cowl to measurements.

I hope you enjoyed creating your The Classic Cowl as much as I did. If you are on social media be sure to tag me @hanksandneedles so I can see and share your beautiful work. You can find me on Instagram and Facebook .

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