Knit Like a Boss: Super Cozy Hooded Cowl Pattern

It’s frigging cold out there. Let’s whip something up to keep warm.

This is a soft, fluffy, and, most importantly, very warm hooded cowl that knits up in a hurry using super bulky yarn and large needles. The hood is made by picking up stitches from the top of a basic ribbed cowl, with a seam along the top. A ribbed brim finishes it off and covers as much of your head as possible to keep out the winter chill. It’s plush enough to keep you warm on its own, but roomy enough that you could wear another hat underneath to bundle up extra hard.

A picture of a readheaded woman in cat-eye glasses wearing a very thick knit cowl with a hood.


  • 2 skeins Malabrigo Rasta or other super bulky yarn
  • 24-inch size US 17 (12.75 mm) circular needle
  • Large stitch marker
  • Needle for weaving in ends

Gauge is not important.



  • CO 60 stitches.
  • Being careful not to twist, join to work in the round.
  • PM to mark beg of rd.
  • Work 1×1 rib (k1, p1) until cowl measures 10 inches or desired height.
  • BO 30 stitches. The remaining 30 stitches will make up the hood.


  • With RS facing and slipping the first st of every row, work in st st for 10 inches or until hood is long enough that it will cover your head.
  • BO all stitches.
  • With WS facing, fold the hood in half so that the top corners are together and sew top seam.
  • With RS facing, pick up and knit one stitch in each row of the hood. If you were slipping each first stitch, this should have created a selvedge edge, making it easier to pick up stitches. The total number picked up will vary here based on how many rows you knit to make the hood.
  • Work 5 rows in 1×1 rib (k1, p1). BO all stitches.
  • Sew the sides of the brim to the top of the cowl and weave in all ends.
  • Bundle up and face the cold.

A picture of a thick knitted cowl with a hood laying flat on a wood surface.

By [E] Liza

PhD student. Knitter. Brooklynite. Long-distance dog mom. Reluctant cat lady. Majestic unicorn whose hair changes color with the wind.

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