One Skein Cowl Knitting Pattern Giana Cowl

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The Giana Cowl is an easy knitting pattern perfect for beginners. Just one skein of chunk weight yarn is all you need to knit up this cowl

This cozy streamlined neck warmer is a stylish and convenient way to wear a cowl.

The Giana knits up fast in chunky yarn. The garter stitch makes this knitting pattern a breeze, especially for beginning knitters.

Knit up this cowl as an easy rectangle. Or if you prefer knitting in the round, then that’s also an option.

I love a chunky knit, it’s just so cozy.

Woman with honey yellow cowl knit in garter on neck.

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This one might be knit with bulky yarn, but it’s slim fitting. It’s tall enough to give me neckline coverage, which is perfect for cool mornings.

My cowl is 24″ around in length. This is easy to adjust if you want to knit a longer, draping cowl for yourself. Just add yarn!

I just love, love how squishy the Giana is around my neck. It’s cozy without being overwhelming.

This is a busy mom’s cowl for sure. Nothing dangling or swinging around while tending to the kiddos.

More Free Beginner Knitting Patterns

  1. The Giana Pocket Shawl is made in the same yarn and just as simple to knit.
  2. Bella Vita Blanket Knitting Pattern is an easy, chunky weight blanket. This one has a four row repeat that creates a lovely texture, and is simple to remember.
  3. Tostata Triangle Scarf Knitting Pattern is perfect for those single hanks of hand dyed yarn in your stash.
  4. Lana Cardigan Vest Knitting Pattern this garment is simple and knit flat. The generous sizing allows for a flowy and flattering look.


The Giana Cowl is knit in a squishy blend of acrylic and wool. This makes it warm and washable. The yarn for this cowl pattern is a #5 bulky yarn.

Can I substitute yarns? Of course, you can. Unfortunately the Lion’s Pride Wool Spun I used has been discontinued. However, Lion Brand recently released their Hue + Me Yarn, which is a comparable acrylic + wool blend #5 bulky yarn.

Another popular #5 bulky yarn is Homespun. This yarn would make a beautiful knit wrap. I’m also partial to the look of Red Heart Dreamy. This brushed yarn gives your projects an ultra soft look and feel.

I used a Gemstones Stripes Homespun yarn in my Umbria Shawl beginner knitting pattern. The Nebbia Scarf + Sweater crochet patterns feature Red Heart Dreamy in Ivory.

For a limited time this yarn is back in stock! Get Woolspun from Lion Brand* while you can. It’s a squishy favorite.

Side of cowl knit in garter.


This cowl is knit with the simple garter stitch. This means you knit both sides.

So you can knit this one flat on straight needles and seam it. Or you can knit it in the round or circulars.

I include instructions for both.


Stitches/Abbreviations (US Terms)

CO – cast on

K – Knit

BO – bind off

st(s) – stitch(es)

rep – repeat  

Helpful Knitting Tutorials

Cast On With A Crochet Hook As a crocheter, this is my favorite and go-to cast on method.

The Long Tail Cast On is another easy and popular cast on method.

Eventually you will need to know how to join new yarn, the magic knot is one way.

How to change colors when you slip 1 at the beginning of a row.


4″ x 4″ = 10 sts x 22 rows of garter stitch


The instructions include how to knit this cowl flat or in the round.

If you knit this pattern flat, you will turn your work after each row.

The number of stitches you cast on will equal how long your cowl is and you will knit it to height.



Finished Dimensions

24″/61cm long x 9″/23cm tall


As written, the Giana Cowl is a one skein pattern. Any adjustments may require more yarn so plan accordingly.

To make your cowl longer, cast on any number of stitches. If you are matching gauge then for every 10 sts you add it will increase by 4″. 

Likewise you can cast on fewer stitches. Every 10 stitches, at the given gauge, will equal 4″ less.

To make your cowl taller, repeat as many rows as needed.

Video Tutorial

You watch the video tutorial for the Giana one skein cowl knitting pattern on my YouTube.

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Woman with honey yellow cowl knit in garter on neck.

Simple One Skein Cowl Knitting Pattern

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 1 hour
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $8

The GIana is a streamline cowl pattern that's knit from one skein of chunky yarn. It's easy to make and simple to wear.


  • 1 ball of Lion Brand's Woolspun in Honey, a #5 bulky yarn


  • 8mm needles; You can use 9-16″ straight needles to knit this one or to knit in the round you'll need 16"+ circular needles
  • Yarn needle
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors


CO 60 sts for a 24" long cowl. This will fit snugly for most. You can cast on any number to make it smaller or larger.Stitches cast on in honey gold yarn.

If knitting flat

  1. Knit each row for 44 rows, or until work measures 8.75" tall.
    You can subtract or add more rounds to adjust the height of your cowl (and if you have more yarn).
  2. BO.


  1. Match short ends together.
  2. Thread yarn needle for seaming.
  3. To use an invisible vertical seam (mattress stitch) work on the right side (either one) to sew sides together.
  4. Cut yarn and weave in ends.

Seam garter stitch cowl.

If knititng in the round, join in your preferred method.

I have a tutorial here on how I join in the round.

  1. Knit all
  2. Purl all
  3. Rep rounds 1 -2 for 44 rounds total, or until work measures 8.75" tall. You can subtract or add more rounds to adjust the height of your cowl (and if you have more yarn).
  4. BO.
  5. Cut yarn and weave in ends.

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