Snowy Tracks Cowl
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Snowy Tracks Cowl knitting pattern

Snowy Tracks Cowl is a bulky weight knit cowl that is guaranteed to keep you warm this winter. Knit in the round from the bottom up this simple pattern has a surprise ending that keeps weaving your ends in quick and easy!

A look behind the scenes of Snowy Tracks Cowl

I have lived in the greater Albuquerque area of New Mexico for so long now that I almost forgot what snow looks like. I mean, sure, we get snow, occasionally, and it’s usually gone by 10 AM. But last winter we went on a Winter Retreat to Angel Fire, New Mexico with our youth group – and SNOW! Beautiful gorgeous white snow everywhere! 

The kids ran around making snowmen and sledding, having small snowball fights. That night the snow came in again and what a terrific storm! I truly was worried we would not be able to leave as planned. But the most awesome view met my eyes in the morning. This sparkling white snow being hit by the sunrise shows imprints of steps taken, but covered in pristine white. 

This is the inspiration for my Snowy Tracks Cowl. I love the look of snow tracks covered by freshly fallen snow. It’s comforting in a way that I can’t quite describe. And I wanted the cowl to carry that feeling of comfort, simplicity, and wonder. 

Using the classic stockinette stitch, we create the pristine landscape punctuated by two rows of seed stitch to make our snowy tracks. This pattern repeats until you have reached your desired height of cowl. Taking the cast-on tail and the bind-off tail you will weave your ends through the front of your cowl to create a tie to cinch the cowl for when you need a little extra air for your neck.

All the vital Snowy Tracks Cowl info…

The Snowy Tracks Cowl is a bulky weight knit with stockinette stitch punctuated with dots of seed stitch. It is knit from the bottom up with knits and purls. Using the long-tail cast-on method, stockinette stitch, seed stitch and basic bind-off, this simple pattern has a classic look and feel. The drawstrings in the front keep the design from being boring and add an element of variation for style. 

This is a simple 2-stitch, 4-row repeat pattern, and the size is easily customizable depending on what the knitter would like. The pattern comes in one size, however, instructions for how to customize your knitting are included so that it can be exactly what you want it to be.  

Skills required

  • Bind-off
  • Cast-on
  • Knit
  • Purl

Design features/benefits

  • A simple stitch pattern creates a beautiful looking cowl that is easy to knit on the go. 
  • An ingenious way of weaving our “ends” as a design element keep the knitting time of this cowl to a minimum. 
  • Customization options allow you to make this fit the way you want it while maintaining the simple style. 


One size, with customization options

Finished Measurements:

24 x 7.25 inches
60 x 18.25 cm

Knitting needles

US size 13 (9 mm) circular knitting needles 24 inches in length or size needed to obtain gauge

Yarn recommendations

One color of super bulky

Yarn requirements

67 yards/62 meters

Yarn used in sample

Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick; fiber content: 80% Acrylic; 20 Wool; 6 oz/170 g; 106 yards/97 meters. Color used in sample: Storm Front


Stitch marker (for beginning of round), scissors, tapestry needle


9 sts x 14 rows = 4 x 4″/10 x 10cm square in stockinette stitch blocked
9 sts x 14 rows = 4 x 4″/10 x 10cm square in pattern stitch blocked

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