Betty Cowl – Free Snowflake Cowl Knitting Pattern

nordic snowflake cowl knitting pattern with charted instructions

A traditional nordic snowflake design mixed with fun color changes creates the Betty Cowl, a cozy and fun free snowflake cowl knitting pattern that will brighten up any wardrobe! Scroll down for the full free knitting pattern or purchase the ad-free PDF here.

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How to knit an infinity cowl

Just like the Kindra Headband and Kindra Cowl, this cowl is knit in the round as a seamless tube. No purling required! A provisional cast-on is used so that once finished it can be grafted together without a visible seam. If you’ve never tried a provisional cast-on before I have a helpful video on my YouTube channel.

VIDEO: How to do a Provisional Cast-on

After the cast-on is the colorwork section. The entire cowl uses just one colorwork chart with a different contrasting color for each repeat. This gives the cowl a colorful look. You can choose to simply use one contrasting color throughout for a two color cowl.

The final step is to add a twist and graft (seam) the two ends together to make one continuous loop. If you’ve never tried grafting I have a video for that as well on my YouTube channel.

VIDEO: How to do the Kitchener Stitch

Find a printer-friendly PDF version of the Betty Cowl here in my Etsy shop. The PDF version includes the full ad-free pattern great for printing and putting in your project bag.

Keep scrolling for the FREE version of the Betty Cowl Knitting Pattern.

Special Yarn Collaboration and Mini Skeins

When Katie from Summer Camp Fibers reached out asking if I could design something special for her advent mini skeins I immediately thought of a fun and colorful cowl. If you look at the Summer Camp Fibers website you will see that Katie is all about color and having fun. Her yarn really compliments my design style!

She was going with an 80s ski vibe for this advent so I thought what better than a snowflake cowl! Combining a traditional 80s ski attire pattern with fun pops of colorful mini skeins and the Betty Cowl was born.

Summer Camp Fibers offers exclusive kits for this cowl on their website and you can save 10% on your order of $25 or more on the entire site by using my special link here!

Below is the original Betty Cowl and Headband advent kit. The white is the background color and each mini skein is a new chart section. The yarn is Summer Camp Fibers Marshmallow DK.

Budget friendly DK yarns for cowls

If hand dyed yarn is not currently in your budget or you are struggling to find some available. Below are some of my favorite budget friendly DK weight 3 yarns to use in this free snowflake cowl knitting pattern.

Check out other FREE Cowl knitting patterns

Betty Pattern Series

Along with the Betty Cowl I also designed a matching headband. The Betty headband uses the same techniques to create a cozy and easy to wear knit headband.

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Betty Cowl – FREE Snowflake Cowl Knitting Pattern


The Betty Cowl is inspired by 80s ski attire, and was created as a way to have fun with mini skeins. It features pops of bright colors mixed with a traditional nordic design. This  cowl is knit in the round as a seamless tube that starts with a provisional cast on. A fun twist is added before the ends are grafted together.  The colorwork is charted.

Helpful videos for knitting this cowl

Notes: Mini Skeins

Minis are all the rage! This cowl was knit using one solid color for the main color and 7 different mini skeins for each chart repeat. The pattern can be knit with only two colors and yardage for both options is below.


DK weight 3 yarn in the following yardages


MC: 260 yds / 237.75 m

Each Mini / Chart Repeat: 41.5 yds / 38 m

OPTION 2 – Single Contrasting Color

MC: 260 yds / 237.5 m

CC: 290 yds / 265 m


Finished Measurements:

Approx. 10” / 25.5 cm wide x 28” / 71 cm circumference.


24 sts and 24 rnds = 4″ / 10 cm in colorwork chart, blocked.


BOR – Beginning of Round

CC – Contrasting Color

CO – Cast On

k – Knit

MC – Main Color

PM– Place Marker

Rep – Repeat

rnd – Round

st/s – Stitch/es

Betty Cowl Knitting Pattern Directions


Using waste yarn and a crochet hook, provisionally CO 120 sts. (See video) Next join Color A and K one rnd. PM for BOR and join to work in the rnd, being careful not to twist sts.


Begin working colorwork chart.

Option 1 – Minis: K rnds 1 – 26 using a different color mini skein for each full repeat. Rep rnds 1 – 26 six more times (7 total rep / color changes).

Break CC

Option 2 – Single CC: K rnds 1-26. Rep rnds 1 – 26 six more times (7 total rep). Break CC


Cut MC leaving approximately 3 ft of tail. This will be used to stitch ends together. Place live sts onto waste yarn. Block cowl flat with luke warm water and your favorite wool wash.


Once dry, remove provisional cast-on and cast off waste yarns, placing live sts onto separate circular needles for seaming. With cowl laying flat from left to right, take the right side and twist it 180 degrees. Use the Kitchener stitch to join the ends together for a seamless finish. Refer to notes for a video tutorial on the Kitchener stitch. Enjoy your new cowl!

Now you have a warm and colorful cowl! Check out more of my FREE knitting patterns on the blog HERE.

I would love it if you took a moment to upload your projects to Ravelry or Pin this pattern to Pinterest so you can share it with friends! Also, don’t forget to share your knit cowl on Instagram so I can see what you make! Us the hashtag #bettycowl and tag @whimsynorth

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