My Favorite Free Patterns to Knit or Crochet Scarves, Shawls and Cowls

Lightweight Cowl in Silky Alpaca Lace

I'm always looking for something lightweight that's easy to toss on and not think too much about. This cowl uses 3 balls (each a different color) of Classic Elite Yarn's Silky Alpaca Lace in an easy to follow pattern knit up on US8 needles. The pattern is designed by Cheryl Olson of Unwind. The yarn comes in both solids and Handpaints. Think I'll try mixing them both.

Classic Elite's Classic Silk Yarn is used in this skinny scarf designed by Talitha Kuomi. It knits up quickly, with just 13 stitches per row and only requires 1 ball of yarn, knit on US9 needles. Download the pattern here.