Broken Rib Cowl and Headband Pattern

This quick knit broken rib cowl and headband pattern is fast and fun to make and it's so pretty you'll want to make more than one set.  And it's also a great way for you to practice the broken rib stitch pattern too. 

This easy knitting project is simple enough for beginners which I love and it's also wonderful for all those experienced knitters that want a quick knit project to make. 

By the way this is a great quick knitting gift idea too.

The great thing about this easy knitting pattern is that both sides look great too. So it's reversible. The first side (left) is the broken rib stitch pattern and the reverse side(right) is the rice stitch pattern. Isn't it pretty?

Broken Rib Stitch Cowl and Headband
Broken Rib Cowl and Headband Reverse Side

For this knitting pattern I decided to use Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick. I don't normally use a lot of super bulky yarns but I really wanted a quick and easy knitting project. This yarn is great for that and I loved all the color choices.

Here is a PDF version of the broken rib cowl and headband pattern 

Broken Rib Cowl and Headband Patterns

Skills Required

Knit and Purl

Slip 1 stitch (as if to knit)

Cast On

Bind Off


Cowl is 29” long before seaming and approximately 8” wide. Headband is approximately 20” long and 3.5” wide.


2.5 sts per inch


2 Skeins Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick (I used the color pumpkin)

Needles:  US 15 (10.0 mm)


K, k = knit, P, p = purl, st(s) = stitch(es)

Notes: For the cowl I added 2 extra stitches for the edges, and on every row I slipped the first stitch as if to knit and I knit the last stitch. This size cowl took one ball of yarn and was approximately 29 inches long. If you want to make it longer just add a new ball of yarn and continue on in pattern. 

For the headband, rather than slip the first stitch of every row I knit it and gave it a good tug to keep an even edge and I knit the last stitch. Make sure to measure your head. What you want to do is knit the headband about ½” - 1” shorter than the width of your head. It should fit nice and snug without being too tight.

Cowl Pattern

Cast on 22 sts

Row 1:  Slip 1st st as if to knit, knit to end of row

Row 2:  Slip 1 st as if to knit, *K1, P1 across row to last st, knit 1

Repeat row 1 and 2 until you reach 29 inches or almost to the end of your ball of yarn. End with a knit row. (Watch you want to do is leave enough yarn to bind off your stitches)

Next Row:  Bind off in ribbing

Finish:  Seam ends together and enjoy.

Headband Pattern

Cast on 10 sts

Row 1:  Knit (Remember to give that first stitch a good tug)

Row 2:  Knit 1st stitch and give a good tug, K1, P1 to last stitch, K1

Repeat row 1 and 2 for approximately 19 or 20 inches ending with a knit row.

Next Row:  Bind off in ribbing.

Finish:  Sew up seam and enjoy.

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