Fun, Colorful Stitch Sampler Knit Cowl Pattern

The Game Changer Cowl is an easy, but interesting, knit cowl design. It uses fairly easy stitches, which allows even an advanced beginner to tackle this project with easy. Yet, the variation among the stitches keeps the attention of even the most advanced knitters. Combine those stitches with five different colors, and you get a really unique designs. This stitch sampler knit cowl pattern is truly that perfect project.

Game Changer Cowl Pattern

I originally designed this pattern for last year’s Game Day Mystery Make-Along. This is a day-long annual event where knitters and crocheters come together to craft something new while watching the big game. Whether or not you like sports, you can enjoy this day of crafting.

I have to choose the designs for this type of project carefully. On one hand, it has to be easy enough that you can quickly craft each section. After all, the point is to complete the project in one day. On the other hand, you don’t want to get bored as you knit or crochet. While you might want some mindless repetition within sections, you also want variation between sections. That’s what keeps you inspired enough to craft through to the end of the game.

The Game Changer Cowl Pattern fits the bill. You change colors frequently enough to keep yourself entertained with the color play that’s unfolding. Moreover, this is a stitch sampler knit cowl pattern, which means that you also change stitch designs regularly. This is a great way to practice stitches as well as to keep the project interesting.

Colorful Stitch Sampler Knit Cowl Pattern

One of the things that sets this stitch sampler knit cowl pattern apart from others is that it also incorporates a lot of fun color play. You’ll choose five different colors to make this design. In each section, you’ll use more than one color. Therefore, you get to combine stitch variations with color variations. The result is a truly unique cowl design. Even though the stitches themselves are pretty simple, their variation combined with the colorful design makes for an eye-catching stand-out accessory.

The Latvian Braid Detail

When I did BiCrafty Bootcamp: Beginner Knitting Lessons for Crocheters, I introduced everyone to the Latvian Braid. This surprisingly easy technique ended up being one of the most popular parts of the course. Beginner students loved that they got to learn something that looks so difficult, although it isn’t. Advanced knitters were excited to learn something new that wasn’t already in their repertoire. If you’re not familiar with the technique, it’s a great one. And I’ve incorporated into this stitch sampler knit cowl pattern.

What You’ll Need for Stitch Sampler Knit Cowl Pattern

Here are the materials that you’ll need in order to complete this project.


Red Heart Chic Sheep by Marly Bird™ (100% wool, 3.5 oz / 100 g, 186 yd / 170 m), Multi Color Sample used 1 ball of each color (finished weight is 188 g). You can choose five colors that you like best together. Here’s what I chose:

  • Color A— CA — Suede
  • Color B— CB — Velvet
  • Color C— CC — Linen
  • Color D— CD — Regal
  • Color E— CE — Sunset


Size 9 (5.5mm), 24” circular knitting needle


Stitch Marker (make your own), Tapestry needle to bury the ends (learn how here)

Stitch Sampler Knit Cowl Pattern

Finally, of course, you’ll need the pattern in order to complete this project.

You can get it free on the site here. Alternatively, buy an ad-free PDF on Ravelry.

stitch sampler knit cowl free pattern

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