Sites such as AllFreeKnitting.com, KnittingHelp.com, LionBrand.com and Yarn.com feature various free cowl patterns, as of 2015. Each pattern on these sites includes details about its difficulty level, the materials necessary to complete the project and a picture of the finished cowl.
In addition to numerous categories of knitting projects, AllFreeKnitting.com regularly publishes collections of its patterns according to different themes and project types, such as cowl and scarf patterns with holiday designs. All of the patterns in these posts are available on other sections of the site, and are not all exclusively for use during the holidays. KnittingHelp.com serves as an aggregation of different knitting patterns from other websites. It publishes a skill rating with each pattern it features, ranging from beginner to expert.
Yarn manufacturer Lion Brand Yarns offers numerous free patterns on its website along with a tool for locating specific patterns according to relevant keywords or creation processes. Each pattern also includes a skill level rating, as well as user reviews, notes about different corrections and the types of yarn necessary for the project. Patterns on the site also link to the manufacturer's online store, enabling users to buy the supplies immediately. Yarn.com offers free cowl patterns in addition to selling patterns, with each containing price information in the main listing.