Free Cowl Pattern: Baby, it's Cowled Outside!

Dec 1, 2005
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By Megan Granholm

Introduction

Crochet cowl

I have a scarf that’s about ten feet long. I adore it. I can wrap it around my neck twelve times and it still hangs down to my knees. I like to wear it under my jacket when I’m outside in the cold, but stuffing the ends in my coat makes me look like Quasimodo. I like to wear it inside over my sweater, but when I lean over the ends slip over my shoulders and drag on the floor, or I shut them in the car door and the ends get soaked. Solution: get rid of the ends. Duh. The result is a crochet cowl that is lacy enough to be worn with a nice sweater indoors, but bulky enough to keep your neck warm outside in the middle of winter.

Materials List

  • Opal Sock Yarn (425 meters/100 grams) in winter white, 1 skein (or any sock or fingering weight yarn)
  • 3.25mm (size D) hook

Finished Size

One size.

Gauge

Gauge is unimportant in this pattern.

Notes

Picot: Ch 3, sl st in 3rd ch from hook.

 

Note: Ooh, it’s two looks in one crochet cowl pattern!  To make one of those popular mobius cowls, twist your starting chain 180 degrees before you connect the ends together.  It makes it look a little more interesting – a cowl with a twist!

The Pattern

Crochet cowl patternLet's Begin! 

Chain 169, join with a sl st to the beg ch.

Row 1: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), 3 dc in same space (4dc shell made). *Sk 4 sts, 4dc shell, ch 3, sk 3 sts, sc, ch 3, sk 3 sts, 4dc shell*; repeat from * to * 11 more times. Sk 4 sts, 4dc shell, ch 3, sk 3 sts, sc, ch 3, sk 3 sts. Finish with a sl st in the top of the starting ch.  Do not turn -- the cowl is worked in the round.

Row 2: Ch 3, 3 dc in same st (4dc shell made), sk 6 sts, 4dc shell, ch 3, sk 3 sts, sc into sc in previous row, ch 3, *sk 3 sts, 4dc shell, sk 6 sts, 4dc shell, ch 3, sk 3 sts, sc into sc in previous row, ch 3;* repeat from * to * around.  Sk 3 sts and finish with sl st in top of starting ch.

Row 3:  Ch 3, 3 dc in same st (4dc shell made), *ch 3, sc between the two 4dc shells from the previous row, ch 3, sk 3 sts, 4dc shell, sk 7 sts, 4dc shell in next st;* repeat from * to * around, ending with sk 7 and sl st in top of starting ch.

Row 4: Sl st in next 3 sts, ch 3, 3 dc in same st (4dc shell made), ch 3, sk 3 sts, sc into sc in previous row, ch 3, sk 3 sts, 4dc shell, *sk 6 sts, 4dc shell, ch 3, sk 3 sts, sc in sc of previous row, ch 3, sk 3 sts, 4dc shell;* repeat from * to * around.  Sk 6 sts and finish with sl st in top of starting ch.

Row 5: Sl st in next 3 sts, ch 3, 3 dc in same st (4dc shell made), sk 7 sts, 4dc shell, ch 3, sc in space between 4dc shells in the previous row, ch 3, *sk 3 sts, 4dc shell, sk 7 sts, 4dc shell, ch 3, sc in space between 4dc shells in the previous row, ch 3;* repeat from * to * around, finish with sl st in top of starting row.

Rows 6-32: Rep rows 2-5.  Do not fasten off.

Picot Edging, top: Sc in same st as joining, picot (see stitch note), sc in next 5 sts, sk 1 st, sc in next st, picot, sc in next 6 sts, picot, sc in next 6 sts, picot, sc in next st, sk next st, sc in next 5 sts, picot, sc in next 6 sts, picot, *sc in next 2 sts, sk 1 st, sc in next 4 sts, picot, sc in next 6 sts, picot, sc in next 4 sts, sk 1 st, sc in next 2 sts, picot, sc in next 6 sts, picot, sc in next 6 sts, picot, sk 1 st, sc in next 6 sts, picot, sc in next 6 sts, picot;* repeat from * to * around, finishing with a sl st in the first sc worked.  Fasten off.
Hint: In order to give the edging just a touch of a scalloped look, you’re skipping the sc’s you made in the previous row. Otherwise, it’s just picots separated by 6 sc’s.

Picot Edging, bottom: Join anywhere on bottom row with sc. Picot, sc in next 7 sts, *picot, sc in next 6 sts;* repeat from * to * around, finishing with a sl st in the first sc worked.  Fasten off.

Weave in ends, do not block. Pull over your head. Look fabulous.

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Comments

eileen wrote
on Jan 25, 2006 5:52 AM

i have tryed to download this cowled and i get half cut off on the left side.How do i get it all printed? I hace tryed highlighting but it still comes up cut off.I really like the pattern.To me its the ads on the left that is in the way.can you please help me to download it. thanks eileen

Orion wrote
on Feb 2, 2006 9:22 AM

Eileen,

Try orienting the page setting for the printer to landscape rather than portrait--I had the same problem and it worked for me.

I'm new to crocheting--but not new to computing :-)

Orion

Jodi Burt wrote
on Feb 21, 2006 4:03 PM

This pattern is so easy and works up quickly! I've made 5 so far, using various weights of yarns. One I like best I made a mohair/acrylic blend...light, airy, but warm. Thank you for this pattern! Your instructions were a breeze to follow!

PegK wrote
on Sep 5, 2006 12:59 PM

What a great pattern... just what I've been looking for.

To neatly print the pattern, click on {printer friendly version) which appears just after the pattern. All the work has been done for you and it comes out perfect every time.

Your designs are great. I come back to Crochet me time and time again.

margaret wrote
on Nov 23, 2006 9:29 AM

making it in off-white boucle, looks lovely, winnnipeg winters are cold, brrr...looking forward to wearing it and making another one for my cousin, thx for the nice pattern

Britt wrote
on Feb 2, 2007 7:16 PM

I wish I could do this...it looks great to start out with. I tried and got stuck on the first row... sk 4 sts? I don't understand :(

on Feb 3, 2007 7:29 PM

It means "skip 4 stitches" -- just leave them unworked and work into the next stitch.

Cheers,

Kim, Ed.

Tina@8 wrote
on Sep 27, 2007 12:00 PM

Aww.. I want to see a pic of this thing ON the head, not around the neck. :) We can has action shot plz?

meg1066 wrote
on Dec 11, 2007 4:26 PM

I bought some way expensive mohair at the MD Sheep and Wool Festival and I needed something to make with it. I think this will be perfect. Cool idea!

AmyA@12 wrote
on Jan 16, 2008 10:47 AM

I wanted to make this as a mobius cowl, and ran into problems. The trick is that on the first row when you get back to the first stitch and go to join you are upside down from the stitches. I incorrectly tried to work around this by joining anyway and ignoring the issue. This makes a full twist, not a half twist. Instead, you have to repeat the first row upside down (i.e. as a mirror image of what you've already done). There will be twice as many stitches in every row as the pattern states. I plan to do 16 rows instead of 32, and I think that will work out.

Cdemail2-gg wrote
on Jan 21, 2008 7:04 PM

In Row 1, what does it mean to 3 dc in same space? Is that the space that I put the slip stitch into?

meg1066 wrote
on Aug 22, 2008 12:57 PM

I made this using hand-dyed dark teal alpaca wool. It was a gift for a woman I work with who saved me this past winter on the project we work on. It turned out beautiful and was oohed and ahhed over quite a bit at the office. She luckily lives in Wisconsin so she will get a lot of use out it.

The only change I would make if I did this again would be to start with a shorter foundation chain and do more rows.

Building429 wrote
on Dec 8, 2008 12:59 AM

hightlight but when you right click to print check the box that says "selection" and only your selected or hightlighed text will print.

on Dec 22, 2008 1:04 PM

I made one of these on Friday. I shortened the starting chain b/c I wanted a tighter cowl/scarf. I didn't want it to hang down on the front of my shirt. ANYWAY, I made it out of some lovely winter-white alpaca. I chained 130 instead of 169. It is quite beautiful!

Lori Lynn

Central PA

talented_t04 wrote
on May 9, 2009 9:41 PM

I've been trying to make this alllllll day and I'm getting stuck on the second row :-(

Where it says to skip 6 sts 4dc shell, ch 3, sk 3 sts, sc into sc in previous row...I understand how to do that however, it just doesn't add up for me. I keep checking my math and my stitch count and it never ever adds up. I end up making my 4dc in the ch3 space before the sc and then it's too far to the next sc to do another sc...I am soooooo confused, I'd realllly appreciate any help because I've been dying to make one of these.

**sigh**

tena1 wrote
on Dec 10, 2009 9:58 AM
It took me a bit to figure out row 2 but once I did it has been great fun. Shortened the chain since I am making it in worsted weight Simply Soft yarn
Than you for this pattern,

tena

on Feb 21, 2010 5:46 PM

I made this a few years back and it came out beautifully.  My daugther would like a flat scarf with this same pattern but I've been unable to convert it.  Any ideas?

on Apr 23, 2010 3:45 PM

Hi,

 

I was wondering how many ch's did Megan use to create a 10 ft long one or is it the rows that create the length?? I will look at the pattern more closely at home.. but really would love the extended pattern info.

 

Thanks, Cheryl Clifton