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

Author

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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