Moss Stitch Cowl


Ivana S.



I love making things with copious amounts of yarn. I’ve also fallen into the snobby trap of “why-would-I-buy-it-when-I-can -make-it?”. So I’ve finally put off procrastinating and started to design my own patterns. Ravelry was great, but I couldn’t find a pattern that suited me.

I’m using 100% wool, which can get really warm and scratchy, so I wanted an easy pattern that was light and breathable. I also had LOADS of yarn, so I wanted to make a pattern that would keep growing length-wise, not width-wise like ones that are made in a loop. 

I finally decided on a simple moss stitch; no fuss, no muss. This crochet cowl can be worn loose or looped, with your regular outfit or to keep you warm. I chose to make it really long, so that I could wear it both ways, but if you’re short on yard or loopy styles really aren’t your thing you can make it shorter. 


Materials List


US size N/P hook (10mm)

Aran/Bulky/Super Bulky yarn; I used Cascade Yarns’ Eco Wool. It comes in 250g skeins, approx. 450 yards.

Yarn/ Tapestry needle to sew ends together. (I actually lost mine and used a bobby pin instead (>.<))


Finished Size


This project is HUGE. Exact measurements depend on size of the yarn used and how long you want the cowl to be. 

Size is up to personal preference.

In my case, it was 20 cm x 200 cm before I sewed the ends together. (For those of you not familiar with metric, 8″ x 80″)




ch = chain stitch

sc = single crochet

Single Moss stitch

Make a foundation chain of an odd number of stitches. 

Foundation row:  Sc in 3rd ch from hook. * ch 1, skip next ch, sc in next ch *. Repeat from * to * across. Ch 2 (counts as turning chain and first chain 1). Turn.

Pattern Row : Skip first sc, * sc in ch 1 space, ch 1, skip next sc *. Repeat from * to * across. End with sc in ch 2 of previous row. Ch 2. Turn.


The Pattern


Begin with foundation chain, with an odd number of stitches.

Row 1: Foundation row (see above)

Row 2: Pattern row (see above)

Continue with Row 2 (Pattern row) until piece is desired length. Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing ends of scarf together together.

If you choose to wear this as a scarf, leave the two ends separate. You can finish by adding your favourite edging to the ends, or simply tying tassels to the ends.


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