Crochet Cowl – Free Pattern for all seasons

Crochet cowl free patternI am rather partial to a crochet cowl. They look great over t- shirts, keep your neck warm and don’t have any trailing ends that can get caught under a heel if you stand up too quickly.

Not that you’d ever catch me doing something like that in front of a room full of people…

In fact I love cowls so much that I wanted to try and make something that would work all year round. I wanted a cowl that was a little lacy and look pretty made from cotton in the summer, but something that would also keep me warm when the weather turns and the evenings draw in. I wanted something that would work up quick but look beautiful. In short, I wanted a cowl that would do it all.

Crochet cowl stitch used for free pattern

I think I may have found a perfect solution in an old notebook where I’d scribbled the instructions for a crochet fabric. I have no idea what the proper name for the stitch is or where I found it originally so if you can enlighten me about this I’d love to know.

After trying out various hooks and yarns I turned this random stitch into a lovely new cowl that I wanted to share with you.

All Seasons Crochet Cowl – Free Pattern

You’ll need:

  • About 200m chunky yarn for adult size. I used about 1 & 1/3 balls of Stylecraft Special Chunky in Meadow for the instruction photos. (If you are making the large child size – shown in lilac, or neckwarmer version – shown in white you’ll only need 1 x 100g ball
  • 10mm crochet hook
  • Yarn needle


Chain 50 for child / neckwarmer version or 62 for adult cowl.

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each chain to end. Turn. (By the way, I almost always flip my chain over and crochet into the bottom of it as it creates a neater edge. It’s a little tip I picked up from Debbie Stoller’s The Happy Hooker book. Not necessary to make this pattern but looks kinda cool if you want to give it a try).

Crochet chain

Row 2: Ch 1, sc in each st. Turn.

Row 3: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), *skip 2 sts, 1 dc into next st, ch 3, work 3 dc around post of the dc just made, skip 2 sts, 1 dc in next st* repeat to end. Turn. (Take care at the beginning of this row to remember that the ch 3 counts as the first dc so you are making the next dc in the fourth sc of row below. I know this sounds confusing so check photo if you need clarification).

Crochet cowl pattern row 3

Row 4: Ch 5, (counts as dc, ch 2), * sc into 3rd ch at beginning of square, ch 2, dc into single dc below, ch 2* repeat to end, making last dc into 3rd ch of row 3. Turn.

Row 5: Ch 1, sc into dc, * sc into each next 2 ch, sc into next sc, sc into each next 2 ch, sc into next dc* repeat to end working last sc into 3rd chain of ch 5 of row 4. Turn.

For neckwarmer: repeat rows 2-5 twice more.

For child’s and adult’s crochet cowl: repeat rows 2-5 four more times.

To finish all versions: work two more rows of sc and fasten off, leaving a length of yarn three times the height of the piece for sewing.

Using stitch markers or pins, match up the rows along the sides. Stitch together and weave in loose ends.

Crochet cowl pattern-align the edges

Enjoy wearing your new cowl!

Crochet cowl - free pattern

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