Crochet Cowl Pattern

Easy Crochet Cowl Pattern

This one skein quick and easy crochet cowl pattern (free!) is made with only simple stitches. It’s a fashionable and practical gift idea!

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Crochet Cowl Pattern

This easy crochet cowl pattern is a very quick project and can be made in less than 2 hours. It uses less than 1 skein (approx. 165 yards) and you can use any worsted weight yarn.

Crochet Cowl Pattern

The crochet cowl pattern is a simple one stitch repeat using only basic stitches. The pattern includes step by step instructions and a photo tutorial.

Crochet Cowl

Crochet cowls make wonderful gifts as they are both practical and fashionable. Plus, the sizing doesn’t need to be exact, one size fits all!

Crochet cowls sell very well at craft shows and since this pattern works up so quickly, you can make lots in a short period of time. This may become your go-to crochet cowl pattern!

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Easy Cowl Crochet Pattern Details

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The pattern creates a cowl that is approx. 30” long and 6” high.


4” x 4” = 12 sts and 9 rows following the pattern (count each sc & dc st, not chains) 


Yarn: Approx. 165 yds / 150 m of any worsted weight, medium (size 4) yarn. I used Impeccable Solid by Loops and Threads in the color “Rich Orchid.” This yarn is medium (4) weight and 100% acrylic (4.5 oz / 127.5 g and 285 yds / 260 m). 

Crochet Hook: H/8 (5.00 mm) or size needed to obtain gauge. You may want to go up one hook size for the starting chains.

Other Materials: yarn needle, scissors, measuring tape and 3 x 20 mm buttons (and a sewing needle and thread if your yarn needle doesn’t fit through your button eyes). 


This pattern is written for right-handed crochet using standard US terminology. If you’re more familiar with UK terms, here’s my US to UK Conversion Chart


  • ch = chain
  • st = stitch
  • sts = stitches 
  • sk = skip
  • sc = single crochet
  • dc = double crochet 

Pattern Notes

  • Chains never count as stitches. 
  • You can adjust the length of the cowl by making more or less starting chains in multiples of 4 + 3. (For reference, 119 starting chains creates a cowl that is approx. 30″ long). To adjust the height, make more or less rows.
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Easy Crochet Cowl Pattern Instructions

(If you crochet tightly, you may want to go up one hook size when making the starting chains (only)).

Start: To make a cowl that is approx. 30” long, chain 119 (or your desired number of starting chains in multiples of 4 + 3). 

For Row 1 (only), work into the back ridge loops.

Where to crochet in the chain

Row 1: In the 2nd ch from hook, sc. Ch 2 (note: every time you ch 2, it creates a ch-2 space that you will work into on the following row). In the next ch, make 2 dc in the same ch. *Sk the next 2 chains. In the next ch, sc. Ch 2. In the next ch, make 2 dc in the same ch.* Repeat from * to * across. (90 sts – reminder: chains never count as sts). 

Row 2: Ch 1 and turn. Sk the next 2 sts (the st attached to the ch and the next st). Working into the ch-2 space, (sc, ch 2 and 2 dc) in the same ch-2 space. *Sk the next 3 sts. Working into the next ch-2 space, (sc, ch 2 and 2 dc) in the same ch-2 space.* Repeat from * to * across row. (90 sts)

Row 2 - 1
Row 2 - 2
Row 2 - 3

Row 3 – 12: Repeat Row 2. 

Approx. measurements:

  • After Row 4: 30” wide x 2” high
  • After Row 8: 30” wide x 4” high
  • After Row 12: 30” wide x 6” high 

You can make more or less rows. End after an even number row.  After reaching your desired height, fasten off and weave in all loose ends. 

How to crochet a cowl

Crochet Cowl Buttons

Turn your work so the last stitch of the last row you completed is on the right. 

Attach 3 x 20 mm buttons to the left bottom of the cowl. Attach buttons 1” from the bottom (on the 2nd row). The 1st should be 1” from the end and then spaced 1.5” between each other. 

Button placement

Use either a yarn needle and yarn or a sewing needle and thread to attach buttons to cowl. 

There are no specific button holes on the other end as there are lots of natural openings – the buttons can come through any spaces between stitches. 

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And now you have a new cowl! I hope you enjoyed making this pattern. I’d love to see what you made! Tag @jototheworldcreations in your posts.

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