A crochet cowl pattern, free
This is a simple crochet cowl pattern, free along with a matching crochet beanie. This cowl is made largely in half double crochet stitch with columns of chain spaces that make the diagonal lines you see on the cowl.
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What materials are needed for this crochet cowl?
This crochet cowl pattern and matching hat are made in Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash Effects #16 Grapes. You’ll need 2 skeins of this yarn to make both the hat and cowl.
The hat requires about 60g of yarn; the cowl needs about 120g. If you are only making the cowl, you could make it a little smaller and use just one skein, but I think you’ll find that the measurements are just about perfect as they are. If, however, you decide to make it smaller around, decrease your starting chain by 8, and then you can follow the directions just as they are until you are happy with the width of it.
You will also need a crochet hook, of course. I used a K (6.5 mm) crochet hook. Unless your gauge is really off, you should be fine using the same size. A cowl needs to fit, but if it’s not exactly the same size, that’s alright, of course. My favorite crochet hooks are the Streamline resin hooks from Furls Fiberarts.
Where can I get this free crochet cowl pattern?
The free pattern for this cowl is right here in this post, just scroll down for the free version.
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What techniques and skills are needed to crochet this cowl?
This cowl uses simple half double crochet stitches and chains. That would seem very easy, but there is one thing that might make this a little bit tricky.
Half double crochet stitches half a top that sits to the side of its body, or post. When the half double crochet (hdc) stitch comes off your hook the top is slightly to the right of its post. When you look at the back side of a row the top is slightly to the left of the post.
Keeping this in mind as you work will help keep you from getting confused between the chains that create the lines and the stitch tops on either side of them.
The interesting thing that happens with this stitch is that the chain spaces in this cowl are technically stacked one on top of the other, but the lines made by them slant diagonally because of this characteristic of hdc stitches.
If you feel that a video tutorial would be helpful, see my tutorial post here and go to the second video, as the first applies just to the matching hat.
Haileyville Cowl, A Free Crochet Cowl Pattern
Designed by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio
As with all my patterns, please do not make paper or digital copies for others. Instead, please direct them to my website to get their own. Thank you!
Difficulty Level: Easy
Finished Measurements: 29 inches around x 11 inches wide.
Yarn: Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash Effects (100% Superwash Wool; 220 yds; 100 g; yarn weight cateogy: 4/light worsted): 2 skeins #16 Grapes.
Crochet Hook: K (6.5 mm), or size needed to obtain gauge.
Notions: Locking st marker (m), tapestry needle.
Gauge: 13 sts and 11 rows = 4 inches in hdc.
This crochet cowl pattern uses standard US terms. For help with abbreviations get my free, printable crochet abbreviations list here.
A tutorial post specifically for this cowl and matching hat can be found here.
Ch 96, taking care not to twist ch, sl st in first ch to join.
Rnd 1: Ch 1, sc in first 3 chs, place m in first st and move up as work progresses, hdc in next 4 chs, ch 1, skip next ch, *hdc in next 7 chs, ch 1, skip next ch, repeat from * around, do not join or turn – 84 sts.
Rnds 2-30: *Hdc in next 7 sts, ch 1, skip ch sp, repeat from * around, do not join or turn.
Row 31: [Hdc in next 7 sts, ch 1, skip next ch sp] 2 times, sc in next 3 sts, sl st in next st – 18 sts. Fasten off.
Weave in all ends. Block. Finished!
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