Easy Beginner Crochet Cowl Pattern

Welcome to my free and easy crochet cowl pattern! If you love working with yarn in different colors and enjoy quick crochet projects, you’re in for a treat.

My simple design makes this scarf pattern an easy and quick project! This easy design is perfect for both beginner crocheters and experienced crocheters alike.

The combination of super bulky weight yarn and simple stitches give this pretty cowl a classy and simple texture. It’s perfect for creating warm and stylish cowls for the upcoming fall season and cold days.

Make this great project for yourself or as a gift for someone special. This pattern is a great choice for family or as a last minute gift idea.

This project is easy and relaxing. It’s great for beginners and anyone looking for a simple and satisfying pattern to work on.

Grab your crochet hooks and start working on this simple crochet cowl pattern to create something warm and wonderful! The free crochet pattern is below.

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Melissa Hassler wearing her cowl scarf crochet design

What is a Cowl?

A crochet cowl is a type of scarf. A circular or tubular fabric worn around the neck, like a scarf, but without loose ends. Cowls are snug head coverings that keep you warm and cozy, while also adding a fashionable touch to your outfit.

Crochet cowls come in various sizes and designs. They range from short and snug neck warmers to longer and draping infinity cowls. You can make them using different crochet stitches and patterns, which give them unique textures and appearances.

You can also make crochet cowls using different yarn types, weights, and colors. This allows for endless personalization possibilities to suit individual preferences and fashion tastes.

The coziness of crochet cowls makes them a popular accessory choice for different occasions and seasons. They are perfect for keeping warm during colder weather.

Dress these cozy cowls up or down for both casual and formal outfits. If you enjoy crochet or fashion, a crochet cowl can be a cozy and stylish accessory. It has the ability to enhance your wardrobe by adding comfort and color.

woman wearing a crochet cowl

Crochet Cowl Pattern Information

Skill Level

Beginner. This free pattern uses basic stitches in basic form and in simple repeats in both rows and rounds.

Crochet Project Materials

Crochet Gauge

Gauge is the number of stitches and rows per inch that you have when you crochet with a certain mm hook size and yarn weight.

By following the recommended gauge, you can make sure that your infinity scarf will have the correct size and fit. Having the correct gauge is important for this beautiful pattern.

9 stitches = 4 inches

4 rows = 4 inches

Finished Size

The cozy cowl I made measures 13 inches wide and 32 inches long (before sewing the ends together).

Crochet Pattern Notes

  • Cowl is worked flat in rows of basic crochet stitches.
  • The beginning of each row starts with a chain. This chain does not count as your first stitch. 
  • Work this easy cowl pattern flat and then sew the ends together.
  • dc = double crochet stitch
  • hdc = half double crochet stitch
  • sc = single crochet stitch
  • st = stitch
  • sts = stitches
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • ch = chain stitch
  • chs = chains
  • rnd = round
  • rnds = rounds
  • rem = remaining
  • blo = back loop only
  • flo = front loop only
  • ws = wrong side
  • rs = right side

Work the indicated stitch in the back loop only (blo) of the next stitch.

  1. Firstly, yarn over & insert hook in next stitch.
  2. Secondly, yarn over and pull up a loop. You will have 3 loops on your hook.
  3. Then, yarn over and pull through 2 loops. You will have 2 loops on your hook.
  4. Lastly, yarn over and pull through remaining 2 loops on your hook.

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Melissa Hassler wearing her cowl scarf crochet design

Crochet Cowl Pattern Instructions

Row 1: Ch 30, dc in the 3rd loop from the hook and in each rem ch, turn (28 stitches)

Row 2: Ch 2, dc blo in each st, turn (28 stitches)

Rows 3-32: Repeat row 2

Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing. Sew the two ends of your cowl together using a tapestry needle.

crochet cowl pattern

The Best Yarn for a Crochet Cowl

The top yarn for crochet cowls depends on what you like and how you want your cowl to look and feel. However, crocheters often favor some popular options.

  1. Merino Wool: Super bulky merino wool yarn is soft, warm, and luxurious. It provides excellent insulation and comfort, making it a top choice for cozy winter cowls.
  2. Alpaca: Alpaca yarn, known for its softness and lightweight nature, naturally provides warmth. It’s a great option if you’re looking for a cowl that is both soft and warm without being too heavy.
  3. Acrylic: Acrylic yarn is budget-friendly and easy to care for. It comes in a wide range of colors and can mimic the look of natural fibers. Acrylic yarn is a practical choice if you want a durable and versatile cowl.
  4. Wool Blend: Super bulky yarns will often mix wool with other fibers for warmth, softness, and durability. Wool blends offer a good balance of qualities.
  5. Cotton blend: For mild weather, a thick cotton blend yarn is a good choice for a cowl. It’s breathable, lightweight, and ideal for transitional seasons.
  6. Chenille: Chenille yarn is incredibly soft and plush, creating a luxurious and cozy cowl. It’s a fantastic choice if you want a crochet cowl pattern with a rich texture and feel.
  7. Bamboo: Bamboo yarn’s fame stems from its silky smoothness and elegant drape. It can be a good option if you want a softer, more lightweight cowl with a lovely sheen.

When selecting the best yarn, consider factors such as the desired warmth, softness, and drape of the cowl. Be sure to check the yarn’s care instructions, as some fibers require special washing or handling.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How do I block a crochet scarf?

Soak the crochet scarf in lukewarm water. Gently squeeze the scarf. Lay it flat on a towel. Shape the scarf as desired. Secure the scarf with rust-resistant pins.

Let it air dry completely, maintaining the shape. This enhances stitch definition and gives a professional finish.

What is the best way to weave in ends when finishing a crochet cowl?

When finishing a crochet scarf, use a yarn needle to weave in ends. Thread the yarn through nearby stitches in various directions, ensuring it’s secure. Trim excess yarn close to the work to hide it neatly. This prevents unraveling and leaves a clean, professional finish.

How do I add buttons or other closures to a cowl?

To add closures to a cowl, sew buttons on one end & corresponding buttonholes on the opposite end. You can also use snaps, hooks, or ties. Ensure the closures match your cowl’s style & test functionality for a secure & fashionable finish.

How do I choose the right yarn for my crochet scarf project?

When picking yarn for your crochet scarf, think about the weather, texture, purpose, color, and fiber type you prefer. Swatching can help you determine if the yarn meets your expectations.

What is the best crochet stitch for a crochet cowl pattern?

The double crochet stitch is ideal for infinity scarves for several reasons. Firstly, its taller height allows for faster and efficient crocheting, making it perfect for larger projects like scarves. The stitch creates a fabric that is warm and breathable. This makes the scarf comfortable to wear without being too thick.

Thirdly, the double crochet stitch is beginner-friendly, making it accessible to crocheters of all skill levels. 

For more free crochet cowl patterns, check out my collection of easy crochet patterns for beginners.

crochet cowl pattern

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