Convertible Free Crochet Cowl Pattern


Convertible Free Crochet Cowl Pattern


This Convertible Free Crochet Cowl Pattern is great for beginners! The cowl can be worn as a scarf or a hood, and can be made with any bulky yarn. This easy crochet cowl pattern is an easy and quick gift for anyone you love! No matter the weather outside, you can throw this cowl on and look stylish. It's light enough to wear in the spring, but substantial enough to keep you warm when the weather is a bit chillier. Plus, you don't need to invest in earwarmers or a headband. This easy crochet cowl pattern is perfect for anyone who is new to crochet or simply wants to work on a quick and easy project. Test your skills and see what you can make - the results may surprise you.

One of the best things about cowls is that they are some of the most convenient crochet scarf patterns out there. Unlike long and unruly scarves, you can wrap a cowl around your neck and be good to go! Other crochet scarf patterns have to be wrapped several times and tucked into your coat, sometimes creating some awkward looking bulk under your coat. Cute and quick DIY cowls like these avoid that faux pas.

Crochet HookN/15 or 10 mm hook

Yarn Weight(5) Bulky/Chunky (12-15 stitches for 4 inches)

Crochet GaugeIf working with a different yarn than recommended, make sure that your beginning chain will fit over your head leaving plenty of extra room. Remember that you want your cowl to be loose enough to pull up as a hood and still give plenty of coverage around your neck.

Materials List

  • Plymouth Yarn Baby Alpaca Grande (110 yds) 220 yds, 2 skeins in your choice of color
  • Yarn needle
  • 10mm (N) Hook
  • Stitch marker

Free Crochet Cowl Pattern Instructions

You will be crocheting in the round. You will join but not turn. Mark the beginning of each row with a row marker.


Ch 55 and join with a sl st into back of chain (do not twist chain).

  1. Row 1: Ch 1, (working in back of chain) Sc in same Ch as joining. Mark stitch. Sc in each chain around and join to marked stitch (do not twist chain).

  2. Row 2: Ch 2, (counts as first Dc), skip st and Dc in each Sc around. Join with sl st to top of Ch 2. (55 Dc)

  3. Row 3: Ch 1, (counts as first Hdc), skip st and Hdc in each around. Join with sl st to top of Ch 1. (55 Hdc)

  4. Row 4: Ch 2, (counts as first Dc), skip st and Dc in each Hdc around. Join with sl st to top of Ch 2. (55 Dc)

  5. Rows 5-6: Repeat Row 4

  6. Row 7: Repeat Row 3

  7. Row 8: Repeat Row 4

  8. Row 9: Ch 1, Sc in each Dc around. Join with sl st to Ch 1.

  9. Rows 10-17: Repeat Rows 2-9

  10. Rows 18-23: Repeats Rows 2-7

  11. Fasten off.

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You can't go wrong with a cowl pattern such as this. yes, it is basic, but it is not basic looking! Does that make sense? You could pay 20-30 dollars for this at a big box store, easily. Why not make it for yourself and reap the rewards of job satisfaction?!

This purple cowl is so versatile, it can sometimes be used as cowl and sometimes hood. Thanks for the pattern which is just right in front of the page. Easy to find for crocheters.

Love this up quickly and makes a very nice gift.

Hi siswalker 9065335! We'd love to see a photo if you have one.

A beautiful cowl, if I liked cowls, I would definitely make this one.

I find I crochet too loosely so switching down a hook size works best. but super easy and quick. Versatile can be for a man or woman.

hi this is my first time doing this project and i'm use a N-9.00mm hook and i can't get it to be tight. What can i do to make it tighter.

Hi there, you can either use a smaller hook or thicker yarn. Either way, it should be tighter. - Julia from FaveCrafts

Can it be made wider?

Hi there, to make the scarf wider, simply chain more stitches when you start working on the scarf. Thanks! - Julia from FaveCrafts

did you use 1 skein of bulky yarn for this pattern?

Hi there, you actually use 2 skeins, but yes it is bulky yarn. Thanks! - Julia from FaveCrafts

Link to original project?

Made two of them last night using alpaca wool and all I can say is amazingly simple, quick and just awesome! Thank you for sharing this pattern. Will make again and again and......

Linda P I made this a few nights ago using Lion's Hometown USA yarn, (super bulky 6 ply) and it worked up really quick. I struggled with the rose at first, then figured it out. Gonna make another one, using different color chunky yarn and a size P hook and see what happens ;) I like the simplicity of this pattern--it's a keeper!

This comment was posted on the wrong pattern.

I was looking to save this project

I'm halfway thru this cowl...does the SC row in the middle of the pattern serve any special purpose? It seems to be the only SC row (other than the 1st) Just curious. Thanks

Like it want to make right away, thanks Barbara Datz

i do not understand directions to skip st and dc in each st. please explain, thank you

It is odd verbiage. It is saying that the chains at the beginning of rows 2-4 count as the first stitch so you do not want to stitch any other stitches in that first stitch. At least that is what I think it means :D Though, to be honest, I would do the chains and not count them as the first stitch and do the row specific stitch in the same first stitch. Then at the end of the row do not join to the chain but to the actual first stitch. It helps hide the seam. Hope that makes sense!

I used Loops & threads Impeccable yarn with size J hook. Chained 80. Inadvertently twisted. Noticed after few rounds. Decided to keep twist and see what developed. Loved the way it turned out. The twist in the front added a bit of style and took away any bulkly look. Love this pattern.

Question-are you working in the back of the chain thru out all the rows or just in row 1?

Why not start with a foundation single crochet of 55 would that be easer to not twist?

I have made this cowl several times and love it. I added two rows of dbl crochet fun fur at the end. Really cute.

Love your patterns and have used many...... now have my friends doing the same, keep them coming!

I commented on this earlier and forgot to mention that I did the pattern as stated except I used a J hook.

I made this out of Homespun Coral Gables. It took 1 skein with just a dab leftover. I followed the pattern just as written. It was easy and turned out lovely. Thanks.

can someone tell me ? is the cowl supposed to lie flat as you are crocheting it? or is it more of a tube shape? I think I am doing something wrong. Maybe i am adding extra stitches in each round. Also do you only work in the back of the chainon row 1?

to tugtup, ch is chain hdc is half-double crochet dc is double crochet sl st is a slip stitch st is stitch, as in skip st

How do I learn what these abbreviations are in the directions? I use to crochet many years ago but do not remember much.

I really like this cowl. Could somebody tell me what is the measures of the finished project please? I'm using a 7 mm hook so it would be really helpfull, so i can adjust it. thanks!

I commented on this previously , used bamboo yarn, i just made another using lion brand natures choice organic cotton in two colors. Used 2 skeins of almond and one half skein of kakhi. Instesd of using the same color throughout, I used the kakhi for the last 4 rows. Gave this item another look. The organic cotton was much easier to use, not as slippery as the bamboo but both look and feel wonderful.

I uses a bulky bamboo yarn. I used 3 skeins because the sceins for this particular yarn were small. None the less this scarf was easy to make, super soft and now I have to make another because my granddaughter took it and loves wearing it to school. It is very stylish and in vogue. You will not be disappointed.

Oh my his pattern will be great for me and my daughter

I'm a REAL beginner.... I went to Michaels today and bought some lion brand yarn that is "bulky" and a crochet needle of 10mm. I also bought markers...When reading Hdc and Dc...I'm alittle lost...I crochet a blanket not to long ago with a next door neighbor...but don't really know what these things mean hahah...embarrassing I know..Please help! I don't know how to crochet in the round...only in the straight ) Maybe you know of a video on youtube that can help me! Thanks sooo much


I used 1 skein plus a little more to crochet this cowl. I used Lion Brand HOMESPUN yarn 312 Edwardian which was a black, grey and white fleck yarn. (This did not take long to make and was relatively easy. It was hard to get started on the first few rows, however, using a varigated yarn. The trickiest part was keeping the chain of 55 stiches from twisting when you join the chain together before continuing onto row 2 single crochet. If I was a beginner I would use a plain color yarn for the first one. Also casting on 55 was pefect with HOMESPUN.

I love easy crochet patterns that I can make for my granddaughters and great granddaughters and great grandson. I can also teach my granddaughters to crochet these. Keep them coming. Thank you, Robbie


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