Crochet Cowl Pattern
Back when I worked with horses full-time, I was either outside or in the cold barn during the winter. There is no relief from the elements in this line of work. I remember wearing this infinity scarf that I would wrap around my neck as many times as I could so that I could pull the ‘layers’ of the scarf around my nose/mouth anytime I went outside.
This farm was up on a hill and the wind would whip through there pretty strongly and you needed to make sure you were bundled up to deal with it for the next 8-9 hours.
I no longer work with horses but I do live outside in a bell tent so I still deal with the elements quite a bit! This means I still need to have practical cold-weather accessories. In an effort to make something that would cover my neck and provide bulletproof warmth, I decided to design a thick, textured crochet cowl that would be just snug enough so I could it up over my nose/mouth when that air is super bitter cold.
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The Alpine Crochet Cowl
Enter the Alpine stitch. The Alpine stitch uses front post treble crochet stitches – which do tend to leave gaps if I’m being honest. But the way these stitches are placed – two rows down – actually closes those gaps and adds bulk to the fabric!
This crochet cowl has everything you need to stay warm this winter. It’s nice and long ensuring that your neck, mouth and nose will stay covered. It’s not too loose, meaning it will stay up on its own. And it’s pretty! That’s just a bonus 🙂
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Written Instructions for the Crochet Cowl:
- 2 skeins of Heartland worsted yarn from Lion Brand, or your favorite worsted weight yarn.
- G-6 (4.00mm) crochet hook
- tapestry needle
- measuring tape
- This pattern is written using standard US crochet terms.
- The chain 1 or 2 at the beginning of each row does not count as a stitch.
- This cowl is worked in the round.
Stitches used and abbreviations:
- ch = chain
- st/sts = stitch/stitches
- sl st = slip stitch
- sc = single crochet
- hdc = half double crochet
- dc = double crochet
- fptr – front post treble crochet
1″ square = 4 dc x 1.5 rows
*Gauge isn’t super important for this pattern. Your gauge can run bigger for this pattern without issue, but if it runs smaller, you may need to go up a hook size or two. Furthermore, if you prefer a ‘slouchier’ look, use a 5.00mm crochet hook instead. The 4.00mm gives the stitches a ‘tighter’ look.
Don’t feel the need to make this to the exact measurements. Some people prefer shorter cowls. I designed this one to be longer because I wanted lots of ‘scrunch’ around my neck with the option to pull this up over my nose/mouth if needed.
Working a hdc in the 3rd loop only:
This pattern uses hdc in the 3rd loop only. To find the 3rd loop, look for the loop the furthest from you. There are the two ‘normal’ loops on top that we work into, but when you look behind those top two loops you’ll see a third loop. That is where you will work your sts into whenever the pattern states to work into the 3rd loop.
Written Instructions for the Alpine Crochet Cowl
ch 80, join with sl st to first ch being careful not to twist it. Ch 1, turn. (alternatively, you can make a foundation half double crochet row of 80 sts and then join together to form a circle)
Round 1: make one hdc in the first ch and in each ch around. Join with a sl st to the first st. Ch 1. (80 hdc)
Round 2 – 5: work one hdc in the third loop only in each st all the way around. Join with a sl st to the first st, ch 2. (80 hdc)
Round 6: make one dc in the third loop only in each st around. Join with a sl st to the first st. Ch 1. (80 dc)
Round 7: (working under both loops again) make one sc in the first st and in each st around. Join with a sl st to the first st. Ch 2. (80 sc)
Round 8: work one dc in the first st then work one fptr around the post of the dc from two rows below [work one dc in the next st, make one fptr around the post of the dc from two rows below] Repeat from [ to ] around ending with a fptr. Join with a sl st to the first st. Ch 1. (80 sts)
Round 9: repeat Round 7.
Round 10: start with a fptr around the first dc from 2 rounds below, then make a dc in next st [fptr around next dc from two rounds below, dc in next st] Repeat from [ to ] around. ending with a dc. Join with a sl st to the first st. Ch 1. (80 sts)
Rounds 11 – 34: repeat Rounds 7 – 10 or until your work reaches approximately 12″ in length. It doesn’t have to be exact.
Round 35: repeat Round 7.
Round 36: work one hdc in the first st and in each st around. Join with a sl st to the first st. Ch 1. (80 hdc)
Rounds 37 – 40: work one hdc in the third loop only in the first st and in each st around. Join with a sl st to the first st. Ch 1. (80 hdc)
Round 41: sc in the 3rd loop only in the first st and in each st around. Join with sl st to the first st. Fasten off and weave in all ends.
That’s it! You’ve finished your crochet cowl! So what did you think? It’s nice and warm, huh?
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