Simple Cowl

As the days are getting shorter and we are encouraged to spend more time at home, I have designed this simple cowl pattern for you to make while relaxing and hooked to a good box set! 

Using a repetitive stitch pattern, it does not involve any shaping and as it is joined in-the-round, there is no sewing involved. What could be simpler?

So, settle down and enjoy…..


Yarn ~ This is a great project for using up a couple of balls of spare yarn you might have in your stash. I wanted it to feel cosy but not too bulky, so chose a soft Aran weight yarn.

Hook ~ I used a 5.5mm hook. You can experiment with your own hook size. If when you begin making your cowl,  the fabric feels too stiff then try going up to a 6.00mm hook to help loosen the tension of the stitches. If the stitches look too floppy then try a 5.00mm hook.

In the versions below I used a selection of spare wools I had in my cupboard.

Version 1

 1 x 100 gms skein  of Wild Wool, in Meander  by Erika Knight

This is a sustainable blend of soft wool and natural nettle in an Aran weight. Don’t be put off by the blend of nettle, it is a beautifully soft yarn!

Version 2

I combined 2 yarns for a different effect. By holding two lighter weight yarns together as you crochet, you can can create a lovely marled effect and end up with an almost Aran weight fabric.

  • 1 x 50 gms Drops Air (dk weight) in Brick
  • Islington (light fingering weight) in Copper

Drops Air is a beautifully soft combination of alpaca and merino wool. It has a very light, airy structure so I chose to pair it with a contrasting, sturdier yarn.

In the summer I knitted a shawl project which used a selection of 3 hand-dyed Islington yarns from Kettle Yarn Co in Hastings.


Islington is a mix of wool and silk. It is the most beautiful yarn to work with, so I was very happy to find a project where I could use up the small amount I had left over.


Version 3

Using the same exquisite Islington yarn, this time I combined it with a lovely squishy, soft yarn called Snefnug (Snow flake) by CaMaRose for a slightly chunkier cowl.


Simple Cowl Pattern


In this pattern you will be working in a continuous spiral without turning or joining at the end of each round.

The stitch repeat is made of multiples of 3 . If you want to make a bigger (or smaller) cowl, simply recalculate the number for the foundation chain in multiples of 3.

Size: Approx 14 cm x 56 cm

What to do:


dc double crochet

tr treble crochet

ch chain

sts stitches

Foundation chain Using a 5.5mm hook, ch 84.

NB be careful not to twist the stitches before you join and begin Round 1.

Round 1 Work [1 dc, 2tr] directly into the 1st ch to join. * Miss next 2 ch, work [1 dc, 2 tr] into next ch. Repeat from * until you have 2 ch remaining at end of round.

Round 2 Work [1 dc, 2tr] into 1st dc stitch made at beginning of previous round. * Miss next 2 tr sts, work [1 dc, 2 tr] into next dc st made in previous round. Repeat from * for as many rounds as desired.

Fasten off and darn in ends to complete.