While it’s still cold out in most of the Northern Hemisphere, I’m in an area that didn’t really have a winter (some say I’m fortunate, my crochet projects think differently). I don’t want to miss out on all the fun cozy winter wear and I don’t want you to either – so I’ve designed the Crossroads Cowl, a free crochet cowl pattern just for us!
Even if you live somewhere where the cold actually happens, this free crochet cowl pattern is for you. It would be great for layering or you could double the starting chains to create a lovely crochet infinity scarf. This crochet cowl would also be a great spring accessory when the weather turns, too.
Free Crochet Cowl Pattern
I am so pleased with how this design turned out. I’ve been meaning to design a free crochet cowl pattern for some time, but I could never land on a stitch combination that I loved. Most of the time, I ended up hiding the WIP of the design in my plastic tub of shame and it was never heard from again.
Enter: My love for crossed double crochet. I love how easy and elegant this stitch is. It is probably one of my most attempted to use stitches (I seriously have to talk myself out of designing with crossed double crochet. I could use it in everything!). Look at how gorgeous it is in my Something New Baby Blanket pattern.
I love how crossed double crochet stitches stand on their own, but with the added rounds of half double crochet in the 3rd loop only ribbing? Chefs kiss.
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Please note: I have listed this free crochet cowl pattern as an intermediate skill level because the pattern calls for usage of crossed double crochet and half double crochet in the third loop only. If you know these stitches, this pattern should be straight forward and easy.
I believe an advanced beginner (or a real go-getter beginner) could attempt and complete this pattern – one of my testers for this pattern has only been crocheting for about three months! Just saying. 🙂
Intermediate (Pattern includes some stitches that may be more advanced, such as crossed double crochet, half double crochet in 3rd loop only, etc.).
MATERIALS & TOOLS
This pattern is written to medium (4) worsted weight. You will need approximately 3.5 oz or 180 yards.
I used Lion Brand Basic Stitch in Pomegranate (3.5 oz/185 yards per skein. I used nearly the entire skein, a small amount left over).
You will also need a 5 mm hook (or a hook that corresponds with your chosen yarn), scissors, tapestry needle and stitch markers, if you prefer them.
14 hdc sts x 9 rows = Approximately 4 inches x 4 inches.
Width: Approximately 6 inches
Length (folded in half): Approximately 14.5 inches
Length (around): Approximately 30 inches
In US Terms;
- Ch(s) – Chain(s)
- Sl st – Slip stitch
- Sc – Single crochet
- Hdc – Half double crochet
- Dc – Double crochet
- St – Stitch
- SPECIAL STITCHES: (please see “SPECIAL STITCH” section for written explanation)
- Cdc – crossed double crochet
- 3LO – Work stitch in the 3rd loop of half double crochet only
When the pattern references to chain 1 to start your round, this chain does NOT count as a stitch. This means you should place your first stitch of the round in the same stitch as your chain. This will not be referenced in the pattern.
When the pattern references to chain 3 to start your round, this chain COUNTS as your first double crochet. This will be referenced in the pattern.
Some rounds are created completely using crossed double crochet. To work the first crossed double crochet stitch in the round, you will be placing your first double crochet of the round in the last stitch of your previous round.
Always slip stitch to the first stitch of your round, unless otherwise noted (This will be noted on rounds that start with a chain 3).
This pattern requires an even amount of stitches.
You can easily make this cowl into an infinity scarf by doubling the amount of starting chains.
Your seam will appear to be moving back one stitch because the crossed double crochet rounds move the round backward one stitch.
CROSSED DOUBLE CROCHET:
To work a crossed double crochet, you will be working two double crochets close to how you normally would, but you’ll be placing them in different stitches.
Step One: Skip 1 stitch. Yarn over, insert hook into the next stitch. Pull up a loop. Yarn over, draw through two, yarn over, draw through two. First double crochet done.
Step Two: Now we want to place a double crochet IN the stitch we skipped. We do not need to chain, go behind the post or do anything fancy here. Simply yarn over, insert your hook into the skipped stitch, pull up a loop. Yarn over, pull through two, yarn over pull through two.
Crossed Double Crochet completed! I do have a YouTube tutorial for working crossed double crochet – This tutorial is to work it in rows, but the premise is the same.
So, when you see the pattern calling to “work 49 cdc”, you will know to work Step 1 and Step 2 49 times across the round. Once you’ve completed this round, every stitch of your row will be worked into.
3LO – THIRD LOOP ONLY:
When you half double crochet, you: yarn over, insert your hook into the stitch, yarn over, pull through. Then, you yarn over and pull the loop through all three loops on your hook.
By yarning over before you insert into the stitch, you add height to the stitch but you also create a 3rd loop.
When working in the round, this third loop is always BEHIND your work or on the wrong side.
To work in the 3rd loop only, you want to locate this third loop and only work into that loop. By doing this, it pushes the top of the stitch forward and creates the ribbing as seen in the cowl.
The third loop is always directly behind and below the top of the half double crochet stitch.
Stitches N’ Scraps has an awesome photo tutorial for working in the 3rd loop only, if you need it!
How to Make this Crochet Cowl
Chain 100. Being careful not to twist your chains, slip stitch to the first chain made to form a circle.
Your stitch count for each round will always be 100.
R1 – ch 1, place 1 hdc in each chain around. Sl st to first hdc to close.
R2 – ch 3 (counts as stitch), work 1 dc in last st of R1. Work 49 cdc around to end of round. Sl st to top of ch 3 to close.
R3 – ch 1, place 1 hdc in each st around. Sl st to first hdc to close.
R4 – ch 1, place 1 hdc 3LO each st around. Sl st to first hdc to close.
R5 – ch 1, place 1 sc 3LO each st around. Sl st to first sc to close.
R6 through R18 – Repeat R2 through R5 in sequence.
R18 will be a repeat of R2.
R19 – ch 1, place 1 hdc in each st around. Sl st to first hdc to close.
Finish off, weave ends.
And that’s all there is to it! I love patterns that have a few rounds and simple repeats so they work up into projects quickly. I hope you love the Crossroads free crochet cowl pattern and I would love to know what color you’ll do yours in!
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