Cowl crochet patterns are so fun to stitch and the projects are easy to wear. The Breezy Buttoned Crochet Cowl is so easy to make and works up quickly – it's made as a rectangle and then buttoned together.
This makes it a great project for a newer crocheter who isn’t ready to tackle crocheting in the round, or it just makes for a nice, easy, meditative piece of crochet for someone at any skill level.
What is a Crocheted Cowl?
A cowl is a type of scarf that is shorter and worn close to the neck.
A regular scarf is usually made of a long piece of material that you can wrap around your neck at least once. It is usually rectangular in shape and can be lacy, thick, knitted or crocheted. Scarves can have fringes, buttons, and even pockets!
If you connect the two ends of your regular scarf to make a circle, you get an infinity scarf. Infinity scarves are called such because it is now a “never ending” circle, and also because you usually twist it to make the shape of the infinity symbol before putting both loops around your neck.
A cowl is typically shorter and fits closer around the neck – think infinity scarf, but shorter. Or you can think of it as a long collar. Cowls are often just big enough to fit over your head, and are perfect accessories for anyone who does not like the fuss that comes with scarves.
If you think crocheting a jacket or a sweater is too intimidating, try crocheting a cowl to add a touch of uniqueness to your winter wardrobe. Cowls also make a great gift for your favorite people any time of year.
If you enjoy crocheting simple shapes like rectangles, you may want to check out our Crochet Anything with Rectangles class where you'll take the basic shape you already have down pat and turn it into useful, practical, and beautifully professional projects.
How Do You Crochet a Cowl for Beginners?
Crocheting a cowl is a great project for a beginning crocheter. Cowls are usually crocheted in a rectangular shape using repeated stitch patterns. They also work up quickly if you are using a bulky weight yarn or super bulky yarn and a large crochet hook.
This particular cowl uses worsted weight yarn, or number 4, which is a little thinner than bulky or super bulky but is a nice choice for beginners because it’s easy to work with and to see your stitches.
Of course you can use any yarn weight you like, just be sure to check your gauge and adjust the stitch pattern as needed to make sure your project comes out the size you want. Whether you like chunky yarn or fine, you are sure to be able to find some free crochet cowl patterns to suit your style and the kind of yarn you want to use.
The yarn used in this project, Ella Rae Cozy Alpaca, is a wonderful, cozy and soft yarn. And let me tell you, if you ever decide to splurge on a skein of yarn, this is the one you'll want, especially when it's wrapped around your neck. This acrylic and alpaca blend yarn is the softest, coziest and most luxurious yarn to have against your skin – seriously, I can't stop touching it!
A cowl can be made with just about any crochet stitch pattern out there, but if you’re new to crochet it’s great to stick to basic stitches like single crochet, double crochet, half double crochet or combinations of these simple stitches.
The Easy Breezy Buttoned Cowl, for example, is made using the primrose stitch, an easy two-row repeating pattern that uses single crochet, double crochet and chain stitches. It has great texture and is easy to stitch with just a little practice!
If you need help with the basics, from simple stitches to how to hold your hook, the Crochet Fundamentals workshop is a great place to start. It’s a full crochet tutorial library to have for your reference!
If you're looking for a fun crochet project that looks great with just about any outfit, this easy crochet pattern is perfect for you. You might even find yourself making a few cowls for your friends too!
Easy Breezy Buttoned Cowl Crochet Pattern
Skill Level: Easy
- Hook size: 5.5 mm crochet hook
- Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
- Preferred type of yarn: acrylic alpaca blend
- Suggested yarn: 2 skeins Ella Rae Cozy Alpaca – Stonewall
- Yardage: approx 260 yds
- Tools – scissors, tapestry needle, stitch marker, 3 buttons that are 1” each
Approx. finished dimensions: Length 30” x Width 8.5”
Gauge: 4”= 4.5 Primrose stitches by 4.5 rows
Ch – chain, sc – single crochet, hdc – half double crochet, dc – double crochet, st(s) – stitch(es)
- Primrose stitch is used and explained in rows 2 and 3
- The Primrose stitch is made up of 2 rows
Row 1: (sc, ch 2, sc) into 3rd ch from the hook. *Skip next 2 ch, (sc, ch 2, sc) in next ch, repeat from *across the row, end with 1 hdc in last ch. Turn.
Row 2: Ch 3, *3 dc into the next ch 2 sp; repeat from * across the row. 1 dc into the top of the turning ch, turn -1 ch 3, 30 shell sts, 1 dc
Row 3: *Ch 2, (sc, ch 2, sc) in 2nd DC of next shell; repeat from *across. Hdc into the top of the turning ch, turn.
Rows 4-20: repeat rows 2 and 3
Tie off, cut yarn.
To add fringe: You will need to cut 90 strands of yarn approx 9” in length. To make it easier, I wrapped my yarn widthwise around a box of macaroni and cheese 90 times. Take 3 strands of yarn, fold in half and knot into each ch space along the bottom of the scarf. Trim ends of fringe to even out.
To add buttons: Lay scarf right side facing up and place buttons horizontally on the right side of the second row of the pattern. The buttons should be 2” apart placing the first one 1.5” from the edge of the scarf.