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30+ Free Crochet Cowl Patterns To Keep You Warm

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The weather’s turning chilly, and a handmade crochet cowl is the coziest way to bundle up. This roundup of free crochet cowl patterns has stylish designs for all skill levels – from beginners to experienced crocheters.

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Free Crochet Cowl Patterns

A crochet cowl is a circular neck warmer, like a short, tubular scarf that slips over your head. They’re fun, easy to make, and the perfect to keep the icy winds out. That’s why I’m so excited to share this roundup of my favorite free crochet cowl patterns!

I love how put-together and stylish cowls look, too. Just slip one on, and you’re good to go! No need to mess around with wrapping and re-wrapping a scarf. And you don’t have to worry about the ends flying around in the wind!

Plus, crochet cowls are super easy to make! Whether you’re a beginner or a more advanced crocheter, you can make yourself a cute cowl in just a few hours. Some designs are worked in the round, while others are made flat and seamed – but they all come together in no time.

To get you started, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite free crochet cowl patterns. There’s something here for everyone – cozy oversized designs, delicate lacy cowls, and everything in between.

Can beginners make crochet cowls?

Absolutely! There are tons of excellent crochet cowl patterns out there that are perfect for beginners. Here are some of the easiest patterns in this list:

Sugar Shack Infinity Scarf (#14), Enid’s Snood (#18), Tupelo Cowl (#23)

Necessary Supplies

Once you’ve chosen your pattern, take a look at the supplies list and make sure you have everything you need! Some common supplies for making crochet cowls include:

  • Yarn. For cowls, you’ll want a soft yarn that feels nice against your face and neck. Merino wool, alpaca, acrylic, or blends are all good choices. Worsted weight or bulky weight yarns are common, but check the pattern for specifics. (Each pattern in this list includes a suggested yarn and weight to make it easy for you!) 
  • Crochet hook. Refer to your pattern or yarn label for the recommended hook size. Make a gauge swatch to check your tension, and size your hook up or down if needed.
  • Additional tools, like scissors, a yarn needle, stitch markers, buttons, or anything else called for in your pattern instructions.

Techniques to Know

The cowl pattern you choose will list any special stitches or techniques required to complete the project. Most patterns also note the skill level – beginner, intermediate, advanced.

Some common techniques used in crochet cowl patterns include:

30 Free Crochet Cowl Patterns

Take a look at these free crochet cowl patterns for your next project. Happy crocheting!

Tips and Tricks

Here are some tips and tricks for crocheting cowls:

Choose the right pattern for your skill level.

Before you start, take a look at the pattern’s recommended difficulty level to see if you’re up for the challenge. If any of the stitches or techniques are new to you, check out our helpful tutorials linked above. And if you’re new to crochet altogether, check out our crochet beginner’s guide.

Adjust the size as needed.

The beauty of making your own accessories is that you can customize them however you like! You can adjust the length or width of your cowl by adding/removing rows or stitches.

Block your finished cowl for the best results.

Blocking helps even out the stitches and makes your project look even more professional.

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If you love to crochet, you may be interested in these related posts.

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