Cowl Pattern

Below you will find instructions for a cowl pattern for 2 diferent cowl scarves. or if you fancy designing your own (which is really easy to do) scroll right down to watch the video

A cowl scarf is simply a large wide scarf joined into a circle. I have also heard it called an infinity scarf and some call it a snood. Maybe it’s my age, but I always thought a snood to be a netting cover worn to keep hair in place, like these

Anyway - whatever you like to call it, simply pop it over your head to wear it around your neck.

You can make it very wide so that you can pull it up over your head like a hood. Make it short and neck hugging, or make it long and drapy. The longer ones can be wrapped around the neck twice for extra warmth

It is very easy to make up your own pattern. You just need to create a large circle in the round. The larger the circle, the more it will drape down in front. Keep adding more rows until it is wide enough to pull up over your head. If you are not happy about working in a round, make a large rectangle and sew the ends together

Wear it with the seam at the front if you intend to have it draped over your head.

Shell Stitch Cowl Pattern

This cowl is made in the round. If it is easier for you, make it as a long rectangle instead and sew the ends together.

It fits relatively snug around the neck so if you want it longer just make a longer base chain

The one in the photograph looks like it is made up of stripes from different balls. In fact it is made with a variegated yarn.

You can of course make it with a plain yarn if you wish.


You will need: 150 to 200 grams dk 5.5mm hook


St = stitch

Sts = stitches

Dc = double crochet (UK trebles)

Ch = chain

Sc = single crochet (UK double crochet)

Sl st = slip stitch

Tch = turning chain

Make 104 ch

Row 1 1dc into 4th ch from hook 1dc into every ch Join sith sl st into top of tch 3ch turn

Row 2 Note that the sl st will look like a stitch. Miss this out 1dc into every stitch Join with a sl st to top of tch 3ch turn

Row 3 2c into sl st Miss 2 stitches 1sc into next st * miss 2 sts, 5c into next st, miss 2sts, 1sc into net st* Repeat from * to * to end, finishing with “miss 2sts, 2c into last st” Sl st into tch 1ch, turn

Row 4 1sc into sl st Miss 2dc 5dc into sc * miss 2dc, 1sc into next dc, miss 2dc, 5dc into sc * Repeat from * to * to end Sl st into first sc of row 3ch turn

Row 5 2dc into sl st Miss 2dc 1sc into next dc * Miss 2dc, 5dc into next sc, miss 2dc 1sc into next dc * Repeat from * to * ending with “miss 2, 2dc into sc” Sl st into top of tch 1ch turn

Repeat rows 4 and 5 until-----rows of shell stitch have been worked in total

Break yarn, fasten off and darn in loose ends

Striped cowl pattern in a fancy stitch

The stitch pattern for this cowl scarf makes it difficult to work in a round. It is very difficult to work out where to begin and end each row, so I have given instructions to work it as a plain rectangle which is sewn together at the ends

Photos below by Phil Stratford

cowl pattern


You will need 3 100gram balls in different colours (A, B and C) of double knitting (UK weight) yarn and a 5.5mm hook. Or if you prefer, make it in one colour.

You will need an odd number of stitches for the base chain. The example in the photograph uses 135 chain which gives a nice long cowl, long enough to wrap around twice for particularly cold days


Ch = chain

St = stitch

Sts = stitches

Hdc = half double crochet (UK half treble)

Dc = double crochet (UK treble)

Dc2tog = double crochet 2 together

Dc3tog = double crochet 3 together

With colour A make your base chain.

ROW 1 (wrong side) Miss 2ch (these 2 ch are your turning chain and count as one hdc) 1hdc into next ch *miss 1ch Work 1hdc, 1 ch, 1hdc all into next ch *

Repeat from * to * to last 2ch

Miss 1ch, 2hdc into last ch

3ch, turn


1 dc into first st (this st + the tch counts as dc2tog)

*1ch dc3tog into next ch space*

repeat from * to * to last space ending with 1ch dc2tog into top of tch

2ch, turn


Miss first stitch

*1hdc, 1ch, 1hdc all into next ch space*

repeat from * to * ending with 1hdc into top of tch

3ch, turn


Miss first stitch.

*dc3tog into next ch space, 1ch*

Repeat from * to * ending with 1dc into top of tch

2ch, turn


1hdc into first st

*1hdc, 1ch, 1hdc all into next ch space*

Repeat from * to * ending with 2hdc into top of tch

3ch, turn

Repeat 2nd 3rd 4th and 5th rows until the cowl is wide enough to pull up over your head, ending with a 3rd or a 5th row.

Fasten off. Join ends together and darn in all loose ends 

Or watch the video for some inspiration to design  your own cowl pattern





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