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Alicia Cowl Crochet Pattern, Free Pattern

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 Finished crochet braided chunky cowl in cream color on a mannequin
Finished crochet braided chunky cowl in cream color shown flat


Finished crochet braided chunky cowl in brown color on a mannequin
Front view of braided chunky cowl with buttons
Looking for a last minute Christmas gift? This cowl worked in Super Bulky Yarn works up in an hour! Make a pair of matching fingerless mittens using my free pattern and you have a precious pair. This cowl uses only single crochet stitches and requires only basic crochet skills. What’s more? It is a one skein project that works up super fast.
I am using super bulky yarn in a crochet pattern for the first time and really enjoyed it. I used Wool-Ease yarn from Lion Brand. They come in a range of lovely colors. If you are looking for a cheaper option, Michaels in-house brand would be a good substitute. The gorgeous wooden buttons make the perfect accent. The bigger the button, the better!

When I made my first try of this pattern, the buttons were just for embellishment and were not used for closure. Then I thought it might mess up your hair when you pull it down your neck and thought of making the buttons functional. The crochet pattern uses a braid made with four strips. It involves repeating the same two steps and is a no-brainer once you get the hang of it.






1. Yarn: Super Bulky, size 6 yarn. I used Wool-Ease Thick and Quick from Lion Brand. The
UK/Australian equivalent is 14 ply.
2. Hook: Hook P (10mm) and a hook H (5mm) to weave in the tails.
3. Sewing Needle
4. Three large wooden buttons. I used 1 ¼ inch ones.


Finished measurements: 23 inches in circumference and 7 ½ inches wide


6 ½ sc st = 4 inches
8 sc rows = 4 inches



I used about 100 yards of yarn. I could work it up in just one skein of Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick
and Quick with a few yards left.

Stitch Abbreviations

The pattern is in standard American terms.
sc- single crochet
sl st- slip stitch
ch- chain
Note: Turning chain does not count as a stitch throughout the pattern.
Chain 41 for your foundation chain.
Row 1: 1 sc in 2nd chain from hook and in each chain across. Turn.————- 40 sc
Row 2 &3: Ch 1, 1 sc in same st as chain 1, 1 sc in each st across till end. Turn.————40 sc
You will have finished the first strip now.
4 strips are made connected to each other
Chain 41 to start the next strip connected to the first as shown in pic 1. Repeat Row 1, 2 & 3 to make your second strip. Repeat the steps 2 more times until you have 4 long strips connected to each other as shown in pic 2. Do not fasten off. Proceed to make buttonhole band below.
Note: Each strip measured 25 inches long before adding the bands.

Buttonhole Band

In the first row, you will work sc stitches along the sides of the strips to join them better as shown by the arrow in pic 2.
Row 1: Ch 1 ( does not count as a st), you will work 3 sc across the side of each strip as shown in pic 2 to get a row with 12 sc. Turn.-————–12 sc
Row 2: Ch 1 ( does not count as a st), 1 sc in same st as ch 1, ch 1 for buttonhole, skip one st, 1 sc in next 3 st, ch 1 for second buttonhole, skip 1 st, 1 sc in next 4 st, ch 1 for third button hole, 1 sc in last st. Turn.————–9 sc and 3 chains.
Note: Work into the chain space means work into the gap left by chaining and skipping a stitch in the previous row.
Row 3: Ch 1 ( does not count as a st), 1 sc in same st as ch 1, 1 sc in to the next ch space for buttonhole, 1 sc in next 4 st, 1 sc into the next ch space, 1 sc in next 3 st, 1 sc into the next ch space for buttonhole, 1 sc in last st. Fasten off.————–12 st
4 strips completed
You can see the finished buttonhole band in pic 3 above but the buttonholes are not visible in the picture.
Overlap the second strip over the first and 4th strip over the 3rd strip
Overlap the middle strip on the left over the middle strip on the right
Braiding the Cowl
Arrange the 4 strips parallel to each other as shown in pic 4.
1. Put the 4th one left over the 3rd one and put the 2nd one left over the 1st one as shown in pic 4.
2. Cross the middle two by bringing the one on the left over the one on the right as shown in pic 5.
Repeat the above two steps until you braid the whole length of the strips. Arrange the shorter sides of the strips as shown in pic 6 below proceed to work the button band as given below.

Button Band

Work single crochet stitches to join the ends of the braided strips together
Row 1: Sl st to the corner of the first strip on right and work 3 sc across the first strip , continue to work 3 sc across the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th sts. At the end of this round, you would have joined all the 4 strips together. Turn. ———-12 sc
Row 2: Ch 1 ( does not count as a st), 1 sc in each st across. Turn.——12 sc
Row 3: Ch 1 ( does not count as a st), 1 sc in each st across. Fasten off.-—–12 sc



Attach 3 buttons on to one end of the cowl
1. Weave in the yarn tails at the back of your cowl using a smaller hook. I used H ( 5mm).
2. Sew the 3 buttons onto the button band at the points shown in pic 7.
Get ready to flaunt your new Cowl!
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Taylor F

Friday 29th of January 2016

Hello! I love this pattern and was hoping I could use your first picture until I can take my own?


Saturday 30th of January 2016

Please do not use my picture unless there is a direct link to my page. Thank you for asking.

Katie H.

Saturday 2nd of January 2016

I made these for my sisters and coworkers for Christmas. Everyone loved them! Thanks!


Thursday 12th of March 2015

I love this pattern but have one question. I used the Thick and Quick :Yarn but it calls for a Hook P (which is what I used) but it is 11.5 mm not 10 mm. Could you please clarify which one to use? Thanks. Nice pattern to follow.


Thursday 12th of March 2015

I used a 10mm hook to make the cowl.


Monday 6th of October 2014

I am a beginning crocheter (I made up a word!) and I wanted to do this as soon as I saw it. Mine came out a little wonky (my button placement was a little off. But it's beautiful. Thank you for this amazing pattern!

marcia henderson

Sunday 9th of March 2014

Thanks for the pattern, im going to try this today