Alicia Cowl Crochet Pattern, Free Pattern

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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.
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
You can see the finished buttonhole band in pic 3 above but the buttonholes are not visible in the picture.
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
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
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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  1. December 20, 2012 / 4:52 am

    This is very nice:)

  2. December 20, 2012 / 3:53 pm

    Thank you for these WONDERFUL patterns!

  3. December 20, 2012 / 5:27 pm

    This is lovely and so easy! I love working with Wool Ease and have made several scarves and hats. I don't consider myself a beginner but I still do have trouble imagining what something should like when done. Would you please consider posting a pic of what the ends of the braided straps should like when they are crochet together? Also, pic five seems to show the button-hole side also having the buttons attached? Am sure I can figure out but a pic would be nice! Thank you for sharing. Merry Christmas!

    • December 20, 2012 / 10:51 pm

      Pic 5 is of the button band itself. Both the button hole band and button band look the same except for the button holes. Does that help ?

  4. December 26, 2012 / 4:33 am

    I made this today. Love the pattern, easy to follow. I did not use chunky yarn though and i am not satisfied with the results 🙁 It came out too narrow.

    • December 27, 2012 / 9:15 pm

      You could have tried holding 2 strands together.

  5. December 27, 2012 / 2:07 am

    Wow! You are the best I've seen thus far. I wanna be like you when I grow up lol jk…I'm still learning to crochet but hope to be as good as you some day. I'm a new subscriber so pls feel free to visit my blog and follow back. Thank you and happy new year!

  6. December 27, 2012 / 9:14 pm

    Thanks Tasha. I hope that crochet will be a craft you will cherish for life. Happy New Year to you too.

  7. December 30, 2012 / 4:02 am

    I found this pattern today and made this for myself. Not only was it super easy and quick to do, but it is warm and I love it! I have a feeling I maybe making another for my daughter lol

  8. December 30, 2012 / 4:03 am

    I found this pattern this morning when doing some editing on my shop and I made this today for myself and I love it! Super easy pattern and Super warm!

  9. January 22, 2013 / 8:13 pm

    Super interesting look! I'll have to "library" this on ravelry! thanks for sharing 🙂 I love Wool Ease as well, just wish it was cheaper!!

  10. January 25, 2013 / 3:56 pm

    Hmmm …. Beautiful, lovely

  11. January 29, 2013 / 1:18 am

    I love the look of this. I'm adding it to my "things to crochet" list.

    I also added your link to the free directory at
    I hope it brings you lots of traffic.

  12. March 1, 2013 / 7:59 am

    I tried to download this pattern but it told me the host did not have enough bandwidth. I have the yarn to make the scarf and would really like to get the pattern. Could you please help me? Thank you 🙂

    • March 4, 2013 / 1:29 am

      The link seems to work fine for me. If you email me using the Contact Me form, I can email you the pattern.

  13. March 29, 2013 / 2:02 am

    Hi, I so love this cowl. Wanna start, wanna start, now, now, now!!!!

  14. Anonymous
    July 22, 2013 / 11:18 pm

    This is an amazing pattern! It is so cute, and the pattern and pictures are so straightforward! Thanks for posting this, I plan to make one for my sisters/mom/friends Christmas gifts!

  15. September 29, 2013 / 2:17 pm

    Definitely adding this to my list. Cute , thanks for sharing.

  16. September 29, 2013 / 2:17 pm

    Added to my list.. cute , thanks for sharing. .

  17. Diane (Oldham)
    October 3, 2013 / 11:21 am

    This is a brilliant pattern I have made four of these in the last few days and have given some away, the teenage girls who received them thought they were great, a joy to make and so quick, thanks for sharing

  18. October 16, 2013 / 6:01 pm

    Hi! Beautiful work, love the cowl! Was wondering where you find your wooden buttons??

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