Autumn Cowl, Chunky Hooded Cowl, Free Crochet Pattern

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I have had this Super Bulky yarn lying around since last Winter and have been thinking of making something with it. Finally, turned it into this toasty hooded cowl. I hate hats as they mess up my hair and would prefer a hood anytime. The hood has been designed not to have a beak at the back.

This cowl used up 5 skeins of Hometown USA from Lionbrand. Luckily, it was the cheapest Super Bulky yarn that I could ever find and didn’t break my bank. Whenever designing with Bulky yarn, my mantra has always been to keep it simple and let the yarn do all the talking.
This cowl is simple and quick to make and uses a variation of the dc to add some texture to your work. It is a hood and an infinity cowl all in one. Since my Mannequin did not have a proper shoulder, I struggled to keep the cowl part on her while photographing. Anyway, I hope you get the idea.

1. Yarn: Super Bulky, size 6 yarn. I used Hometown USA from Lion Brand. The
UK/Australian equivalent is 14 ply.
2. Hook: Hook K (6.5 mm) and a hook H (5mm) to weave in the tails.

Finished measurements: Hood is 12 inches high and the cowl is 47 inches long including the hood.

6 dc stitches X 3 rows= 4 inches
I used about 400 yards of yarn. I used a little less than 5 balls of Hometown USA.

Stitch Abbreviations
The pattern is in standard American terms.
dc- double crochet
sl st- slip stitch
ch- chain
Chain 130 using K hook. Chain loosely or use a bigger hook just for the foundation chain. Sl st to the first chain without twisting your foundation chain.

Round 1: Ch 3 ( counts as first dc here and throughout), 1 dc in the same ch, * (skip next ch, 2 dc in next), repeat from * till the end, skip last ch and sl st to top of beginning ch-3.——- 65 groups of 2 dc

1. Sl st to the gap between 2 dc and ch 3, shown in contrasting color for clarity

2. Work 2 dc in the gap of each dc group

3.The green hook shows where an increase will be worked

4. Completed increases for the hood

Round 2: Sl st into the gap between the dc stitches, ch 3 and 1 dc in the same gap (pic 1), 2 dc in the gap of each 2 dc group across until you have a total of 31 dc groups (pic 2), *(2 dc in the junction between the dc groups, this adds an increase, 2 dc in the gap of the next dc group immediately following it), repeat from * 2 more times (Pic 3 and 4). This will start shaping your hood. Place a marker in the second increase. Continue to work 2 dc in the gap of each dc group across, sl st to top of beginning ch-3. ———68 dc groups

Round 3: Sl st to the gap between the dc stitches, ch 3 and 1 dc in the same gap, 2 dc in the gap of each dc group across, sl st to top of beginning ch-3. ——–68 dc groups

Repeat Round 3, 7 more times. Your scarf will now measure 9 inches wide. Fasten off.


Keep the cowl with the wrong side facing you, fold the cowl at the place where you added the increases and placed the marker, measure 12 inches from the highest point and sl st the hood shut for that length. Weave in all the ends and you are done!

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  1. October 23, 2015 / 8:03 pm

    Útil, lindo y sencillo, saluditos

  2. January 10, 2016 / 7:40 am

    I love your designs and the color of the Autumn Hooded Cowl is happy and bright. This is perfect for me as I can't wear hats without a headache. So thank you very much.

  3. October 18, 2016 / 3:08 pm

    I hate wearing hats to so I'm really looking forward to wearing this Cowl this winter.

    I have a question regarding the pattern. I just finished round 2, which ends with 68 DC groups. According to the pattern round 3 ends with 65 DC groups, but I don't see any decrease. I'm a fairly new crocheter, so perhaps I'm missing something. Can you please help? Thanks.

    • October 19, 2016 / 9:50 pm

      I am sorry, that was an error in the pattern. Round 3 is supposed to end in 68 dc groups. I just edited the pattern. Thank you so much for bringing this to my attention.

  4. October 19, 2016 / 11:57 pm

    Oh good, I thought it was me. I'm a bit of a newbie, so I thought I was Missing something. Thank you for getting back to me so quickly. Now I can get back to work on it. ?

  5. November 26, 2016 / 4:00 pm

    i love this hood without point! is there a way i can make it just as a scarf, without connecting the ends as a cowl? any tips? thank you 🙂

    • November 30, 2016 / 10:32 pm

      Skip Round 2 which has the increases and work Round 3 till the scarf is the width you want. Your stitch count will be 65 and not 68 as you are not increasing. Hope that helps.

  6. JR
    September 20, 2018 / 3:59 pm

    I want this to be a hooded scarf. How do I do that

  7. Kelly
    December 4, 2018 / 6:19 am

    Im confused on round two as to where exactly to place the increase. I have the 31 sets of DC placed between the gaps of the row below. Where do i place the increase ??

    • Crochet_Dreamz
      December 4, 2018 / 9:26 am

      Hi Kelly, I have edited the pattern and added some pictures to make the pattern clearer. I hope that helps.

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