Crochet Cowl Pattern, Sea Shells Cowl

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I know some of you prefer crochet cowls over crochet scarves. When I published the Rose Petals scarf using this same st, some of you requested a cowl. So here it is!




Since I had already used this stitch in a couple of other patterns, writing this cowl pattern came really easy. Keeping in mind that some of you might be seeing this stitch for the first time, I have made a conscious effort not to omit the details.


I love adding colors to all my projects as it makes the photographs pop. I have used two colors here but I think the cowl would look just as good in a single color as well.




I started writing this pattern before I left for vacation and originally planned to publish it on Jan 3rd. I got so busy with my niece’s wedding that things didn’t go as planned. Hey, family first, right?



I cannot reiterate enough how much I love this stitch. I plan to design a free poncho pattern with this stitch next. What type of poncho would you like? A turtle neck or a cowl neck? Assymmetrical or triangular? Let me know in the comments below.


You can pin it for later here.

Crochet Cowl Pattern


1. Worsted weight size 4 yarn. Lionbrand Wool-Ease in colors Fisherman and Pumpkin were used for the sample cowl.

2. An H(5mm) hook.

3. Tapestry needle to weave in the ends.

Finished Size

The finished cowl is 35 inches in circumference and 13 1/2  inches high.



Gauge is  7 Pat repeats= 8 inches



Around 220 yards of each color.


Stitch Abbreviations


dc-double crochet

fpdc-front post double crochet

 beg- beginning

Stitch Explanations

V st: (1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc) worked into the same st.

Shell St: (3 dc, ch 2, 3dc) worked into the same ch-2 space.

Front post double crochet (fpdc): You can see a tutorial here.

Crochet Pattern

The initial chain is a multiple of 4. It is crucial that you make the initial chain loose. Feel free to use a larger hook just for the foundation chain if needed.


1. Row 1 completed


Row 1: With color Pumpkin, loosely ch 124, sl st to first ch, ch 5 ( counts as 1dc + ch 2), 1 dc in the same st (first V-st made), *( sk 3 chs, 1 V-st in next ch), repeat from * until 3 chs left, sl st to top of beg ch-3, do not turn.—–31 V-sts


2. Row 2 completed


Row 2: Sl st into the next ch-2 space, (ch 3, 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc)into the same ch-2 space to complete the first shell, 1 fpdc in the next dc (the second leg of the V-st), *(1 fpdc in the next dc, shell in the next ch-2 space, 1 fpdc in the next dc), repeat from * until you work a shell and fpdc in the last V-st, 1 fpdc in the first leg of the very first V-st, sl st to top of  beg ch-3, do not turn.———31 shells


Note: In the next row, you will be skipping a lot of stitches to work your V-sts and that is what makes your shell stitches pop to give it a 3D look.


3. Row 3 completed


Row 3: Sl st loosely into the next 2 dc,  sl st into the next ch-2 space, ch 5, 1 dc in same st( 1 V-st made), 1 V-st in ch-2 space of each shell across to end, sl st to top of beg ch-3, do not turn.——-31 V-sts


Repeat Rows 2 and 3 until you have a total of 6 shell rows and fasten off.


Starting the Second Color

Row 1: With the new color, sl st into the ch-2 space of any shell, ch 5, 1 dc in the same ch-2 space( 1 V-st made), 1 V-st in ch-2 space of each shell across to end, sl st to beg ch-3, do not turn.——-31 V-sts


Repeat Rows 2 and 3 of the first color until you have 5 shell rows.


Last Row: Sl st into the next 2 dc, sl st into the next ch-2 space, *(Ch 5, sl st into the ch-2 space of the next shell), repeat from *  until you end with a sl st in the same ch-2 space where you started the first ch-5. Fasten off.



Weave in any tails left.

If you love this stitch you might also like my Falling Petals Afghan Crochet Pattern and my Rose Petals Scarf Crochet Pattern.


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  1. Tanya
    January 12, 2019 / 12:48 pm

    I love this stitch and can’t wait for you to do the poncho. I would love to see it with a turtle neck.

    • Crochet_Dreamz
      January 12, 2019 / 1:01 pm

      Hi Tanya, I really appreciate your feedback. Thank you so much.

    • L. Smith
      October 12, 2019 / 4:10 pm

      Awesome stitch design. I would like to see the pattern in a turtle neck and/or cowl and in a triangular shape, please. Would you be able to do a video of the poncho showing how to do it with a turtle neck and cowl? That would be very helpful. Thank you

    • Barbara Sue Castleman
      October 23, 2020 / 5:35 pm

      I love all your items. How about a cowl neck poncho? That would be great.

      • Shehnaaz
        October 24, 2020 / 8:26 pm

        I will add that to my super long to-do list, haha!

    January 18, 2019 / 11:48 am

    I would like to see an asymmetrical version with turtleneck!

    • Crochet_Dreamz
      January 18, 2019 / 5:21 pm

      Hi Brenda, Thank you so much for providing your feedback. That is two votes for a turtle neck poncho.

  3. Lynda
    January 18, 2019 / 3:21 pm

    This is a beautiful pattern. I’d love to do a poncho in this same stitch. Would prefer a triangle poncho without a cowl or turtlenecek.

    • Crochet_Dreamz
      January 18, 2019 / 5:23 pm

      Hi Lynda, thank you for your feedback.

      • Brenda
        July 31, 2020 / 6:49 am

        I agree triangle poncho, I don’t like things right on my neck. Love the stitch have used in a blanket before. Love this!

  4. January 18, 2019 / 3:45 pm

    I absolutely love this pattern cannot wait to start on this. I also thought what a great blanket it would make. Thank you so much for sharing

  5. Juliana
    January 18, 2019 / 4:15 pm

    Would love to see this stitch done in cowl neck – Assymmetrical. Either will be beautiful as well.

    • Crochet_Dreamz
      January 18, 2019 / 5:25 pm

      Thank you so much, Juliana.

  6. Janice
    January 19, 2019 / 1:13 am

    I love this cowl. It’s beautiful! I would love a vest in this pattern. I think it would be beautiful too. Thanks for the Free pattern.

  7. Marcia
    January 19, 2019 / 10:58 am

    I’m partial to turtleneck. I was wondering if you thought about designing it so the sides formed sleeves or cuffs. I’ve seen lots of ponchos that are made that way these days and think they look so dressy and practical. Your pattern stitch would make it beautiful as well!

    • Crochet_Dreamz
      January 19, 2019 / 11:18 am

      Hi Marcia, Yes, adding sleeves did cross my mind. Hopefully, I will be able to come up with something you all will like.

  8. Adele
    January 23, 2019 / 4:28 pm

    I’m really confused. After I have made the first row of V stitches and done the last three slip stitches, you say not to turn but to slip stitch to the next chain two stitch. Do I attach to the end of the row making it a circle?

    • Crochet_Dreamz
      January 23, 2019 / 5:12 pm

      You are supposed to make the foundation chain and then join the ends form a circle. It looks like you missed that step.

      • ADELE
        January 28, 2019 / 8:12 am

        Thanks for responding so quickly. I have looked all over my directions and didn’t see anything that mentioned forming a ring but I figured it out myself. Anyway, I love the stitch but once again am having a problem. Am I correct in that in the V-stitch I FPDC the first DC, 3 DCs, ch 2, 3DCs in the ch 2 sp,, then FPDC in the second DC of the V stitch? It just isn’t curling tightly like in your diagram. I have gone over the directions multiple times and can’t figure out what I’m doing wrong. Looking forward to your tutorial so I can surprise my daughter with the beautiful cowl.

        • Crochet_Dreamz
          January 28, 2019 / 9:58 am

          It says in Row 1, ch 124 and sl st to the first ch. Your shells will pop up when you do the next V-st row. You will be skipping a lot of stitches between those V-sts that will make your shell stitches pop.

          • ADELE
            January 28, 2019 / 11:18 am

            Ok. I’m going to rip it out and start again. However, I have to warn you, you may have to come to my house and straighten me out if it doesn’t work. How does visiting Florida sound? LOL

  9. Connie White
    January 24, 2019 / 4:38 pm

    I don’t know where my head has been (in the sand??)but this is my first time seeing this stitch and I am in LOVE!! I could only dream of how beautiful an asymmetrical poncho with a cowl would look. I bet it would be fun-nominal!! Please keep up the wonderful work!!

    • Crochet_Dreamz
      January 25, 2019 / 12:42 pm

      Thank you so much for appreciating my work. I am glad you like my patterns.

  10. Trinae
    January 26, 2019 / 8:16 am

    I really want to try this stitch! I’m more of a visual learner along with the pattern. Do you possibly have a video tutorial of this? Thanks for posting your pattern!

    • Crochet_Dreamz
      January 26, 2019 / 10:04 am

      Hi Trinae, next week, I will be posting a video for the Falling Petals afghan which uses the same stitch in rows. I hope that will be helpful.

  11. Jorji
    January 28, 2019 / 8:49 pm

    Thank you for the beautiful pattern, I finished it and made a hat inspired by your cowl. I made it to not have the holes and it will be toasty warm, along with your beautiful cowl . Thanks again

    • Crochet_Dreamz
      January 28, 2019 / 9:27 pm

      That is wonderful. I am glad you enjoyed the pattern.

  12. Terri
    October 13, 2019 / 1:31 pm

    Hi! I really like this stitch, but would rather have a straight scarf patter. The person I want to make scarf for does not care for cowl scarfs. Is there any chance that you might already have such a pattern? Thank you in advance.

  13. Kristen
    January 3, 2020 / 1:36 pm

    I love this cowl! It just looks so squishy, & full of texture!! Although I am still deciding on the perfect two colors to work it up! I would love to see this stitch in an assymetrical turtleneck poncho! I’m sure I’ll love anything that you come up with! All your patterns are stunning–I love what you do, including your generosity of sharing your free patterns!! BIG FAN–(can you tell?? LOL)

    • Shehnaaz
      January 3, 2020 / 6:45 pm

      Thank you so much for your kind words. I appreciate it.

  14. September 21, 2020 / 1:56 pm

    With this pattern I am learning to do has enthused my to spread my wings hopefully I will see more of your patterns Thank You A line Mooney

  15. terry pearson
    November 19, 2020 / 7:14 pm

    made this in the red heart ombre teal with an I hook started with 104 foundation single crochet did 10 whole shell rows and then row 1 and then 3 single crochet in every chain 2 and 1 single crochet in between the v stitch. IT IS BEAUTIFULL!!! <3

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