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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!


Finished crochet cowl with a textured stitch made in 2 colors



Front view of cowl on a mannequin



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.


closeup view of cowl on a mannequin


Side view showcasing the textured stitch of the cowl


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?


Finished cowl on a mannequin wearing a black dress


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.


Closeup of textured stitch



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 with V stitches



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 with shells 



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 with V stitches



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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terry pearson

Thursday 19th of November 2020

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

A line Mooney

Monday 21st of September 2020

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


Friday 3rd of January 2020

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)


Friday 3rd of January 2020

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

Cheryl Wagoner

Sunday 13th of October 2019

I love this cowl! Fun and easy.


Sunday 13th of October 2019

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.


Wednesday 16th of October 2019

Hi Terri, take a look at my Falling Petals Afghan made with the same stitch. It is worked in rows, so it won't be hard to turn it into a scarf: