It’s A Cowl Thing Free Pattern

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This post includes the It’s A Cowl Thing Free Pattern. This versatile crochet project can be worn as a cowl, a hooded cowl or even a shoulder wrap!

Free Crochet Pattern It's A Cowl Thing

It’s A Cowl Thing!

Free Cowl Pattern –

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  • Yarn: Lion Brand Yarns Unique (colorway: PotPourri). Bulky [5] Weight Yarn. 109 yds (100 m); 3.5 oz (100 g). 100% Acrylic. Lay Flat to Dry, Machine Wash.
  • Suggested Substitutions for Lion Brand Unique Yarn: Red Heart: Soft Essentials, Soft Essentials Stripes; Cascade Yarns: Anthem Chunky; Red Heart: Comfort Chunky; Premier Yarns: Serenity Chunky Tweeds; Mary Maxim: Titan; Red Heart: Reflective; Phildar: Phil Partner 6; Knit Picks: Brava Bulky; Red Heart: Dreamy; Caron: X Pantone; Lion Brand: Color Made Easy,
  • Yardage: 270 meters or 295 yards (so almost 3 balls)
  • Hook: 9.0 mm (M/N)
  • Scissors
  • Yarn Needle

Difficulty Level


Finished Size

17″ tall, 28″ wide (before folding and seaming); after folding and seaming it will be 14″ wide


3.4 rows = 4 inches
8.5 sts = 4 inches


US Terminology used

beg – beginning
ch – chain
crab stitch
dc – double crochet
Fdc – foundationless double crochet
R – row/round
rem – remaining
rep – repeat
sk – skip
sl st – slip stitch
st/sts – stitch/stitches
* – Repeat the instructions between the asterisks the number of times indicated. This repeat will contain of multiple instructions.
() – Repeat the instructions between the parentheses the number of times indicated.
[] – at the end of the row – the total number of stitches


Options: Add a Fringe to the bottom edge! When I originally designed this project I had intended the bottom to have a fringed edge. I was planning on cutting 3 strands of yarn, each 12-inches in length and adding them to the base of every 3rd stitch around the bottom edge. If you do try it I would love to see the finished look!

Helpful Tutorials

Crab Stitch

If you really do not like, or have success with, the crab stitch, try this stitch from my friend Kinga at My Hobby Is Crochet:

Twisted Single Crochet

Invisible Join / Invisible Finish

Foundationless Double Crochet

It's A Cowl Thing - Free Crochet Pattern

This can be worn in SO many ways! Scroll to the end of the post for some extra photos!

Free Pattern It's A Cowl Thing

It’s A Cowl Thing Pattern Instructions

R1: 60 Fdc, turn [60]

R2: Ch 3, 1 dc in each st across, turn [60]

R3-R20: Rep R2

R21: Ch 1, and working back across the last row work 1 row of Crab Stitch, finish off and weave in ends. [60]

Fold your project in half, with the unfinished side edges touching and the right sides of the project facing inward. Whip stitch down the side seam to create a tube. Finish off and weave in the ends.

Join your yarn with a sl st anywhere on the R1 edge (the beginning edge) with the RS (the pretty side of your project) facing outward. Ch 1 and work 1 round of crab stitch on this edge. Finish off and weave in ends. [60]

Its a Cowl Thing Free Pattern

Free Crochet Pattern Its A Cowl Thing

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  1. Can some one please tell me
    Are explain how do I make a CRAB stitch never heard of that stitch ???
    Thanks. Jean

  2. Hi Vicky,

    17″ tall, 28″ wide (before folding and seaming); after folding and seaming it will be 14″ wide

    So you need to fold it like a book making the longest edge 14 inches wide (when it is folded).

    Wishing you the best,

  3. I am so confused 🤷🏽‍♀️ about which way it has to be folded? Long like a sausage or short like a book

  4. Hi Edith, I’ve added some additional information to the post about the Unique Yarn including some possible yarn substitutions for it. It is a Bulky Weight Yarn [5]. You can see the suggested yarn subs here: Hope this helps! Rhondda The 6 Super Bulky may be too heavy for this project – you would need to compare the yardage / meters and the oz / grams to see how close it is to the Unique Yarn. The information about Lion Brand Unique is available here:

  5. I cant find Unique any where what size Is the yarn is it a 5.. because I just pick up size 6 in a different brand will that work

  6. Hi Dayna, You use one strand of yarn. To make the entire project you will use up 3 balls of yarn. Hope this helps! Rhondda

  7. Is it using three yarn together or just one but crocheting the cowl will take three balls

  8. I was also wondering how many skeins of yarn is needed. Can’t wait to make this. One of the most beautiful versatile patterns I’ve seen. Stunning!!!

  9. I love this, Rhondda. I’ve been wanting to make something for myself and this will fill the bill perfectly. Thank you so much.

  10. Love it Rhondda, Thank you so much for all your beautiful patterns.

    hugs, Sharon