Short and Sweet Cowl Crochet Pattern

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If you’re looking for the perfect last-minute gift, look no further! With the Short & Sweet Cowl, you can whip up a squishy, soft, and comfortable accessory in less than two hours.

The Short and Sweet Cowl, a great last minute project for you to crochet and to give as a gift. You will need less than 1 ball of Caron Tea Cakes yarn (TIP: any other Super Bulky Weight Yarn will do too!) and around 2 hours to crochet this project.

The finished cowl is soft, squishy and easy to wear. The fabric allows you to pull it up to cover your nose and ears if you need to and to wear it comfortably around your neck when you don’t.

This free pattern is a great one to have in your arsenal! You’ll have a gift ready to give in just a few short hours.

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Short and Sweet Cowl (in the post below). Find it on Ravelry here.

Short and Sweet Cowl Crochet Pattern. Crochet yourself into someone's heart with the Short & Sweet Cowl ❤️ Less than 2 hrs and less than 1 yarn ball away from the perfect gift 🎁 Soft, squishy, and super cozy! 🧶 #CrochetMagic

Short & Sweet Cowl Crochet Pattern

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  • Yarn:  Caron Tea Cakes Yarn, Super Bulky [6], 80% Acrylic, 20% Wool, 8.5 oz. / 240 g; 204 yd. / 186 m; Hand wash and lay flat to dry.
  • Color: Hibiscus
  • Finished Cowl: 1 ball of yarn
  • Crochet Hook: 9 mm Clover Amour Hook
  • Scissors, Yarn Needle, Stitch Marker (optional)

Yarn Substitutes: Patons Highland Bulky, Estelle Bulky, Cascade Yarns Big Wheel, Bernat Softee Chunky, Lion Brand Mandala Impressions, King Cole Big Value Super Chunky Twist, King Cole Big Value Super Chunky.

Difficulty Level

  • EASY

Finished Size

  • 26 inches circumference by 10 inches height


  • 3 row sets (row sets = 1 row of 3-dc clusters and 1 row of sc) in 4 inches
  • 8 stitches in 4 inches (measured over a single crochet row)

You can substitute any yarn and hook for this stitch pattern – just remember when you substitute if your gauge is different, the finished size of your project will also be different.


US Terminology used

  • 3-dc cluster – 3 double crochet cluster (see special stitches)
  • ch – chain
  • ch1sp – chain 1 space
  • dc – double crochet
  • R – row
  • RS – right side
  • rem – remaining
  • rep – repeat
  • sc – single crochet
  • sk – skip
  • st/sts – stitch/stitches
  • * – Repeat the instructions between the asterisks the number of times indicated. This repeat will contain of multiple instructions.
  • [] – at the end of the row – the total number of stitches

Special Stitches

3-dc cluster: this is all worked in the same single crochet stitch – *Yarn over the hook and insert the hook into the sc stitch indicated, yarn over and pull up 1 loop. Yarn over the hook and pull through 2 loops on your hook.** You have 2 loops on your hook. Rep from * to ** 2 more times. You will now have 4 loops on your hook. Yarn over and pull through all 4 loops to complete the 3-dc cluster stitch.

Note: if you are familiar with dc3tog stitches, the 3-dc cluster is the exact same EXCEPT it is being worked in 1 stitch (as a cluster) rather than over 3 stitches (to make a decrease).

Helpful Tutorials


  • This project is worked flat.
  • Chain a multiple of 2+4
  • The ch 3 at the beginning of the row counts as 1 dc. You skip the sc at the base of the ch 3 because we are counting the ch 3 as a dc stitch.
  • I worked into the ch 1 itself, not the ch1sp when I worked 1 sc in each st across (beginning in R3). If you prefer and it is easier for you you can work into the ch1sp for R3 – it makes only a small difference in the final finished appearance.
  • Be careful at the end of R2 because we do not end the repeat with a chain 1 – the last stitch you work in the repeat is the 3-dc cluster – so don’t chain 1! It becomes ‘habit’ to feel like we chain 1 after every 3-dc cluster but we are working the ch 1 before it in the ‘repeat’. The final cluster of the row is directly beside 1 dc stitch – there is no ch 1 between them.
  • I like the puffy look of the stitches so I chose to make R1 the RS (right side) of my cowl. If you prefer to have a softer look, make R2 the RS of your project. If you make R2 the RS of your project you may wish to add 1 round of single crochet on the top and bottom edges of your cowl after it has been assembled to give it a more finished look.
  • Add the Short and Sweet Cowl to your Ravelry library here
Crochet yourself into someone's heart with the Short & Sweet Cowl ❤️ Less than 2 hrs and less than 1 yarn ball away from the perfect gift 🎁 Soft, squishy, and super cozy! 🧶 #CrochetMagic

Short and Sweet Cowl Pattern Instructions

This easy to crochet cowl is worked in turned rows before being seamed into its final cowl shape.

Using your 9 mm (M/N) hook (or size required for gauge):

R1: (RS) Ch 52 stitches, sk 1 ch and work 1 sc in each ch across. Turn. [51 sc]

R2: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), work 3-dc cluster in the next sc, *ch 1, skip the next sc, work 3-dc cluster in the next sc**. Rep from * to ** across to the last sc of the row. Work 1 dc in the last sc. Turn. [25 3-dc clusters, 24 ch1sp, 2 dc]

R3: Ch 1 (we do not count this as a stitch), 1 sc in each st and in each ch 1 across. Turn. [51 sc]

R4-R15: Rep R2 and R3

Proceed to finishing instructions.

Finishing Instructions

  • Finish off leaving a long tail (12 to 15 inches) for assembly.
  • With right sides facing, whip stitch to the side edges together.
  • Finish off and weave in the remaining ends.
Crochet yourself into someone's heart with the Short & Sweet Cowl ❤️ Less than 2 hrs and less than 1 yarn ball away from the perfect gift 🎁 Soft, squishy, and super cozy! 🧶 #CrochetMagic

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Tick Tock! 🕒 Need a last-minute gift? With the Short and Sweet Cowl, you’ll turn into a crochet master in no time. A single ball of Caron Tea Cakes yarn is your key to unlocking this plush, cozy accessory. But don’t sweat it if you’ve only got Super Bulky Weight Yarn. With just 2 hours and this free pattern, you’re all set to create a stylish, versatile cowl. One that snugly covers up when it’s chilly, or sits comfortably around the neck when it’s not. 🧶💕 Gift-making has never been easier and quicker! #crocheting #diy #lastminutegifts #handmade

Crochet yourself into someone’s heart with the Short & Sweet Cowl ❤️ Less than 2 hrs and less than 1 yarn ball away from the perfect gift 🎁 Soft, squishy, and super cozy! 🧶 #CrochetMagic

Searching for the perfect last-minute gift? The Short and Sweet Cowl is the answer to your dilemma. This simple crochet project takes less than two hours and requires less than one ball of Caron Tea Cakes yarn. The end product is a soft, squishy cowl that can be worn comfortably and stylishly. Additionally, it can be pulled upwards to cover the nose and ears when needed. Offering simplicity and versatility, this free pattern is an excellent addition to your crocheting repertoire, ensuring you have a gift ready to give in just a few hours.


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  1. Hi Petrina, To be honest we are all very critical of our own crochet – I was just speaking to my sister this morning about this. We can see all the little things we could have done better on our own projects but very few other people will ever notice these small things. I’m certain your project is lovely too!! Have a lovely weekend, Rhondda

  2. your work is simply beautiful. I only wish that my finish product was as lovely as yours. thanks for sharing