Subdued Cowl Pattern

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The Subdued Cowl Pattern is a beginner-friendly, simple crochet project that is worked back-and-forth in rows. Once your project is complete you sew the two edges together using a simple whip-stitch.

Skip this next bit if you don’t like personal stuff! I’ve been getting messages asking for updates on me and this next bit catches you up on my mental health journey for 2020. xo Rhondda

2020 has been a very eventful and overwhelming year for so many of us. For so many different reasons. My heart goes from anger to sadness on repeat when I watch the news. I hope you are all holding your own and I pray you are safe and healthy. xo Rhondda

In March, when we began our journey in 2020 with COVID and lockdowns here in Ontario, Canada, I was still hopefully optimistic that I would get through this year and all it would throw at me with determination and inner strength. Without needing to reach out and ask for any additional help.

May > I was just fine.

June > Really I was.

July > Until I wasn’t.

I was managing to make it through each day.

Then I was struggling to make it through each day.

Then the crack in my mental health became a fissure and because I wasn’t handling things I was just pushing them aside and soldiering on, pretending to everyone around me that I was golden and would be just fine my body decided to send some physiological issues my way too.

Queue the extra fun stress related symptoms!

CHECK > super bad anxiety
MATE > super high blood pressure (150/108 to 160/112) 2 weeks straight

August > I was scared. I finally called for help.

TODAY > I am Subdued. The new add-on medication is starting to work. At least the blood pressure has dropped and stayed under 138/94 for the past 2 days so that bit seems to be on the mend. I still feel battered and bruised. But not destroyed.

TOMORROW > Wistful? Hopeful? Nervous? Yes – to all three. 2020 is not over yet and my children are to start back at school in September (heart flutters and stomach flops in a bad way when I think of this). Flu season is fast approaching here and the dark and cold months of winter with it.

Personal Stuff is done!

If you share your finished Subdued Cowl photo online, be sure to tag it with #subdued2020 so I can see it too! Thanks! Rhondda

Remember this project is just one of the three brand-new scarf patterns today!

Learn more about our Scarf of the Month Club CAL below:

For our 2020 Crochet Along, we are continuing the Scarf of the Month Club and adding a little twist. 

This year we will be hosting a Scarf and Hat of the Month Club CAL. This means you will get 3 brand-new scarf patterns and 3 brand-new hat patterns each month.

PLUS, each Designer will be offering a PDF copy of their pattern, for free, for 24-hours! 

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If you still want the PDF copy and missed the CAL coupon, you can get a copy from my Ravelry Shop for 50% off (coupon expires August 30, 2020 at 11:59 pm ET) using coupon code SUBDUED50

For the 2020 Scarf and Hat of the Month Club CAL posts that are already available please visit my introduction post here:  Announcing the CAL

For my previous Scarf of the Month Club CAL patterns visit these posts:

2016 Scarf of the Month Club
2017 Scarf of the Month Club
2018 Scarf of the Month Club
2019 Scarf of the Month Club

2020 Scarf and Hat of the Month Club CAL

August 2020 Scarf of the Month Club CAL Patterns

August CAL - Scarf of the Month Club 2020

Beachcomber Cowl Pattern Visit: Amy at The Stitchin’ Mommy

Subdued Cowl Pattern Visit: Rhondda at Oombawka Design
(scroll to the bottom of this post!)

Big Bold Cabled Cowl Pattern Visit: Jennifer at A Crocheted Simplicity

[disclaimer]The Red Heart Yarn used to create this pattern was given to me by Yarnspirations.[/disclaimer]

Subdued Cowl Pattern

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Subdued Cowl Designed by Rhondda Mol

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Access the full written pattern in the blog post below.


  • Yarn: Red Heart Hygge Charm. 7 oz (198 g) and 432 yds (395 m). 97% Acrylic 3% Other Fibers. Medium Weight Yarn [4]. Machine washable and dryable.
  • Colors: 1 skein in Morning Star (item# E882-6631)
  • Hook: 6.5 mm (K). I used this hook.
  • Finished Project Yardage: Cowl: 3.89 oz (110 g) / 240 yds (219.44 m)
  • Scissors, Yarn Needle, Stitch Marker

Difficulty Level


Finished Size

Scarf width approximately 13 inches X 29 inches length


Approximately 2.25 rows per inch and 3 stitches per inch.

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


US Terminology used

beg – beginning

ch – chain

hhdc – herringbone half double crochet

R – row

sk – skip

sl st – slip stitch

st/sts – stitch/stitches

[] – at the end of the row – the total number of stitches

() – important notes

Special Stitches

Herringbone Half Double Crochet (hhdc)

Yarn over the hook. Insert hook into the specified stitch, yarn over and pull up 1 loop and pull that loop through the first loop on your hook. You have 2 loops on your hook. Yarn over and pull through the remaining 2 loops on your hook to complete the stitch.

Helpful Tutorials

Stitch Anatomy

Invisible Join

Whip Stitch

Helpful Video Tutorials

Quick Stitch Guide 

Slip Knot and Starting Chain


  • Stitch multiple: 1 
  • The initial ch 2 counts as the first hhdc of the row. This means we sk the stitch beneath it, since we already worked into it as the ch 2.
  • If you would prefer a longer infinity scarf, or scarf, you can continue these instructions until you reach your desired length.
  • If you would like to make this project in a different yarn, simply crochet your chain to the width (which will end up being the height of the cowl from your neck upwards) you want and add 2 chains. Then follow the instructions for the pattern until you reach the length you want for your project. So if you like long wrap-around infinity scarves you can just keep going until you run out of yarn!
  • When you select your yarn and hook work up 1 or 2 hook sizes to create a relaxed fabric for your scarf. The Hygge Charm yarn I used is lovely and soft and calls for a 5.5 mm (I) hook but I went up to a 6.5 mm (K) hook because it created an even softer and more relaxed fabric with this stitch.

Subdued Cowl Pattern Instructions

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The Cowl is crocheted back-and-forth in rows before sewing the 2 edges together.

Using your 6.5 mm (K) hook (or size required for gauge):

R1: (RS) Ch 37, sk the first 2 chs (counts as 1 hhdc). 1 hhdc in each ch across. Turn. [36 hhdc]

R2-R66: Ch 2 (counts as 1 hhdc). 1 hhdc in each st across. Turn.  [36 hhdc]

Finish off your yarn leaving 12-14 inches to use to sew the two edges (edge of R1 and R66) together to make your cowl. Line up the stitches and using a whipstitch technique, sew the two edges together.

If you prefer you can leave this as a scarf and add fringe to the edges instead.


  • If you would like to share your progress, please feel free to add your Ravelry Project Pages for each of the scarves you make!
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We hope you are crocheting along with us this year and I hope you have enjoyed the last 18 free crochet patterns!

Happy Crocheting 🙂

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