::A Free Cowl Pattern--Anyone?::

Remember when I said a couple posts ago that I was working on a new cowl for my daughter, Lizzie, because she liked the rainbow one so much? Well, IT'S DONE!!  She wanted something striped, but neutral.

She also wanted something she could pull up like a hood. (I apologize for the model--I was the only one around to wear it!)And she wanted something with texture but not lacey (holey, as she would say).

She wanted something long enough that she could wrap it twice and have a super snuggly wide cowl.

And has been true for most of Lizzie's life--what she wants is what she gets. Very blessed life that girl has, indeed! As am I to have her as my daughter! I adore her!

Would you like the pattern? Well, ok. Since I adore my friends in bloggie land, too, here you go...

I'm calling this the--::BURTON COWL:: 


2 skeins-Stitch Nation Bamboo Ewe 3.5 oz (100g) 177 yds (162m) in Mercury (Color A)
1 skein-Stitch Nation Washable Ewe  3.5 oz (100g) 183 yds (167 m) in Cottontail (Color B)
Hook – J (6.0mm)
Tapestry needle

48 inches (117 cm) in circumference X 11 inches (28 cm) wide

15sc and 7 3-dc puff X 9 rows (in pattern) = 4 in X 4 in (10cm X 10cm)

The cowl is made in the round without turning and RS facing, joining at the end of each round with a sl st.
I used all but a few inches of the yarn listed in the materials and clipped my tails relatively short (3 inches/7.5 cm) when fastening off, so check your gauge or have extra yarn on hand.
If you want your cowl longer or shorter you can adjust the length of the beginning chain by adding or subtracting multiples of 2 stitches.

Special Stitch::
3-dc puff—(yo, insert hook in next st, yo, draw yarn through st, yo, draw yarn through 2 loops on hook) 3 times in same st, yo, draw yarn through 4 loops on hook

With Color A, ch 170, join with sc to first ch to form ring (Be careful not to twist your chain.)
Rnd 1—sc in each ch around, join with sl st to first sc (Again, be careful when joining that the first round is not twisted!)
Rnd 2—ch 1, 3dc puff in same st as join, *ch 1, sk next sc, 3dc puff in next; repeat from * around, sk last st, join with sl st to top of 3-dc puff
Rnd 3—ch 1, sc is same st as join, *sc in ch 1 sp, sc in puff; repeat from * around, sc in last ch 1 sp, join with sl st to first sc
Rnds 4-9—repeat rounds 2-3 (pattern) 3 times; fasten off yarn
Rnds 10-17—Change to Color B, repeat rounds 2-3 (pattern) 4 times, fasten off yarn
Rnds 18-25— Change to Color A, repeat rounds 2-3 (pattern) 4 times, fasten off yarn

Slip Stitch Striping::
Using the contrasting color of yarn and in Rounds 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 15, 19, 21 and 23 (these are all sc rounds) you will complete the decorative sl st striping. With RS facing and yarn always at the back (WS), insert hook in any sc of Row 3, yo at back of work and pull up a loop. Insert hook in next sc, yo, draw through st and then your hook. Continue slip stitching around and finish by inserting hook in the same st in which you began. Pull ends to WS and weave in. Repeat with the remaining rounds.

Happy Hooking!


  1. Thank you for this gift!! The cowl is beautiful!!! Another thing on my to do list!!!
    xxxx Alessandra

  2. You are so welcome, Alessandra!

  3. Oh Susan, that is a generous gift. How did you know I was planning on making a cowl? :)
    Your daughter is adorable. I will post a link as soon as I make the cowl. The problem is that we get crappy yarn here, maybe because with full time jobs women are no longer pursuing crochet/knitting as hobbies. :(
    Have a nice day.

    1. You are so welcome, Sangeetha! I can't wait to see your cowl! I'll stop by your blog regularly. I love beautiful yarn, but often settle for what I can afford and can get locally.

  4. That is lovely and you look lovely in it! Thanks for this wonderful pattern!

    1. You are so welcome, Tania! And thanks for the compliment!

  5. Aha! Here it is. :) It looks fabulous! Thanks for the pattern! I can't wait to try one.

  6. Anonymous1/31/2015

    I cannot find this kind of yarn it has been discontinued. Please let me know where I can find similar yarn. Thank you !

    1. Helene,
      Any worsted or DK yarn would be fabulous for this project. Something soft against the skin is ideal! I'm not certain what part of the world you are in so it is difficult to make alternative suggestions, but there is a great website called YarnSub.com that will identify yarns of similar quality, weight and composition that work well for substitution. I hope this helps!


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