Crochet Cozy Cowl – Free Pattern

A warm, fuzzy, functional cowl to keep you warm and adorned on those bitter cold days! I love the repetitive stitching of this pattern that makes it easy to crochet while watching TV, yet it is still interesting and has some texture.

Crochet Cozy Cowl - Free Pattern and Photo Tutorial


  • Worsted weight yarn – I used Bernat Alpaca Blends in Aqua (it took almost 2 skeins, or about 7 ounces)
  • K hook
  • Button or flower to adorn it if desired
Crochet Cozy Cowl - With Textured Stitching from Reverse Double Crochet

Can you see all the texture that 1 reverse double crochet stitch has? Makes for a very nice pattern.


  • CH = chain
  • SC = single crochet
  • DC = double crochet
  • SL ST = slip stitch
  • SP = space

Row 1

  • CH 61 (or any multiple of 3, plus 1)
  • In the second chain from the hook, work a SC
  • Work 1 SC in each ST down (60 SC total)
  • Join to beginning SC with a SL ST (use the tail from the beginning chain to sew the bottom part of the row together)

Rows 2-3

Tip – it’s harder to see the start and finish of a round of single crochet, so you might want a stitch marker to make it easier.

  • CH 1
  • SC in each SP all the way down (60 SC total)
  • SL ST to close

Row 4

  • CH 3
  • *SK the next two SC (but just 1 SP)
  • Work a DC in that 2nd SP
  • Work a DC in the previous space
  • Repeat from * all the way down
  • SK the next two SC (but just 1 SP)
  • Work a DC in the last space
  • Join with a SL ST to the beginning DC

Rows 5-7

  • CH 1
  • SC in each SP all the way down (60 SC total)

Row 8

Repeat row 4

Repeat rows 5-8 until you reach the desired height. For me, it was about 32 rows total. It used up almost all of 2 skeins of yarn, but not quite. I would’ve kept going, but honestly just wanted to move on to another project!

Crochet Cozy Cowl - A View of the Pattern

Photo Tutorial

Step 1: After working 3 rounds of SC, start your fourth round with a CH 3 (counts as first DC).

Crochet Cozy Cowl - Photo Tutorial - Step 1

Step 2: Now, skip two single crochets, but just one space. In that second space, after the second single crochet, work 1 double crochet.

Crochet Cozy Cowl - Photo Tutorial - Step 2

Step 3: In the previous single crochet space (the one you skipped over), work a double crochet. It will cross over the front of the previous double crochet and make an X. You are working on the wrong side of the fabric – on the other side you’ll see that it pokes out and makes nice texture.

Crochet Cozy Cowl - Photo Tutorial - Step 3

Step 4: Skip two single crochets again (or just one space, however you want to think of it, and it’s not the space where that first double crochet of the X was worked), start again by working a double crochet. Then, work another double crochet but in the previous space, the one you just skipped over.

Crochet Cozy Cowl - Photo Tutorial - Step 4

Here’s what one swatch of the pattern looks like – 3 single crochet, then the reverse double crochet row. Each round starts and ends with a double crochet (but doesn’t make the X).

Crochet Cozy Cowl - Photo Tutorial - Swatch of the pattern


Crochet Cozy Cowl - Free Pattern and Photo Tutorial to teach the Reverse Double Crochet Stitch

Go ahead and laugh – I am most certainly NOT a model!

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About Sara McFall

Sara is the owner and founder of My Merry Messy Life, which started in 2011 as a way to chronicle her journey to a natural, chemical-free lifestyle and to share her passions of mothering, real food, homeschooling and crochet. She is a mama to three precious and energetic little boys and wife to a university professor who loves to sing, dance ballet and ballroom, and live simply and naturally.


  1. Pamela Emerson says:

    Thank you for the pretty pattern. You look great in it and the blue really make your eyes pop, very pretty.

  2. Beautiful scarf, and yes you are lovely Sara! Thank you so much for everything you share with us. Bless you today and each day.

  3. Hi! Thanks so much for sharing your pattern! I’m just getting started working it up, but I’m afraid I don’t understand Rows 2-3. It says to work sc in each “space”. Do you mean to work between the sc of the previous round, or by saying “space” do you mean “stitch”, as in “work sc into each stitch until the end of round”? I hope I’m making sense! Thanks in advance for your help!

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