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.