This free crochet pattern for a colourful striped cowl is the perfect project to whip up this winter season. You can easily customize it to suit your wardrobe and include all your favorite colours, or use the same colours I did and let them do all the work.
You’ll find the matching hat here.
Alternatively, you can purchase the set in my pattern shops. The new PDF includes the old, 4-colour version of the hat pattern.
Da Boss Cowl
Hobbii – Portobello 60% Cotton, 28% Acrylic, 12% Wool
50 g (131 yds/120 m)
2 balls main colour + 1 ball each of 4 colours
Used here: A-70 (Purple Rain), B-79 (Open Sea), C-116 (Hunter Green), D-43 (Bordeaux), and E-56 (Antique Rose)
5 mm and 5.5 mm
With 5.5 mm hook, 13 sts and 13 rounds = 4 in (10 cm)
To check your gauge
Work in pattern until it is possible to measure work against information above. Adjust hook accordingly.
To fit head circumference with 2.75 in (7 cm) positive ease around
Toddler: 16 in-18 in (41 cm-46 cm)
Child: 18 in-20 in (46 cm-51 cm)
Tween: 20 in-22 in (51 cm-56 cm)
Adult small: 21 in-23 in (53 cm-59 cm)
Adult large: 22 in-24 in (56 cm-61 cm)
BLO… back loop only
dc… double crochet
RS… right side
sc… single crochet
sl st… slip stitch
Border is worked first in rows and sewn together at short ends.
Stitches are picked up in row ends to work the hat/cowl in turned rounds.
Change colours every 2 rounds, as you sl st. I prefer to cut the yarn at each change, but you can decide to float them inside.
Cowl circumference is approximately 2.75 in (7 cm) more than that of the hat.
With A and 5 mm hook, ch 6.
Row 1. Sc in second ch from hook and in each ch across, turn. 5 sts
Row 2. Ch 1, sc in first st, sc-BLO in next 3, sc in last.
Rows 3-68 (74, 80, 84, 86). Repeat Row 2.
After last row, sew short ends together with wrong side facing. Fasten off.
With 5.5 mm hook
Optional (see Felted Button for complete tutorial): Working in row ends, join B at seam and loosely sl st in each row end around, sl st to first sl st. Do not fasten off. — (68, 74, 80, 84, 86) sts
Round 1 (RS). Ch 1, *sc in first st, dc in next, repeat from * around, sl st in first sc, turn.
Round 2. Ch 1, *sc in first st, dc in next, repeat from * around, change to next colour as you sl st in first sc, turn.
Rounds 3-22 (24, 26, 26, 30). Repeat Rounds 1-2. For my own cowl, I just kept working in rounds until I ran out of yarn!
After last round, fasten off and weave ends in.
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