Side view of Clearwater beach buttoned cowl crochet pattern displayed on a mannequin
Cowls and Scarves

Clearwater Beach Buttoned Cowl Crochet Pattern

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Icy wind slicing through your coat and clutching at your neck has to be the worst part of winter- especially for a delicate Floridian like myself. 

Wouldn’t you much rather nestle into the cozy warm hug of a buttoned crochet cowl?

Both this lovely buttoned crochet cowl and the matching crochet  slouchy hat pattern will be gifts for family back home in the arctic tundra that is the Midwest right now. They carry my love, and the warmth of some deliciously soft Peruvian highland sheep whose fleece made it into my Knitcrate box a few months ago.

Side view of Clearwater beach buttoned cowl crochet pattern displayed on a mannequin

The gorgeous crochet ribbing at the top gives just enough of a gather to create a really effortlessly elegant drape.

The neat and tidy waistcoat stitches pair really nicely with the graceful clusters, too, don’t they? I love how effortlessly feminine this piece is!

But you haven’t even seen the best part yet! This gorgeous button really makes the piece shine as a gift. And it’s hiding a little secret:

A second button on the opposite side of this button tab!

Using a smaller button behind the tab allows it to be secured neatly through the stitching, but still have a gorgeous statement in the front.

The dual button tab lets you choose how you prefer to wear the piece- and control just how cozy it feels.

You can wear it buttoned to the side, as above, or for a slightly gentler look, button a row or two in.

If you’re immune to the cold, like my dear mother in law, you could even button the tab to the ribbing itself for a loose but pretty open drape. (Thanks to the ribbed collar!)

 

Click here to add the Clearwater Beach Button Cowl Crochet Pattern to your Ravelry favorites, or purchase a convenient printable PDF pattern.

From Dec 23 until Dec 27th, you can get this crochet button cowl pattern for FREE as a part of the Celebrate the Holidays event! Use code “Celebrate19” at checkout, or click the button below.

Materials

J/6mm Crochet Hook; Vidalana Ambient Worsted Yarn, 100% wool, Worsted weight yarn, 201yds/183m, 100g per skein, 2 skeins used in Dawn Blush colorway. Yarn Needle; Scissors

Abbreviations

Ch- chain; Cl- cluster; Dc3tog- double crochet 3 together; Hdc- half double crochet; Fhdc- foundation hdc; Rpt- repeat; Sc- single crochet; Sc2tog- single crochet 2 together; Sl- slip stitch; St(s)- stitch(es); Wcs- waist coat stitch; Wcs2tog- waist coat stitch 2 together;

Gauge / Finished Size

4 sts x 2 rows = 1” square in hdc through 3rd loop.

Finished Cowl measures 15” across ribbing, 20” across bottom of cowl, and 11” tall from ribbing to bottom edge of cowl.

Special Stitches

Foundation Half Double Crochet: To begin, chain 2, yarn over, insert hook into 2nd chain from hook, yarn over and draw up a loop, yarn over and pull through one loop on hook, yarn over and complete first stitch. For each stitch after, yarn over, insert hook into the base of previous st, yarn over and draw up a loop, yarn over and pull through one loop, yarn over and complete stitch.

Cluster Stitch: Yarn over, insert hook into st indicated, yarn over and draw up a loop, yarn over and pull through two loops (2 loops on hook), yarn over, insert hook into same st, yarn over and pull up a loop (4 loops on hook), yarn over and pull through 2 loops (3 loops on hook), yarn over, insert hook into same st, yarn over and pull up a loop (5 loops on hook), yarn over and pull through 2 loops (4 loops on hook), yarn over and pull through all loops to complete st.

Waist Coat Stitch: insert your hook through the legs of the previous st, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through all loops to complete st.

Notes

This crochet cowl pattern is worked starting with the sideways ribbing, then joined and worked in rounds.

Turning chains do not count as a stitch throughout. Join in first stitch of round.

Work your sc and wcs stitches loosely for easier stitching.

Clearwater Beach Buttoned Crochet Cowl Pattern

Ribbing

Row 1: Ch 2, fhdc 8. [8] Alternately, Ch 9, hdc in 2nd ch and each ch across. 

Row 2: Ch 1, turn, working through 3rd loop, hdc in each st across. [8]

Repeat Row 2 {61} times for {62} rows total.

Join Ribbing: Ch 1, turn,  holding both ends together without twisting, sl together through 3rd loop of previous row and 5th row, leaving a small piece loose for button tab. [8]

Sides of Cowl

Round 1: Ch 1, work 2sc evenly in each row of brim. [116] Note: do not work into the button tab.

Round 2: Ch 2, *cl in next st, ch 1, sk 1 st,* rpt from * to * around, sl. [58 cl]

Round 3: Ch 1, sc in each cl and ch around, sl. [116 sc]

Round 4: Ch 1, wcs in each sc around, sl. [116 wcs]

Round 5: Rpt Round 4. 

Rounds 6-25: Rpt Rounds 2-5 {5} more times.

Rounds 26-27: Rpt Rounds 2-3 {1} more time.

Finishing:

Fasten off and weave in all ends. Block lightly if desired.

Using your needle and thread, sew a .75” button to the back of the button flap and a decorative 1.5” button to the front of flap, working together.

You can slip the button between the clusters, or into the stitching of the clusters for a more secure fit around your neck that hides the seam, or simply button the flap down to the ribbing.

Send your love in this warm hug of a cowl to a friend or family member, or treat yourself to a beautifully cozy cowl.

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4 Comments

  1. Amanda says:

    Thank you so much this is a beautiful Cowl with very helpful tips and explanations, I will probably need. The waist coat stitch is new to me. I hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

  2. Thank you for the Clearwater Beach Cowl pattern, Katie! I like the stitch you used and am excited to try it. I have a super large button from my dad’s WWII Navy peacoat that I think would look perfect with this cowl. Thank you again for the free pattern.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  3. You know, that button even looks like it’s made from a coconut shell. I live in Clearwater. 😉

    1. Hi Sandy!
      Good eye, it is a coconut shell button! I love how cute and beachy they look. And hello from across the bay! We’re practically neighbors!
      Happy crocheting,
      Katie

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