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Finding easy and free crochet cowl patterns that actually look good can be difficult! If you want to crochet a cowl that isn’t just one stitch texture, but still doesn’t require crazy complex stitching and laser focused counting, you’ll love this Spider Stitch Trimmed Crochet Cowl Pattern.
This quick crocheted cowl works up super quickly. Even better? While there’s plenty of texture and even some natural shaping, there’s virtually no counting required after your starting chain.
When I crocheted this cowl, I used less than one skein of Lion Brand Heartland yarn. That means one skein of just about any worsted weight yarn will do!
One skein crochet projects like this make perfect gifts, because they work up really quickly! You can find even more of my favorite one skein projects here.
To make this cowl, you’ll need:
- J/6.0mm Crochet Hook
- 1 skein Lion Brand Heartland, worsted  weight, 100% Acrylic yarn, 5oz/142g; 251yds/230m, shown in Grand Canyon colorway;
- Yarn Needle for finishing
- Scissors for trimming ends
- Ch- chain
- Fhdc- foundation half double crochet
- Hdc- half double crochet
- Sc- single crochet
- Sk- skip
- Sl- slip
- St- stitch
Since it uses mostly basic stitches, this easy cowl pattern is appropriate for beginners. You can use a foundation half double crochet if you are familiar with it, but I’ve also given alternate instructions if foundation stitches aren’t your favorite.
There’s only one special technique you’ll need to use- working through the third loop of a half double crochet stitch. You can find a video tutorial for that here.
Gauge / Finished Size
Gauge isn’t super crucial here, as it’s a fairly basic pattern. In fact, you could just start with a chain that’s about 34″ long. But if you love the way it drapes in the photos, here’s my gauge:
7 st and 5 rounds hdc per 2”.
My cowl in the photos measures 34” at bottom edge, and 30” at the spider stitch section. These measurements were taken before washing or blocking.
3rd loop HDC: Looking at the front and back loops on top, roll the stitch towards yourself, you’ll see a third loop appear. Work stitches into this loop.
This cowl begins at the bottom opening and works upward in joined rounds.
Turning chains do NOT count as a stitch throughout.
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Spider Stitch Trimmed Cowl
Round 1: Fhdc 96, sl to first st to join. [96 hdc]
Alternately, Ch 98, hdc in 3rd st from hook and around, sl to join.
Round 2: Ch 2, hdc in each st around, sl to join.
Round 3: Ch 2, working through 3rd loops, hdc in each st around, sl to join.
Note: work through both loops as normal for the remainder of the pattern.
Rounds 4-16: Ch 2, hdc in each st around, sl to join.
Spider Stitch Trim Section
Round 17: Ch 1, *sc in next st, ch 1 but do NOT skip, sc in next st,* repeat * to * around, sl to first sc to join. [96 sc, 48 ch]
Sl to center of chain, ch 1 to prepare for the next round.
Note: For a smoother look, work in continuous rounds from this point forward. Use a running stitch marker to keep track of your rounds.
Rounds 18-25: *Work a (sc, ch 1, sc) group around the next ch,* repeat * to * around. [48 (sc, ch 1, sc) groups.]
Round 26: Work 2 sc around each ch, sl to first sc to join. [96 sc]
Fasten off and weave in all ends. Block lightly.