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Apple Crisp Cowl

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Fall is HERE! It’s time for sweaters, hayrides, pumpkins and apple-pie-scented-candles. This has always been my favorite time of the year, and I do my best to indulge in as many fall-related activities as I possibly can. Because as we all know (well, at least those of us who live in the Midwest, USA), this season goes waaaaaaaaaaay too fast.

My little monkeys and I have a tradition that actually goes back to before they were born. On the first day of fall, I always celebrate by making apple crisp. Now that they’re old enough, my boys have joined in on this little ritual.

Click here to view my Homemade Apple Crisp recipe!

This year is the first year that my oldest monkey is in school all day, and also the first year that my youngest monkey is in preschool for the mornings. So while I wait for them to get home for our apple-crisp-making party, I’m celebrating the first day of fall in another way, too… with a new pattern release!

The Apple Crisp Cowl is actually a mixture of two other patterns: the Sparkly Buttoned Cowl, and the Maribel Cowl. I love my Sparkly Buttoned Cowl, but it’s pretty fancy-looking, especially with the metallic yarn I used. I love the way it’s shaped though, so I wanted to come up with a more casual version of the same cowl style. I also love the ribbing on the Maribel Cowl, so I started there. And the Apple Crisp Cowl was born.

Scroll down for the free pattern!

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Apple Crisp Crochet Cowl  |  Free Crochet Cowl Pattern by Little Monkeys Crochet,

The Apple Crisp Cowl

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Approximately 30" long by 11" tall


  • I hook (5.50mm) and K hook (6.50mm)
  • Yarn needle
  • Approximately 350-360 yards of your favorite worsted weight yarn - such as Vanna's Choice
  • Two buttons, approximately 1"

With I hook, 4HDC = 1"

Stitches Used:
CH (chain)
SC (single crochet)
HDC (half double crochet)
FHDC (Foundation Half Double Crochet; view tutorial here)
RibHDC (also known as Camel Stitch or 3rd Loop HDC; view tutorial here)
SK (Skip)

(1) This pattern is written in American Standard terms.
(2) This pattern calls for two different sizes of crochet hooks. A larger hook is used on the top edge to keep it from pulling, because of the way that the cowl is constructed. Hook change is noted in the pattern.

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Using I hook:

Row 1:  FHDC 38. (View a tutorial here... or if Foundation Stitches are not your cup o' cider, you can also CH39, then HDC in 2nd CH from hook and in each remaining CH.)

Row 2: CH1, turn. RibHDC across. (38)

Rows 3-83 (or until it measures about 30" in length): Repeat Row 2. (38)

Switch to K hook.

Row 84: CH1, DO NOT TURN. SC in same ST (the last ST from Row 83). SC evenly down the long edge of your project. (83)

Rows 85-87: CH1, turn. SC across. (83)

Row 88 (buttonhole): CH1, turn. SC in each of the first 2 STS. CH2, SK 2 STS, SC in next. SC the rest of the way across. (83, counting CH2)

Row 89: CH1, turn. SC across, putting 2SC in the CH2 buttonhole space from the previous row.

Rows 90-91: CH1, turn. SC across.

Edging: CH1, do not turn. SC around the entire piece, putting (SC, CH1, SC) in each corner. 

Buttons: Lay your scarf flat, with the buttonhole at the top left corner. Your first button should be sewn 1 inch (both sides) from the bottom right corner; your second button should be sewn 6 inches from the right edge, 1 inch from the bottom edge (in line with the first button).

Apple Crisp Crochet Cowl  |  Free Crochet Cowl Pattern by Little Monkeys Crochet,

To Wear:

It can feel a bit tricky at first! Start by putting it around your neck with the buttonhole on your left, and the SC rows at the top. The button that is NOT in the corner is the button that will go through the buttonhole. Once you've joined those together, you can slip the corner button through whichever part of the scarf you want to achieve your desired look. If you need a little extra help, watch this video of the Sparkly Buttoned Cowl (it's the same type of cowl):

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This is a FREE pattern, and by using it, you’re agreeing to the following legally-protected conditions.

You’re welcome to sell what you make with it; for online listings, please link back to my blog using something like this:

Pattern by
Little Monkeys Crochet

Here are the “do nots”:

  • Do not resell the pattern, altered or in its original form.
  • Do not copy and paste the pattern onto your own blog, in a Facebook group, or anywhere else. Simply link to this page instead. Anything beyond this is copyright theft. You are welcome to copy/paste it into a document for printing, for personal use only.
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IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: I’ve just given birth to my 3rd little monkey, a baby boy named Henry James, on 12/28/16. I may be slow at responding to messages and greatly appreciate your patience during this time of transition. I’m not disappearing, but I may not be able to help you as quickly as you need it. – Rebecca 🙂

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  • Dara September 22, 2015, 10:56 am

    Beautiful! I may have to make a few of these!

  • Marilyn September 22, 2015, 10:31 pm

    Thank you for a beautiful cowl.

  • Christine September 23, 2015, 4:54 am

    Beautiful pattern. I will make some for family from my own spun yarn. Thank you

  • Helen September 23, 2015, 5:00 am

    Beautiful! Will certainly try.

  • Linda September 23, 2015, 10:30 am

    This is a great pattern! Thanks for sharing.

  • Vickie" Chupp September 23, 2015, 3:30 pm

    Rebecca, I would like to share this with my students tonight to see if they would like to make it as a group. Would you have any objections?

    I am still trying to get them to make thw wildflowers bag. It is a lot of counting and may of them do not like to do that.

    I mailed my first WFB off to my daughter yesterday, I hope she likes it.

    Thank you again for generosity of your time and talent.

    Best, Vickie

    • Rebecca September 23, 2015, 8:49 pm

      No problem! I would prefer if they went onto the blog to print out their own copies. Thanks for asking!

      • Vickie Chupp September 24, 2015, 12:16 pm

        Will do. Thanks agsin.

  • Eileen September 23, 2015, 7:23 pm

    Thank you for all your great patterns.
    I really like this cowl but I am not sure how to do a RibHDC stitch.
    Is it a HDC where you only go into the back or front of the stitches in the previous row?

    • Rebecca September 23, 2015, 8:48 pm

      It’s a little different than that. At the top of the pattern, under “stitches used”, you’ll see a link for a tutorial. 🙂

  • Kaileigh September 27, 2015, 8:50 am

    Hi, just wondering if this cowl is with one or two strands of yarn held together like the sparkly buttoned cowl pattern? Thanks

    • Rebecca September 28, 2015, 1:28 pm

      Just one strand. It would definitely be mentioned in the pattern if it were two. 🙂

  • Sandy September 29, 2015, 5:19 pm

    thank you for the beautiful patterns ! I am a little confused on this one .I count 43 rib lines on your picture. I am at 34 rib lines in mine and it is measuring 30 inches. Should I continue as per pattern directions or proceed with button holes and top ribbing? I am using Impeccable yarn and a 5.50mm hook

    • Rebecca September 30, 2015, 9:47 am

      I’m not sure why it would be that far off, but in this case, length is more important than row count. I would proceed with the next part of the pattern. 🙂

    • Alex December 16, 2015, 3:19 pm

      I too am having this same issue. Mine is coming up on 25 inches and I’m way less than 83 rows. My stitches are all clean and neat and I’m using the correct size and weight. Still looks great though!

  • Jessie October 1, 2015, 1:22 pm

    Love all your patterns! Thank you so much! So I messed up and used an H hook, it’s fine just a bit tighter and I have to do more rows to get 30″. Should I go up two hook sizes, following the pattern and making up for my mistake or jump to use a K hook?

    • Rebecca October 11, 2015, 8:15 am

      I think if you just add rows until you get to about 30″, you’ll be fine 🙂

  • Melissa October 1, 2015, 1:47 pm

    I have a ton of Lion Brand Heartland yarn that I was pondering as to what to make with it. Now, I will be making matching cowls for my daughter and I. Thanks so much for this pattern. It’s absolutely lovely! ☺

  • Joni October 7, 2015, 12:36 am

    I just finished this and I love it! I had to add quite a few rows to make it long enough, and I also added more single crochet lengthwise rows for width. If I were to make again, i’d make it wider in the first place. I used sparkly lion brand Vannas choice yarn, which isn’t incredibly soft. But the shape of the scarf is wonderful! I’m very excited about it.

  • Jen October 8, 2015, 11:18 am

    Cute pattern! Unfortunately there is a mistake in the written instructions for sewing the buttons on: it says “your second button should be sewn 6 inches from the left edge, 1 inch from the bottom edge (in line with the first button).” I’m assuming that means the second button should be sewn 6 inches from the RIGHT edge. I figured it out from the picture but just thought I’d give a heads up!

    • Rebecca October 11, 2015, 8:14 am

      Whoops! Good thing I included a photo — hopefully people have just followed that instead. It’s all fixed now 🙂 Thank you!

  • Joanna October 12, 2015, 9:46 pm

    I just completed this pattern and it turned out beautiful. I’ve been getting so many compliments on it.

  • Liz October 13, 2015, 6:07 pm

    I’m trying to build this great looking cowl, but even though I’m using the correct yarn weight and hook size and the gauge is fine, it seems really stiff and doesn’t really hang, it feels too bulky. I wonder what’s up. If I use a bigger hook, will it ruin the look? Thanks in advance.

    • Rebecca October 15, 2015, 8:33 am

      Are you using the recommended yarn, or a different yarn in the same weight? That could make a big difference as some yarns are much stiffer than others. If you’re using the recommended yarn, then I would say yes, use a bigger hook. You’ll just need to do fewer stitches to get your final measurements right.

  • Pamela Dupuis October 19, 2015, 10:21 am

    I just made this cowl and love it, I used a heavier yarn and it is a little too bulky for me but I am sure one of my family will claim it. I am going to make another one with a different yarn for myself. Thank you!

  • Rosa October 27, 2015, 4:57 pm

    love the crochet cowl. Thank you for sharing the pattern and I think it’s awesome that you added tutorials for the stitches.

    Thanks again

  • Bailey October 28, 2015, 9:00 am

    Love this pattern! Crochets very quickly and so easy to follow the pattern. Giving some as Christmas presents this year ?

  • Ivonne F. November 1, 2015, 10:48 am

    Thank you for this pattern. I made it and it was realy easy.

    Thanks for sharing!
    Have linked you in my Blog in Germany


  • Audrey November 2, 2015, 3:55 pm

    Thanks for the free pattern. It’s nice of you to share!

  • Tara November 10, 2015, 10:40 am

    Hi Rebecca!

    Just wondering what color of Vanna’s Choice you used for this one! I love the color, and am hoping to make one for a gift this Christmas! I looked all through the pattern, but I couldn’t seem to find where you had shared (if you had) the color! Thanks 🙂 It’s a beautiful cowl!

    • Rebecca November 10, 2015, 8:01 pm

      “Linen”, I think. 🙂

      • Tara November 11, 2015, 10:40 am

        That’s the one I thought looked closest! Thank you so much! 🙂

  • Sharon November 15, 2015, 7:05 pm

    Thank you! This is so lovely! I’ve found my Christmas gifts for this year!!!

  • Peggy December 8, 2015, 10:21 pm

    I love this piece and it looks easy enough for beginners

  • Katie December 9, 2015, 10:07 pm

    How much yarn did you use for this pattern? I have a bunch of 96yds and I am just wondering if that will be enough. Thank you

    • Rebecca December 9, 2015, 11:48 pm

      This pattern takes 350-360 yards. It’s all up in the pattern info 🙂

  • Deana Isch December 21, 2015, 10:04 am

    Thanks for a wonderful and easy pattern to follow. I have made a couple for Christmas this year, I’m sure my family will enjoy them!

  • Lorene Frischknecht December 22, 2015, 6:29 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing these lovely patterns and have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, too!!

  • Linda Parker December 24, 2015, 9:10 am

    I really like the look of this pattern but unfortunately, do not crochet. This pattern is enticing me to learn! Thanks for sharing. Merry Christmas.

  • Marsha Kopan December 27, 2015, 3:10 pm

    Thanks for the video. I can’t walk and chew bubble gum at the same time. I’m also very short 4’10” so some of these patterns are a bit overwhelming for my small frame but this looks good.

  • Victoria January 4, 2016, 12:46 am

    Hi there, love the pattern! I just finished this fun piece but am slightly confused on how to get the second button to go through the stitching when there isn’t really a good space. Thanks in advance!

    • Rebecca January 4, 2016, 9:30 am

      I just jam it through. 🙂

  • Victoria Martin January 11, 2016, 9:14 am

    This is my favorite cowl ever! And my next project!

  • EmilyJ January 11, 2016, 9:30 am

    I love this cowl!!! It’s been on my to do list for a while now. Cannot wait to make it 🙂

  • January 11, 2016, 9:49 am

    I love your “Apple Crisp” cowl. Very chic!

  • Silvia January 11, 2016, 9:55 am

    finally it’s time for me to crochet this wonderful cowl, after weeks in the top ten of my to do list

  • Rev. Marcia Urban January 11, 2016, 10:01 am

    This pattern is amazing. I have done three of these and each one has been a huge hit!

  • Karen Berezansky January 11, 2016, 10:04 am

    All of your cowl patterns look so cozy. I love the chunky/textured designs you come up with!

  • Debbie Thurmond January 11, 2016, 10:09 am

    Love this lovely cowl!

  • candy gerardo January 11, 2016, 10:28 am

    I made this in a rainbow yarn I had gotten at hobby lobby I think it took two skeins of yarn been glowing but it was super cute I’ll be starting another one soon to match my new coat

  • Carrie P. January 11, 2016, 10:40 am

    I love this cowl and have pinned it. I am trying to finish some other projects first. Thanks for the great patterns.

  • Anabel Carcana January 11, 2016, 11:44 am

    What I love about this pattern is that can be used both for daytime casual look and dress up your evening outfit with it and it’s a classy addition.

  • E Lopez January 11, 2016, 12:07 pm

    I love how this works up in a basic rectangular piece, but once you put it on, it can take a whole different shape. Easy to follow pattern.

  • Kim Abels January 11, 2016, 12:08 pm

    I really love this and I don’t normally wear things like this. I am going to try and make one in purple.

  • Megan January 11, 2016, 2:42 pm

    Oh gosh I love the look of this!! I love that ribbed look. I need to find some yarn and make this asap!

  • Susan H January 11, 2016, 5:07 pm

    I love this pattern! One thing that drew me to it is that it is longer in the front to keep the cold out while not being super bulky all the way around. Thanks for sharing your designs with us.

  • Peggy January 12, 2016, 8:51 am

    I love the look of the Apple Crisp Cowl. I love how it lays and the sleekness of it.

  • Kathleen Fowler January 12, 2016, 4:05 pm

    This so nice and elegant – definitely on my to do list.

  • Suzanne Charest January 13, 2016, 11:12 am

    awesome…..I love this apple crisp cowl

  • Kathy Overdorff January 13, 2016, 8:22 pm

    Love the Apple Crisp cowl. I really love all the cowls. They look very well made and comfortable!

  • Miss Abigail January 14, 2016, 3:30 pm

    I LOVE! So cute

  • Patricia Ponte January 15, 2016, 12:04 pm

    this is gorgeous, and easy enough to make that even I can do it thank you for the pattern

  • Sara January 15, 2016, 4:49 pm

    I made a red apple crisp cowl a few days ago. I just need to go shopping for some cute buttons. Oh and thank you for the link to the video showing how to put it on. I was totally confused! Lol the video explained it perfectly.

  • Danielle January 16, 2016, 12:15 am

    I’m really excited about finally finding a good cowl pattern with buttons. I think these are so cute. & I’m glad you have a video on how to wear it, too!! 🙂

  • Shelby Foster January 16, 2016, 3:41 pm

    This is the first pattern I found of yours! I think I found it on Pinterest <3 I love this cowl! It's super simple to make and oh so cute on! I've made two so far. I listed it on my etsy shop (with credit to LittleMonkeysCrochet for being awesome). I think it's really sweet that you allow people to sell the items we make using your patterns. You're very generous and talented.

  • Tesha Sederburg January 22, 2016, 11:44 pm

    Can I do this one with chunky yarn?

    • Rebecca January 25, 2016, 10:21 am

      Yes I’m sure you could, you’ll just need to adjust your starting chain and row count to get the right final measurements.

  • Jin January 26, 2016, 7:55 pm

    I thought I had a J hook. I was sure beyond a doubt….uh oh I don’t have one. I’ve finished all the ribbing. Can I continue with my I hook?

    • Rebecca January 27, 2016, 8:19 am

      You’ll probably be fine. Maybe just focus on keeping a looser tension so the band doesn’t pull in.

  • Cindy February 3, 2016, 7:42 am

    Thanks so much for the patterns, love them all and wish I had more time to sit and crochet!

  • Glenda February 3, 2016, 8:39 pm

    Just love all of your patterns! You are very talented. Thank you so much for sharing them!

  • Joanna March 7, 2016, 5:44 pm

    I’ve made the apple crisp cowl twice. I love the pattern. I’ve just noticed that both times I’ve made it it seems very bulky. I’ve also followed all of the measurements too. I used the worsted weight yard. What size of the yarn are you using?

    • Rebecca March 8, 2016, 11:04 am

      I used Vanna’s Choice. If you find it too bulky, you could use a thinner yarn and just go by measurements.

  • Titlili March 8, 2016, 2:17 pm
  • Marie Hamel April 10, 2016, 12:48 pm

    I love your patterns. Thank u so much. GOD bless u!

  • Diane June 27, 2016, 9:34 pm

    Love, love, love this pattern. I have made seven of these cowls and they are all perfect and identical to each other and to the one you have pictured. The instructions couldn’t be clearer! Thank you so much for sharing.

  • Leighann August 19, 2016, 7:24 pm

    Hi, I’ve just finished the main body of the cowl, and while glancing ahead a little I’m concerned about getting the second button to go through my HTC stitch… seems impossible, even when I look at your photo, how did you get this size button to go through. I’ve made your cowl for my elderly but trendy mother-in-law law, and worry she won’t manage…..and suggestions? I guess I could use smaller buttons,though it would spoil the look…..cheers from Australia.

    • Rebecca August 20, 2016, 6:59 pm

      The only way to know would be to take the button and slip it through a stitch. Mine went through fine, even though in the photo they look significantly larger than a single stitch. (If you use too small of a button, it will slip out while you’re wearing it.) Hope that helps! 🙂

  • Lesley September 6, 2016, 8:37 am

    Hi Rebecca – thanks for this great pattern! I have some beautiful yarn that a friend of mine gifted me, and this seems like the perfect pattern.

    I am doing a starting chain of 39 (since I can’t do a foundation chain to save my life). If doing it this way, should Row 2 actually be HDC (so that you have the HDCs to create the “back bump”), and then Row 3 would be your first row of RibHDC?

    • Rebecca September 6, 2016, 6:39 pm

      Yes, you’re right! I’ll clarify that 🙂

      • Lesley September 6, 2016, 7:04 pm

        Oh, good! 🙂 That’s what I did. It’s coming along nicely. Will post and link on Ravelry when it’s done. 😉

  • Jean September 22, 2016, 10:47 am

    Beautiful pattern I may try it. Thanks for your site.

  • Jean Feid September 22, 2016, 11:21 am

    Thank you so much for this pattern. I have been looking for a cowl pattern that I think my teen age granddaughters would like. I believe this one fits the bill.

  • Sujata Bhalshankar September 22, 2016, 11:48 am

    wonderful pattern I am going to try this, thanks for sharing.

  • Jan September 28, 2016, 4:26 pm

    ?? Thanks for tutorial….love your site and patterns.

  • Heidi October 1, 2016, 3:19 pm

    I made this in burnt pumpkin and its gorgeous!! I’ll call mine warm pumpkin pie lol TY for such an easy pattern

  • Dani October 17, 2016, 6:27 pm

    I tried using this in print friendly and everything before the pattern shows up but not the actual pattern

    • Rebecca October 18, 2016, 8:26 pm

      Yes, I removed my PrintFriendly button a few weeks ago and addressed it in my FAQs ( PrintFriendly changed something and now the way I format my blog is no longer compatible, for whatever reason.

  • angela caudill September 2, 2017, 1:56 pm

    Hey what is the length and width of the piece before adding the ribbing along the long side????

    • Rebecca September 2, 2017, 3:23 pm

      Probably about 9″ x 30″. I don’t have the exact number.

  • Cherish September 3, 2017, 4:24 pm

    I love this pattern! I have made a couple of these already. My question is if I want to make one for a child maybe around two or three years old what do you think I should make the width and length?

  • Phoebe Jones December 19, 2017, 5:04 am

    This is a really cute pattern, and I love making this cowl for my sister. I was initially very confused by the stitch instructions, but I figured it out.
    I would like to point out, though, that it is entirely possible to start the ribHDC on Row 2 even if you start with a chain row and work backward to make the foundation chain. I considered that I was doing the stitch wrong, but it looks the same upon comparison, so I just wanted to point that out.

    • Rebecca December 19, 2017, 8:00 pm

      Yes, I worded that wrong – what I meant was, you can’t RibHDC on a chain, so you’d have to do a row of HDC on the chain and then RibHDC in Row 2. I will fix that. Good catch!