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Comfy Squares Textured Cowl

Comfy Squares Textured Cowl Crochet Pattern  |  Free Cowl Crochet Pattern by Little Monkeys Crochet

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I came up with this pattern totally out of curiosity. I’ve done so much with the “SC+DC in next, SK next” combo (like here, here and here), and one night I was sitting on the couch with a partial skein of Hobby Lobby’s “I Love This Yarn – Sport” and a G hook, trying to make up some boot cuffs with the same stitch and an added ribbed band, but it just wasn’t working. The double crochet stitch was making the rows too tall for the single crochet banding, and the fabric was getting warped instead of laying flat.

So, wondering what it would look like if I exchanged the SC+DC for SC+HDC, I frogged what I had and gave it a try.

I loved the result!

I love those stitches that look like one thing while you’re making them, and then quite a few rows in when you look at everything together, they look different. Case in point: the SC+HDC combo looked pretty similar to the SC+DC combo as I was making it, but after I had a few inches of fabric done, I noticed that as a whole, it looked like a nice, neat pattern of little textured squares. I thought it was really beautiful against the contrast of the ribbed band, too. So, I went with it — and created a brand new cowl pattern!

Comfy Squares Textured Cowl Crochet Pattern | Free Cowl Crochet Pattern by Little Monkeys Crochet

This cowl could be pretty easily created with worsted weight yarn as well — you would just want to adjust your stitch counts to match the cowl’s intended measurements (listed in the pattern). But I just love the look and feel of the #3 lightweight yarn. It has this beautiful drape that makes wearing it totally effortless. Anything that is “throw it on and go” is a winner in my book.

Comfy Squares Textured Cowl Crochet Pattern | Free Cowl Crochet Pattern by Little Monkeys Crochet

And don’t worry, those matching boot cuffs are coming soon. (But I’m sure some of you will be able to figure them out pretty easily if you want to!)

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Comfy Squares Textured Cowl

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Size:
 Cowl measures 30" around and is 12" tall.
Gauge:
 With H hook, 5SC = 1” in length
Hook: H (5.0mm)
Yarn: 420-430 yards of #3 (light) yarn (such as Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn Sport)
You’ll also need: Yarn needle

Abbreviations Used:

CH (chain)
SL ST (slip stitch)
SK (skip)
SC (single crochet)
HDC (half double crochet)
SC+HDC (this just means to put a single crochet and a half double crochet in the same stitch)
BLO (back loop only)

Notes:

(1) This pattern is written in American Standard terms.
(2) It is crocheted as a flat piece, then seamed at the end.
(3) CH1 at the beginning of rounds does not count as a stitch.
(4) The phrase "(SK next ST, SC+HDC in next ST) 21 times" means 21 times total
(5) Only crochet in BLO (back loops only) when specifically instructed. So for instance, here is Row 2, with only the BLO stitches in purple:

Row 2: CH1, turn. SC in first ST. SC in BLO of each of the next 3 STS. (SK next ST, SC+HDC in next ST) 21 times. SC in BLO of each of the next 7 STS. SC in last ST. (54)

(The reason we don't put the very first and last STS of the row in BLO is because it helps keep the edge nice and neat-looking.)

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Pattern

To begin:
CH55.

Row 1:  SC in 2nd CH from hook. SC in each of the next 7 STS. (SK next ST, SC+HDC in next ST) 21 times. SC in each of the last 4 STS. (54)

Row 2: CH1, turn. SC in first ST. SC in BLO of each of the next 3 STS. (SK next ST, SC+HDC in next ST) 21 times. SC in BLO of each of the next 7 STS. SC in last ST. (54)

Row 3: CH1, turn. SC in first ST. SC in BLO of each of the next 7 STS. (SK next ST, SC+HDC in next ST) 21 times. SC in BLO of each of the next 3 STS. SC in last ST. (54)

Rows 4-113 (or until piece measures 30" in length): Repeat rows 2-3. (54)

Fasten off, leaving a 36" tail. Use your yarn needle and finishing tail to seam both ends of the cowl together. Fasten off and weave in all ends.

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Little Monkeys Crochet
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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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  • nancy November 28, 2015, 12:34 pm

    This is gorgeous! You are so creative. I love your patternd!

  • Michelle Melfi November 28, 2015, 1:00 pm

    Thanks for sharing this pattern with us!!! The instructions look easy to follow and I can’t wait to try it?

  • nancy b November 28, 2015, 1:03 pm

    Thank you so much for your patterns. I love to create for myself and for my family and I can’t afford to buy and finding awesome free patterns like these helps so once again I thank you!!!!!

  • crystal November 28, 2015, 2:31 pm

    It is beautiful! I’m just starting the pattern now. Am I missing the ribbing part of the pattern? I don’t understand how the ribbing is made separate from the rest of the cowl. Thanks

    • Rebecca November 28, 2015, 2:34 pm

      It isn’t made separate. The SCs in BLO create the ribbing section.

      • crystal November 28, 2015, 7:16 pm

        Thanks so much for the clarification. It makes much more sense to me now!

  • Lyn DeFehr November 28, 2015, 9:25 pm

    Thanks for the pattern…..bet it would be nice as fingerless gloves too so now I know what I’ll be making next,….& this time, for myself!

  • Sharron Jones November 28, 2015, 10:51 pm

    Thank you. I can’t wait to try it.

  • Kay Testa November 29, 2015, 12:00 am

    I love this pattern. Will take a photo when I do it. Thank you 🙂

  • Lee Ann November 29, 2015, 10:18 am

    Wow! This is a gorgeous cowl pattern!! Thank you very, very much for sharing your pattern and your talents! 🙂 🙂

  • Megan Conner November 30, 2015, 1:55 pm

    You’re so talented! I cannot wait to try this one! Thank you for sharing 🙂

  • flash Ragler November 30, 2015, 8:55 pm

    Thanks so much it is lovely

  • Mistie December 1, 2015, 11:41 am

    If you were going to make this for a 6 yr old girl how would you change it. I am still trying to figure out how to adjust pattern to make for the littles in my life without having measurements to go off of.

    • crystal December 1, 2015, 1:45 pm

      Mistie, I am currently working on this scarf. My suggestion to make it smaller is to start with a smaller amount of chains. The starting chains are going to make the height of the scarf. Then you can just do as many rows as needed to get the width around the neck that you want for a child, so it would take a lot less rows. The back loops are creating the ribbing so you might also want to do a couple less of those at the beginning and ending of each row so that the ribbing is a bit smaller. I hope this helps and Rebecca might have other suggestions.

    • Rebecca December 30, 2015, 10:11 am

      Mistie, I’d do exactly what Crystal said. 🙂

      • Sarah January 27, 2016, 4:10 pm

        Wish I had read this an hour ago, frogged twice and changed hook size trying to get to 30″ just realised its the row count that makes the width and the chain count makes the height, what a silly billy, will frog once more and go back to the 5.5 I started with, lovely pattern though and I think it will be quick – using Heartland so slightly thicker yarn

  • Gail Borders January 11, 2016, 9:11 am

    This pattern looks great and easy!

  • Elizabeth N Weihert January 11, 2016, 9:15 am

    I love this stitch combination. I didn’t make the cowl, but it made an awesome edging on a shawl I just completed.

  • Georgia January 11, 2016, 9:17 am

    I love your patterns, but wish you were here to help me with them. I am a beginner, and have only made afghan patterns in the past.

  • Nadine January 11, 2016, 9:26 am

    I love this cowl! I made one for a Christmas gift this year and will now be making one for myself! Soooo comfy and cozy…can’t help but snuggle with it. Thanks for the pattern!

  • nancy byrne January 11, 2016, 9:44 am

    Thank you for your beautiful patterns! I love this cowl!! I’m planning on making this as soon as I finish making blanket for our soon to be new grandbaby! !!!!

  • Mary Kay Welker January 11, 2016, 10:05 am

    I love the way the Comfy Squares Cowl worked up! It is very soft and comfortable to wear!

  • alison January 11, 2016, 10:06 am

    I have some beautiful yarn in my stash … (schachenmayr lumio color) … and neede a simple textured pattern to show it off …. this looks perfect !

  • alison January 11, 2016, 10:06 am

    I have some beautiful yarn in my stash … (schachenmayr lumio color) … and need a simple textured pattern to show it off …. this looks perfect !

  • Michelle W January 11, 2016, 10:22 am

    I really love the texture of this .so simple but yet so pretty.thank you for posting it.

  • Liza Ruiz January 11, 2016, 10:59 am

    I love the texture of this cowl

  • Debbie Richardson January 11, 2016, 11:18 am

    The texture of this cowl is amazing and it looks so soft and squishy! Looking forward to making this pattern.

  • Pamela Belt January 11, 2016, 12:19 pm

    I made this cowl and it was a big hit with my fellow grandmothers at church. This is one of my favorite crochet stitches!

  • Rosetta Williams January 11, 2016, 12:24 pm

    Love this pattern

  • Monica January 11, 2016, 1:08 pm

    Such a cute cowl! I can’t wait to make this one!

  • Diane B January 11, 2016, 1:20 pm

    thank kyou so much this is very different

  • Diane B January 11, 2016, 1:22 pm

    so beautiful thank you

  • DeAnna Brown January 11, 2016, 2:52 pm

    Love the texture on this one !

  • EssBee January 11, 2016, 7:03 pm

    Love how comfy this looks and that it’s a quick project too

  • Lynn January 12, 2016, 2:43 am

    Love this pattern

  • Miranda Bush January 12, 2016, 10:31 am

    I LOVE this!!! I adore all assortments of scarves!!! 🙂

  • Steffany January 12, 2016, 11:27 am

    Love this cowl! Would like to make with worsted weight yarn because that’s what I have in my stash. Can you suggest a modification to the beginning chain?

    • Rebecca January 13, 2016, 10:28 am

      I would be guessing, so I would recommend you simply make a starting CH that is 12″ long (make sure it’s an odd number) and go from there. 12″ is the height of the cowl . Since it’s a cowl, you can be off an inch or two and it’s still going to look fine, so don’t worry too much about it. 🙂

  • Sherrie January 15, 2016, 8:14 am

    thank you for the pattern for this beautiful cowl

  • Flash Ragler January 18, 2016, 10:33 am

    This is just adorable. Have it on my to do list for my daughter. Love your desings Thank you

  • Brenda Human January 19, 2016, 8:49 am

    Thank you so much for sharing your expertise with us. I do so treasure lovely free patterns. I plan to make a winter cot blanket for my second grandchild with this lovely stitch. Again thank you. Brenda. JOHANNESBURG SOUTH AFRICA.

  • Bajanb January 26, 2016, 8:54 pm

    New to site, just saw the textured cowl. Liked the combinations of stitches, like the slot+sc. However, did you make the ribbed band before or after? Nice work, I am excited to Try it.

    • Rebecca January 27, 2016, 8:17 am

      Hello, you’ll see in the pattern that it is worked in vertical rows so the band is worked right along with the rest of the pattern (not before or after).

  • Janice February 10, 2016, 12:02 am

    I’m working on this pattern right now.

  • Nancy Korn February 10, 2016, 11:11 am

    You have a great site. Your patterns are beautiful. I look forward to yoit next posting.

  • Patrice February 11, 2016, 6:42 am

    I love this pattern. Thank you for creating and sharing it. You make such beautiful pieces.

  • Sharon February 14, 2016, 1:16 pm

    Thanks

  • Sandra Perez March 15, 2016, 2:18 pm

    Free patterns

  • Jasmin March 19, 2016, 1:40 pm

    What if I waneed to make this a blanket? How would I go about making it larger?

  • Teri Neeper April 5, 2016, 9:31 pm

    Loving this pattern! So pretty and fairly easy to work up! Keep up the pattern designs your a natural. This is probably my favorite website ☺

  • Doreen April 29, 2016, 8:18 am

    Hi,

    Love your patterns . I would like to make the Marion Slouch hat using the Lion Brand’s LB Collection 100% Superwash Merino Wool. I would really like to make the double infinity wrap to match the hat or the textured Cowl I am wondering if there is a comparable yarn that I can use for both? I am new to crocheting and can not quit get the knack of picking out the correct yarns?. I know I diffently want to make the hat but am looking for a yarn that I don’t have to order online and can make a matching cowl and maybe boot wraps. Any suggestions?

    Thanks so much for all of your awesome pattererns and tutorials

    • Rebecca May 2, 2016, 2:00 pm

      If you’re only concerned about the finished look, I think you would be fine to use the yarns recommended in each of those patterns. They will feel a bit different (not as soft) but will work up with about the same stitch definition. I hope that helps!

  • Rosalie McCreary November 6, 2016, 10:43 pm

    Hi Rebecca! Love this neck ring! It puts me in mind of a very lovely one that I bought in a yarn shop in Silver City, New Mexico. I bought it because it was very colorful and I loved the pattern … it was knitted and I don’t knit. If I sent it to you to check out would you be interested in seeing it and taking on the challenge of creating a crochet pattern? No obligation you can say no if that’s not your cup of tea but I thought I would ask.

    I’m currently working on your slouch pattern using the #1 yarn. I used a #2 and a G hook and I’m just to the final brim section. I just wanted to let you know that I really enjoyed crocheting with the finer thread and smaller hook. It was absolutely relaxing. I couldn’t find a solid color for the brim so ended up buying enough extra yarn to make it all one multi=colored piece. I’ll send a photo when I’ve completed it.

    Thanks for your time and I appreciate you sharing your art. You obviously have a passion.

    • Rebecca November 7, 2016, 5:10 pm

      Thanks Rosalie! I’m not taking on anything new at the moment (I have Baby #3 due at the end of December), but you’re welcome to email me a photo of the cowl and I’ll take a look and perhaps put it on my future to-do list 🙂
      littlemonkeyscrochet (at) gmail.com

  • Christin December 28, 2016, 1:21 pm

    Love this pattern. Made the boot cuffs, now working on the cowl. I love the simplicity of it but the elegant results 🙂 was wondering if you have a matching pattern for a hat?

  • ROSY ESPINOZA January 13, 2017, 1:50 pm

    Esta preciosa no se inglés me gustaría en español por favor gracias

    • Rebecca January 15, 2017, 10:44 am

      Lo siento, no tengo este patrón en español. (A través de Google Translate)

  • Shayne January 19, 2017, 2:01 am

    Congratulations on the birth of your new baby Henry James. Enjoy this special time.

  • Becky January 25, 2017, 7:13 pm

    I saw this pattern on FB. Loved it and whipped my own cowl out that same day! Thank you for sharing.

  • Patti February 2, 2017, 6:50 am

    Congrats on #3. I love the name, my 5 grandchild was named Henry James, great choice!!!! P.s. I will be trying your cowl, just learning crochet. I am a knitter.