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The Malia Buttoned Cowl

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 This pattern is part of the Fall 2017 Malia CAL (Crochet-Along). To view the other patterns in this collection (including a beanie, slouch, and infinity scarf), please visit the Malia CAL Homepage.

 

The fourth pattern in the Malia CAL is a boho-style buttoned cowl! Worked flat, this beautifully-textured piece works great both over a t-shirt or tucked under a winter coat.

VIDEO TUTORIAL

If you need a little extra help with the pattern, here is a video tutorial, and the free pattern is below!

Free Printable Tags

I made some cute printable tags for this pattern that you are welcome to use! If you’re selling or gifting this cowl, a tag just ups the professionalism, in my opinion. Print on cardstock for best results!

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Malia Buttoned Cowl

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Difficulty: Easy

Finished Size: 30.5" long x 8" tall

Hook: I (5.50 mm) or whichever hook is needed to obtain correct gauge

Yarn: 355 yards of #4 aran weight. Yarn used in sample photos is Yarn Bee's Rustic Romantic in "Sugared Oats."

Gauge: To ensure the best results, the gauge check is a swatch taken straight from the pattern. Upon completion, you should have a 4” square. If yours is larger, consider using a smaller hook or a thinner #4 yarn. If yours is smaller, consider using a larger hook.

Pattern for Gauge:
CH17.
Row 1: SC in 2nd CH from hook and in each remaining CH. (16)
Row 2: CH1, turn. SC in first ST. (SK next ST, LBS in next ST) 7 times. SC in final ST. (16)
Row 3: CH1, turn. HDC in each ST across. (16)
Row 4: CH1, turn. SC in first ST. SC in 3rd loop of each of the next 14 STS. SC in final ST. (16)
Row 5: CH1, turn. SC in each ST across. (16)
Row 6: CH1, turn. SC in first ST. (LBS in next ST, SK next ST) 7 times. SC in final ST. (16)
Row 7: CH1, turn. HDC in each ST across. (16)
Row 8: CH1, turn. SC in first ST. SC in 3rd loop of each of the next 14 STS. SC in final ST. (16)
Row 9: CH1, turn. SC in each ST across. (16)
Rows 10-16: Repeat Rows 2-8. (16)

You'll also need: Yarn needle, 3 buttons (1" - 1-1/8")

Terms and Abbreviations:
FHDC 
(foundation half double crochet - see "Special Stitches")
ST/STS
 (stitch/stitches)
SL ST (slip stitch)
SK (skip)
CH (chain)
SC (single crochet)
HDC (half double crochet)
LBS (large bean stitch - see "Special Stitches")
BLO (back loop only)
3rd LOOP (work stitch into 3rd loop only - see "Special Stitches")

Special Stitches:

Foundation Half Double Crochet (FHDC)
This is the recommended way of beginning the pattern and is better shown than explained, so please watch the included tutorial video as a guide. There is also an optional classic chain start noted in the pattern, if you would like to do that instead.

Large Bean Stitch (LBS)
Insert hook into stitch, yarn over and pull through (2 loops on hook). Yarn over, insert hook into same stitch, yarn over and pull through (4 loops on hook). Yarn over, insert hook into same stitch, yarn over and pull through (6 loops on hook). Yarn over, insert hook into same stitch, yarn over and pull through (8 loops on hook). Yarn over and pull through all 8 loops. Chain 1 to close the stitch. (Because this stitch creates two sets of loops - one when creating the bean, and one when closing the stitch - each completed Large Bean Stitch will count for two stitches in the row or round's final stitch count.)

3rd Loop Only
Half double crochet stitches have a 3rd loop that we utilize in this pattern. When working in turned rows, as in this pattern, the 3rd loop can be found just below the front loop on the side of the work that is facing you. When instructed to work in "3rd loop only", insert your hook into this special loop. This creates a delicate braided look on the opposite side of the pattern.

Notes:
(1) This pattern is written in American Standard Terms.
(2) CH1s at the beginning of rows do not count as a stitch in the final stitch count.
(3) A video tutorial is available up in the post, or by clicking here.

 

INSTRUCTIONS

Row 1: FHDC* 108. (*Alternate start: CH109, HDC in 2nd CH from hook and in each remaining CH) (108)

Row 2: CH1, turn. SC in first ST. SC in 3rd loop of each of the next 106 STS. SC in final ST. (108)

Row 3: CH1, turn. SC in each ST across. (108)

Row 4: CH1, turn. SC in first ST. (SK next ST, LBS in next ST) 53 times. SC in final ST. (108)

Row 5: CH1, turn. HDC in each ST across. (108)

Row 6: CH1, turn. SC in first ST. SC in 3rd loop of each of the next 106 STS. SC in final ST. (108)

Row 7: CH1, turn. SC in each ST across. (108)

Row 8: CH1, turn. SC in first ST. (LBS in next ST, SK next ST) 53 times. SC in final ST. (108)

Row 9: CH1, turn. HDC in each ST across. (108)

Rows 10-25: Repeat Rows 2-9, in order, 2 more times. (108)

Rows 26-29: Repeat Rows 2-5. (108)

Row 30: CH1, turn. SC in first ST. SC in 3rd loop of each of the next 106 STS. SC in final ST. (108)

Edging (1 side only, optional): CH1, SC in same ST to round corner. Working down the short edge of the scarf, SC in each row (30). SL ST to the 2nd corner, fasten off and weave in all ends.

Fringe: Cut about 90 9" long strands of yarn. (I wrap mine around a 9" cutting board.) With the textured (right) side of the cowl facing up, and the edging (if you chose to use edging) on the left side, start at one bottom corner and attach them in groups of 3 strands every 4 stitches along the entire bottom edge of the cowl. (If you don't know how to attach fringe, see video tutorial for guidance.)

Buttons: Attach buttons to bottom of cowl using the diagram shown.

For further help on button placement and wearing the cowl with buttons fastened, please see the video tutorial (toward the end).

Done! If you're sharing on social media, be sure to hashtag #maliacal and #maliabuttonedcowl and tag me @littlemonkeyscrochet. Hope you enjoyed it!

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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
littlemonkeyscrochet.com

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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  • Do not post a translation of the pattern anywhere – this is copyright theft. If you would like to help make a translation available, I am happy to publish it on my blog with a link to your blog or Crochet-related Facebook page.
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  • Diane Becker November 1, 2017, 7:57 pm

    thank you again great tutorial I have made the bean stitch before but never heard of the 3rd stitch love the way it looks thanks again

  • Marla Reither November 1, 2017, 8:50 pm

    Where can I find the ad free download? I purchased the bundle.
    Thank you.

    • Rebecca November 2, 2017, 10:50 pm

      Hi Marla, the patterns were emailed Tuesday night to everyone who purchased the bundle. Check your junk folder! If you can’t find it, please send me an email directly at littlemonkeyscrochet@gmail.com 🙂

  • Janice Breadmore November 1, 2017, 9:31 pm

    Hi I want to thank you for sharing your patterns .I am new to crocheting.I enjoyed making the scarps.I look forward to enjoy more of your patterns.Thank you so much

  • Amanda November 1, 2017, 11:46 pm

    Awesome !

  • Nancy Huber November 2, 2017, 2:35 pm

    Can you please stop coming up with new patterns! ? Every time you do I HAVE to make it. And I love them all. Thanks to you I have learned many new stitches and use them often in my hats. I love your style and patterns!!!!!

    • Rebecca November 2, 2017, 10:49 pm

      Lol! <3

  • Leah November 3, 2017, 12:48 am

    I love the pattern! Where did get the yarn from?

    • Rebecca November 3, 2017, 11:13 am

      Yarn Bee yarns are a Hobby Lobby brand 🙂

  • Molly November 3, 2017, 5:27 am

    My daughter is ten months old and I am just now getting back into crocheting. My comfort zone is double crochet, never really gone outside of that! But this is too beautiful to not give it a try.

  • Debbie Swaim November 4, 2017, 12:25 pm

    Thank you for the three new patterns. I love them all!! I have made several of your blanket patterns in the past and they have all been easy to follow and make. I’m currently working on the Malia Cowl. What is the sequence if I want to make a tad bit longer then 108 stitches? Oh, by the way, the yarn bee yarn …. this is the first time using Rustic Romance…….to die for! Love the feel of it and the look of it!!!!!!

    • Rebecca November 5, 2017, 2:11 pm

      I KNOW, isn’t it just wonderful!? My current favorite yarn. As far as increasing the pattern, just add an even number of FHDC to your total. (If you’re chaining, just make sure you begin with an odd number.) 🙂

      • Debbie Swaim November 6, 2017, 9:34 pm

        Thank you for your quick response!

  • Sharon November 4, 2017, 6:29 pm

    Thank you for giving us this pattern free. Your instructions are very clear and I look forward to making some of these and giving them as gifts. Again thank you for your kindness of sharing

  • Christina November 8, 2017, 5:36 am

    Hello! I wanted to thank you for this beautiful pattern that you shared with us! The video tutorial is extremely detailed and helpful! I already made my first cowl and I am really happy!!!

  • Brenda November 11, 2017, 3:48 pm

    I just found your pattern for Malia button Cowl and i am so glad you did a video for it, i am a fairly new crocheter and still learning to read a pattern so i print the pattern and follow the video … And i just noticed your baby is coming close to his 1st birthday I just wanted to say thank you and wish Henry a Happy Birthday

  • Laura Waterfield November 12, 2017, 12:28 am

    Beautiful. Thank you for the pattern
    Laura

  • Anne Hause November 12, 2017, 9:16 am

    Hi! I love your tutorials! They are very precise and descriptive. I have a question though. If I want to make a shorter neckwarmer, what do I need to crochet my FHDC to?? I don’t know how to figure that out. Thank you!!!

    • Rebecca November 12, 2017, 3:08 pm

      Hello! All you need to do is FHDC until it is the length you want it to be, just make sure you have an EVEN number of FHDCs. 🙂

  • Kim November 14, 2017, 7:13 pm

    Hi there Rebecca,
    I love the look of the Malia buttoned cowl but I seem to be having a “gauge” problem with the yarn I just bought. Lion brand, Vanna’s choice, #4. I used the “I” hook and it was too big so I tried an “H” hook and it was still a little big-5″ long instead of 4″ but too tight for my liking. So, I’d like to use the “I” hook for a looser look, which means I need to start with a shorter beginning length. Looking thru replies to previous questions I gather I could decrease the start chain to an odd number or if I do the “fhdc” I would decrease by an even number?
    Late the other night I watched your tutorial and it was fabulous! So clear that I’m sure a novice could easily follow. I haven’t picked up my “hook” in a while so I’m a bit rusty, but determined to make this cowl for my daughter!
    Thank you

    • Rebecca November 14, 2017, 9:01 pm

      That’s correct! 🙂

  • Tess November 19, 2017, 11:37 am

    Do you happen to recall what size buttons were used? Thanks!

    • Rebecca November 19, 2017, 5:40 pm

      Either 1″ or 1-1/8″ will work. (It’s up in the pattern notes) 🙂

  • Tess November 19, 2017, 11:39 am

    I meant the button size for the cowl – thanks!

  • Merri Purdy November 19, 2017, 11:53 am

    Thank you so much for sharing your designs. They are lovely. I have made three of the Malia Buttoned Cowl and really enjoy the look and feel of this design!

  • Laurel November 19, 2017, 4:45 pm

    Just wanted to thank you for this great patten! I just finished it for my son’s girlfriend, for Christmas. I made it with a beautiful alpaca/ merino blend from a local farmer’s animals. The pattern was so easy to follow and came out just beautiful. Honestly, I am not sure his girlfriend will get it. I may keep it for myself.

    • Rebecca November 19, 2017, 5:40 pm

      Oooh sounds beautiful!

  • Viola November 25, 2017, 3:03 pm

    Hi, I made the cowl and it is perfect! Love it! I was wondering if I should wash the cowl before adding the fringe? Or do you think I can add the fringe, then wash? I am using the rustic romantic yarn. Thanks!

    • Rebecca November 26, 2017, 8:44 pm

      I don’t think it would matter much but I suppose I would wash it first so I didn’t have to sort through and straighten up all of the fringe while it dries. (Rustic Romantic is lay flat to dry.)

  • Linda Wilkin November 26, 2017, 9:05 pm

    Hi, Rebecca! I want to sincerely thank you for the wonderful patterns that you make available for all of your readers. You provide such easy to understand instructions, and you have helped make it possible for me to create some beautiful projects. The video tutorials are absolutely great! I have just completed the Malia Cowl and will wear it tomorrow:) Also, I truly appreciate your free patterns. I am very appreciative of you and how you have helped me to better my crochet skills! With many thanks, Linda

    • Rebecca November 27, 2017, 9:39 pm

      Thank you so much!

  • Jarie November 28, 2017, 7:18 pm

    I am so grateful to “finally” find someone as much in love with crochet as I am. I am also truly grateful that, on your page, you want to make things that the younger generation wants to wear/make. I also want that, very much. My kids are loving what I am doing with your designs and love the “modernness” (is that a word) of your work.
    I am having a hard time understanding some of your abbreviations. I am a crocheter of about 40 years and have not yet come across some of them. Would it be possible for you to send me an explanation on your abbreviations? For sure I don’t need all of them. But like the MC? Not sure what that is. But I am confident, once explained, that I will have no further complications.
    Thank you once again for being the “hip” person to bring crochet back to the popular items in my kids’ world. Have a wonderful evening, and hope to talk to you soon!

    • Rebecca November 28, 2017, 8:19 pm

      Aww thanks so much for the kind words! I don’t have a “master list” but any patterns I’ve released in the last couple of years will have a list of stitches used (including their abbreviations) up in the pattern info. MC is Magic Circle, and I have a tutorial here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLLdXNsM5XE 🙂

  • Sharon Klundt November 29, 2017, 6:47 am

    This set is just Gorgeous! Love your designs.
    Thank you so much for sharing your Beautiful
    Patterns!

    Best regards,
    Sharon K.

  • Joy November 29, 2017, 9:41 am

    Hi littlemonkeyscrochet! I just finished the Malia buttoned cowl, and I LOVE this pattern. The large bean stitch was my favorite row ? The yarn I used was Lion Brand Heartland in Joshua Tree which is a 4 medium. I used a size 6-mm crochet hook and the cowl seemed a little on the smaller side. What size crochet hook you used for your patterns? I’m looking forward to starting the infinity scarf as a gift for my mom next. Thank you so much for sharing this pattern!

    • Rebecca November 29, 2017, 8:03 pm

      Hi Joy! I used an I (5.5mm). All of that info is up in the pattern. Heartland is quite a bit thinner than Rustic Romantic (which is aran), so that might be part of it. The finished measurements of the cowl are in the post above as well, so you can measure your cowl to find out if it came out correct or too small according to the measurements. Either way, if you’d like to stick with your yarn and make it larger, just add an even number of stitches to the starting chain or foundation row until it is the length you want. 🙂

      • Joy November 29, 2017, 9:31 pm

        Awesome – Thank you for clarifying! I’m new to crochet and the yarn classifications 🙂 I appreciate your help!

  • Missy Cromwell December 6, 2017, 3:31 pm

    I am absolutely obsessed with your patterns!!!! Thank you so much! And of course I always link back to you when people ask about my work! I can’t get over the comfy Squares Buttoned Cowl! But this will be my next one! Thanks!

  • Veronica December 6, 2017, 8:12 pm

    Thank you so much for this lovely pattern! I was looking for something special to make my sister, and this is perfect!

  • Tess December 7, 2017, 3:30 am

    I’m using a thinner yarn am I right that it just needs to be a multiple of 2 and it should measure 24 inches when finished?

    Oh and I LOVE these patterns. I made the hat in Caron simply soft and it is awesome.

    • Rebecca December 7, 2017, 7:37 pm

      You are correct!

  • Stacey Franks December 11, 2017, 9:34 am

    Thank you so much for this pattern! I tried another before this one, and it did not turn out as pretty as this one. I will be making several more for the Holidays . Thank you!!

  • LeAnne Price December 14, 2017, 11:17 am

    Thank you so much for the pattern . LOVE this and can’t wait to try making it. I am new at crocheting so love that you put a tutorial video along with the pattern for people like me.

  • sharon December 30, 2017, 3:20 pm

    hi! love this cowl and trying for myself. i got to row 8 and discovered i had an extra stitch at the end. I looked back to row 4 and it states to skip the next stitch after your single crochet before making your first large bean, are we suppose to do that in row 8 as well? thanks! sharon

    • Rebecca December 30, 2017, 8:04 pm

      Nope – row 4’s repeat is (sk next st, LBS in next st) and row 8’s is (LBS in next st, sk next st). They are flip-flopped (for a reason), but still cover the same number of stitches. More than likely, you dropped a stitch during the row where you worked in the 3rd loops, because that’s very easy to do at the end (but that’s just a guess).

      • sharon moser December 30, 2017, 8:38 pm

        thanks! I’ll have to look back over it. I counted my stitches and had 108 so I’m not sure where I went wrong

  • Erica Gooch January 13, 2018, 3:50 pm

    Thanks for this pattern. It’s absolutely gorgeous! I just made the cowl as a present for my sisters birthday. I think she will look great in it. She is petite so I think this is a great size. However I was wondering what you might recommend for someone who is plus size like myself. It kinda looks like an ascot on me rather than a cowl, lol. How much would you increase the stitch count to accommodate a plus size girl like myself. I wear an XL if that helps. Thanks for any help you can give.

    • Rebecca January 15, 2018, 11:16 am

      I think it would totally be personal preference. Since you have one on hand, I would put it on unbuttoned and try to visualize how many more inches I wanted it to be. For every extra inch, add 4 chains at the beginning of the pattern. Then just do as many rows as you wish. 🙂

  • Ivette drumgool January 15, 2018, 11:42 pm

    Dear rebecca , congratulations!!! Just want to share how much i enjoyed making this cowl and what a soothing and clear and concise method of teaching you have!!! I have rarely been able to just flow without frogging a million times!! Thank you it was a perfect road trip project! Blessings on your new bundle of joy!!

    Ivette

  • Angie January 17, 2018, 6:21 pm

    Love your work! Absolutely beautiful! I love this pattern too. I added a hood!

  • Ivette January 19, 2018, 9:16 pm

    Thank you so much for your pattern! I have to tell you you are one of the comedy most relaxed teachers ever. You were so clear and understandable in all my years of attempting this. Thank you and congratulations on your baby!! Enjoy time fly’s! God bless you all! I would love to send u a pic of my cowl

  • Kay February 10, 2018, 11:15 pm

    I have just completed the cowl and it fits perfectly. Thank for an easy to follow tutorial. I have worked stitches I have never done before. I look forward to doing more of your patterns!

  • Cindy Whitsett February 18, 2018, 11:24 pm

    Thank you for this pattern and great instructions. I made this as a surprise for my sister-in-law, and she loves it. I went to antique store and finished it with leather buttons. I plan on making more of these. THANK YOU!

  • Carmen February 22, 2018, 2:31 am

    Hi. What is the stitch count for if you want to make it longer?? I have made one and it’s is to gauge however I would like it a bit bigger in length. Thanks so much. Cannot wait to make the rest of the patterns

  • Grace Neary March 4, 2018, 3:25 pm

    This is one of my favorite things to make!! Thank you for the awesome pattern!!

  • Marcela covarrubias June 23, 2018, 10:49 am

    😍😍😍😍 hermoso!! Mil gracias ☺️☺️☺️☺️

  • Ginny Schild July 21, 2018, 2:41 pm

    I just wanted you to know how much i appreciated your publishing this pattern. You are great. Thank you.
    Ginny

  • Mary August 9, 2018, 2:04 pm

    Hi I tried to tag you on Instagram on @littlemonkeyscrochet but it says unknown user. I did hashtag Malia tho.
    Your designs are beautiful, thank you for sharing.

  • Carolyn October 5, 2018, 11:31 am

    I just love your easy to read patterns and your tutorials are
    So helpful I’m new to crocheting made your gray and white purse and now making your cowl scarf my granddaughter is going to love
    It, thank you again for sharing

  • Jennifer October 29, 2018, 12:20 pm

    I love this cowl. I’ve made it before, and no matter what I do, the project always ends up 2 inches taller. I cannot get the gauge swatch to work. The width is right, but usually, I just keep the 10 inch height because I don’t get the 8 inch measurement. I’ve tried working the golden loop fix, obviously I’ve played around with the hook size and it just. won’t. work. Your finished product looks taller than 8 inches, but maybe that’s due to lighting. This is a beautiful cowl so I just keep on keeping on.

    • Jennifer October 29, 2018, 1:42 pm

      I love this cowl. I’ve made it before, and no matter what I do, the project always ends up 2 inches taller. I cannot get the gauge swatch to work. The width is right, but usually, I just keep the 10 inch height because I don’t get the 8 inch measurement. I’ve tried working the golden loop fix, obviously I’ve played around with the hook size and it just. won’t. work. Your finished product looks taller than 8 inches, but maybe that’s due to lighting. This is a beautiful cowl so I just keep on keeping on. Unless you’re using a Chinese Inch (cun), then it works out to be approximately 7.62 cun which is 10 US inches. Many measurement tools imported from China are theirs and not the US’s standard. Hmm. 🤔