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The Malia Classic Cowl

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I rarely make a pattern twice, but I am still obsessing over the Malia stitch pattern from my Malia Crochet-Along! So, naturally, I just keep reinventing it. This cowl is just what it says it is – classic! A top ribbing adds a little extra visual appeal to the already beautiful combination of the 3rd loops stitches and the large bean stitches.

One really great thing about this pattern is that it is very easily adaptable to any yarn weight! So if you’re looking for a super quick project, choose a bulky or super bulky yarn (and appropriately-sized hook); or, if you’re looking for something a little more delicate, choose a DK yarn or even smaller. There are notes within the pattern that will instruct you on how to adjust; just keep a ruler handy, and you’ll be good!

VIDEO TUTORIAL

If you need a little extra help with the stitches in the Malia stitch pattern, here is a video tutorial! (Please note that this tutorial does not follow the Classic Cowl pattern; I simply show you how to do the Malia stitch pattern by crocheting up a swatch of it.)

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Malia Classic Cowl

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Difficulty: Easy

Finished Size: 30" around x 12" tall

Hook: I (5.5mm)

Yarn: Approx. 390 yards of #4 aran weight. Yarn used in sample photos is Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn in "Ivory Tweed".

Gauge: Gauge is not important for this pattern, as instructions are given for how to make sure you get the right size using measurements. Keep a ruler handy.

You'll also need: Yarn needle

Terms and Abbreviations:
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:

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 for the stitch pattern is available up in the post, or by clicking here.
(4) This pattern can be completed using any yarn weight and complimentary hook size; just keep a ruler handy and follow the adjustment notes within the pattern.

 

INSTRUCTIONS

RIBBING

CH7.

Row 1: SC in 2nd CH from hook and in each remaining CH. (6)

Rows 2-102 (or until ribbing measures about 30" long; be sure to complete an even number of rows): CH1, turn. SC in first ST. SC in BLO of each of the next 4 STS. SC in final ST. (6)

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BODY (Row count restarts back to 1)

Body, Row 1: CH1, do not turn. SC in each row end along the long edge of the ribbing. (102, or however many ribbing rows you completed)

Row 2: CH1, turn. SC in first ST. (SK next ST, LBS in next ST) 50 times. SC in final ST. (102)

Row 3: CH1, turn. HDC in each ST across. (102)

Row 4: CH1, turn. SC in 3rd loop of each ST across. (102)

Row 5: CH1, turn. SC in each ST across. (102)

Row 6: CH1, turn. SC in first ST. (LBS in next ST, SK next ST) 50 times. SC in final ST. (102)

Row 7: CH1, turn. HDC in each ST across. (102)

Row 8: CH1, turn. SC in 3rd loop of each ST across. (102)

Row 9: CH1, turn. SC in each ST across. (102)

Row 10: CH1, turn. SC in first ST. (SK next ST, LBS in next ST) 50 times. SC in final ST. (102)

Row 11: CH1, turn. HDC in each ST across. (102)

Row 12: CH1, turn. SC in 3rd loop of each ST across. (102)

Rows 13-36*: Repeat Rows 5-12, in order, 3 more times. (*If using a different yarn weight, simply do your repeats until the cowl measures about 12" tall, being sure to end on a repeat of either Row 8 or Row 12.)

Fasten off, leaving a long tail.

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SEAMING

Use your long finishing tail to sew the short edges of the cowl together, taking care to line up the row ends neatly.

Fasten off and weave in all ends.

 

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

Pattern Permissions

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.
  • Do not pull any of my photos from this site (or any of my other sites) to promote yourself or your crochet business on your own blog, Facebook page, or anywhere else. The exception to this is if you want to share my article link(s) on your own blog; in this case, you are welcome to take one photo per post for use on your site as long as it is accompanied by a direct link back to my post and does not include any portion of the pattern itself.
  • 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.
  • Do not make a video tutorial of this pattern (or any of my patterns). For a detailed explanation of why this hurts designers, please contact me.

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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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  • Pearl December 15, 2017, 8:33 pm

    All your designs are lovely but I’m partial to socks and would love to see more. Thank you!
    And Merry Christmas and a happy new year!
    Pearl ???

  • JoAnne Hiscock December 15, 2017, 10:32 pm

    I am really enjoying these patterns. I love how quickly they work up and more important how they look. Thank you for sharing them with us. Merry Christmas to you and the family and a wish for a wonderful 2018.

  • Rochelle December 15, 2017, 11:05 pm

    Am only a knitting and crocheting person at home .. no web site. Thank you for your free pattern and access to your site.
    From Northern WI

  • Cal December 15, 2017, 11:24 pm

    Your work is beautiful. Thank you for the patterns. Happy Holidays!

  • Jenn December 15, 2017, 11:28 pm

    How quick dose it whip up?

    • Rebecca December 16, 2017, 11:19 am

      That is always a tough question to answer. It really comes down to how fast of a crocheter you are, what yarn you choose, and whether you are comfortable with the Large Bean Stitch.

  • DeAnna December 16, 2017, 12:40 am

    I’m so happy to see another expansion to your Malia designs! I love working this stitch pattern so much. Just a few days ago, I was thinking that I wanted to make a round cowl like this , and here is my answer! Can’t wait to try it now 🙂

  • mona hosnyc December 16, 2017, 2:42 am

    this is a very nice pattern thank you very much

  • Kiss Marianne December 16, 2017, 3:18 am

    Thank you very much all your beautiful patterns in this year.

    Have a Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year!

    with love
    Marianne

  • Janice Loyst December 16, 2017, 9:05 am

    I can’t wait to try this! 🙂

  • Diane December 16, 2017, 11:13 am

    Hi Rebecca, your new design is wonderfull !!
    I found your site from Pinterest and saw your Milea scarf , hat,and cowl, I knew I had to make them. Your tutorial is what did it for me, you are a very good instructor .I have so far made the beanie, and infinity scarf and planning to make the cowls . I used the Rustic Romantic in the Peony Bouquet..and I get a lot of comments on them.
    Have a Merry Christmas and and a wonderfull New Year! Diane G

  • Joy December 16, 2017, 5:03 pm

    Yeah – a new Malia design! I love this pattern too 🙂 Thank you for sharing with us!

  • Laura Waterfield December 16, 2017, 6:45 pm

    Thank you for the beautiful pattern.
    Laura

  • Miranda Bush December 16, 2017, 7:38 pm

    Can you still add buttons to this version?

    • Rebecca December 16, 2017, 8:47 pm

      Yes! Actually I’m working on one for a Christmas present right now and I might add them. I would suggest using small buttons, 6 or 7 of them. I would edge one short side of the cowl, then sew it shut so that it layers over the unfinished edge by an inch or less, then I would sew the buttons evenly down. I think it would be beautiful 🙂

  • Pinksparklies December 18, 2017, 12:02 am

    I don’t have a comment

  • Ruth D Dyson December 18, 2017, 5:30 pm

    A super easy pattern to follow. I used a thicker yarn and had excellent results. I’m making more in different colors to match my coats; and maybe as gifts too. We’ll see. Love this pattern!!!

  • Betty December 22, 2017, 11:15 pm

    I love this cowl pattern and you are an excellent instructor but I don’t understand the ribbing part.. would like to add this to my cowl. Do you sow it on separately?

    • Rebecca December 23, 2017, 9:21 am

      This pattern is worked in one piece and begins with the ribbing. Then, as instructed, you’ll turn and crochet down the long edge of the ribbing to begin the rest of the cowl.

  • Laurie Knies December 26, 2017, 9:49 am

    I absolutely love every pattern of yours that I have made. Thank you so much for sharing your talent.
    I am in a prayer shawl ministry and was thinking about using your Malia pattern for a rectangular shawl (without the ribbing). I was wondering about the multiple for the pattern repeats. I am thinking a multiple of 2.
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

    • Rebecca December 26, 2017, 11:29 am

      Correct 🙂

  • Andrea December 26, 2017, 11:17 am

    Quick question.

    Row 2: CH1, turn. SC in first ST. (SK next ST, LBS in next ST) 50 times. SC in final ST. (102)

    Row 6: CH1, turn. SC in first ST. (LBS in next ST, SK next ST) 50 times. SC in final ST. (102)

    Are these rows supposed to be the same?

    • Rebecca December 26, 2017, 11:31 am

      No, the difference – (SK next ST, LBS in next ST) vs (LBS in next ST, SK next ST) – is intentional. If you don’t balance out where the large bean stitches are placed in relation to the edges, you end up with a fabric that begins to pull and eventually looks warped and doesn’t lay flat.

  • Lauar December 31, 2017, 9:29 am

    Such a beautiful pattern. I am actually making something for myself, I chose the Malia Cowl. Is there only one ribbed section for this cowl? Thank you

    • Rebecca January 1, 2018, 8:48 pm

      Yes, only at the top 🙂

  • Barb Mumma January 8, 2018, 4:00 pm

    A friend made me the Malia Buttoned cowl as a gift. I love it and got so many compliments. Well, I have left it somewhere and I’m just sick about it. I watched your tutorial, and what do you know I made another and can’t stop. I made my daughter the slouch. Super informative tutorial you are a great teacher. I am joining your website.. Thank you

    • Rebecca January 8, 2018, 6:15 pm

      Awwww thank you! <3

      • Deborah York January 18, 2018, 11:22 pm

        love your work, look forward to having an all accesses pass very soon!
        tks deb!

  • Deborah York January 18, 2018, 11:20 pm

    love your work, look forward to having an all access pass very soon!

  • Robin February 3, 2018, 9:58 am

    I love your Malia patterns. I have made hats, and the cowls. I believe this to be the best patterns I have ever purchased. Now if you could come up with a hooded scarf. Or some call it a scoodie. I like to wear something around my neck and head but the hat just messes up my hair( hat head) love your work.

  • Diane February 16, 2018, 2:57 pm

    Do you have tags for the Christmas Stocking and Classic Cowls?

    • Rebecca February 19, 2018, 8:34 pm

      I don’t 🙂 I only made those for the CAL patterns.

  • Kathryn Pless March 8, 2018, 2:33 pm

    I absolutely love this pattern! I really like all of the fun stitches and textures. This is definitely going on my to do list. Thanks for sharing!

  • Ginger March 12, 2018, 1:37 pm

    What a wonderful pattern — thank you! I just finished it in a locally sourced alpaca fiber. The instructions were clear and it worked up beautifully. Thanks again, and congrats on your latest “little monkey!”

  • Patricia Chapman April 26, 2018, 11:49 am

    Congratulations to you and the family! I hope that all went well…and you are getting better every day
    Pat Chapman

  • Caroline May 8, 2018, 2:02 am

    I loved making it. Took me about 3 days and it was so easy to follow. I’m fairly new to crochet. It’ll be a present for my sister and I hope she’ll love it.
    Made a mistake in the LBS row but noticed it and just carried it through 🙂
    Thanks for sharing this pattern

  • Kathy July 28, 2018, 7:22 pm

    I just finished my first Malia bag and am also IN LOVE with the stitch! I’d love to see you reinvent it as a poncho.

  • Jo Soul September 16, 2018, 10:34 am

    This is such a fun pattern! I now have it memorized and can hook it so quickly! I’ve made 2 hats and working on the scarf now. I think next will be the messy bun hat!

  • Jo Ellen rogers November 16, 2018, 8:58 am

    I can’t wait make this Thank you for this Have Blessing Day

  • Eva Allen November 30, 2018, 11:00 am

    What a great, great site. The real cincher is your videos. It’s as if you can transpose yourself back and forth between being the viewer to she doing the demo. You know when to slow it down and when to bring it in close. Then too, there in the margin, the printed directions for the row you’re on and a culminating page of directions at closing. Thank you, thank you.

    • Rebecca December 1, 2018, 8:31 pm

      Thank YOU! You made my night! 🙂