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Maribel Cowl (free pattern)

Maribel Cowl & Boot Cuffs Crochet Pattern  |  a free crochet pattern by Little Monkeys Crochet

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I never publish a pattern I’m not excited about. But sometimes, when a certain idea comes along, what I see in my head translates to what I create with my hands… and I totally fall in love with the finished product. This is one of those patterns! I just love it.

The Maribel Cowl (along with its matching Boot Cuffs) is possibly one of my favorite personal designs of my first year in business (which wraps up in January, believe it or not!). It’s not that spectacular; it’s actually really simple. But it’s a stitch that I don’t often see being used, and the result is a gorgeously textured, almost faux-knit accessory that will keep you stylish all winter long.

Promo-vertical1And what’s really fun is that you can make a pair of matching boot cuffs from the leftover yarn in your second skein!

Maribel Cowl & Boot Cuffs Crochet Pattern | a free crochet pattern by Little Monkeys Crochet

This pattern would look great in any color, but I am almost always partial to natural, neutral colors, so I chose Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Yarn in “linen.” I love how it came out. If you follow my lead, you’re going to need 2 skeins, so be sure to check your dye lots! It’s always a good thing to do, but I’ve noticed that this particular color of ILTY tends to vary greatly and can often take on an almost pinkish hue. Just a tip.

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Hook: K (6.50mm)
Yarn: Worsted (I used about 500 yards, or less than 2 skeins, of Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn in "linen")
Difficulty: Easy
Gauge: Not crucial, but a row of 10 HDC = about 3"
Finished Size: Approximately 34" around, 15" tall

Notes:
(1) This pattern is written in American Standard Terms.
(2) This pattern uses a stitch I call RibHDC, in which you complete your half double crochet stitch in the single loop just below the loops you usually use. This is what gives the cowl a faux-knit, ribbed look. For a visual explanation, you can view this photo tutorial.
(3) HELPFUL HINT: When RibHDC-ing, sometimes it's easy to miss the last stitch of the row because it ends up at a bit of an angle. So, if your cowl is getting skinnier and skinnier, you're probably neglecting it. Counting your stitches will solve this problem. :)
(4) Starting Ch does not count as an HDC.

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The Pattern

To begin: Ch 54.

Row 1: HDC in 2nd Ch from hook, and in each St across. (53 HDC not counting the Ch)

Row 2: Ch1; turn. RibHDC across. (53 RibHDC)

Rows 3-88 (or until cowl is about 34" long): Ch1; turn. RibHDC across. (53 RibHDC)

Fasten off, leaving a long finishing tail. Use the tail to whip stitch the last row to the first row, joining the piece into a cowl. Fasten off and weave in all ends.

Use your leftover yarn to make a pair of matching Boot Cuffs!

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
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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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  • Denise December 12, 2014, 9:34 am

    OK just love this thanks for such great patterns. I have a question…have dont hdc ribbing before…The last stitch of the row the chain do you hdc through the back loop or through both loops cannot seem to get an answer and the end never looks correct. Pinned it!

    • denise December 12, 2014, 9:36 am

      I realize you say ignore last loop but that does not seem to look correct either.

      • Rebecca December 12, 2014, 9:56 am

        Hey Denise! Actually, in the notes section I specifically say to not skip the last stitch, as it’s easy to overlook.

        You’ll have to let me know if you’re putting your first ribHDC of the rows in the 1st St or the 2nd St, and then I’ll be able to better answer your question. Most people will automatically put their first ribHDC in the first stitch, however I use a technique that gives a slightly straighter edge and involves putting the first ribHDC in the second stitch. If you’re using that technique, my answer will be different. 🙂

  • Kristina and Millie December 12, 2014, 8:10 pm

    awesome cowl pattern! love the bonus boot toppers too! Appreciate your sharing with us!

    • Rebecca December 13, 2014, 9:46 am

      🙂 I’m glad you like them!

  • Tamicka December 29, 2014, 11:42 am

    Okay I messed up :-\ I love this pattern and started making it. I had trouble diati guishi g where the last stitch was but I pressed on. I got the hang of it after a few rows, yay, but about forty rows in I realized I counted wrong and now have a row that is give stitches off. I’ve been five stitches off since row five. Do you think k I should just keep going? Add those six stitches in. Or rip out 35+ rows to get to the problem. It looks like it could be forgiving

    • Rebecca December 31, 2014, 7:48 pm

      That far in, I would definitely not frog it! (Unless it’s for a customer, in which case, I still wouldn’t frog it; I’d finish it for myself and make a new one for the customer.) You could probably lay the cowl strategically so it wouldn’t even show. 🙂

      (Tamicka, I know we already covered this on Facebook, but I thought I’d add the same reply here in case others who see your comment are wondering, too.) 🙂

      • Tamicka December 31, 2014, 8:26 pm

        Lol fine by me if others make my mistake. It was an easy mistake and I’m almost done with it now and your not gonna know its wrong at all. Since I messed up very early on there’s only two rows with the correct stitches .

  • Ehrin January 14, 2015, 7:54 pm

    I’ve been debating making this, I love it but I HATE chaining, I was wondering would it be possible to do it with the chain less foundation HDC and simply do 53 to start and then keep going from there ?

  • Katie August 16, 2015, 6:50 pm

    Okay so I love this pattern and just worked it up in a super bulky yarn. I’m wondering if this particular scarf is meant to be wrapped around twice because I’m finding the length to be very awkward especially in the bulky yarn. Any suggestions? Thanks I appreciate any help!

    • Rebecca August 16, 2015, 10:09 pm

      Katie,

      Any time you use a yarn that’s a different weight than the pattern recommends, your finished product is going to turn out smaller or larger than intended. If you haven’t yet learned about gauge, you should. The gauge for this pattern is a row of 10 HDC = about 3″. I would guess that if you made 10HDC with your super bulky yarn, it would be a lot longer than 3″. Super bulky yarn is significantly thicker than worsted weight yarn, and that’s why your cowl is turning out too long. If you make it with worsted weight yarn as recommended, it should drape the way it does on the model in the photo. I would guess that your super bulky weight cowl would definitely need to be wrapped twice. Next time, if you want to achieve the single-wrap cowl look with the same yarn, you’ll need to significantly lessen your starting chain. 🙂

  • odessa January 11, 2016, 10:09 am

    I love this cowl.I made two of this..

  • Heidi Kaldenberg January 11, 2016, 10:14 am

    I really like how this cowl turned out when I made it for a friend. So simple yet trendy. I’m just looking for the time to make one for myself now!

  • Bambi January 11, 2016, 10:28 am

    Love this scarf! I think this will be my next project. Great site! Thank you for making the patterns available.

  • Crystal Moore January 11, 2016, 5:47 pm

    I made this cowl in lions brand Acadia and it came out so wonderfully! I looked like something straight out of a high fashion store! My best friend was definitely impressed. 🙂

  • Nann January 22, 2016, 5:02 pm

    I’m currently working the pattern in a rich burgundy color from the same yarn that you used. My question is about the faux ribbing look: is it supposed to be robbed on both sides of the cowl? I’m doing the stitch- ribHDC and that is how it looks at this point. Just wanted to be sure before I get too far into the pattern!! Thanks.

    • Rebecca January 22, 2016, 5:38 pm

      Yes! There is no “wrong side” to this pattern, the ribbing shows up on both sides. 🙂

      • Nann January 22, 2016, 10:37 pm

        Excellent! Just wanted to make sure that I was following the pattern. Can’t wait to finish it!!