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Sparkly Buttoned Cowl (Free Pattern!)

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Whew! It’s been a while since I’ve published a free pattern. Our family is getting ready for a big move, and most days it’s all I can do to keep up with the packing and planning!

This pattern is one I’ve “seen” in my mind for a while now, and I finally had the chance to work it out on paper and make a sample. Ever since I created the Sweet Ocean Breeze Baby Blanket pattern, I’ve known that the stitch combo would make a beautiful scarf. And now that summer is winding down and I’m starting to think about Christmas presents, I’ve decided it’s time to start shifting my focus to my favorite time of year.ย Because one thing you’ll learn about me, if you’re new around here, is that I. Love. Scarves. I LOVE them! But enough about me.

Sparkly Buttoned Cowl | a free crochet pattern by Little Monkeys Crochet

This elegant cowl is made with 2 strands of Vanna’s Choice Glamour in Platinum, held together.

Sparkly Buttoned Cowl | Free Crochet Pattern by Little Monkeys Crochet

You’ll need 4 skeins total. Vanna’s Choice Glamour yarn has a reflective thread running through it, which gives this cowl a gorgeous, sparkly finish. It’s a fun, beginner-friendly sport weight yarn, and you can purchase it here! Throw the finished cowl over a dark-colored shirt or dress and you’re ready to go.

Click here to show this cowl some love on Ravelry!

Also,ย here’s a helpful video demonstrating how to actually wear the cowl. Sometimes it’s just easier to see someone put it on. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Sparkly Buttonedย Cowl

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Finished Size:ย Approximately 29" long by 12" wide
Stitches Used:ย Ch, SC, DC
Yarn:ย Category 2 Sport Weight, 2 strands held together (I used 4 skeins of Vanna's Choice Glamour in Platinum, available here)
Hook:ย Size Kย (6.5mm)
Buttons:ย 1"-1.25"ย (2 of them). I used Cut-Outs #2404 from Joann Fabrics.
Notes:ย Pattern is written in American standard terms. -

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To begin:ย Holding 2 strands together, Ch 79.

Row 1:ย In 3rd Ch from hook, 1SC + 1DC. (Skip next St; 1 SC + 1 DC in next St) across.

Row 2:ย Ch2; turn. (Skip next St; 1 SC + 1 DC in next St) across. (Hint: You are working between the SC+DC pairings from the previous row. If you stretch out the row a bit, you'll be able to see the small spaces in which you'll be working.ย The last two stitches will go in the Ch2 space from the previous row.)

Rows 3-30:ย Repeat row 2.

Row 31:ย Ch 1; turn.ย (Skip next St; 2 SCย in next St) across. (You are still working between the SC+DC pairings from the previous row; but note the switch to all SCs in this row.)

Row 32:ย Ch 1; turn. SC across.

Rows 33-36: Repeat row 32.

Row 37 (buttonhole):ย Ch 1; turn. SC in first 2 Sts. Ch 1; Sk 1 St. SC in each remaining St.

Row 38:ย Ch 1; turn. SC across, including 1 SC in the Ch1 space from the previous row.

Rows 39-40: Ch 1; turn. SC across.ย  Finish off; weave in all ends. Use photos to help you place buttons.

Sparkly Buttoned Cowl | Free Crochet Pattern by Little Monkeys Crochet

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

To wear: It can feel a bit tricky at first, but the easiest way to visualize how to wear the cowl is to button it before you put it on. 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. (For the photo at the top of the post,ย I inserted the corner button about halfway down the left edge of the cowl (and by left edge, I am referring toย the one on the left in the button photo just above.) Enjoy!

Sparkly Buttoned Cowl | Free Crochet Pattern by Little Monkeys Crochet

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

Here are the โ€œdo notsโ€:

  • 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.
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  • Melissa Mendoza August 19, 2014, 1:51 pm

    Super cute scarf! This is now my next project. ๐Ÿ™‚
    I was wondering, however, if I will get the same results using the Caron Simply Soft yarn in lieu of the DK sport weight yarn? I have pweight yarn in my arenty of that. Plus, I can’t seem to find much sport weight yarn in my neck of the woods that’s not baby yarn.

    • Rebecca August 19, 2014, 2:30 pm

      You may have to adjust your starting chain or hook size to get the right measurements, but I’m sure it would look gorgeous with Simply Soft. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Marie August 19, 2014, 5:15 pm

    Hallo Rebecca,
    Thank you so much, it’s beautiful- want to make it for my baby sister. Thank you so much and may you have a blessed week.

    • Rebecca August 20, 2014, 11:56 am

      Thank you Marie, you as well ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Laura August 22, 2014, 10:46 pm

    Loved this pattern so much that I worked one up today. ๐Ÿ™‚ I *think * I have the buttons figured out right, but when I fasten them I have a lot of the top corner (the one w/o the button hole) left to “tuck” down. Is that how yours is?

    • Rebecca August 26, 2014, 6:29 pm

      Yes! I usually just bring that inner top edge around the front of my neck so that it’s not so bunched up. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • ล รกrka August 23, 2014, 12:24 am

    Hello! Just wanted to let you know that I choose your blog and nominated you for Liebster Award, as I like your blog so much ๐Ÿ™‚ You can read all about it here:

    • Rebecca August 26, 2014, 6:30 pm

      Wow, thank you! I haven’t even signed up for Bloglovin’ yet, but I’ll take a look ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Elizabeth August 23, 2014, 1:05 am

    I’m excited to try this. My mom doesn’t crochet, and I’m not experienced, but we’re visiting Grandma in a few days…

    • Rebecca August 26, 2014, 6:31 pm

      Good luck!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Jenni August 23, 2014, 1:31 am

    So cute, thanks for sharing!!

    • Rebecca August 26, 2014, 6:31 pm

      Thank you, Jenni ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Debbie Olson August 30, 2014, 12:23 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing your lovely talent. Love this so much.

    • Rebecca September 3, 2014, 9:40 pm

      Thank you Debbie ๐Ÿ™‚

  • SYD September 1, 2014, 8:06 pm

    Lovely scarf pattern! Just wanted to ask if you’ve washed it and how it held up through the wash? I want to make it for a friend of mine but I’m worried that the metallic thread will not fare too well after it’s been blocked/cleaned…any thoughts? Thanks!!!

    • Rebecca September 3, 2014, 9:47 pm

      I have not washed it. (I never wash my scarves — is that terrible?) ๐Ÿ™‚ But the instructions on the yarn say: “Machine wash. Initial water temperature should not exceed 40C or 105F. Dry Clean, any solvent. No bleach product may be used. A machine dryer may not be used. Item may not be smoothed or finished with an iron.”

      Whenever I wash crochet items, I play it safe and hand wash / lay flat to dry. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • SYD September 4, 2014, 2:14 am

        Awesome! Thanks for that! =)

  • Karen September 14, 2014, 8:59 pm

    I have made this but I cannot figure out how to button it. I tried following the directions and even had my 17 year old daughter who is good at this kind of thing try it. I’m wondering what it looks like in the back….I cannot make it look like your picture. (I love the way it looks by the way…just need to figure out how to wear it! LOL)

    • Rebecca September 17, 2014, 5:35 pm

      I really need to make a photo tutorial for this. ๐Ÿ˜€ I’ll do it once we’ve settled into the new house (we just moved states and are waiting for our house to close, so everything is packed up.)

      In the meantime, I did a search on Ravelry for similar cowl styles and found this: If you look at the 4th photo down (on the Ravelry listing), you may be able to figure it out by looking at that.

      • Karen September 20, 2014, 4:46 pm

        Thank you! I’ll check it out. I have it buttoned so I can wear it but it doesn’t look like yours. ๐Ÿ™‚

        • Rebecca November 29, 2014, 11:41 am

          Just an FYI, I’ve added a tutorial on how to wear this cowl in the blog post above ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Kaitlyn November 7, 2014, 8:29 am

    Thanks so much for sharing!! My sister saw this cowl on Pinterest and asked me to make it as her birthday gift. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Rebecca November 10, 2014, 11:09 am

      Aww, yay! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Julie November 18, 2014, 8:27 pm

    The cowl looks great and the pattern is easy to follow but I cannot figure out how to wear it! It seems as if I have tried everything. Could you possibly do a video tutorial on how to wear it? Thanks.

    • Rebecca November 29, 2014, 11:41 am

      DONE! I’ve added a tutorial on how to wear this cowl in the blog post above ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Crystal November 27, 2014, 4:40 pm

    This exactly what I’ve been looking for to make for my daughter for Christmas. I do have a question though, if you were making this for a 2 yr old how many would you chain to begin?

    • Crystal November 27, 2014, 4:42 pm

      Or would I keep the chain length the same just change how many rows there are?

      • Rebecca November 29, 2014, 2:44 pm

        That’s a good question. It just so happens that I have a 2 year old right here. ๐Ÿ™‚ Seeing it on him (don’t tell his friends), I would suggest chaining 71, and removing about 8 rows from rows 3-30. I hope that helps!

  • Cindy December 15, 2014, 6:42 pm

    Thank you for the free pattern ๐Ÿ™‚ I love this look and the pattern is a breeze… done after 6 hrs (on n off). That’s how eager I am to finish it. All buttons done. ..then came the buttoning up.I was left with a bunch to tuck in at the back. I made mine with redheart super saver yarn in charcoal. I’m left with a tennis ball size yarn (hopefully enuf for a headband ๐Ÿ™‚ ] I usually try out the pattern on cheaper yarn then I buy the pretty yarns.

    • Rebecca December 31, 2014, 7:19 pm

      You’re welcome, Cindy!

  • Jessica December 31, 2014, 1:51 pm

    Have you ever meet this with the happier yarn? I don’t have a good selection of sport weight yarn here.

    • Jessica December 31, 2014, 1:52 pm

      Auto correct!! I meant heavier yarn. Like maybe a thin 4

      • Rebecca December 31, 2014, 7:22 pm

        Actually, I just tried it with a Christmas present. ๐Ÿ™‚ I used Caron’s new sparkle yarn (I think it’s called “party”?) and a K hook. I wish I could tell you how many to chain, but I didn’t write it down and the gift has already been given. Just start with an odd number, and make it as long as the final measurement, which is 29″. You’ll have to guestimate on how tall to make it and where to put the buttonhole, but hopefully that will be a starting point for you. ๐Ÿ™‚

        • Jessica January 1, 2015, 9:41 am

          Did you still use 2 strands?

          • Rebecca January 2, 2015, 8:01 pm

            No, sorry! Crucial info. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Jen Mc January 2, 2015, 11:41 am

    What does the app + sign mean in the pattern? I’m a new to crocheting. Thank you.

    • Rebecca January 2, 2015, 8:01 pm

      It just means “and”. So, SC and DC in the same St. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Jenny Mac January 2, 2015, 9:02 pm

        Thank you for the quick response! Wish me luck!!!!!

  • Christy January 7, 2015, 1:41 pm

    I LOVE this! Can’t wait to the the pattern. I’ve never crochet whole doubling the yarn. Do you think it would work using only one strand?

    • Rebecca January 10, 2015, 11:27 pm

      Doubling the yarn is actually very easy to do. But if you’re not comfortable with it, you can also use a single strand of thicker sparkly yarn such as Caron’s new metallic line. You’ll probably need to add some stitches to the rows to make it long enough.

  • Kelly Wilkinson January 21, 2015, 8:11 am

    Rebecca how kind and generous of you to share this lovely pattern of yours. I am almost finished making mine in Vanna’s Glamour the Sapphire color. It is absolutely beautiful! I am also making one in the platinum. . Thank you for your generosity. The video is absolutely essential, great job!

  • Sharon M February 6, 2015, 5:55 pm

    Just finished this. It is really easy. Just have to find some buttons (they seem to be in short supply in my town ) Thanks so much for the pattern it is going to be one of my go to gift ideas.

  • Jen McCarthy February 6, 2015, 7:00 pm

    I finished my first crochet pattern. Thank you so much for creating this. I love it!

  • lunarfaith February 8, 2015, 12:21 am

    Wow.. This is one gorgeous cowl. Thanks so much for sharing this tutorial. And the tut video is just as awesome. Thank you !

  • Kiyoko February 8, 2015, 3:56 am

    I love this pattern! This is my new project and I am working on it right now!
    I have a couple of questions. I am not familiar with reading the pattern in American standard terms and I am very beginner. So he is my question. Do I need to make a Ch every DC? If not every row has fewer Sts, correct?
    If Ch is necessary after every DC, when I go to the next row, do I cover that Ch or do I go inside the Ch (just like when making the 1st row)..
    I hope it makes sense…
    Thank you!

    • Kiyoko February 8, 2015, 2:47 pm

      Oh my god. I just asked stupid questions. Sorry about that. I just figured out.

  • Brielle February 9, 2015, 6:49 am

    I love this pattern! I’m just now learning how to crochet and I was wondering if you do tutorial videos too?

  • Janet May 12, 2015, 8:17 pm

    Thank you for this site. I just now found it.
    I so thankful to find a site to help the homeless with hats.
    May ABBA-YAHWEH BLESS you and everyone who are crochets hats.
    Have you ever thought about hats for ISRAEL?
    I don’t have time to crochet hats by the deadline date.
    when is the next date?
    do you have a pattern for men that does not require crocheting in the round?
    MAY GOD BLESS you and all who are crocheting?

    • Rebecca May 12, 2015, 8:39 pm

      Janet, this is an annual project, so you’ll have another opportunity next spring! I think hats for Israel is a great idea. People all over the world need a little hope and a little warmth. My heart is for Colombia, but I encourage all my readers to use their talents for good in whatever way God is calling them to do so.

      I don’t have a hat for men that doesn’t require crocheting in the round, sorry!

  • Jeanne October 19, 2015, 5:54 pm

    I can’t wait to try this pattern, it looks so pretty. I am self taught and sometimes have trouble understanding the instructions but this looks pretty simple. Thank you for sharing your work and expertise.

  • Lori Overson November 5, 2015, 7:58 pm

    I just love your patterns. The stitches, and yarn choices are marvelous! And your instructions are very clear and easy to follow!

  • Mandy November 8, 2015, 12:01 am

    I have made several of your patterns and have enjoyed all of them. They are well written and easy to understand. Keep up the awesome work!

  • Susan Trejo-Quinonez November 17, 2015, 2:12 pm

    This is a great pattern to do up. It is very quick and I can make one usually in two days on my transit ride to and from home.
    Great little pattern

  • Scarlett December 24, 2015, 12:29 pm

    I just discovered your website, YOUR DESIGNS AND PATTERNS ARE AWESOME!!!! They are just beautiful! There are not too many patterns out there that are free.

  • Dee Thiemann January 6, 2016, 4:11 pm

    how many stitches do you have at the end of row 1? 76?

    • Rebecca January 7, 2016, 9:09 am

      78. Sorry, I need to get my stitch counts up there ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Jennifer Carlson January 11, 2016, 9:18 am

    I love this one!

  • Ann Kurtz January 11, 2016, 10:27 am

    This is such a pretty look

  • Ann Kurtz January 11, 2016, 10:28 am

    This cowl is next on my project list!

  • Sue Richards January 11, 2016, 10:36 am

    I really love this cowl. Can’t wait to make it!

  • Heather Ellam January 11, 2016, 5:39 pm

    Love this pattern! it works up fairly easily and quickly and the results are so pretty, Vanna’s Glamour gives it just the right amount of elegance!

  • Heather January 11, 2016, 6:30 pm

    I love this pattern! I made this scarf for myself last year and it’s just the best. I get so many compliments on it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Tabitha January 11, 2016, 8:06 pm

    I love this pattern. I love how sleek and clean it looks on and the way it’s made to wear. This one and more of you patterns are on my to do list

  • Jessie C. January 15, 2016, 9:01 pm

    I would love to try this for myself. I made the apple crisp cowl for a friend as a birthday gift and she loved it. Now I want to make this one!

  • Aditi January 16, 2016, 10:00 pm

    Beautiful textured pattern. Best wishes

  • Mareike January 17, 2016, 2:20 am

    I love the pattern. Do you have a gauge? I started to crochet with the hook size you mentioned, but I tend to crochet and knit rather tightly and my cowl measured only 22 inches after a couple of rows. Should I just try a needle size up or can I start with a longer chain and add some more rows? By what number do I need to increase the chain to get the pattern? By 2s or 3s?
    Thanks so much

    • Rebecca January 18, 2016, 10:52 am

      Unfortunately this is one of my earlier patterns and is on the list for updating, as I didn’t include all necessary information (such as gauge). All you need to do is make sure your starting CH is about 29″ long, and start with an odd number of CH. The cowl should measure about 12″ tall when complete, so keep a ruler handy as you go.

      • Sheree' February 5, 2016, 8:05 am

        Hi, I just finished the apple crisp cowl last night. I have been so excited working on it the past few days. I watched the video on how to wear it, but wow, it is confusing; and I have so much bunched up underneath. I haven’t given up yet though – still working with it.

  • Heather Armstrong July 15, 2016, 7:11 pm

    Would I still use a K hook if I’m just doing 1 strand of medium 4 worsted weight yarn? Or could I use an H hook and just chain till I achieved the correct length?

    • Rebecca July 18, 2016, 12:49 pm

      I would use either an H or an I hook, and chain to the correct length. Make sure you start with an odd number of chains. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Marianna Torres-Gurule November 16, 2016, 8:12 pm


    This may be a silly questions. But in the beginning of the pattern you say to hold 2 strands together while chaining 79. Does this mean you use 2 balls of yarn, crocheting as if your using one thick pc of yarn? Also, this is throughout the whole pattern , right?

    • Rebecca November 18, 2016, 5:12 pm

      Yes and yes ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Rita December 2, 2016, 7:27 pm

    I love your sparkly cowl pattern, I have made it for my two granddaughters and my friend. They all love it, I still have to try some others of yours, but I just wanted to let you know I think your wonderful

  • nisrein nawasra December 11, 2016, 6:55 am

    I love the pattern so much but i don’t really get it , i’m new at this
    I wanna make the cowl longer so i chained 120 chains
    I made a hdc foundation just to make it easier for me but in row 2 (which is row 1 in the pattern) i don’t know where to start
    And i wanna make it start with ch2 and end with hdc
    So can u plz help me? โ˜บ

    • Rebecca December 11, 2016, 3:32 pm

      You can just start at the directions for Row 2. Not sure why you’re wanting to end with HDC, though, can you explain?

  • Ann ions August 12, 2017, 3:11 pm

    Next project in light blue with sequins. Thank you for the pattern..