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Thick ‘n Cozy Ribbed Cowl (free pattern)

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This free crochet pattern is part of a series of 5 beginner-friendly scarves & cowls that can be made for $10 or less. All you need is a few skeins of Lion Brand Hometown USA ($2.99/skein at Walmart) and a P (11.5mm) hook! This particular pattern includes instructions for adding decorative toggles or buttons, which are optional. You should also know how to attach a new skein of yarn in the middle of a project.

To view any of the patterns in the series, click the links below.

Click Here for 5 Quick, Affordable, Beginner Friendly Scarves and Cowls | Free Crochet Patterns by Little Monkeys Crochet

Simple Single Crochet Infinity Scarf

Chunky Ribbed Infinity Scarf

Grit Stitch Infinity Scarf

Thick ‘n Cozy Ribbed Cowl

Diamond Dust Cowl

This pattern utilizes a fun stitch I like to call RibHDC. If you haven’t done this stitch before, this tutorial might help you get started. It’s very simple once you understand where to put your hook!

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  • 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, regardless of what your pattern-sharing buddies tell you. 🙂
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A NOTE ABOUT PRINTING: My patterns no longer show up when accessed via PrintFriendly.com. (This is out of my control; please see my FAQs for more info.) If you wish to print this pattern (for personal use only), you can copy & paste it into a text editing document, or purchase the inexpensive PDF (see pattern info, below).

Thick & Cozy Ribbed Cowl | Free crochet pattern by Little Monkeys Crochet

Thick 'n Cozy Ribbed Cowl

Hook: P (11.50mm)
Yarn: Super Bulky (I used 3 skeins of Lion Brand's "Hometown USA”)
Buttons: 4 large. I used 1" wooden buttons.
Difficulty: Easy
Gauge: Not crucial, but a row of 10 HDC = about 6"
Finished Size: Approximately 27" around, 13" tall

Notes:
(1) This pattern is written in American Standard Terms.
(2) This pattern is worked in rows, then sewn together at the end. The buttons are optional, and you may choose to use them as functioning buttons, but I decided to sew the cowl together and add the buttons to be decorative. (In other words, in my finished cowl, the sewing is holding it together, not the buttons; although, it appears as though the buttons are functional.) If you choose to not sew your cowl together and instead rely on functioning buttons or toggles, be sure to use large enough buttons that they will not slip through the large spaces created by using such a bulky yarn and large hook.
(3) As noted above, 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.
(4) 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. :)

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The Pattern

To begin: Ch 43.

Row 1: HDC in 2nd Ch from hook, and in each St across. (42 HDC not counting the Ch)

Row 2: Ch1; turn. RibHDC across. (42 RibHDC)

Rows 3-19 (or until scarf is about 12" tall): Ch1; turn. RibHDC across. (42 RibHDC)

Row 20: Ch1; turn. SC evenly around the entire cowl.

Fasten off, leaving a long finishing tail. Weave in your starting tail only, then choose one of the following options for finishing.

Finishing Option 1: Decorative Buttons or Toggles
Fold your cowl so that the ends meet. Overlap one edge about 1" over the other edge, then use your long finishing tail to sew them together, going up and down through both edges of the cowl with small stitches. Fasten off and weave in. Attach 4 large buttons or toggles in even increments down the seam so that it appears as though the cowl has been "buttoned up."

Finishing Option 2: Functional Buttons or Toggles
Weave in your finishing tail (you won't need it for this option). Sew 4 large buttons or toggles evenly down one side. To wear, slip the buttons or toggles through the stitches of the other end of the cowl.

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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  • Karen December 11, 2014, 5:44 am

    Thank you for sharing!

    • Rebecca December 12, 2014, 10:43 am

      You’re welcome 🙂

  • Melissa Smith November 12, 2015, 2:38 pm

    You don’t mention what size needle to used. Please let me know.

    • Rebecca November 12, 2015, 4:22 pm

      It’s a P hook – that information is all up in the pattern. 🙂

  • Angela January 11, 2016, 10:14 pm

    I love this cowl. I wish I had seen it earlier in December. I’m still pretty new to crocheting, but I tried my hand at my own design using hometown, usa yarn. It was a cowl created using the popcorn stitch. I must confess yours looks so much cozier. I made the cowls for my niece’s friends christmas gifts. Next year she’ll most likely be getting cowls and hats from your free patterns. This is definitely one of my favorites and if I can I’ll be making one just for me this year. 😉 Thank you for this pattern. It looks warm, cozy and not-too-difficult. Keep up the good work.

  • Brandi Aldrich January 18, 2016, 9:35 am

    love these scaf

  • Raena Graham October 13, 2016, 11:11 am

    I’m having hard time printing for personal use. When I use the link you provided the pattern doesn’t show up. Can you please help. I would love to make this for the cold days at the hockey rink with my son.

    • Rebecca October 13, 2016, 11:16 am

      Hi! Sorry for the trouble. I removed the PrintFriendly button/link a couple of weeks ago because it was no longer working; I’m surprised you’re still seeing it, but it may just be the browser cache. PrintFriendly.com recently changed something and now, for whatever reason, it doesn’t recognize my blog’s 2nd text field which contains the pattern. Unfortunately the only option, currently, is to copy and paste the pattern into a text editing document (like Word) and print it that way.