Lace, and warmth combine to make this feminine cowl a great winter accessory you can quickly crochet yourself! The stitch pattern is interesting, yet easy for the advanced beginner. Who says you can’t look dainty in winter? Find the free crochet pattern instructions below, or purchase a print-optimized, ad-free PDF by clicking here.
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So many of you have asked about the shawl pin I used on this cowl. It’s actually the “Dogwood” hair clip from Lilla Rose! If you want to order one of your own to decorate your Primrose and Proper cowl just follow this link
The crochet pattern includes the Primrose stitch and rows of half-double crochet worked in the 3rd loop to create its delicate but warm texture. If you know the basics: single crochet, half-double crochet and double crochet you’ll have this pattern down in no time!
Red Heart With Love is a soft, warm acrylic yarn, and just what you need for crocheting a cozy winter accessory! I chose “Aran” because I love off-white accessories for winter! If you’d rather pick another color to crochet this in, go for it! Red Heart With Love comes in so many beautiful hues I’m sure you’ll find something to fit your style. Acrylic yarn is also nice because it is easy to care for.
Make it a gift set with the addition of these matching crochet patterns:
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5.5mm (I) hook, or hook needed to obtain gauge
200-225 yards of #4 worsted weight Red Heart With Love in “Aran”
ch = chain
sc = single crochet
hdc = half double crochet
dc = double crochet
sl st = slip stitch
st/sts = stitch/stitches
sp/sps = space/spaces
hdc in the 3rd loop: After turning, work all stitches for that row in the 3rd loop of the hdc from previous row (it will be in the front). Instructions: Look at the top of the stitch, and locate the sideways “V”, bend the stitch to look at the back*, and you should see another “V”. You’ll be working into the back loop of that “V”, this is called the 3rd loop. *The textured portion of this cowl created by working hdc in the 3rd loop should always be facing you when beginning a new row where working in the 3rd loop is called for. If you get stuck, watch this video.
12 hdc sts in 4″ row. Each hdc st should be 3/4″ tall.
30″ long, by approximately 6″ wide.
-ch-2, or ch 3 at beginning of row counts as a stitch.
-mark first and last st of row if you find your project is taking off diagonally so you don’t miss those stitches. That is what causes the pattern to distort.
-If you want some additional tips for working this stitch pattern I share the details in this video:
Primrose and Proper Cowl Pattern (US terms):
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Row 3: (sc, ch 2, sc) in 2nd st, *sk 2 sts, (sc, ch 2, sc) in next; repeat from * across, Note: final hdc of row is worked in top of ch-2 from prev row, ch 3 (counts as first dc of next row), turn. (32 bumps)
Row 4: turn, 2 dc in first ch-2 sp, *3 dc in next ch 2-sp; repeat from * across, in the final ch 2-sp put 2 dc, dc in top of ch-2 from prev row, ch 2 (counts as first hdc of next row), turn. (96)
Row 5: hdc in each stitch across, ch 2, (counts as first hdc), turn. (96)
Row 6: working in 3rd loop of hdc, hdc in each remaining st across, ch 2 (counts as first hdc of next row) Note: final hdc of row is worked in top of ch-2 from prev row, ch 2 (counts as first hdc), turn. (96)
Repeat rows 3-6 until your cowl is as wide as you want it. Move on to the edging when done. I’ve seen some people do 1 repeat, and others do two. The cowl pictured in this post has 1 repeat of rows 3-6.
After finishing row 6 repeat, ch 1, turn, sl st over into 2nd st of row, (sc, ch 2, sc) in same st, *sk 2 sts, (sc, ch 2, sc) in next st; Repeat from * around the outside of the cowl. When you get to corners you should have 1 stitch left, sl st into it and start your next (sc, ch 2, sc) group in the first stitch along the edge. With 2 repeats, and the edging added, my cowl measured a bit over 6″ wide.
Fasten off, and weave in ends.
Assembling your cowl:
Place the ends so they are at 90 degree angles, forming a point. Sew together along the edges, and add buttons to the end if you desire, or leave it as is and pin with a shawl pin.
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Hello, I am a beginner crocheter and I am confused by the wording of Row 4.
Row 4: turn, 2 dc in first ch-2 sp, *3 dc in next ch 2-sp; repeat from * across, in the final ch 2-sp put 2 dc, dc in top of ch-2 from prev row, ch 2 (counts as first hdc of next row), turn. (96).
I chained 3 then turned after row 3, but it says 2 dc in the first ch-2 “space”. Meaning one of the 32 “bumps” that were done in row 3?
On this row your first dc (which is the ch-3 from the end of row 3) just sits at the end. You work your next 2 dc stitches into the first ch-2 space you come across. After that you will work 3 dc into each ch-2 space until you get to the last ch-3 space. In that ch-2 space you will only work 2 dc. The 3rd dc will just be worked into the last stitch of the row. I did a short demonstration of how to work this stitch pattern over on Instagram. Maybe this will help you out: https://www.instagram.com/reel/CJzNJIHnM3u/ 🙂
Roberta L Clayton says
Very nice and will be nice and soft in my alpaca yarn. Thank you for the pattern.
I am a little confused about how to start the edging because I don’t understand the direction for ” sl st over into 2nd st of row”. Thanks .
It’s worked the same as if you were joining a round. You’ll work a slip stitch so that you are working in the second stitch of the row instead of the first.
Colleen Smitherman says
Thanks for posting this. It is exactly what I was looking for as winter approaches.
You’re welcome! I’m glad it was useful, Colleen!
I am sorry, I forgot an additional question in my last post. I am making one of these for a lady who is larger than average…about 6 feet and 250 lbs so I am thinking I may need to increase the length a bit to accommodate. Is there a definite amount of beginning chains to add in the beginning so that the right amount of stitches will be accurate for all rows? Sorry, I am unsure I am wording this correctly, hoping you understand what I mean. 😉 Thanks.
You should be able to work this in multiples of 3+1. Whatever you calculate the starting stitch count to be, your rows that contain hdc and dc stitches will always be one stitch less than that. The row that has the “(sc, ch 2, sc), sk 2 sts” sequence will end up having 1/3 the total row number of “bumps”. The way this works is, say your starting chain is 193. That’s 192 (which is divisible by 3) plus 1 extra chain. Each hdc and dc row would have a stitch count of 192, with your row of “bumps” having 64 (that’s 1/3 of 192 or 192 divided by 3).
The 192 number may be a bit too long (it should end up being about 5 ft), but hopefully that gives you an idea of how to adjust the pattern to fit your needs. I’d measure your friend and see what she measures from the center of her chest around her neck and back to the center. You’ll then use the gauge instructions to figure out how many stitches are in however many inches you come up with, and round to the nearest multiple of 3. Then add your 1 extra chain and you should be good!
This looks so nice. Do you recall what kind of yarn you used? It doesn’t look anything like the yarns that you recommend but I love the way it crocheted out.
Thank you! This image was taken with my cell phone so it may be distorting the look of the yarn. I plan to remake it, and get some nicer shots this winter. 🙂
rita greico says
Hi, this is lovely; thank you for the pattern. How many stitches to make this pattern a blanket?
You can find afghan instructions at this link. The widths would be the same as the scarf, and you just continue the row repeats until it was as long as you’d like. 🙂
Rebecca Blessing says
I do have a question, forgot to ask in the above post. Do you have a pattern for some fingerless gloves/mitts?
You’re welcome! I’m sure your cowl is beautiful, and your Aunt will love it! Feel free to share a picture of it on Ravelry: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/primrose–proper-cowl after Christmas if you like. 😉
At this point I don’t have any fingerless mitts, but they are a pattern that I will probably do in the future!
Rebecca Blessing says
I love this pattern, thank you so much for sharing. I did make it a little longer and wider. I made it for my Aunt for Christmas in Redheart violet ombre since her favorite color is purple. I just know she is going to love it. I haven’t got it completely done, just have to see the ends together and add the buttons. But again thanks for sharing your pattern. It was really fast and easy.
This is absolutely adorable!!!! I am so excited to try this…I finally found the perfect pattern for some yarn I have been really wanting to make something special with!!! Thank you for sharing such a beautiful pattern ?
You’re very welcome! 😀 I’m happy to hear you’re so excited over this pattern!
Barbara Shearer says
Thank you for this beautiful and romantic cowl, I am going to make it for a friend moving to a cold climate.
You’re welcome! I hope your friend enjoys the cowl! 😀
Could you make a tutorial i struggle to tead patterns but follow tutorials well. It is a beautiful pattern thank you
I’m sorry you’re having trouble reading patterns. It’s my plan to release video tutorials for many of these patterns. I’ll be doing that as soon as I can. 🙂
Da's Crochet Connection says
This is very pretty, Thank you for sharing!
You're welcome! I'm glad you like it! 😀
Man, I love this! And a few girls on my Christmas list will, too! Thank you oh so very much!
Wonderful! You're very welcome!
Elizabeth Moorhead says
thanks so much! this pattern is Awesome!!!!!
You're welcome! 🙂
Such beautiful work and Thank you so much for the patterns. Looking forward to trying them all!
You're very welcome! Have fun! 😀
ASL CROCHET says
It is so gorgeous! Even though I have not tried made scarf yet, but I will practice on your pattern. Thank you so much for sharing. Merry Christmas to you and family.
Elly D says
It is gorgeous! Thank you for sharing your pattern 😀
You're very welcome!
Judy A says
Just lovely! Thank you.
You're welcome! 🙂