The Layer Cake cowl pattern is a crochet neck warmer that is packed full of texture, and lacy details, yet is still warm enough for winter. You won’t get bored crocheting this delicious accessory since the stitch design changes every round! Find the free crochet pattern instructions below, or purchase a print-optimized, ad-free PDF by clicking here.
Last week, when I released the lacy “Layer Cake” beanie, I knew it needed a cowl to go with it! This crochet pattern includes the same beautiful details: shell stitches, clusters, picots, and half double crochet in the 3rd loop. It’s an easy cowl that is also interesting and fun to crochet since the stitches change every round!
As in the matching beanie I’ve used some of KT & the Squid’s gorgeous hand-dyed 100% Marino wool yarn in this cowl pattern. It’s called “Squid Squish worsted” for a reason. This yarn is truly amazing to crochet with! Besides feeling amazing as it runs through yours hands, the subtle tonal coloring and pops of red, blue, and yellow sprinkles add extra interest and unique detailing to any item you crochet.
If you’d like to win some of this gorgeous yarn to crochet your own Layer Cake cowl, Katy is giving away 3 skeins to one lucky person! You can choose the color “Bryna” (used in the cowl pictured), or any of the colors in KT and the Squid’s exclusive Egmont Collection. It’s open to anyone in the United States, 18 years or older, but void where prohibited.
This contest has ended. Congratulations to the winner! You should be contacted shortly!
Find the free crochet cowl pattern instructions below.
Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. When you purchase something using these links a small percentage of the sales price goes to me. However, you do not pay any extra for the item you purchase.
ch = chain
sc = single crochet
hdc = half double crochet
dc = double crochet
3dc cluster = dc3tog in same st
BPsc = back post single crochet
BPhdc = back post half double crochet
st/sts = stitch/stitches
sp/sps = space/spaces
Picot: using tight tension, ch 2, sl st back into first st
Working in the 3rd Loop of hdc – 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” made by the “yarn over”. You’ll be working into the back loop of that “V”. This is called the 3rd loop.
16 hdc in 4”
9 ½” tall by,
24” cowl (Child) = 96 ch
26” cowl (Teen/X-Small Adult) = 104 ch
28” cowl (Small/Medium Adult) = 112 ch
30” cowl (Large/X-Large Adult)= 120 ch
32” cowl (2X-Large Adult) = 128 ch
-ch 1 at beginning of round does not count as a stitch.
-Pictured cowl is 28″ around by 9 1/2″ tall.
-Pattern is worked in multiples of 4.
-The recommended yarn is closer to a DK weight than a worsted weight.
“Layer Cake” Lace Cowl Pattern (US Terms):
Ch 96, (104, 112, 120, 128), join with sl st to first ch,
Round 1: ch 1, hdc in each st around, join with sl st to first hdc. (96, [104, 112, 120, 128])
Round 2: ch 1, working in 3rd loop of hdc, sc in each st around, join with sl st to first sc. (96, [104, 112, 120, 128])
Round 3: *sk st, 4 dc in next st, sk st, sl st in next st; repeat from * across, final sl st counts as join. (24, [26, 28, 30, 32] shells)
Round 4: ch 1, ch 1, *work the following sts across each shell: BPhdc around first st, BPsc around next 2 sts, BPhdc around next st, move to next shell; repeat from * around, join with sl st to first hdc. (96, [104, 112, 120, 128])
Round 5: ch 1, sc in each st around, join with sl st to first sc. (96, [104, 112, 120, 128])
Round 6: ch 1, *3dc cluster, ch 1, sk st; repeat from * around, join with sl st to first 3dc cluster. (96, [104, 112, 120, 128])
Round 7: ch 1, *2 hdc in each ch-1 sp around, join with sl st to first hdc. (96, [104, 112, 120, 128])
Round 8: ch 1, working in 3rd loop of hdc, sc in each st around, join with sl st for first sc. (96, [104, 112, 120, 128])
Repeat rounds 3-8 4 more times, then repeat round 3.
Note: You can repeat rounds 3-8 another time or two if you want a longer cowl, but you will need more yarn to complete your project.
Fasten off, and weave in ends.
Attach yarn to round 1 on opposite edge of cowl,
Round 1: ch 1, *sc in next 4 sts, picot; repeat from * around, join with sl st to first sc. (96, [104, 112, 120, 128])
Fasten off, and weave in ends.
Want more gorgeous crochet patterns, and a little encouragement for your day? Sign up for my newsletter here! That way you’ll never miss out on special events, or freebies I’m offering.
JOIN ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA
I would love to see a picture when you’re done, so please feel free to come by my Facebook group and show off your project! Be sure to tag @kirstenhollowaydesigns when you share pictures of your finished cowl on Instagram–I’d love to see what you made!
PATTERN TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
You are welcome to share the link to this pattern, using one image of your choice, on your site, but please do not share the written patterns themselves, this includes my Ravelry downloads or translations of these patterns, or use additional images. You do not have permission to use my images by themselves to create pinnable graphics for Pinterest, however they may be included in a roundup pin if there are 4 or more other patterns. If you sell finished items online, please do not use my pictures for your listings. I’m positive that your work is of high enough quality for you to sell the finished piece. Have confidence in your abilities! <3 Thank you!
This pattern was made to be used by individuals, and small business crocheters alike. Selling your finished pieces in boutiques, at farmer’s markets, craft shows, and other local events is encouraged! Please credit/link Kirsten Holloway Designs when selling finished products online. The only thing I require is that this pattern not be used commercially to produce hundreds of thousands of copies.
If you enjoyed this pattern or found it useful, why not share a link to this post with your friends?