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Crochet Neck Warmer Cowl Free Pattern

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This beautiful, crochet neck warmer is the perfect addition to your fall and winter wardrobe! Made with worsted weight yarn this cowl is soft and cozy, perfect to keep you warm. The crochet neck warmer pattern is easy and makes a relaxing crochet project for any skill level!
The cowl is worked in the round, using just one crochet stitch that creates this beautiful texture.

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If you’re looking for some crochet gift ideas, you can’t go wrong with this crochet neck warmer. You can make them in different sizes, different colours, with a twist or without! You can easily modify this neck warmer pattern by chaining more or less for the length and working more or fewer rows for the width. It all depends on what you like and how you like to wear your cowl.

About the Stitch

In this cowl pattern, I used half double crochet stitches worked in third loops. You probably are familiar with back loops and front loops. Third loops in half double crochet stitches are located just under the front loops.

Working into the third loop creates a lovely crochet stitch pattern with a beautiful texture and the pattern & texture look the same on both sides. You can watch the video demonstration below for more clarity on how to work this crochet stitch.

Crochet Neck Warmer Free Pattern

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Difficulty level


You need to know how to crochet basic stitches. If you know how to crochet half double crochet stitches, then you can make this cowl! In this pattern, it’s Half Double crochet stitches worked into third loops, see the video below for a demo of the stitch and neck warmer pattern.

Skill level

Advanced Beginner – Intermediate


Width: 8.5″ (22cm)

Circumference: 28″ (71cm)


12 Sts x 10 rows in pattern = 4″ (10cm)


Brava Tweed yarn in Rosefinch (you can use any medium worsted #4 yarn)

Skeins: 1,5 (approx. 300 yds/ 274 m)

Crochet hooks: 6mm (J) and 8mm for the foundation chain

Scissors, yarn needle

Abbreviations (US Terms)

Ch = chain

St(s) = stitch(es)

Sl St = slip stitch

HDC = half double crochet

FHDC = foundation half double crochet stitches

Special Stitches: half double crochet worked into the third loop (watch the video demonstration below)

Crochet Neck Warmer Pattern Notes

  • The scarf is worked in the round. Turn at the beginning of each round to crochet in the opposite direction. If you like to crochet in rows instead of rounds, you can follow this pattern Crochet Easy Cowl pattern.
  • This pattern uses foundation half double crochet stitches instead of foundation chains. This creates a more elastic edge.
  • You can also make a foundation chain but I recommend using a bigger size crochet hook (8mm) for the chain. This is because foundation chains tend to be slightly tighter than the rest of the crochet project and don’t stretch as much. If you use a bigger size hook for the chain, this creates more space between the chains and therefore more elasticity.
  • The Ch 1 at the beginning of a round does not count as a stitch.
  • You can make a longer scarf by chaining more.
  • You can make a wider or narrower scarf by working more or fewer rows.

Crochet Cowl Pattern Written Instructions

If starting with foundation half double crochet stitches: With a 6mm hook, make 94 foundation HDC stitches or until you reach 28 inches. Twist your foundation row twice and connect with a slip stitch to shape a circle.

Connect the bottom round with a marker (or a small safety pin) so it’s not twisting anymore. You can join that round at the end when you weave in the ends. Continue to Round 2.

If starting with a foundation chain: With an 8mm hook, chain 94 or until your chain measures 28 inches. Twist the chain twice and connect with a slip stitch to form a circle. Switch to a 6mm hook.

Working on the back side (the bumps) of your chain, insert your hook in the same Ch and work a HDC. Continue working HDC in each chain bump around. You should have the same amount of stitches as you chained (94).

The twisting of the chain will create a twisted look of the cowl. If you don’t want the twisted look, don’t twist the chain! 🙂

Round 2: Ch 1 and turn. HDC in the third loop of the very first St and in every St around. (94)

Make sure not to skip the very last stitch and you have the same amount of stitches in every round. (94)

Round 3-28: repeat round 2. When you’re happy with the width, fasten off and weave in all ends.

Done! Get the premium PDF pattern of this neck warmer from my Etsy Shop here.

Crochet Cowl Pattern Video Tutorial

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