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Hillside Men’s Cowl Crochet Pattern

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This men’s cowl crochet pattern is easy and super quick to work up. If you’re looking for a last-minute gift for the man in your life, give this cowl pattern a try. Depending on your crochet skills, you could finish it in an hour or two.

After making the men’s headband for my husband last month, I decided to make a cowl as well to keep him warm in the winter. And he is loving it! ๐Ÿ™‚

About the yarn

I used Two of Wands Color Theory yarn for the men’s cowl, opting for neutral earth tones. Picked Nutmeg and Moonbeam for a nice contrast, holding two strands together for a nice variegated look.

Last month I also made these gloves with a different Color Theory shade. I like the soft, slightly spongy feel of this yarn. The double yarn not only added thickness to this men’s cowl but also made the whole crochet process a lot quicker, which would make it a great last-minute gift.

About the Stitch

I went with the Herringbone stitch for this men’s crochet cowl. It gives this lovely diagonal texture that’s clean yet interesting. I think it’s a great stitch for making men’s crochet wear.

Solid colour or double-stranded same-colour yarn makes the stitch pop more. Mine’s a bit subtle, with two different colours held together, but it’s got its own charm, creating just enough interest and blending in with the outfit. But if you want the texture to be more prominent, then go with just one colour. ๐Ÿ™‚

You can learn the Herringbone stitch in this post here, where you’ll also find a video demonstration of the stitch. You’ll also see the texture of the stitch a little better as I used one strand in solid-coloured yarn.

Difficulty level

This is an easy pattern, suitable for intermediate-level crocheters.

The intermediate aspect comes from using the foundation herringbone stitch instead of the traditional chain at the start. I also find the Herringbone stitch slightly more challenging for beginners compared to basic stitches like half double or double crochet. Plus, working in the round might also be a challenge for beginners.

That being said, if you’re a beginner familiar with basic half double crochet stitches and you’re keen to learn something new and level up your skills, then that’s a great project for you! Just make sure to set aside plenty of time when learning something new to make it enjoyable! ๐Ÿ™‚

For beginners looking to simplify this pattern, you can swap out the foundation stitches by creating a chain as usual. You can also work flat in back-and-forth rows and then connect the two sides by sewing them together. An example of this approach is demonstrated in this cowl.

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Skill level



Length: 11.5″ (29cm) or 23″ (58cm) circumference

Width: 9″ (23cm)


10 Sts x 10 rows in HHDC = 4″ (10cm)


Yarn: I used Lionbrands Two of Wands Color Theory. One skein in Moonbeam and one skein in Nutmeg, two strands held together.

Yardage: 246yds/225m in one skein. You’ll need two skeins of yarn and use two strands held together.

Alternatively, you can use any medium worsted #4 yarn.

Crochet hook: 7mm (optional 8mm for the chain)

Scissors, yarn needle.

Abbreviations (US Terms)

Ch = chain

St(s) = stitch(es)

Sl St = slip stitch

HHDC = herringbone half double crochet

FHHDC = foundation herringbone half double crochet

Men’s Cowl Crochet Pattern Notes

  • This pattern uses the foundation stitches at the beginning to make the first row more elastic. Alternatively, you can make a chain as normal.
  • If you make a chain, use an 8mm crochet hook for the chain, and then switch to 7mm.
  • The Ch 1 at the beginning of a row does not count as a stitch.
  • Adjust the size of your cowl by making longer foundation rows in the beginning (for the circumference) and by working more or fewer rows (for the width).

Men’s Cowl Crochet Pattern Written Instructions

Make 55 FHHDC or any number for your desired length (circumference). Continue to row 2.

Ch 55 or your desired length (circumference). Join with a Sl St.

Row 1: Ch 1, work a HHDC in the same St and every St around. (55)

Row 2: Ch 1, turn. HHDC in first and each St around. (55)

Repeat row 2 until you reach your desired size!

Weave in all ends, and it’s done! This cowl is reversible and looks the same from any side!

I hope you enjoyed making this men’s crochet cowl with me!

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