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Alpine Charm – One Skein Crochet Cowl

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Ever wondered if you can crochet a cozy cowl with just one skein of yarn? Well, the answer is a resounding yes! Just keep in mind, it all comes down to the yardage and the weight or thickness of your yarn. I particularly like this pattern because it showcases a gorgeous textured stitch that I absolutely love.

About the yarn

In this pattern, I’m using Lionbrands Two of Wands Color Theory in Moonbeam. It’s a #4 medium worsted acrylic yarn, which is very soft and somewhat spongy. I have made a few more items with this yarn:

About the Stitch

This cowl features a beautiful textured Alpine stitch throughout the pattern. It’s an intermediate-difficulty stitch. If you are already familiar with the basic stitches and know how to work double crochets, then you can easily pick up this pattern and expand your crocheting skills.

Difficulty level

This pattern is suitable for intermediate-level crocheters.

You need to know how to foundation single crochet, double crochet and front post double crochet.

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Skill level



Circumference: 23″/58cm (11″/28cm when assembled)

Width: 9.5″ (24cm)


13 Sts x 15 rows in Alpine stitch = 4″ (10cm)


Abbreviations (US Terms)

Ch = chain

St = stitch

YO = yarn over

SC = single crochet

DC = double crochet

FPDC = front post double crochet (in this pattern, FPDC always go around the DC stitches two rows below)

FSC = foundation single crochet

Alpine One-Skein Cowl Crochet Pattern Notes

  • This cowl pattern is worked flat in back-and-forth rows and then sewn together.
  • The pattern begins with foundation single crochet stitches to give the first row more elasticity. Alternatively, you can start with a regular chain.
  • To adjust the circumference of the cowl, make any odd number of foundation single crochet stitches or an even number of chains.
  • If you opt for making a chain instead of foundation single crochet stitches, start with a 6.5mm crochet hook for the chain, then switch to a 5.5mm hook to begin the first row.
  • In this pattern, the chain 1 (Ch 1) at the start of a single crochet row does not count as a stitch, whereas the chain 2 (Ch 2) at the beginning of a double crochet row does count as the first stitch.

One-Skein Cowl Crochet Pattern Instructions

Make 75 FSC or any odd number for your desired length (circumference). Continue to row 2.

Note: If you’re choosing to chain instead of making foundation single crochet stitches, pick up a larger hook (6.5mm) and chain 76 (or any even number for your desired circumference). Then change to a 5.5mm hook and continue with the first row. Row 1: SC in second Ch from hook and every St across the row. (total 75 stitches). Continue to row 2.

Row 2: Ch 2 and turn (the Ch2 counts as the first DC stitch). DC in next St and each St across the row. (75 stitches in each row throughout the pattern)

Row 3: Ch 1, turn. SC in first St (base of Ch 1) and each St across, dont’ forget to work the last stitch in the turning Ch (the Ch2 in the previous row).

Row 4: Ch 2, turn. Work a DC in next St, FPDC around the third DC two rows below, DC in next St, FPDC around the fifth DC two rows below, DC in next St. Keep working FPDC (worked two rows below around the DC stitches) and DC across the row. Work a DC in the last St. See photos below. You should have 75 stitches, including the Ch2.

Row 5: repeat row 3.

Row 6: Ch 2, turn. Work a FPDC around the second DC two rows below, DC in next, FPDC around the fourth DC two rows below and continue alternating DC and FPDC across the row. DC in last St.

Note: to make it easier to remember, work a FPDC around the DC two rows below and a DC on top of FPDC.

Rows 7-33: repeat rows 3-6. Make sure the very last row is a single crochet row.

I completed 33 rows for this cowl and used the entire skein of yarn, leaving approximately 60 inches (1.5 meters) of tail at the end, which we will use to sew the sides together. If you don’t have enough yarn for 33 rows, you can adjust it to 31 rows.

If you have more yarn left and want to make your cowl taller, you can certainly do so. Just remember to have enough yarn left (approximately 40 inches) for the sewing part.

Assembling the cowl

Secure the last stitch and tighten the knot. Cut the yarn tail to approximately 40 inches and thread it through the yarn needle. Lay the cowl flat on a table, right side down, and fold both sides up so that they meet. Connect the sides using markers or safety pins, ensuring all rows are aligned for sewing. Refer to the photo below for guidance.

As you begin sewing and approach a marker, remove it and continue sewing until the two sides are completely joined. At the end, make a couple of stitches in different directions to secure the yarn, then cut it. Also, weave in the other yarn tail.

I hope you enjoyed making this textured crochet cowl with me, using just one skein of yarn!

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