Simple Speedy Cowl

Finished cowl

There’s not much that is more basic than a cowl – a simple tube of fabric, large enough to pull over your head and rest around your neck, cowls are a great way to use up a lonely stray ball of yarn, experiment with a new stitch pattern, or keep your hands busy during a movie. They’re so fast to make that they’re ideal last-minute gifts!

This single-skein cowl is simple and speedy, with alternating bands of single and double crochet forming a subtly interesting texture that requires only bare attention from you to navigate successfully.

Sizes and Materials List …

Approx 20″ around x 7″ wide


K/10.5 (6.5mm)


1 ball Plassard Pop 4 [100% wool, 110 m/50 g skein]

Colors &
Approx. Yardage:

Any color, 120.3 yds


Yarn Needle


11 sts x 10 rows = 4″ in patt. Gauge is not crucial in this pattern, and it can easily be adjusted to accommodate different yarn or hooks – just make sure that your starting chain can slip over your head!

Skill Level Beginner Download pattern in PDF format

Notes …
Stitches Used

Chain (ch)
Slip Stitch (sl st)
Single Crochet (sc)
Double Crochet (dc)

Instructions …


Base Chain

Loosely ch 55, join with sl st in 1st ch.

Round 1

Ch 1, sc around, join. (55 sc)

Round 2

Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), *dc in next sc; rep from * around, join to 2nd ch of beg ch 2 with sl st. (55 dc)

Round 3

Ch 1, sc in 1st dc, *sc in next dc; rep from * around, join to first sc with sl st. (55 sc)

Rounds 4-11

Repeat rows 2 and 3. If additional width is desired, continue repeating rows 2 and 3, ending on row 3.

Finishing …

Using yarn needle, weave in ends.

Completed cowl

Pattern and photos © Melissa Mall, Inner Child Crochet