Simple One Yarn Cake Spring Cowl free crochet pattern

Feb 21, 2020 | Crochet patterns, One Cake Projects

The Easy Breezy Day Crochet Cowl is a free crochet pattern by Nana’s Crafty Home. A simple and sophisticated beginner friendly cowl made with just one ball of yarn & an easy modern variation of the half double crochet for a quick & easy project!

Easy Breezy Day Cowl free crochet pattern

Once February comes I start looking forward to spring even though it is still bitterly cold – only 10 degrees Fahrenheit right now! Wearing and working with spring colors is a nice reminder that warmer weather is just around the corner.

I have been looking for a project to use some of my stash of Lion Brand’s Mandala Ombre yarn* and this cowl was perfect – lovely soft ombre self-striping yarn with beautiful drape and color options. The colors blend together so well with the light cream base giving the yarn a hand-dyed look.

I used the Linked Half Double Crochet Stitch for the cowl which is a simple variation of the half double crochet stitch. It provides a lovely gentle texture with a unique appearance. I have a complete photo and video tutorial for this stitch which you can find HERE.

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You may also like the following free patterns at Nana’s Crafty Home:

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Easy Breezy Day Cowl free crochet pattern

Simple & Easy Breezy Day Cowl Free Crochet Pattern

Pattern written in US crochet terminology


(1) Lion Brand Mandala Ombre Balance 5.3 oz / 344 yds  
Size H/8 (5.0 mm) crochet hook
Large 1 1/2″ Decorative Button
Tapestry needle

Approximate finished size: approx 34” wide x 21” to point before sewing together

Gauge: 9 Lhdc rows = 4” / 16 Lhdc st = 4”


ch = chain
Lhdc = linked half double crochet (see special stitches below)
st = stitch
beg = beginning
yo = yarn over

Special Stitches:

Lhdc (linked half double crochet): insert hook into single diagonal thread at left-hand side of previous st, yo, pull up a loop, insert hook into next st, yo, pull up a loop, yo, pull through all 3 loops on hook.

Complete Photo & Video Tutorial of the Lhdc (linked half double crochet stitch)

Complete video tutorial for the Easy Breezy Day Cowl is now available

Notes about pattern:

  • To make longer, add rows using same stitch pattern
  • Button is decorative
  • To make 1st Lhdc at beg of row, treat 2nd ch from hook as the single vertical thread
  • Stitch count will increase by 1 st every row.
  • Increases are made on the same side of the scarf throughout the pattern.
  • Ch 2 at the beginning of each row does not count as a stitch.

Row 1: ch 3, 2 Lhdc in 3rd ch from hook (for 1st Lhdc, pick up a loop through 2nd ch from hook), turn.  (2)

Row 2:  ch 2, 2 Lhdc in 1st st (base of ch 2), Lhdc in last st, turn.  (3)

Row 3:  ch 2, Lhdc in each st to last st, 2 Lhdc in last st, turn.  (4)

Row 4:  ch 2, 2 Lhdc in 1st st, Lhdc in each st to end, turn.  (5)

Row 5 – 80: repeat rows 3 – 4

Fasten off.  Weave in ends.

Fold beginning edge around to end, sew button approximately 4 1/2” from top edge (edge without increases) an 3″ from side.  See photo and diagram below: 

Easy Breezy Day Cowl free crochet pattern
How to fold & sew Easy Breezy Day Cowl Diagram
Easy Breezy Day Cowl free crochet pattern
Easy Breezy Day Cowl free crochet pattern
Stitch marker is placed where the button will be placed.
Easy Breezy Day Cowl free crochet pattern
Easy Breezy Day Cowl free crochet pattern
Simple 1 cake cowl free crochet pattern


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Hi! Thank you so much for being here! I am Tonya the designer behind Nana's Crafty Home. As a wife, mother, Nana of 9 & with 2 fur babies, my days are filled with love, laughter, hugs and yarn! Here you will find colorful and creative crochet designs for yourself or loved ones. My hope is that you will be inspired to learn and create along with me!