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!
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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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
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
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.
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: