This easy crochet cowl pattern is a very quick project to make. With a unique woven appearance and gorgeous texture, this easy and eye-popping crochet cowl is a beautiful and warm winter accessory!
The Mountain Trail Cowl is part of my Mountain Trail stitch pattern series which started with the Mountain Trail Tweed Poncho. The other patterns in this series are the Mountain Trail Tweed Blanket and the Mountain Trail Hat which is a perfect match to this cowl.
I changed up the yarn I used for both the hat and cowl as I wanted shorter ombre color changes. The projects are much smaller than the poncho and blanket so I needed a different yarn in order to get a similar woven appearance. So I used another one of my favorite yarns by Lion Brand – Ferris Wheel yarn* with many vibrant color options and short ombre color changes.
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If you would like to change the yarn you use to a different weight perhaps to a bulky yarn or a dk yarn you could certainly make that adjustment easily by just working your rectangle to the approximate finished size dimensions provided in the pattern.
Mountain Trail Cowl Crochet Pattern Details
This easy crochet cowl has very simple, beginner-friendly construction. You will crochet a rectangle which is worked row by row and is then folded and sewn or crocheted together to create the cowl shape. You could also add a decorative button if you chose as well. This would be a fun way to highlight that gorgeous unique large button you have been saving for just the right occassion!
I love to wear cowls. They really are the perfect accessory to keep warm all winter long without the fuss of wrapping or tying. Just throw on and go!
This easy crochet cowl is worked by alternating colors from two yarn cakes or by working both ends of the same yarn cake, switching colors every second row. This really provides interesting texture and a unique woven look to your finished cowl. You could certainly choose to alternate two solid colors instead of the self-striping yarn I used for another option as well.
And, even though you are working color changes throughout no worries about a ton of ends to weave in at the end. You will not cut yarn when changing between yarn cakes – drop unused yarn to be picked up 2 rows later. Yarn floats will be covered during seaming process. Yay!
Even though this stitch pattern may look complicated it is much easier than it looks. You are using the beginner-friendly double crochet stitch and single crochet stitches throughout. The unique placement of the double crochet stitches create the interesting woven texture. If you are a crochet beginner you will want to check out my tutorials for the stitch I used.
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Interlocking Arched Columns Stitch Tutorial
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You may also like the following free crochet cowl patterns by Nana’s Crafty Home:
- 1. Falling Leaves Cowl free crochet pattern
- 2. Mesa Sunset Bandana Cowl free crochet pattern
- 3. Curly Cute Cowl free crochet pattern
Mountain Trail Crochet Cowl free pattern instructions
Pattern written in US crochet terminology
- Lion Brand Ferris Wheel, Weight 4 Medium (100% acrylic) 3 oz / 270 yd
- Color Summer Day 4.2 oz / 380 yards
Crochet hook size H/8 (5.0 mm)
Approximate finished size: 33.5” length (circumference) x 9.5” width (height) before folding
Gauge: 13.5 pattern rows x 16 dc st = 4” x 4”
ch(s) = chain(s)
dc = double crochet
sk = skip(ped)
st = stitch
sc = single crochet
sl st = slip stitch
RS = right side
WS = wrong side
Interlocking Arched Columns Stitch Tutorial
- Cowl is worked by alternating colors from two yarn cakes or by working both ends of the same yarn cake, switching colors every second row.
- Do not cut yarn when changing between yarn cakes – drop unused yarn to be picked up 2 rows later. Yarn will be covered during joining process.
- Chain 4 at beginning of a row counts as first dc + ch 1 throughout.
- Rows with even numbers are RS, odd numbers are WS.
With Cake A, ch 139
Row 1: dc in 5th ch from hook (sk chains count as 1st dc + ch 1), ch 1, *sk next ch, dc in next ch, ch 1* repeat from * to * to last 2 chs, sk next ch, 1 dc in last ch. Turn. Do not fasten off. Switch to Cake B or opposite end of cake. 69 sts, 68 ch-1 sps
Row 2 (RS): ch 1, sc in same st, *working in front of ch-1 sp work dc in skipped ch from foundation chain, sc in next dc of row 1; repeat from * across working last dc in 4th ch from foundation ch and sc in top of ch-3. Turn. (137) Note: use a stitch marker to mark this as right side of cowl, if desired.
Row 3: ch 4 (counts as first dc + ch 1), sk next st, *dc in sc, ch 1, sk next st*, repeat from * to * to last st, dc in last st. Turn. Do not fasten off. Switch to Cake A or opposite end of cake.
Row 4: ch 1, sc in same st, *working behind the ch-1 from previous row work dc in skipped st 2 rows below, sc in next st from previous row,* repeat from * to * to end, sc in last st (work sc in the dc of dc + 1). Turn.
Row 5: ch 4 (counts as first dc + ch 1), sk next st, *dc in sc, ch 1, sk next st*, repeat from * to * to last st, dc in last st. Turn. Do not fasten off. Switch to Cake B or opposite end of cake.
Row 6: ch 1, sc in same st, *working in front of the ch-1 from previous row work dc in skipped st 2 rows below, sc in next st (top of dc post from previous row),* repeat from * to * to end. Turn.
Row 7 – 36 Repeat rows 3-6, ending after row 4 or until measures approximately 9.5” in height.
Fasten off. Weave in ends.
Fold ends of rectangle together with RS facing out. Place stitch markers at both left and right edges of cowl as shown below. With RS facing, attach yarn with slip stitch to bottom corner at first stitch marker through both panels to join. Ch 1, work sc stitches evenly from left to right front of cowl working stitches through both panels. Alternatively, you could also use a long length of yarn to sew from stitch marker to stitch marker. Fasten off. Weave in ends.
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This cowl is beautiful!
I read your email with a heavy heart. So much sorrow! Please accept my condolences on your loss of your sweet Nina and your father. Mourning is such a long journey, it creeps into your life in odd moments, but s l o w l y begins to get easier, although never really gone. Take time for healing.
Enjoy your little Olivia who is so cute in her new hat. Peace and blessings on you and yours,
Thank you so much Karen – I am so glad you like the cowl 😊. Thank you also for your kind words. I am finding that grief does sneak up on me at the oddest times. Completely fine one moment and then something will trigger a memory and it all comes flooding back. I am learning to adjust and know it will get better over time. I so appreciate all the support 🌸💕
I am so sorry for the recent losses in your family. It’s so heartbreaking. I understand because I lost both my husband a father this past year though I can’t imagine the loss of a child. Like you, I too have a new grandbaby to help sustain me through the grief. I found that immersing myself in crochet again has helped…especially with the right kind of calming music in the background. Nothing too intricate yet, but just simple projects to give me something else to focus on. Olivia is precious. I hope she continues to fill your heart with joy. I love your cowl pattern; it’s just what I need as we battle a bitterly cold winter here in the US. Thank you for sharing your heartache and your patterns. Your family will be in my prayers. God bless…
I am so very sorry to hear about the loss of your husband and father – how very devastating! I am sure that eventually I will again find relaxation and peace in crochet again – I am looking forward to that! I am so glad you like my new cowl pattern and it will definitely keep you warm 😊. Thank you so much for your kind words and your prayers – they are so appreciated! 🌸💕 Tonya
Sooo sorry to hear about everything you have been through. Isn’t it great that God brings us through it All , prayers sent your way.
Thank you so much for your prayers and kind words and yes God is good we are blessed especially during our crosses and tribulations 💕🌸
Sorry to read about your loss in the comments, Tonya – very hard, but glad that you have God to sustain you too. Love the cowl, thank you very much. Would love a pair of matching fingerless gloves too – always completes the ensemble.
Thank you so much I so appreciate your kind words 🌸💕 I am so glad you like the cowl – I am currently hoping to work on the matching gloves soon. Thank you for being here!