Free crochet pattern: Two-in-one bandana cowl

Two-in-one bandana cowl

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Check out the “super-sized” version of this pattern that’s large enough to cover the head and shoulders: The “big hug” hooded cowl scarf.

I’ve recently posted patterns for a triangle shawl scarf in both a lightweight version and a heavier version, but I’ll let you in on a secret: while I absolutely love the look, I realized I don’t like to wear them myself, because I feel like they need to be adjusted all the time. I just don’t like accessories I have to fuss with – I want to be able to put them on and then forget about them while I go about my day.

That’s why I got excited the first time I saw a photo of a bandana cowl. That was the triangle scarf for me! However, the one pictured was done in a chunky granny stitch. It was lovely, but I wanted something different.

I looked at some patterns, but everything I saw either involved making the cowl and bandana separately and then stitching them together, or else the triangle was only in the front, and thus too narrow for my taste. Having just designed a poncho pattern that was crocheted top-down from the neckline, I didn’t see why the same thing couldn’t be done for a bandana cowl.

After a couple of false starts and some frogging, I figured out how to make exactly what I wanted. My version is worked in one piece, in the round, from the top of the cowl down to the bottom edge of the bandana. Like all my patterns so far, it uses only the most elementary of crochet stitches.

The cowl is basically a tube with a diameter slightly smaller than your head, so that it goes over your head with gentle stretching, and a length that allows it to drape around your neck in graceful folds.

Transitioning from the cowl portion to the bandana portion couldn’t be easier. Once you’ve completed the cowl, you simply continue working in the round, but add an increase at the midway point of each round – what will be the center front of your bandana cowl. This forms the point, and allows the front to widen into a triangle.

I provide instructions below to make this in both #4 and #5 weight yarns. For the #4 weight bandana cowl shown below, I used Caron Simply Soft Tweeds yarn in Off White.

Free crochet pattern: Two-in-one bandana cowl

For the #5 weight bandana cowl shown below, I used Lion Brand Scarfie yarn in Oxford/Claret. It turned out wonderfully soft and warm.

Free crochet pattern: Two-in-one bandana cowl

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Free crochet pattern: Two-in-one bandana cowl


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18 responses to “Two-in-one bandana cowl”

  1. Alida Avatar
    Alida

    Love the look of this! Am working on it now. But I must have missed something. Hdc in each stitch does not create a ribbing like you have. How did you get that effect? Thank you for sharing this pattern.

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    1. Nina Avatar

      Hi Alida – I’m happy that you like the pattern. I just did a regular hdc through both loops, and turned the work after every round. Are you turning your work?

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      1. Lauren Avatar
        Lauren

        Hi I’m new to crocheting! When you say “turn the work” do you mean that at the joining point you turn and work back the opposite direction instead of working in the round?

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      2. Nina Avatar

        Lauren – yes, that is correct.

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  2. Lin Avatar
    Lin

    What a lovely pattern I look forward to making and wearing it – thank you very much

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  3. patricia molina Avatar
    patricia molina

    gracias, muy bonito, explicaciones entendibles, gracias

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  4. Valerie Avatar
    Valerie

    I have been crocheting for a year now and have learned that not all patterns can be easily followed. This one is and what a beautiful piece I have created for a dear friend. I can’t wait to give it to her. Thanks you for a beautiful pattern that was easy to follow.

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    1. Nina Avatar

      Valerie – Thank you so much for your kind words! 🙂

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  5. Lyn Avatar
    Lyn

    Thanks so much for sharing this!! I made one using Caron Simply Tweeds in grey and it is lovely.
    Hoping to make several more for gifts.

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    1. Nina Avatar

      Lyn – so glad you like it! Would love to see a photo!

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  6. Hanna Björnsdóttir Avatar
    Hanna Björnsdóttir

    Are you using US or UK crochet terms?

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  7. Olga Avatar
    Olga

    Hi there. Major major question. I also used Caron simply soft and made the 50ch super loose. Four rows in I decided to see if it would fit. It doesn’t. Is this a pattern for a child’s cowl? I don’t know any adult that would be able to put that on lol. But I love the pattern itself. I guess I am just gonna adjust it so it can go over my head.

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    1. Nina Avatar

      Olga – Everybody’s crochet tension is different, and it sounds like yours is tighter than mine. You can make the starting chain any size you want, as long as it’s an *even number* of chains.

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      1. Olga Avatar
        Olga

        ;; I used a 6mm hook so I really don’t know how my tension can be tight. I did end up using more stitches though. But idk why for some reason I keep getting messed up on the increases. It’s so hard to see where the 2ch are and the hdc. I always feel like I end up with more on one side and have to take it all out.

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      2. Nina Avatar

        Olga – It’s difficult to diagnose an issue when I can’t see what you’re working on. But as far as the increase, I suggest using a stitch marker to keep track of where it is.

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  8. Ruth Avatar
    Ruth

    I absolutely love your pattern! I’ve always been told that I crochet loosely but when doing the smaller one with Caron ss in speckle I had to go up to 58 stitches using a J hook. I love how it turned out. I’m now working on my second one using an I or 5.5 hook and started with fsc of 60 which is perfect for me.I’m giving one to my daughter and 5 grandaughters for Christmas. Thank you

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    1. Nina Avatar

      Ruth – thank you for your kind words, you made my week! I’d love to see a photo when they’re all done!

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