A while back I bought a hank of alpaca yarn at an alpaca farm in Lancaster, PA. Approximately a weight 3 yarn, it is spun from natural black, gray and cream alpaca wool. I envisioned crocheting something rustic that evoked the show Outlander, and after a couple of attempts I eventually came up with this super simple, beginner-friendly cowl with a fold-down collar.
This project truly could not be quicker or easier to make. You simply crochet a rectangle that’s 8″ wide and 36″ long, then fold and stitch it as shown below. A button holds the collar where you want it and also adds a nice accent.
This piece instantly dresses up a long-sleeve T-shirt, and would make a great “Zoom accessory” if you are working from home and doing online meetings.
Pattern: Quick collared cowl
This pattern makes a cowl that will fit most adults and older teens.
Materials you’ll need:
- Weight 3, 4 or 5 yarn in a quantity sufficient to make half a scarf
- Crochet hook in the size specified for your yarn
- Yarn needle
- Chain stitch (ch)
- Half-double crochet (hdc)
- Foundation half-double crochet (fhdc) – optional (see my video tutorial)
The cowl pictured was made with 3.2 oz (90 g) of a non-commercial yarn that is approximately weight 3. Using a size H hook, I made an 8″ wide/36″ long rectangle by working 96 rows with 28 half-double crochet (hdc) per row.
I started my rectangle by working 28 foundation half-double crochet (fhdc), but you can also start by working a chain with the number of stitches needed, plus two for the turning chain.
Note: To keep the edges smooth, I did not count the turning chain as a stitch.
You could also use a weight 4 or 5 yarn and the hook size specified for the yarn. Thicker yarn equals fewer stitches and rows and an even quicker project. You are crocheting the equivalent of half a scarf, so any yarn that requires one skein or ball to complete a scarf will be more than enough to make this cowl – and perhaps even two!
After you’ve completed your rectangle with your yarn and hook of choice, cut a yarn tail 36″ long and pull it through the loop on your hook to secure it.
Next, fold the rectangle as shown below, with 8″ of each end overlapping and the 36″ yarn tail at one side (not at the bottom point).
Thread the yarn tail through a yarn needle and whip stitch through both layers as indicated by the arrows above. You are basically sewing each 8″ wide end to the side of the layer above/below it. I sewed one whip stitch through each crocheted stitch on the end, as shown below.
To finish your collared cowl, fold down the collar as desired and attach a button (sewing through both layers) where needed to hold the collar where you want it. Before sewing the button, it’s a good idea to pin the spot and try on your cowl to make sure the neck opening is big enough; a 24″ neck opening is good for an adult or older teen.
I used an wooden button engraved “CROCHETED BY NINA” which I ordered custom-made from an Etsy shop, but you can use a decorative button or even an old coat button, if you happen to save buttons.
If you use this pattern…
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