Easy Textured One Hour Cowl

I love a good cowl. That’s so not something that kid me ever imagined adult me saying, but each year I find myself living in the Northern US with a lower cold tolerance than the year before. I love this cowl because it’s so cozy – there’s nothing better than snuggling down into it when the cold air hits. Aside from that, it takes only one skein of Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick, it’s easy, and it’s totally crochet-able in an hour!

I’m kind of obsessed lately with this herringbone half double crochet stitch. When worked in rows it creates lovely alternating left-leaning and right-leaning stitches. I’ve found I love the effect of the stitches leaning all in one direction when working in the round, and the herringbone half double lends a gorgeous texture.

I purposely designed this cowl to be a closer fit around the neck, but you can always add to the initial starting chain to make it a suitable length for you – just be sure to keep the chains an even number.


  • 1 Skein Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick
  • Size P (11.50mm) Crochet Hook, or whichever is needed to obtain gauge
  • Yarn Needle

Abbreviations Used:

HHDC- herringbone half double crochet (see below for instructions)

SL ST – slip stitch

CH – chain

YO – Yarn Over

CH SP – chain space

Special Stitches Used:

Herringbone half double crochet:

YO, Insert hook into st, YO, pull up loop, Pull through first loop on hook, YO, pull through both remaining loops on hook

Need a visual? Check out this great video tutorial by Moogly – Click HERE


Gauge: 5 sts x 4 rows in the pattern stitch = 4″

** To clarify, for your gauge swatch, CH 10. HHDC in second CH from hook, *CH 1, SK 1, HHDC in next CH – Repeat from * to end. At end of row, turn work and CH2, now work the row the same (HHDC, CH1) except you’ll be working your HHDC into the CH SP of the row below.

Finished cowl measures approximately 8″ tall and 27″ around.

This pattern is written using US terminology.

Cowl is made using joined rounds. Beginning Ch 3 counts as one HHDC + CH.

Please do not copy or sell my pattern in any way. You are welcome to sell finished objects made using my pattern. I only ask for you to credit me so that other makers can find my patterns as well.


Ch 56, SL to first CH to form loop

Row 1: Ch 3 (counts as one HHDC + CH). (*SK 1 CH, HHDC in next CH, CH1) Repeat from * to end of row. At end of row SL to first CH3.

Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as one HHDC + CH). (*HHDC in next CH SP, CH 1) Repeat from * to end or row. At end of row SL to first CH 3.

Continue Row 2 until desired length. FO and weave in ends.

Fasten off and weave in the ends, and snuggle into your snuggly crocheted cowl!

Looking for more winter crochet fun? Check out my Roly-Poly Winter Gnome pattern – click HERE!

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