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Easy Crochet Cowl for Beginners | Free Crochet Pattern

I’ve been wanting to crochet a cowl for the longest time now. Why did it take me so long? I have no idea because they’re so simple to make! This easy crochet cowl for beginners uses a bulky weight yarn, making it quick to work up. That’s something we need this time of year and that’s why I’ve put together the 12 Days of Crochet Christmas! This free crochet cowl pattern will keep you (or whomever you are gifting this to) super cozy this winter.

If you’ve never made a crochet cowl before, keep reading. I’m going to share some tips on how to crochet a cowl for beginners, how they are created, and how to resize.

How do you make a crochet cowl?

Most cowls are crocheted in the round after making an initial foundation chain. This is the best way because you can start with the circumference you want your cowl to be and then work on the thickness. For this tutorial, I started by creating a foundation chain, working my first row of stitches, and THEN slip stitching to form a circle.

This is the trick I use when I’m trying to avoid a twisting chain! If you watch the video tutorial, I explain this more in depth.

How wide should a crochet cowl be?

When I’m talking about the width of a crochet cowl, I’m referring to the thickness and not the circumference. We’ll talk more about the circumference when I answer the next question.

How wide your crochet cowl is depends on personal preference. The average adult size is about 13 inches, but you can make yours shorter or longer by taking away rows or adding on more.

How long is a crochet cowl?

It depends on the type of cowl you’re making. For a single wrap crochet cowl, you’ll want it to be anywhere from 20 to 40 inches depending on your size. This easy crochet cowl is approximately 22 inches in circumference.

If you’re making a double cowl, you’ll want the width to be half the size I stated above, so about 6 inches. But of course you’ll want it to be double the size in length since it will be wrapping around your neck twice.

How do I resize this easy crochet cowl for beginners?

Because we’re using the mini bean stitch, you’ll want to make sure that when you’re resizing this cowl that you have the correct stitch multiple. The stitch multiple for the mini bean stitch is 2 + 1. This means that you will create your foundation chain in multiples of 2. Then when you reach your desired length, you will add one more chain to the end.

Here’s a step by step picture tutorial for the mini bean stitch.

This easy crochet cowl for beginners is included in my 12 Days of Crochet Christmas roundup! If you’re looking for more quick, crochet gift ideas for the holidays, be sure to check out the other 11 patterns here.

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Abbreviations used:

*All Sigoni Macaroni patterns are written in standard US terms *

  • Ch – chain
  • Sc single crochet
  • Sk – skip
  • Sl st – slip stitch
  • Yo – yarn over
Single Crochet (sc)Double Crochet (dc)

Special Stitches

  • Mini bean stitch (mb) – Insert hook into indicated st, yo pull up loop (2 loops on hook), yo insert hook into same st, yo pull up loop (4 loops on hook), yo pull through all 4 loops, ch 1 to secure.

Finished Measurements

  • Approx 22″ circumference x 12″ wide

Helpful Tutorials


  • Ch 2 at beginning of row counts as a stitch

Easy Crochet Cowl for Beginners | Free Crochet Pattern

Round 1: Ch 81, sc 2nd ch from hook and each ch down. Sl st to first sc to form circle (80)

Round 2: Ch 2, sk first sc, *mb next sc, sk next sc. Rep * around. Sl st to top ch-2 (40mb)

Round 3: Ch 2, turn work. *Mb in side of the mb from prev row, Rep * around. Sl st to top of ch-2

Rounds 4-32: Rep Round 3

Round 33: Ch 1, turn work. Sc each st around (80)

Your cowl should measure approx 12 inches.

Tie off and weave in ends

I hope you enjoyed today’s tutorial on how to make an easy crochet cowl for beginners! If you made this cowl, I would love to see it! Tag me over on Instagram @sigonimacaroni or post your photos inside our community Facebook group.

Check out the rest of my quick, crochet gift ideas for the 12 Days of Crochet Christmas here!

This pattern is an original pattern by Sigoni of Sigoni Macaroni.  Please do not claim this pattern as your own. If you wish to share this pattern, you may link to this pattern but please do not reprint it on your site. You may keep a copy for your own personal use but please DO NOT sell the pattern or distribute it.

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