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Two Way Cowl a Free One Skein Crochet Pattern

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The Two Way Cowl is an easy, one skein cowl crochet pattern. This beautiful cowl features Caron Simply Soft yarn for lovely drape and stitch definition. The simple shell stitch is gorgeous in this beginner friendly cowl pattern.

This time of year I always feel the cold in my neck, so I designed this super soft and cozy cowl. It’s crocheted as a basic rectangle with a simple shell stitch. This one skein cowl will take you right into Spring as well.

Caron Simply Soft is a bit lighter yarn for a worsted weight. I just love the sheen and shine and their color selection is amazing. I’m loving my cowl and hope you do too.

picture of one skein cowl crossed

You can purchase the ad-free, well formatted PDF Pattern in one of my shops. Scroll down for the free pattern!

Here are a few pictures of the two ways to wear the Two Way Cowl!

picture of twisted crochet cowl

More One Skein Cowl Patterns

The Retta Infinity Cowl is long and lacy. The Trina Cowl is also one skein, or less, in sport weight yarn. The Sheila Cowl is a warm, chunky cowl that includes video tutorial.

I love this Floral Crochet Slouchy Hat from Alysha at LittleJohnsYarn. All her hat patterns are so stylish. And she includes photo tutorials and video too.

picture of shell stitch cowl

Skill Level

Easy

Materials:

Pattern notes:

  • The stitch for this cowl is worked in multiples of 3, plus 2 for the foundation.
  • The finished rectangle (before sewing together) is 40″ long by 10″ wide. For this size I used one skein only of Caron Simply Soft.
  • Beginning ch 1s do not count as a stitch.
  • Ch 2 counts as a stitch, I highly recommend using an alternative, here’s my favorite.

Gauge:

4″ x 4″ = 5 shell stitches x 9 rows

picture of cowl rectangle

Stitches:

fdsc-foundation single crochet

ch-chain

blo-back loop only-crochet into the back loop only, instead of under both the top two

flo-front loop only-crochet into the front loop only, instead of under both the top two

sc-single crochet

shell stitch-3 dc in the same stitch, skip 2

picture of mint green crochet cowl half
picture of cowl mint green with purple jacket

You can purchase the ad-free, well formatted PDF Pattern in one of my shops. Scroll down for the free pattern!

Scroll down for the free crochet cowl pattern!

Blue crochet cowl styled in a single loop.

Two Way Cowl Crochet Pattern

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 2 hours
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $5

The Two Way Cowl is an easy, one skein cowl crochet pattern. This beautiful cowl features Caron Simply Soft yarn for lovely drape and stitch definition. The simple shell stitch is gorgeous in this beginner friendly cowl pattern.

Materials

  • 315 yds worsted weight yarn, I used Caron Simply Soft in mint green

Tools

  • hook size (f) 3.75mm
  • yarn needle
  • scissors

Instructions

    1. Fdsc 131, turn. Alternately you can chain 132 and sc in 2nd ch from your hook and in each ch across, turn. (131 sts)
    2. Ch 1, in the blo sc in each stitch across the row, turn. (131 sts)
    3. Ch 1, in the flo sc in each stitch across the row, turn.
    4. Ch 1, in the blo sc in each stitch across the row, turn.
    5. Ch 1, in the flo sc in each stitch across the row, turn.
    6. Ch 2 (counts), sk next st *{3 dc in next st, sk next two sts} rep from * until last 2 sts, sk next st and dc last st, turn. (131 sts)

      7-22. Repeat row 6.

      23. Ch 1, in the blo sc in each stitch across the row, turn. (131 sts)

      24. Ch 1, in the flo sc in each stitch across the row, turn.

      25. Ch 1, in the blo sc in each stitch across the row, turn.

      26. Ch 1, in the flo sc in each stitch across the row, turn.

      Leave a long tail for sewing together.

    Sew it:

    1. The cowl laid flat in a rectangle.First lay your finished rectangle out.
    2. The cowl folded and needle threaded to seam.Then fold the short edges down the center, overlapping them and lining up the edges.
    3. Seaming mint green cowl together.Thread your yarn needle with the long tail you left and weave it in between your edge stitches, going through both layers. Continue across the edge.
    4. Mint green cowl flat with double front seamed.If you want to exclusively wear your cowl as shown, I think placing buttons along the bottom would be stunning!
    5. Mint green cowl flat in a single loop.Now, when you unfold your sewn cowl, it will be a twisted circle. You can also just sew your short edges together, without crossing them if you prefer to have it that way.

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18 Comments

  1. Hi there – I accidentally used the form underneath this one to leave a “comment” on this post. ???‍♀️ ANYWAY, I was the one who sent the random message regarding being confused about the end of row 7 of this pattern!

  2. At the end of the row it says “…until the last 2 stitches, skip the 2nd to last stitch and dc into the last stitch.” But I appear to only have 1 stitch left after completing the rest of the row, not 2, so I don’t have a stitch to skip. I checked everything and counted my stitches and it all looks correct – I have the correct # of stitches (130) – so I’m wasn’t sure if it was a mistake in the pattern or if I had missed something somewhere! Thank you for your help! 🙂

  3. Ah, ok. Well it would be easiest to just dc into that last st. Missing the one st won’t matter too much. And I will double check the counts, it may be off by one!

  4. Ok Dani,
    Thanks again for reaching out. After double checking and it is off by one. So I’ve updated the pattern to the correct stitch count. Thanks again for catching that and letting me know!

  5. I am a beginner and I am struggling with this because I don’t understand how to single crochet 131 stitches then on row 6 when you chain 2 and count it as a stitch that makes the stitch count end up 132. Help! I am so confused.

  6. Hi Kathy,

    Thanks for asking! The chain 2 counts as one stitch, not two. It stands for a double crochet stitch. So you don’t work into that first stitch right at the ch 2 because the ch 2 is acting as the stitch there.
    I hope that makes sense, and helps. If you need more clarification feel free to email me ChristaCoDesign@gmail.com.

  7. I am SO confused as to how to sew this together to finish this cowl. I would like it to end up being the cowl that can be worn 2 different ways. Can anyone help me….PLEASE.
    Mary

  8. Hi Mary,
    Thanks for your question. To be able to wear it both ways, fold one end over the other and sew it together, like on Step 2. This will allow you to wear it as pictured in Step 2, or in a loose twisted circle.
    I hope this helps!
    Crystal

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