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Easy Chunky Cowl Sheila Cowl Tutorial

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The chunky Sheila Cowl crochet pattern adds just enough sparkle and all the warmth for those wintry days. Stay toasty and stylish with this easy chunky cowl design. You can crochet this cozy neck warmer with just one ball of yarn.

I love working with thick, squishy yarn when the weather is cold. I might have sweaters and jackets galore, but my neck can always use a chunky cowl. And these are just so satisfying to work up-fast and so cozy.

The first Sheila Cowl I created as a gift. These are some of my favs to give, as they’re easy, chunky and only use one ball of yarn.

I love creating handmade squishiness to bless those teachers, friends and family with at the holidays. When it came time for pattern writing, it was all too easy to make another and include even more pictures.

picture of woman smiling at camera with blue chunky cowl free pattern on neck

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And as an added bonus I created a complete video tutorial for this easy, chunky cowl. So new crocheters never fear, the Sheila Cowl includes a video tutorial.

For those of you who have been crocheting a while, you might be interested in how to fold/seam this cowl. That bit starts about 9:30 into the video and includes two finishing options.

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picture with text pin image free crochet chunky cowl pattern
picture of blue chunky cowl with button flat

You can purchase the pdf in my shops {scroll down for the free pattern}



picture of woman turned away with chunky cream colored cowl around neck

More Easy Chunky Cowls to love:

  1. Charisma Cowl this one also uses just one skein of Lion Brand’s thick and quick yarn.
  2. Arcone Cowl is tall enough to keep your nose cozy and features buttons.
  3. Nebbia Scarf well the Nebbia is a scarf, but you need only to seam it for a chunky cozy infinity cowl.

Sheila Cowl Video Tutorial

Check out the full video tutorial on my YouTube. The full photo tutorial and written pattern are below.



Ch 3 counts as a stitch, I highly recommend using a ch 3 alternative, here’s my favorite.


 V St-(dc, ch 1, dc) all in the same stitch

Sk-skip the indicated stitch



dc-double crochet

sl st-slip stitch



 2” x 2” = 3 dc x 2 rows

Finished dimensions

10”x 20”

Video Tutorial

Watch the full, step by step video tutorial for the Sheila Cowl on my YouTube.

Cowl Crochet Pattern

 Ch 19

Row 1. V St in 5th ch from hook (skipped sts count as a dc), *{sk next 2 chs, V St in next ch} rep from * across to last 2 sts, sk next ch, dc in last ch, turn. (17 sts) 

Row 2. Ch 3, sk next dc, *{(2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next ch 1 sp, sk next 2 dc}, rep from *across to last 2 dcs, sk next dc, dc in last st, turn. (27 sts)

Row 3. Ch 3, sk next 2 dcs, *{V st in next ch 1 sp, sk next 4 dcs} rep from * across to last 3 dcs, sk next 2 dcs, dc in last, turn. (17 sts)

Row 4. Rep Row 2.

Row 5. Rep Row 3.

Keep repeating rows 2-3. Til you have 18 rows, or 20.” Leave a long tail for seaming.

picture of easy chunky cowl laid flat

Fold in half, short end to short end.

picture of pinned cowl

Find the center, fold one side (with both layers) toward the center. Sew together, be sure to catch all 4 layers. Rep on opposite side.

picture with arrows how to fold Sheila Cowl

Fold the opposite end toward the center and continue sewing across.

picture of seam Sheila Cowl

 Option 1

Turn cowl so seams are front and center. Poke seams into fabric to hide them. Weave in ends. Sew on button.

picture of seams on crochet chunky cowl
picture of seams in

Now add the perfect button.

picture of easy chunky cowl with button
Wrong side, with button.

Option 2

Turn right side out. Weave in ends. Add button if desired.

picture of Sheila Cowl seamed up
Right side, no button.

 The white one is right side out, no button & the blue one is wrong side out with a button. I think both options are beautiful!

picture of woman wearing white easy chunky Sheila Cowl

I’d love to see your #sheilacowl tag me @christacodesign on Instagram if you post a pic. Or share it to my Facebook Group, I love to see your work!

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