This cool stripy free crochet cowl pattern designed by Anne Egan is the perfect winter warmer for fella’s! A cowl is a great option for an alternative take on a standard mens crochet scarf pattern, and incredibly practical for a guy that doesn’t want a long scarf getting in the way. Hooked up in stylish monochrome colours, it’ll also make a great winter gift for men of all ages – but there’s not reason that you couldn’t hook up this free crochet cowl patten in bright colours too!
You will need
Lang Yarns Merino 120 (100% virgin wool, 50g/120m)or alternative dk yarn,
3 balls of Yarn A White (34.0001) 2 balls of Yarn B Black (34.0004)
A 4.5mm (US 7) hook
72x38cm (281⁄2x15in) before seaming.
You can find a full list of all abbreviations we use in our abbreviations and conversions guide. This pattern is written in UK terminology but you can easily convert it to US terms using the guide.
Cowl goes once around the neck, but make it as large as you wish.
Two RS rows are worked, followed by two WS rows, allowing you to carry the yarn up the side of the work and continue without fastening off.
At the end of each Black (Yarn B) row, change to White (Yarn A) in the last step of the last stitch and do not fasten off White. Work a row in White, leaving a live loop at the end of row.
Working on same side and in same direction as previous row, work a row in Black, joining live White loop in last step of last stitch and carrying the yarn up the side of work. Next row will be worked in the opposite direction.
Free mens crochet scarf pattern
With Yarn B, ch72.
Row 1 (WS) Dc into the 2nd ch from the hook and in each ch across, changing to Yarn A in the last step of the last st, turn without fastening off Yarn B. [71 sts]
Row 2 (RS) Ch1 (does not count as st throughout), dc in next 2 dc, *htr in next 2 dc, tr in next 3 dc, htr in next 2 dc, dc in next 3 dc; repeat from * across omitting last dc, remove hook from work but do not fasten off and do not turn.
Row 3 (RS) Insert hook into first st of row and pick up Yarn B, ch1, dc in each st across, changing to Yarn A in the last step of the last st, turn without fastening off Yarn B.
Row 4 (WS) Ch3 (counts as tr throughout), tr in next dc, * htr in the next 2 dc, dc in the next 3 dc, htr in next 2 dc, tr in next 3 dc; repeat from * across omitting last tr, remove hook but do not fasten off and do not turn.
Row 5 (WS) Insert hook into the top of the beg ch-3 of the prev row and pick up Yarn B, ch1, dc in each st across, changing to Yarn A in the last step of the last st, turn without fastening off Yarn B.
Repeat Rows 2 to 5 until work measures approx 72cm, ending on a Row 4.
Fasten off Yarn A and weave in ends. Fasten off Yarn B, leaving a long tail to seam the first and last rows together.
Fold cowl right sides together so that the first and last rows meet.
Using the long tail and a tapestry needle, seam the 2 rows together being careful to match up the stitches. Weave in all ends and turn RS out.