Make a stylish accessory with this free crochet pattern for a lightweight cowl! This worsted-weight yarn project is easy to work up. And it can be completed in just one day.
With the easy combination of stitches, even beginners can master the pattern quickly. Get started on this new project today and start enjoying your new cowl tomorrow!
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This easy crochet cowl pattern is perfect for beginning crocheters who want to try something just a little more advanced.
The lacy shell stitches are easy to learn. Once you get the first couple of rows completed, you simply repeat row three for most of the project.
It also makes a great gift that you can have ready in a day. And with many yarns, this will be a one-skein project or less!
Pattern Options for the Freida Cowl Pattern
The Freida Cowl is a crochet pattern for worsted weight yarn in US crochet terminology. The complete free crochet cowl pattern can be found on the blog below.
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About the Inspiration for the Freida Cowl Pattern
The yarn was the inspiration for this design. When I visit a new town, I often like to check out the local yarn stores.
Recently I was visiting Kitty Hawk, North Carolina with my Mom. When I visited the Knitting Addiction store there, this was one of the first yarns I saw.
I loved the colors in it. And I thought the cotton acrylic blend would be perfect for a lightweight scarf or cowl.
Plus since it’s worsted weight, I was thinking it would work up quickly as well. So I couldn’t resist buying it.
After trying several stitches, the lacy stitch combo seemed perfect for showing off the colors while creating a lightweight texture. This stitch pattern combines simple stitches and is easy to learn.
I also wanted to make this a quick project with a simple design. The beautiful cowl is something you can make in a day. So it can be a last-minute gift or a project you can make one day and wear the next.
About the Yarn
Queensland Cairns comes in a range of beautiful multicolored skeins. It is made up of cotton and acrylic fibers in a tape construction.
This makes it a great choice for small home decor and accessory projects. The store where I bought it had a sample basket made in the yarn that was lovely.
It was super easy to work with and doesn’t split. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced crocheter, this is a fun yarn to try. The different colors found in each skein do all the color work for you!
You can also try to project in any worsted-weight yarn that you may have in your yarn stash. Save yourself the extra cost of buying new yarn and go “shopping” in your stash instead.
This is the kind of project you can try with a single skein of yarn that you might have left over. You can make the cowl as long as you have 170 yards left in a skein of worsted weight yarn.
Or you can combine partial skeins in several colors for a true stash busting project. If you want a colorful cowl, this particular design works well in blocks of color, stripes, or multicolored yarns.
2023 Crochet in a Day Blog Hop
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Freida Cowl Pattern
Yarn: Worsted weight (#4 medium) approximately 170 yards.
Shown: Queensland Collection Cairns (60% cotton, 40% acrylic), 190yd[175m]/3.52oz[100g]: #17 Kangaroo Isle, 3/4 skein.
Hook: Size J/10 (6.0mm) or size needed to obtain gauge. (these are my favorite crochet hooks).
Notions: Tapestry needle, optional stitch markers, tape measure.
Sizing and Gauge
Sizes: One size fits most adults.
Finished Measurements: Approximately 30” circumference and 5.5” wide.
Gauge: 3 lacy shells and 7 rows = 4” x 4”. Exact gauge is not critical.
- Work row one in the bottom bumps of the base chain.
- Use optional stitch markers to keep track of edge stitches and move them up as you go along.
Standard Stitch Abbreviations (U.S. Crochet Terminology):
ch-2 sp(s): chain two space(s)
dc: double crochet
sc: single crochet
*: rep the sts from the asterisk
Special Stitch Abbreviation and Instruction:
lacy shell: (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) all in the same st
Freida Cowl Crochet Pattern
Multiple: 4 + 3.
Base Chain: Ch 19.
Row 1 (base row): Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn. (18 sc)
Row 2 (pattern starting row): Ch 3 (counts as a dc here and throughout), sk st, 2 dc in next st, ch 2, 2 dc in next st, *sk 2 st, 2 dc in next st, ch 2, 2 dc in next st; rep from * across until 2 sts remain, sk st, sc in last st, turn. (17 dc, 4 ch-2 sps, 1 sc)
Row 3 (lacy shell row): Ch 3, sk 2 dc, lacy shell in next ch-2 sp, *sk 4 dc, lacy shell in next ch-2 sp; rep from * across until 3 dc remain, sk 2 dc, sc in last dc, turn. (1 dc, 4 lacy shells, 1 sc)
Rows 4 – 47 (shell rows): Rep row 3.
Rows 48 (sc row): Ch 3, sc in next 2 dc, sk ch-2 sp, *sc in next 4 dc, sk ch-2 sp; rep from * across until 3 dc remain, sc in last 3 dc, go to finishing. (1 dc, 17 sc)
Finishing: Line up edges, join using the flat slip stitch join or your preferred joining method. Photo tutorial for flat slip stitch (sl st) join at https://craftingeachday.com/flat-slip-stitch-join/. Weave in ends.
Other Crochet Patterns You Might Enjoy
For more patterns that you can crochet in a day, check out this post on more than 60 patterns for small crochet projects. These quick patterns can give you the instant gratification of completing handmade gifts quickly!
For other free crochet accessory patterns in worsted weight yarn, you might also enjoy the Watercolor Shawl, Shell Stitch Market Bag, and Quick Bucket Hat Patterns. All of these patterns use worsted weight yarn to make lightweight accessories.
The Watercolor Shawl pattern is an easy crochet pattern for a triangle shawl that mostly uses double crochet stitches. It’s a great project if you want to try out making a triangle shawl using basic stitches.
The Shell Stitch Market Bag pattern is a pattern for making a crochet tote bag in several colors of yarn. If you want to line your bag, you can also follow this step-by-step tutorial on how to sew the lining.
The Quick Bucket Hat is a fun design especially because it comes in child and adult sizes so you can make them for the whole family. Happy crocheting!