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I’ve been working with the moss stitch and using the double crochet chain space as a combination with a number of patterns lately and the first one I stitched up is this quick and easy cowl that uses a lightweight yarn to make a beautiful fabric in the finished look.

This cowl will be the 1st in a series of patterns coming out using this stitch combo.

The Willow Scarf is now out!

This cowl is easy to make, you only need to know the single crochet and double crochet stitches, so it is a great pattern for beginners looking for a way to combine stitches to get a nice texture fabric.

There is also a video tutorial for this free crochet cowl pattern to help you along in case you run into any issues.

Willow Crochet Cowl Pattern

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What comes in the PDF:

  • All pattern info on this page plus the following:
  • Linked timestamps row by row for the video tutorial for easy access.
  • Pictures are on a separate page so you don’t have to print them with the written part of the pattern.


  • This crochet pattern is written in US terms.
  • The pattern is worked in the round.
  • If you want to change the circumference the foundation chain needs to be an even number
  • To change the height you can do the main repeat rows more.
  • Finished size is 9 inches tall x 26 inch around when laid out flat
  • Moss stitch rounds (with the exception of Round 1) do not have a chain at the start of the round.


  • 280 yards of a  DK/ #3 lightweight weight yarn
  • Yarn Used: Loops & Threads Luxe Merino or Lion Brand Mandala
  • 4.50 mm crochet hook 
  • Yarn needle
  • Scissors
  • Stitch Markers (Optional)
The Willow Crochet Cowl stitched with Lion Brand Mandala Yarn

Crochet Stitches & Abbreviations:

Important Note About Last Single Crochet of the Moss Stitch Rounds

When completing the last single crochet stitch of the round you will see that the last chain space is divided into two, always put the last stitch into the part of the chain space that is closest to the starting stitch of the round. This will help with blending in the seam of the cowl.

Where to put the last SC of the round into the Willow Cowl for the Moss stitch

Video Tutorial

Free Crochet Pattern: The Willow Cowl

Written Pattern

Foundation Chain: ch 140, being careful not to twist the chain sl st to join 1st and last ch 

Round 1: ch 2 (counts as 1 sc and 1 ch in 1st st), skip next st, * sc in next st, ch 1, skip 1 st, repeat from * all around, sl st into ch sp of the initial ch 2 to join

Rounds 2 – 7: sc into the 1st ch sp of the round, ch 1, skip next st * sc into next ch sp, ch 1, skip next st, repeat from * all around, sl st last ch 1 into 1st sc to join

Round 8: sl st into 1st ch sp, ch 3 (counts as 1 dc and 1 ch), skip next sc, * dc in next ch sp, ch 1, skip next sc, repeat from * all around, sl st into 2nd ch of the initial ch 3 to join 

Rounds 9 – 13: sc into the 1st ch sp of the round, ch 1, skip next st * sc into next ch sp, ch 1, skip next st, repeat from * all around, sl st last ch 1 into 1st sc to join

Round 14: repeat round 8 

Rounds 15 – 38: Repeat Rounds 9 – 14 four more times

Rounds 39 – 45:  repeat round 9 

Fasten off and weave in ends.

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