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Chunky Cowl and Collar: Free Crochet Pattern


soft chunky button cowl

The Chunky Cowl and Collar is a quick and easy crochet cowl pattern. With lots of color choices, you can make this crochet cowl to match your winter coats, or get ready for a market.

You’ll use simple stitches in the round with simple shaping to create a cowl that fits the natural shape from the shoulders to the jaw.

Add a button to the overlap section to wear the cowl as one piece for added warmth. When leaving it open, it can be worn two different ways. You can roll the top down and it looks like a collar that will fit over the top of a coat or jacket without a hood. Flip the Chunky Cowl upside down for another look.

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I chose Lion Brand Hometown USA as it’s a super soft acrylic that can be used for numerous projects. It is now called Hometown Yarn and is a super bulky #6 weight. It is available in 51 colors, which come in solids, multis, neons, twists and tweeds. All colors except for the tweeds (94% acrylic, 6% rayon) are 100% acrylic. You’ll received 81 yards / 74 meters per 142 grams. The print colors are a bit shorter at 64 yards/ 59 meters.

All colors are in stock, except for three at the Lion Brand site, and costs $5.99 at the time of this update (12/3/22)

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7 stitches x 4.5 rows= 4″ x 4″


31″ circumference at top includes overlap, 32.25″ circumference at the bottom


  • ch: chain
  • dc: double crochet
  • dc2tog: double crochet 2 together
  • first-dc: first double crochet
  • hdc: half double crochet
  • sc: single crochet
  • sl st: slip stitch
  • st(s): stitch(es)


First-dc: sc in first st, ch 2 (this replaces ch 3 at the beginning of the row)




  • Pattern is written in US terms.
  • Read entire pattern before beginning.
  • Ch 3 can be used as a substitute for first-dc.

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Ch 72, sl st to make a ring. Be careful to not twist the chain

Rnd 1: ch 1, sc in each ch, sl st to join (72 sc)

Rnd 2: First-dc, dc in each st, sl st to join

Rnd 3: First-dc, dc in same space, dc in next 4, dc2tog, [dc in next 5, dc2tog] 9 times, dc, sl st to join (62 dc)

Rnd 4: First-dc, dc in next 3, dc2tog, [dc in next 4, dc2tog] 9 times, dc in next 2 sts, sl st to join (52 dc)

Rnd 5: First-dc, dc next 23 sts, dc2tog, dc in next 24 sts, dc2tog, sl st to join. (50 dc)

Rnds 6-10: First-dc, dc in each st around, sl st to join

Row 11: First-dc in back loop, dc in back loop of next 3 sts, dc in each st until 4 stitches remain, dc in the front loop of first 4 dc (overlap created), turn.

Rows 12-13: First dc, dc in each st to end, turn

Row 14: ch 1, sc in each st

Row 15: sl st in each st, finish off


Attach button an inch from the edge. Space between dc creates a button hole. Weave in any ends.


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