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Chunky Crochet Cowl – free beginner pattern

Is there anything more mindful than a rhythmical crochet stitch to get lost in? This super simple chunky crochet cowl is made with just slip stitches throughout making it the perfect beginner project, but also one for experienced hands to take some light relief from those bigger projects too.

The best thing about projects like this is that using chunk yarn and simple slip stitch crochet stitches means that they grow really quickly! So grab your yarn and hook and lets make something stylish, stunning and yet simple together.

You can carry on reading to find the free pattern here in this blogpost or purchase an ad-free, printable PDF version of the chunky crochet cowl pattern in my store to download and print.

beginner chunky crochet cowl pattern worn on woman in jeans and jumper

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About the Easy Crochet Cowl Pattern

I don’t know about you but I love nothing more than a quick crochet project sometimes. I always have the monster blankets and never ending sleeves on the go of course but sometimes I just want an easy pattern that I can work without thinking and just enjoy the escapism of crochet and the stitch.

That’s why for this pattern I chose the most simple of stitches, as long as you can slip stitch crochet then you’ll be able to make this cowl!

It’s a great crochet accessory to make for yourself but also fabulous as we approach the gift making season and I know for a fact that they sell really well at craft fairs if you want to make a batch of them!

If you’re looking for more ideas of what to make then I have lots of free crochet accessory patterns for you to choose from!

images showing striped chunky crochet cowl pattern in gender neutral colours

The Crochet Cowl Tension and Sizing Options

The Cowl measures approx 110cm (43 1/4 in) in circumference so is great to double over to make a cosy neck warmer style or to leave loose as a single loop cowl.

Tension (gauge) is 12 sts and 14 rows to measure 10X10cm (4X4 in) over slip stitch using an 8mm hook, or size needed to obtain correct tension.

Yarn for the Stripe Cowl

To make this crochet Cowl I used West Yorkshire Spinners Retreat (100% wool, 100g/140m) yarn which has the perfect amount of ‘squish’ for this kind of accessory.

You will need:

1 ball of each:

Yarn A: Ponder (393)

Yarn B: Tranquil (341)

Yarn C: Reflect (099)

In total you’ll need approximately 400m of yarn.

A great alternative yarn if you want something with acrylic in it is Hue and Me Yarn from Lion Brand which has the most glorious selection of colours.

close up of chunky crochet slip stitch cowl looking like knitting

Crochet Stitches used in the Crochet Cowl

The Stripe Cowl Pattern uses the following crochet stitch:

Standard UK Crochet TermStandard US Crochet Term
ss – slip stitch ss – slip stitch

How to get the Chunky Crochet Cowl Pattern

This crochet Cowl pattern is a free crochet pattern on the blog for everyone to enjoy, just scroll down to find it.

There are a few ways you can access and enjoy this crochet pattern and help support HanJan Crochet.

  1. You can find and use the crochet cowl pattern here on the blog that is supplemented with ads.
  2. You can purchase, print and keep the 3 page ad-free pattern PDF in any of my stores below:
Striped Cowl Pattern

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Get the ad-free, printable PDF with added extras in my pattern stores:

woman wearing striped chunky crochet cowl

Chunky Crochet Cowl - free beginner pattern

Yield: A modern chunky crochet cowl
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes
Difficulty: Great for beginners
Estimated Cost: £20

The perfect beginner crochet project, this striped chunky crochet cowl uses the simple slip stitch, chunky yarn and hook and so is super quick to make too!






12 sts and 14 rows to measure 10X10cm (4X4 in) over slip stitch.


The cowl measures approx 110cm (43 1/4 in) in circumference.


The cowl is worked in rows throughout. The final row is joined to the foundation ch at the end to form the cowl shape.


ss - slip stitch


ch(s) - chain(s)

ss - slip stitch

sk - skip

st(s) - stitch(es)

rep - repeat

bl - back loop

fl - front loop


    1. Using Yarn A, ch37
    2. Row 1: ss in second ch from hook and each ch across, turn. [36 sts]
    3. Row 2: Ch1, ss in fl of each st across, turn.
    4. Change to Yarn B.
    5. Rows 3-4: As Row 2.
    6. Change to Yarn A.
    7. Repeat Row 2 until piece measures 110cm long.
    8. Change colour every 2 rows in the following sequence: Yarn B, Yarn C, Yarn A, Yarn B, Yarn C, Yarn A, Yarn B, Yarn A.
    9. Using Yarn A, ss the fl of the final row to the opposite side of the foundation ch to join.
    10. Fasten off and weave in all ends.


The cowl is really easy to adjust to make either bigger or smaller, depending on how you would like to wear it.

If you'd like to make the cowl thinner or thicker just work less or more foundation chains (you can work any number you like) to begin with.

If you would like to make your cowl shorter or longer just work less or more rows of the repeat as you'd like. You'll need to think about how you'd like the colour sequence here before you join the cowl together but you can try it and see how you like it.

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person in jeans and jumper holding chunky crochet cowl across hands

What are you going to make next?

If you enjoyed this easy crochet cowl and using slip stitch crochet then you might also enjoy my Slip Stitch Beanie pattern (it’s almost as easy!) or my Soothing Stripes Blanket pattern. Both patterns only use a crochet slip stitch and a US single crochet / UK double crochet.

If you’ve had enough of slip stitches and want to stretch your skills then why not try some of these other quick and easy accessories patterns –

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