This fun and easy crochet dickie pattern is the perfect cowl neckwarmer that looks just like a sweater without making you too hot! Pop it on under your favourite jacket or coat for those days when you want to keep your neck warm but don’t want the weight of a bulky sweater.
A dickie cowl is a great alternative to a lengthy scarf or a full sweater. Perfect for layering, looks stunning under a V neck coat and is trendy too!
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What is a crochet dickie pattern?
If I’m honest I didn’t know what a crochet dickie pattern was until I designed this one!
I had this idea of creating a cowl neck sweater front without sleeves or a back so that you could pop it on under a coat and not get too hot but still look like you had a fabulous handmade top on.
After I made it I realised that they are actually called crochet dickies (or dickeys) and have been around for years!
So this one is a breeze to make and you can add or subtract length to it, make the cowl neck as big or small as you like to really make it your own.
How do you crochet a neckwarmer like this?
Although it might look tricky the construction of this pattern is actually quite simple.
The dickie cowl is worked in rows from the lower edge of the back up. Then the work splits into 2 pieces for the neckline shaping before joining to work the front from the top down.
The edging and turtleneck cowl are added in rounds at the end.
To make my version of the crochet dickie I used ColourWorks Wool Cotton, Category #3 weight; 50% superwash merino, 50% cotton, 212m/100g. 2 skeins of Terracotta.
I often get asked about ideas for alternative yarns and so here are some great options that I think will also give the right drape for your dickie cowl. It’s really important to get the turtleneck to sit right so drape and gauge are everything with this one!
Here are some that I think would work really well for this pattern in various price ranges:
- Swish DK by WeCrochet :100% Fine Superwash Merino Wool; 123yds/50g
- DROPS Cotton Merino: 50% fine merino, 50% Egyptian cotton; 110m/50g
- Capra DK by WeCrochet: 85% fine merino, 15% cashmere, 123yds/50g
It’s also really important to look for a yarn that gives great stitch definition for this pattern. The herringbone moss stitch that it uses looks at its best when the yarn shows it off.
Tension and Sizing
The free crochet dickie pattern is one size fits all – approx 25 x 42cm (9.75 x 16.5″) at Front.
17 sts and 19 rows measure 10cm x 10cm (4″ x 4″) over herringbone half double crochet using a 5mm hook, or size needed to obtain correct tension.
Along with your yarn, you will need the following:
- A 5mm(H) crochet hook- my favourites are Furls Streamline Swirl crochet hooks or Clover Amour crochet hooks.
- Tapestry Needle
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Glossary and Abbreviations
ch(s) – chain(s)
sp – space
ss – slip stitch
RS – right side
WS – wrong side
sk – skip
rep – repeat
yoh – yarn over hook
blo – back loop only
The stitches used in the dickey are as follows:
sc – single crochet (UK dc – double crochet)
hdc – half double crochet (UK htr – half treble crochet)
If the herringbone moss stitch is new to you then make sure to check out my video tutorial or herringbone half double crochet moss stitch step by step tutorial.
The moss stitch (often known as the granite or linen stitch too) is by far one of my favourites. It has such a lovely texture, delicate drape and works so well for all sorts of designs.
I love working with this stitch and have used it to create all sorts of designs so far crocheting in the round.
The herringbone moss stitch mittens and herringbone winter crochet hat pattern use exactly the same style of stitch and make a great set. The herringbone crochet headband pattern is a fun and quick make and if you want to make another chic accessory, there’s the crochet backpack pattern which features this gorgeous stitch too.
Here are the written instruction for each of the special stitches you’ll need for the dickie crochet pattern –
Herringbone half double crochet: Hhdc
Yarn over, insert hook into next stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop (3 loops on hook). Pull first loop straight through the second loop (similar to a slip stitch to leave 2 loops on the hook). Yarn over, pull through two remaining loops on hook.
Back loop only herringbone half double crochet moss stitch: Hhdc-moss
Work as for Hhdc but insert hook into back loop only of unworked stitch 2 rounds below. Work over the chain 1 space on the previous round.
If you love the look of the moss stitch then you might also like to have a go at the double crochet moss stitch – I have a tutorial and lots of patterns featuring that too!
A ch1 at the beginning of a row or round does not count as a stitch.
Turn at the end of each row.
The pattern is written in standard US crochet terms.
Crochet Dickie Pattern
US Crochet Terminology
Row 1 (WS): hdc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across, turn. [33 sts]
Row 2 (RS): ch1 (does not count as a st throughout), hhdc in first st, (ch1, skip 1 st, hhdc in next st) 16 times, turn. [17 sts, 16 ch-1 sps]
Row 3: ch1, sc in first st,(hhdc-moss in next, ch1, skip 1 st) 15 times, hhdc-moss in next, sc in final st, turn. [18 sts, 15 ch-1 sps]
Row 4: ch1, sc in first st, (ch1, skip 1 st, hhdc-moss in next) 15 times, ch1, skip 1 st, sc in final st, turn. [17 sts, 16 ch-1 sps]
Rows 5-14: Repeat Row 3-4 another 6 times.
Row 15: Repeat Row 3. [18 sts, 15 ch-1 sps]
Do not fasten off.
LEFT NECK SHAPING
Row 1 (RS): ch1, sc in first st, ch1, skip 1 st, hhdc-moss in next, ch1, skip 1 st, sc in next ch-1 sp, turn. [3 sts, 2 ch-1 sps]
Row 2 (WS): ch1, sc in first st, hhdc-moss in next, ch1, skip 1 st, hhdc-moss in next, sc in next st, turn. [4 sts, 1 ch-1 sp]
Row 3: ch1, sc in first st, ch1, skip 1 st, hhdc-moss in next, ch1, skip 1 st, sc in next st, turn. [3 sts, 2 ch-1 sps]
Rows 4 – 17: Repeat Rows 2-3 another 7 times. Fasten off.
RIGHT NECK SHAPING
With RS facing, join yarn in second to last ch-1 sp from Row 15 of Back.
Row 1 (RS): ch1, sc in same sp, ch1, skip 1 st, hhdc-moss in next, ch1, skip 1 st, sc in final st, turn. [3 sts, 2 ch-1 sps]
Rows 2 -18: As Rows 2-18 of Left Neck Shaping.
Do not fasten off.
Ch23, ss in each st and ch-1 sp across Left Neck Shaping, turn.
Row 1 (RS): ch1, sc in first st, ch1, skip 1 st, hhdc-moss in next, ch1, skip 1 st, sc in next st, (ch1, skip 1 ch, hhdc in next ch) 11 times, ch1, skip last ch, sc in next st, ch1, skip 1 st, hhdc-moss in next, ch1, skip 1 st, sc in final st, turn. [17 sts, 16 ch-1 sps]
Row 2 (WS): ch1, sc in first st, (hhdc-moss in next, ch1, skip 1 st) 15 times, hhdc-moss in next, sc in final st, turn. [18 sts, 15 ch-1 sps]
Row 3: ch1, sc in first st, (ch1, skip 1 st, hhdc-moss in next) 15 times, ch1, skip 1 st, sc in final st, turn. [17 sts, 16 ch-1 sps]
Rows 4-65: Rep Rows 2-3 another 31 times.
Row 66: Rep Row 2. Fasten off.
With RS facing, join yarn in any corner at Back.
Round 1 (RS): ch1, hhdc in each st across, 66hhdc up each long edge, ss in first st to join. [198 sts]
Round 2 (RS): ch1, hhdc in blo of each st around, ss in first st to join. Fasten off.
The Neck is worked with WS facing throughout.
With WS facing, join yarn in first unworked st across Row 15 of Back.
Round 1 (WS): ch1, 23hhdc across Back, 18hhdc in row-ends of Neck Shaping, ss in first st to join. [82 sts]
Round 2 (WS): ch1, hhdc in blo of each st around, ss in first st to join.
Rounds 3- 17: Rep Round 2 another 15 times. Fasten off.
Weave in ends and block to measurements.
Fold the Neck over so the RS is facing.
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Monday 7th of November 2022
This is so cute and functional as well. Started it and on row 4 it seems much more open than the picture. It kind of looks like open mesh. Not sure what's up. Can anyone shed any light on it for me.