Cosmopolitan Cowl

A textured neckwarmer to whip up in a day.

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The inspo

The Cosmopolitan Cowl is your perfect accessory for fall and spring. Choose the snug and practical fit, or go full glam and make yourself the oversized version! And in classic Cosmopolitan tradition, the pattern comes written for kids too!

The pattern

Make your own easy crochet cowl with this detailed pattern! The printable PDF pattern includes ample instructions and tips & tricks to make this cowl your perfect accessory.

Sizes & yardages

Sizes are written as follows: (1, 2, 3) and correspond to child, adult – snug fit, adult – oversized fit. The cowl sizing is based on the head circumference.

Cowl circumference:

1 – 20.25”

2 – 18.75”

3 – 24.5”

You’ll need approx. 220 (349, 544) yds of any fingering / sport / DK weight yarn you can meet gauge with.


Texture, texture, texture!

Beginner-friendly PDF pattern

Step-by-step instructions & tutorial photos

Consolidated pattern for environmentally friendly printing

What you'll need

220-550 yards of sport or DK weight yarn

3.5 mm (E) and 5 mm (H) hooks

Tape measure, scissors, darning needle, 2 stitch markers


Written for 3 sizes (2 adult sizes and 1 child size)

Easily customizable to fit your specific needs

Pattern support

Please contact me at thecrochethighway [at] for pattern related questions.

The design

The repetitive stitch pattern is relaxing and therapeutic, and you’ll be amazed by how easily you can create such a highly textured fabric. The hook size and yarn weight combination ensures that this project will not stay in your WIP stash for too long! The horizontal “ribbings” within the pattern allow the cowl to fold naturally when worn, creating a unique, asymmetric and eye-catching design.

Check out the #CosmopolitanCowl hashtag to see this design worked up in different yarns, or visit the #CosmopolitanCrochetCollection hashtag to see more pieces in this collection.


Shop the Cosmopolitan Crochet Collection

The Cosmopolitan Cowl is part of the Cosmopolitan Crochet Collection – a collection which stands out through two main things: texture and size inclusivity.

Check out this series of crochet patterns for garments & accessories specifically designed to go perfectly together! Check out the beanie, gloves, legwarmers & boot cuffs, earwarmer, shawl and batwing sweater!


Check out my testers' versions

My patterns would not be so smooth without the input of my team of talented testers. Scroll alllll the way to the end of this photo gallery for some inspiration on various colors. Click/tap on their name to visit their online pages for more inspiration!

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Size 2 cowl (adult – snug fit)

Katia Merino Shetland, worsted weight

80% merino wool, 20% viscose

Size 3 cowl (adult – oversized fit)

Svarta Fåret Blue Ocean Alpaca, DK weight

70% polyester, 30% alpaca

Size 2 cowl (adult – snug fit)

Stylecraft Cabaret DK and Hobbii Universe XL, both yarns DK weight

98% acrylic, 2% polyester

Size 1 cowl (child – snug fit) and matching Cosmopolitan Beanie

Norma Effekt Strickgarn "Snow", sport weight

72% polyacryl, 18% wool, 10% polyamide

Size 3 cowl (adult – oversized fit)

Leither Co. hand dyed yarn, fingering weight

100% superwash merino

Size 1 cowl (child – snug fit) and matching Cosmopolitan Beanie

Spindle Yarns, worsted weight

100% acrylic


I’d LOVE to see your work, so be sure to shout out to me @CrochetHighway on Instagram and use the #CrochetHighway hashtag for a chance to be featured on my stories!

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