The Cosmopolitan Cowl

A textured neckwarmer to whip up in a day

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Detailed PDF pattern

🖤 Step-by-step instructions & tutorial photos​.

🖤 Row tracker with all row & stitch counts for every size.


🖤 Pattern written for 3 sizes: 1 child size, and 2 adult sizes.

🖤 Easy to customize.

What you'll need

🖤 Scheepjes Stone Washed yarn or any sport or DK weight yarn in the amounts shown below.

🖤 Your 5 mm and 3.5 mm hooks; I like to use my Clover Amours.

🖤 Tape measure, scissors, darning needle.

Pattern support

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The design

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

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 sport or DK weight yarn you can meet gauge with.


Designer samples

Size 2

Scheepjes Stone Washed in 805 Blue Apatite

78% cotton, 22% acrylic
12 WPI
50 g = 142 yds / 130 m

Size 3

Scheepjes Stone Washed in 827 Peridot

78% cotton, 22% acrylic
12 WPI
50 g = 142 yds / 130 m


Tried & tested substitution yarns

Looking for inspiration or yarn substitution ideas? Here’s a list of yarns others used for their Cosmopolitan Cowls:

When gauge swatching, always crochet a swatch bigger than 10×10 cm (4×4″) — the larger the swatch, the more accurate your results! You can also get an idea of the drape your yarn will create based off of your gauge swatch.

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


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