A Bullion Stitch Cowl Neck Scarf

This cowl neck scarf can be crocheted to any length and width that you like. It’s the perfect crochet cowl to go under a jacket or over a long-sleeved shirt. I crocheted mine in a solid color, but it might also look awesome in different colors such as rainbow or other striped colors.

Short crochet cowl neck scarf.
A Bullion Stitch Cowl Neck Scarf

It is worked with the bullion stitch in an open pattern to make it great for spring and fall weather. However, if you make it long, you can do a double wrap for a cozy winter cowl as well. It is economical, and makes for the perfect gift during the holiday season and throughout the year.

A cowl neck scarf worn long.

The Stitch Pattern

This crochet cowl is worked with the bullion stitch and a chain 1 for one round and then a single crochet and chain 3 space in the next round.

The bullion stitch features a nice texture that is made by wrapping the yarn over the hook several times before pulling the active yarn through. In this case, I wrapped it six times. If you are new to the stitch, you can practice it with fewer wraps.

It can be tricky to learn, but once you get the hang of it, it’s fairly easy. Actually it’s so easy that you can work on it while watching television… at a slower pace of course, but it works.

Crochet cowl wrapped twice for a cozy fit.

The Finished Size

As shown, the small cowl measures 27″ in circumference by 8″ wide and the longer one measures 60″ circumference by 7″ wide. You can adjust the width by doing ore or less repeats of the pattern rounds. The length is adjusted in any multiple of two for the starting chains.

The Yarn

I used Red Heart super saver, a medium worsted weight yarn. It works well with a 5 mm or a 5.5mm crochet hook. I chose a 5.5mm for this project because I wanted to get a nice drape.

You can basically substitute any worsted weight yarn that you like for this. The only yarn I would advice against are fuzzy and eyelash yarns, or yarns that tend to split easy.

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A Bullion Stitch Cowl Neck Scarf

This cowl is worked in an open bullion stitch pattern, which makes it great for transitional weather.
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Skill Level


  • Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver (Worsted Weight (#4) 100% acrylic, 7 oz/198g – 364 yds/333m) – Color: Spring Green
  • Crochet Hook: I/9-5.50mm
  • Other: Measuring Tape, Scissors, Yarn Needle.


  • Gauge: 3" over 9 sc. Gauge is not that important as you can adjust it to any size in multiples of 2.
  • Finished Size for Small Cowl: When laying flat it measures 13.5" long and 8" wide.
  • Finished Size for Long Scarf: When laying flat it measures 30" long and 7" wide.


  • Bullion St = Bullion Stitch
  • Ch/Chs = Chain/Chains
  • FO = Fasten Off
  • Hk = Hook
  • Lp/Lps = Loop/Loops
  • Rep = Repeat
  • Sc = Single Crochet
  • Sk = Skip
  • Sl St = Slip Stitch
  • Sp/Sps = Space/Spaces
  • St/Sts = Stitch/Stitches
  • YO = Yarn Over

Special Stitch Instructions

  • Standing Bullion Stitch: Make a slip knot and place it on your hook. Then follow instructions for regular bullion stitch.
  • Bullion St: YO 6 times, insert hk into designated st/sp, yo and pull through (8 lps on hk), yo and pull through all lps on hk.


  • This pattern is fastened off prior to each round with the bullion stitches. This way you can start the bullion stitch rounds with a standing stitch for a cleaner seam.
  • Pattern instructions are given for the small cowl, with special instructions for the long scarf in parentheses.
  • The long scarf is pictured with one less repeat of the stitch pattern with only 13 rounds in total.


  • Ch 80, (180), or any multiple of 2. Join with sl st in first ch being careful not to twist chs.
  • Rnd 1: Ch 1, working into back bumps, sc in same ch as join and into each ch around; join with sl st in first sc. FO. [80, (180) sts]
  • Rnd 2: Work a standing bullion st in same st as joining sl st; ch 1, *sk next st, (bullion st, ch 1) in next st; rep from * around; sk last st, join with sl st in first bullion st. [40, (90) bullion sts]
  • Rnd 3: Sl st into next ch-1 sp, ch 1, (sc, ch 3) in same sp and into each ch-1 sp around; join with sl st in first sc. FO. [40, (90) ch-3 sps]
  • Rnd 4: Work a standing bullion st into first ch-3 sp, ch 1, (bullion st, ch 1) into next ch-3 sp and into ch-3 sp around; join with sl st in first bullion st. [40, (90) bullion sts]
  • Rnds 5-14: Rep rnds 3 & 4 until you have reached a desired width. For the long scarf I worked up to Rnd 12, then moved on to last Rnd.
  • Rnd 15: Ch 1, sc into same st as join and into each bullion st and into each ch-1 around; join with sl st in first sc. [80 (180) sts] FO.

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  1. I was intrigued by this pattern and wanted to try. I’ve come the the part to start the bullion stitch and find it hard to pull through all the loops without getting caught and having to pull through one at a time. Is there any trick you have to do it?

      1. Sorry I haven’t been back to view this until just now. Yes, I was picking them off one at a time. I thought about later that I might need to point my hook down. I will take a look at the tutorial soon. Thank you for your reply.

        1. you can also use a rug hook! The have a bar that closes around alpnthe loops, pull thru the stitch & bobs your uncle! lol! saw it on a YouTube video!

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