Fallin’ Back Ribbed Crochet Cowl

This ribbed crochet cowl pattern works up quick and easy, and makes for the perfect gift idea for anyone who living in a cold climate. The Fallin’ Back Crochet Fall Hat Pattern is also available and is a great addition to the cowl.

I crocheted mine in fall colors, but any colors would look great in this. I think Christmas colors would look very festive! It looks great on both sides so you could have lots of fun with color and texture if you want.

Fallin' Back Cowl ~ FREE Crochet Pattern
Fallin’ Back Cowl ~ FREE Crochet Pattern

The Finished Size

The finished size is about 49 inches in circumference by 6.5 inches wide. But there is no stitch multiple, so you can easily increase or decrease this to any size you want! Thus, it’s a great go-to pattern for both children and adults!

The Yarn

I used Vanna’s Choice yarn with an I crochet hook. Any worsted weight yarn will work, however. The worsted yarn makes for a nice solid cowl for the cold winter or the Canadian fall weather that we get sometimes.

You could also try this with a thinner yarn if you’re looking for elegance. Or, choose a thicker yarn for even more bold ribs! Either way, this cowl is perfect to go with just about any winter coat!

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The Stitch Pattern

This crochet cowl features a ribbed texture that is obtained with the half double crochet and the back post double crochet. It is a two-round repeat with one round worked in half doubles, and the next round is worked around the back posts to give you that ribbed effect.

Fallin' Back Cowl ~ FREE Crochet Pattern

Fallin’ Back Ribbed Crochet Cowl

This ribbed crochet cowl pattern features two fall colors, but choose any colors to make this for any season!
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  • Yarn: Vanna's Choice (#4 medium worsted weight), Two 3.5oz balls, one of each color.
  • Crochet Hook: I/9-5.50mm
  • Other: Measuring Tape, Scissors, Yarn Needle.


  • Gauge: 2" over 6 sts.
  • Finished Size: Laying flat it measures approximately 24.5" by 6.5"


  • CA = Color A
  • CB = Color B
  • Ch/Chs = Chain/Chains
  • FO = Fasten Off
  • Bphdc = Back Post Half Double Crochet
  • Hdc = Half Double Crochet
  • Sc = Single Crochet
  • Sl St = Slip Stitch
  • St/Sts = Stitch/Stitches


  • Join new color in joining sl st of each rnd.
  • Carry yarn up at each round.


  • With CA, Ch 150, join with sl st being careful not to twist chs.
  • Rnd 1: Ch 1 (does not count as st, now and throughout), hdc in same ch as join and into each ch around; With CB, join with sl st. (150 sts)
  • Rnd 2: With CB, Ch 1, bphdc in same st as join and into each st around; with CA, join with sl st in first bphdc.
  • Rnd 3: With CA, Ch 1, hdc in same st as join and into each st around; With CB, join with sl st in first hdc.
  • Rnds 4-18: Rep rnds 2 & 3 ending with rnd 2.
  • Rnd 19: With CA, ch 1, sc same st as join and into each st around; join with sl st in first sc. FO.

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