Lacy Shells Crochet Cowl

Whether you like to wear your cowls long like a scarf or cozy around the neck to keep the cold out, this crochet cowl pattern will do the job. It is worked up in a simple, yet pretty textured lace that you will enjoy wearing during the cold seasons.

A solid color looks great with this cowl, but if you have leftovers and want to add some more colors, the pattern will work well with anything you have in mind, from a single stripe to multiple stripes or blocks of colors.

The Size

The finished circumference is 60 inches, but in a multiple of 4 for the starting chains, you can increase or decrease this to any size you need.

You can make a short cowl that slides over the head and sits around the neck as an extra layer. Or, make it even longer for a hooded cowl to take out in extreme weather.

The Yarn

I used Pound of Love by Lion Brand. This yarn is nice and cozy for winter items. It gives you a nice stretchy material, and is comfortable to wear.

Anything similar can be substituted if you like.

Lion Brand Pound of Love

Slanted Cluster Crochet Scarf Pattern

The Stitch Pattern

The stitch pattern is worked over three rounds. The pattern is turned after several rounds to keep the stitches and texture looking the same throughout.

If you can make the split shell, the bead stitch, chains and single crochets, then you will make this crochet cowl with ease.

Crochet cowl shown on a mannequin. Worn cozy around the neck.

Lacy Shells Crochet Cowl

Make this cowl crochet pattern to any size you need in the stitch multiple provided. The crochet cowl can be worn in many ways from a long scarf to a cozy neck cowl to keep you warm.
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  • Yarn: Lion Brand Yarns – Pound Of Love (Medium, #4; 100% Premium Acrylic; 1020yds/932m; 16oz./454g) Color: Oxford Grey, 1 ball
  • Crochet Hook: J/6.00mm
  • Tools: Measuring Tape, Scissors, Yarn Needle.


  • Gauge: 3 shells = 4".
  • Finished Measurements: 60" in circumference by 7" wide.


  • RS = Right Side
  • WS = Wrong Side
  • Bead St = Bead Stitch
  • Beg Shell St = Beginning Shell Stitch
  • Ch/Chs = Chain/Chains
  • Dc = Double Crochet
  • Hk = Hook
  • Lp/Lps = Loop/Loops
  • Rep = Repeat
  • Rnd/Rnds = Round/Rounds
  • Sc = Single Crochet
  • Sk = Skip
  • Sl St = Slip Stitch
  • Sp/Sps = Space/Spaces
  • St/Sts = Stitch/Stitches
  • YO = Yarn Over
  • This pattern is written in American Crochet Terms
  • See the Crochet Abbreviations chart for more details.

Special Stitch Instructions

  • Beg Shell: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), (dc, ch 1, 2 dc) into the same st/ch as where the ch-3 was made.
  • Shell: (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) into designated st or ch.
  • Bead St: Insert hk into indicated st/sp, yo and pull through, (yo and pull through one lp on hk) twice, yo and pull through both lps on hk. When you work into the next stitch make sure the bobble is facing the right side.


  • Note the Turns in the pattern after several rounds.


  • Ch 180 or any multiple of 4, Join with sl st in the first ch being careful not to twist.
  • Rnd 1: Working into back bumps, sc in the same ch as join and into each ch around; join with sl st in first sc. [180 sts]
  • Rnd 2: Work beg shell st in same st as join, *sk next 3 sts, shell in next st; rep from * around to last 3 sts; sk last 3 sts; join with sl st in first dc (3rd ch) of first shell. [45 shells]
  • Rnd 3 (RS): Sl st into next st and into ch-1 sp of first shell, ch 1, (sc, bead st, sc) into same ch-1 sp, ch 2, *(sc, bead st, sc) into next ch-1 sp, ch 2; rep from * around; join with sl st in first sc. Turn. [45 ch-2 sps]
  • Rnd 4 (WS): Ch 1, 2 sc in first ch-2 sp, ch 3, *2 sc in next ch-2 sp, ch 3; rep from * around; join with sl st in first sc. Turn. [45 ch-3 sps]
  • Rnd 5 (RS): Sl st into first ch and into center ch of ch-3 sp, work beg shell in same ch, *shell in center ch of next ch-3; rep from * around; join with sl st in first dc (3rd ch) of first shell. [45 shells]
  • Rnds 6-14: Rep Rnds 3 to 5.
  • Rnds 15-16: Rep Rnds 3 and 4.
  • Rnd 17: Ch 1, 2 sc into first ch-3 sp, sc into next 2 sc, *2 sc into next ch-3 sp, sc into next 2 sc; rep from * around; join with sl st in first sc. [180 sts]

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