Striped Hooded Cowl Crochet Pattern

This striped hooded cowl crochet pattern is the perfect winter accessory. It’s perfect for wearing with coats that don’t have a hood. And if you live in very cold climates, you can wear it underneath another hood for extra warmth. It’s not bulky so it fits nicely under your jacket. 

Striped Hooded Cowl
Striped Hooded Cowl

To make it more fashionable, the front is closed with three buttons for an elegant look. Make one for yourself and a few for gifts to have them ready for when the snow falls.

The Stitch Pattern

The hooded cowl pattern is worked up in the crunch stitch, which gives you a nice solid stitch to keep you warm in the cold weather. The crunch stitch is simply the half double crochet and a slip stitch; alternated so the half double is worked into the slip stitch and vice versa. It’s an easy stitch to learn, yet features a pretty texture on both sides of the fabric that anyone will appreciate.

I crocheted the hood first; a long strip to fold over the head, with a seam at the back. The cowl is then crocheted directly onto the bottom edge of the hood. Working along the bottom will stretch the hood out a bit, but that then gives you the cowl length needed to close it at the front. 

The button loops are worked into the last row on the side where you want the loops. Lastly, the buttons are attached on the opposite side to align with the loops.

I used two colors for a striped design. If you don’t like the stripes, feel free to crochet it in a solid color, or use as many stripes as you like. :) Either way, the crunch still will look beautiful!

The Size

The free crochet pattern is given in one size, but can be adjusted to any size as needed. It is shown on a small adult head,

The length of the hood is adjusted by increasing or decreasing your starting chains to the length needed in a multiple of 2 + 1. Basically you want the chains to reach from one shoulder and over the head back down to the other shoulder. 

The Yarn

I used Caron Simply Soft, which is a nice strong acrylic yarn. It is not only cozy, but it is  easy to work with and gives you a nice drape as well. Plus, as the name suggests, it is soft on the skin, making it the perfect yarn for a cowl that will be worn close to the face.

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Striped Hooded Cowl

Striped Hooded Cowl Crochet Pattern

This crochet hooded cowl pattern has a nice texture and stripe design that everyone will enjoy wearing.
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  • Yarn: Caron Simply Soft 2 Skeins of different colors.
  • Crochet Hook: 5.50mm
  • Buttons: Three 3/4 buttons to match.
  • Other: Measuring Tape, Scissors, Yarn Needle.


  • Gauge: 3" over 13 rows and 10 sts
  • Finished Size: When laying flat, the cowl part measures 12" across, and 5" high. The hood measures 11 & 3/4" high and 9" from front to back. However, it is easy to adjust to fit any size.



  • This hooded cowl is easy to adjust in size by increasing or decreasing the beginning chains in multiples of 2.
  • The new color is joined at the last stage of last stitch in previous row.
  • Instead of fastening off, I carried the yarn up along the edge.


The Hood

  • With CA, Ch 83, or any multiple of 2 +1.
  • Row 1 (RS): Hdc in 2nd ch from hk, sl st in next ch, *hdc in next ch, sl st in next ch; rep from * across. Turn. (82 sts)
  • Row 2 (WS): Ch 1, hdc in first st, sl st in next st, *hdc in next st, sl st in next; rep from * across. Turn. (82 sts)
  • Rows 3-4: With CB, rep row 2.
  • Rows 5-6: With CA, rep row 2.
  • Rows 7-42: Repeat rows 3-6 changing the color after every two rows. FO at last row.
  • Fold the piece in half with the RS facing. Going along the first row of stitches, stitch a seam for the back of the hood. (The hood pictured below is already stitched up and turned RS out.)

The Cowl

  • Row 1: With RS of hood facing, join CA to right-hand corner to work along the bottom edge of the hood. Following the Instructions for row 2, crochet across the edge working 1 st in each end of each row. (82 sts)
  • Rows 2-22: Follow pattern as established above in rows 3-6 for the hood.

Edgings for the Cowl

Edging on Side With Buttons

  • Row 1: Working along the edge of the cowl and starting at the bottom corner, stsc into first st along edge, sc into end of next 20 rows, sl st into end of last row. (22 sts counting stsc and sl st) Turn.
  • Row 2: Ch 1, sk first sl st, sc into next st and into each st across. (21 sts) FO.

Edging on Side With Button Loops

  • Row 1: Working along the edge of the cowl and starting at the bottom corner, stsc into first st along edge, sc into end of next 20 rows, sl st into end of last row. (22 sts counting stsc and sl st) Turn.
  • Row 2: Ch 1, sk first sl st, sc into next 3 sts, ch 5, (sc into next 7 sts, ch 5) twice, sc in last 4 sts. FO.
  • Attach 3 buttons onto the RS of cowl. Enjoy!


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    1. You’ll need two skeins… one of each color. If you made it in a solid color, you might get away with only one skein, but not sure on that.

  1. I’ve made two hoods so far for myself. Friends who crochet ask for the pattern. Everyone LOVES it. Thanks for sharing…

    1. Bonnie, I wouldn’t see why it couldn’t be done in bulky. And yes, you can crochet this to any size that you want by increasing or decreasing the beginning chains in multiples of 2 – so you want a multiple of 2 plus 1.

    1. A standing single crochet is basically the same as a sc, except that it is used to start a new row or round. It basically takes the place of a chain-1. It reduces the bulk and blends in better.

  2. Love this design! I’ve made myself one and now have orders. I made another for a friend with a larger ‘hood’ which also came out really well. Great stuff! :@) x

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