Swish-Swash Cowl Scarf Pattern

Enjoy this crochet cowl scarf pattern any way that you like. Wear it long like a scarf, or wrap it cozy around the neck to stay warm in the cold winter weather.

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Swish-Swash Cowl ~ FREE Crochet Pattern

This crochet cowl is shown in fall colors, but choose any colors to match your winter wardrobe or any outfit that you like. It’s perfect for any of the cooler seasons and can be worn with or without a jacket.

It’s a quick easy cowl, and makes for a nice last-minute gift idea as well. It’s perfect for your mom, your daughter, your best friend, as well as for yourself!

The Stitch Pattern

The stitch pattern used for this cowl is very similar to the crochet seed stitch that is made with the single and double crochet worked together into the same stitch. What differs here is that I also added a chain one after the single and double crochet stitches. And then to maintain the stitch count, you skip a stitch as well as the chain space.

Another thing that I did was turn after each round. It gives it a slightly different look, but looks great on both sides of the fabric. One side has the apricot as the dominant color and the other has the off-white.

Another benefit of turning is that the seams get hidden by the first two stitches made in each round.

The Finished Size

The finished piece measures 56 inches in circumference by 6 inches wide. It’s a fairly nice size and gives you at least two ways of wearing it.

But, you can easily make it longer and wider for a nice hooded cowl if you like. You can adjust the length of this cowl as you desire in a simple multiple of three. Then for the width, simply repeat pattern round 3 until you get the width you want.

How long should I make my cowl? If you want to wear it close to the chin in a single layer, you could go as little as 28 inches in circumference. For something that wraps twice you want to go somewhere around 60 to 70 inches. And for a cowl that can be worn like a wrap, try around the 80 inch mark.

How wide should a cowl scarf be? I made mine long, so I only went with 6 inches wide. For a long skinny cowl, you could do anywhere from 2-4 inches. For a wide cowl go with 9-12 inches. And for a hooded cowl or a wrap, you could try 15 to 30 inches!

The Yarn

This bulky scarf pattern is created from the yarn that was sent to me by Red Heart, which is now a part of Yarnspirations. The yarn was called Red Heart Chunky Soft, but it has been discontinued. It was made from 100% acrylic material.

Soft Essentials, Soft Essentials Stripes or Reflective seem to be a good match as a yarn substitute. I used an 8 mm hook, so basically any bulky weight yarn that works with that hook, or gives you a similar gauge should give you similar results.

You might even be able to use a worsted weight yarn as well! The stitches won’t be as big, and you’ll need to increase your starting chains to get the length that you want.

I used one skein of each color, but depending on how you crochet, you may need two skeins. I would get two anyways, because you’re substituting and you never know! It’s better to be safe than sorry, right?

Another option is to use up your scrap yarn! I made mine in two stripes, but who’s to say you can add a few more to get rid of those partials. It’s a one row repeat, which makes it super easy to incorporate stripes.

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Swish-Swash Cowl ~ FREE Crochet Pattern

Swish-Swash Cowl Scarf Pattern

This quick and easy crochet cowl can be worn several different ways depending on your style, and the weather!
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  • Yarn: Red Heart Chunky Soft (Bulky (#5), 5oz./141g – 131yds/120m). 2 Colors: Off White and Apricot. Note: I had just enough yarn of first color (off white) to finish 17 Rnds. Depending on how you crochet, you might need 2 balls of the first color.
  • Crochet Hook: 8.0mm
  • Other: Measuring Tape, Scissors, Yarn Needle.


  • Gauge: 2.5" over 2 reps (sc, dc, ch 1).
  • Finished Size: Laying flat it measures 28" long and 6" high.



  • Carry unused color up at each round.
  • Change to new color after you've made the join in the round. First two stitches in each round hide the color change.


  • With First Color, Ch 138 (or any multiple of 3), join with sl st in first ch being careful not to twist.
  • Rnd 1 (RS): Working into back bumps, ch 1, sc in same ch as join and into each ch around; join with sl st in first sc. [138 sts] Do Not Turn.
  • Rnd 2: Ch 1, (sc, dc, ch 1) in same st as join, *sk next 2 sts, (sc, dc, ch 1) in next st; rep from * around; sk last 2 sts, join with sl st in first sc. [92 sts and 46 ch-1 sps] Turn.
  • Rnd 3: Change to Next Color: Ch 1, (sc, dc, ch 1) in same sc as where join was made, *sk ch-1 and dc, (sc, dc, ch 1) in next sc; rep from * around; join with sl st in first sc. [92 sts and 46 ch-1 sps] Turn.
  • Rnds 4-16: Rep Rnd 3 changing color after each Rnd. Rnd 16 is worked with First Color. Do not Turn after Rnd 16.
  • Rnd 17 (RS): With First Color and RS facing: Ch 1, sc same st as join and into each st and ch around; join with sl st in first sc. Fasten Off.

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  1. I have tried for 15 minutes to get this damn pattern to print and NOTHING!!!!! I have signed up and do not wish to do so again. Just give me the damn pattern. Thank you. Nanchy

    1. There is a green “Print Friendly” button at the bottom of the post that should allow you to print, or save to PDF from where you can print.

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