This free crochet cowl pattern creates a beautiful cowl that uses one skein of yarn. This easy crochet cowl is accessible for a crochet beginner because it uses basic stitches to create a cozy crochet cowl to keep you warm during the winter season. The Ava Cowl will become a winter wardrobe staple and makes a great gift.
The Ava Cowl crochet pattern has been a long time coming. I initially posted a picture of my first Ava Cowl on Instagram in the fall season of 2018. I liked the aesthetic of my puff stitch cowl however, I just wasn’t happy with it. So I tweaked it and tweaked it. Then, to be honest, I would put it down for a while because I would get distracted and move on to another crochet project. But, thanks to the many people that loved it and messaged me asking me for the pattern, I perservered rather than letting this design disappear into my wip pile.
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My initial plan for this easy crochet pattern was to use up some of the Bernat Pop that I had in my stash but also to create a pattern that could be done utilizing only one skein of Bernat Pop. Everytime I tweaked something I would end up with too much yarn left over and when I say I want to use one skein, I mean that I want to use as much of that skein as I can and waste as little as possible. If you stick to the gauge, you’ll be able to use the full skein with very little waste – maybe 2 to 3 feet of yarn remaining.
There are so many different colors of Bernat Pop available that you can have fun customizing this project to fit your personal style. I personally love to wear bright colors in the cold weather but have fun with choosing your own color palette.
If you’re not wanting to use Bernat Pop, this pattern can be done in your favourite comparable worsted weight yarn as long as you’re meeting gauge. I’ve made this cowl in Blue Chambray and Ebony and Ivory colourways and both turned out amazing. The Ebony and Ivory cowl was a big hit and is actually what inspired my Polar Puff Messy Bun Hat Pattern
- 1 skein of Bernat Pop or 280 yards of comparable worsted weight yarn. I’m using Bernat Pop in Blue Chambray
- 6.5 mm crochet hook (or whatever hook you need to obtain the gauge)
- Tapestry needle for weaving in ends
An ad-free version of this pattern can be purchased for a small fee in my Ravelry or Etsy shops.
- CH = Chain
- SC = Single Crochet
- HDC = Half Double Crochet
- PS = Puff Stitch (see instructions below)
- SL ST = slip stitch
- FO = Finish Off
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Special Stitches Required:
Puff Stitch: Yarn over and insert hook into designated stitch. Yarn over and pull through stitch. There will be three loops on your stitch. Repeat this four more times. You will have a total of eleven loops on the hook. Yarn over and pull through all loops on the hook. Chain one to secure the stitch. (Check out my Crochet Puff Stitch Tutorial).
- 17” across when laid flat and 9.75” tall
- 15 sts across x 12 rows = 4” square
- This pattern is written using U.S. terminology
- Instructions within the asterisks (*) are to be repeated.
The Ava Cowl Free Pattern
CH 110. Join with a sl st to form a circle. Make sure your chain isn’t twisted before joining.
Rows 1 – 3: CH 1. Sc in each stitch across. Join with sl st. (110)
Row 4: CH 2. HDC in first stitch. *CH 1, skip 1 stitch, HDC in next stitch*. Repeat until end. Join with sl st. (110)
Rows 5 – 6: CH 1. Sc in each stitch across. Join with sl st. (110)
Row 7: CH 3 (counts as a stitch) PS in 2nd stitch. Skip 1 stitch. *1 ps, skip 1* til end. Join with sl st to the top of the CH 3. (110)
Rows 8 – 9: CH 1. Sc in each stitch across. Join with sl st. (110)
Row 10: CH 2. HDC in first stitch. *CH 1, skip 1 stitch, HDC in next stitch*. Repeat until end. Join with sl st. (110)
Rows 11 – 12: CH 1. Sc in each stitch across. Join with sl st. (110)
Row 13: CH 2 (counts as a stitch) Ps in 2nd stitch. Skip 1 stitch. *1 ps, skip 1* til end. Join with sl st to the top of the CH 3 (110)
Rows 14 – 15: CH 1. Sc in each stitch across. Join with sl st. (110)
Row 16: CH 2. HDC in first stitch. *CH 1, skip 1 stitch, HDC in next stitch*. Repeat until end. Join with sl st. (110)
Rows 17 – 18: CH 1. Sc in each stitch across. Join with sl st. (110)
Row 19: CH 2 (counts as a stitch) Ps in 2nd stitch. Skip 1 stitch. *1 ps, skip 1* til end. Join with sl st to the top of the CH 3. (110)
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Rows 20 – 21: CH 1. Sc in each stitch across. Join with sl st. (110)
Row 22: CH 2. HDC in first stitch. *CH 1, skip 1 stitch, HDC in next stitch*. Repeat until end. Join with sl st. (110)
Rows 23 – 24: CH 1. Sc in each stitch across. Join with sl st. (110)
Row 25: CH 2 (counts as a stitch) Ps in 2nd stitch. Skip 1 stitch. *1 ps, skip 1* til end. Join with sl st to the top of the CH 3. (110)
Rows 26 – 27: CH 1. Sc in each stitch across. Join with sl st. (110)
Row 28: CH 2. HDC in first stitch. *CH 1, skip 1 stitch, HDC in next stitch*. Repeat until end. Join with sl st. (110)
Rows 29 – 31: CH 1. Sc in each stitch across. Join with sl st. (110)
FO and weave in ends.
That’s it! I hope that you enjoyed this free cowl crochet pattern. I can’t wait to see your pretty cowls! If you’re sharing your work on social media, please tag me @theloopylamb or use #theloopylamb so that I can see your work.
Feel free to sell the item created by this pattern but please provide pattern credit back to me when posting online, and please provide a link to my Etsy Shop: www.etsy.com/ca/shop/theloopylamb. Please do not resell, distribute, duplicate, or share this pattern in any printed or digital form, claiming this pattern as your own original design. Please do not use my photos when selling your finished items.
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Looking for more free cowl patterns? Check out The Super Quick Chunky Cowl, Once in a Blue Moon Triangle Scarf , Tweedy Pocket Scarf and The Crochet Tartan Cowl.
18 thoughts on “Easy Free Crochet Cowl Pattern: The Ava Cowl”
Really pretty! I have to make this!
Thanks Julie! I hope you enjoy it 🙂
Do you have a picture of the ebony and ivory cowl?? I would love to see it, is that a Bernat Pop yarn color as well??
Ebony and Ivory is a Bernat Pop colour that is black, white and shades of gray. It’s lovely. A picture of the ebony and ivory cowl is available on my Instagram feed.
Hi I have a few questions, when doing the puff stitch does the chain one count as a stitch? I’m a little confused. Does the Chain 1 and 2 for the Half double and Single crochet rows also count as a stitch? thanks so much. 🙂
The CHs at the beginning of each row don’t count as a stitch. The chains worked within each row, after the puff stitches and the HDCs are counted as stitches. I hope this helps. If not, feel free to send me a message on Instagram (www.instagram.com/theloopylamb) or send me an email at email@example.com. I’m happy to help further if needed 🙂
This cowl is absolutely gorge, just got the pattern on the blog hop. Thanks so much for participating.
Just a quick question, is the headband/earwarmer in the photo one of your pattern designs also,? If so, could you share the pattern name, please. Thank you in advance.
The ear warmer is also one of my designs. It’s called The Twisted Shells Ear Warmer 🙂
Lovely pattern – look forward to making it for a winter scarf!
Thank you 🙂
Love it! Thank you very much!
You’re welcome 🙂
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Anyone that purchased a copy of the PDF version of this pattern was sent the updated version of the pattern over the weekend. If you got the PDF via Ravelry, the update was sent through Ravelry. If you got your copy via Etsy then a message was sent via conversations and an email was sent to the email used to purchase the pattern.