Easy Free One Skein Crochet Cowl Pattern

Crochet cowl in a flat lay with text that says Easy Free One Skein Crochet Cowl Pattern Savvy Muse Cowl

If you have single skeins of aran or worsted weight yarn sitting in your yarn stash that are begging to be used, this free one skein crochet cowl pattern will help you give that beautiful yarn a purpose. This great one skein project makes a beautiful cowl that makes a great gift (but you may have a hard time parting with it). This easy crochet cowl pattern works up quickly and uses some variations on basic stitches to create a lovely texture.

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This project is super quick to work up so it’s as close to instant gratification as you can get with handmade items. Once you’re done making your Savvy Muse Cowl, you should check out the other two free crochet patterns that are a part of the Scarf of the Month Club this month! You can find the design by Oombawka Design Crochet and the design by The Stitchin Mommy.

This cozy cowl is accessible for advanced beginner crocheters. It uses basic crochet stitches like half double crochet and a variation of double crochet stitch is used to create a cluster stitch. The row repeat in this design is very simple and the stitch count does not change through the entire project so there is no complicated shaping or stitchwork to be concerned about. The right side of the fabric is always facing you so there is no turning needed either.

This pattern makes the perfect gift for when you need a gift in a flash and as I mentioned above it a great project for using that one skein of worsted yarn that you may not know what to do with yet . I’ve used WeCrochet’s Muse Hand Painted yarn for this project and it is (in my opinion) the right thickness to give a cowl great drape but also the warmth you want for the cold weather months. Check out my Muse Hand Painted Aran yarn review here.

Do I Have to Match Gauge When Making This One Skein Cowl?

If you don’t want to match gauge for this pattern, you don’t have to do so however, it may result in your needing more yarn than the pattern calls for. This free pattern uses the entire skein of yarn, which for the Muse Handpainted yarn that I used is 114 yards with only a handful of yards remaining. So if your skein or ball of yarn has more yardage than that, gauge won’t be super critical.

close up image of the stitches utilized in this one skein crochet cowl pattern

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Skill Level:

  • Easy


  • U.S. Terminology



  • CH = Chain

  • DC = Double Crochet

  • DCCL = Double Crochet Cluster

  • FO = Finish Off

  • HDC = Half Double Crochet

  • SK = Skip

  • SL ST = Slip Stitch

  • ST(S) = Stitches

  • YO = Yarn Over

Special Stitches & Techniques: 

  • DC Cluster: *YO, insert hook into the first stitch, YO, pull up a loop, YO, pull through first two loops, YO, SK next ST, insert hook into next ST, YO, pull up a loop, YO, pull through first two loops, YO and pull through all three loops on hook. 

  • HDC in the 3rd Loop: YO, insert hook through the third loop found on the back of the HDC ST, YO, pull up a loop, YO and pull through all three loops.

Finished Size:

  • Approx. 10.75” across and 7.75” tall when laid flat.


  • Approx. 13 sts x 9 rows = 4 inches


  • Instructions within the brackets () are to be repeated the number of times specified next to the brackets.

  • This pattern is worked in joined rounds.  Do not turn at the end of each round.  I recommend using a stitch marker is used to keep track of the beginning of each round.

  • Gauge is not vital to the project but it may affect the size of your cowl and the amount of yarn utilized. 

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Smiling woman wearing a cowl made with this free one skein crochet cowl pattern

Easy Free One Skein Crochet Cowl PatternSavvy Muse Cowl

CH 71.  Taking care not to twist the CH, SL ST into the first CH to form a ring.

Round 1: CH 1.  HDC in the first CH and each CH around.  Join last ST to first ST with a SL ST (from here on out referred to as “Join”. (71)

Round 2: CH 4 (counts as first DC and CH 1 here and throughout), DCCL, *CH 2, DCCL, repeat from * until 1 ST remains, CH 1, DC in last ST.  Join. (71)

Round 3: CH 1, HDC in each ST and CH around. (71)

Round 4: Repeat Round 2. (71)

Rounds 5 – 6: CH 1, HDC in each ST and CH around. (71)

Round 7: CH 1, HDC in the 3rd loop of each ST around. Join.

Round 8: Repeat Round 2.

Round 9: Repeat Round 3.

Round 10: Repeat Round 2.

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Rounds 11 – 12: Repeat Round 3.

Round 13: Repeat Round 7.

Round 14: Repeat Round 2.

Round 15: Repeat Round 3.

Round 16: Repeat Round 2.

Round 17: Repeat Round 3.

FO and weave in ends.  Wet block.

I hope that you enjoyed making your Savvy Muse cowl with this free crochet cowl pattern! Want to make a matching hat? Good news! Next week a free crochet hat pattern called the Savvy Muse Hat to match this free one skein crochet cowl pattern! I’d love to see your beautiful finished project! Share your crochet cowl with me on social media by tagging me @theloopylamb or tagging me in your posts.

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5 thoughts on “Easy Free One Skein Crochet Cowl Pattern”

  1. I am excited to try this lovely cowl. I just some of hand-dyed yard from Hobby Lobby that might work well for this one-skein project. Thank you for sharing!

  2. I made this cowl for Spring using a multi-coloured cotton blend yarn. It turned out great! Thank you for sharing your lovely pattern.


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