Girl wearing a maroon crochet cowl pulling it up around her face and smiling

The Super Chunky Cowl | Free Crochet Pattern

The Super Chunky Cowl is a beginner crochet pattern you can work up in a few hours or less. It’s the perfect cozy DIY project for Fall and Winter, and would make an affordable Christmas gift for a loved one.

This cozy, chunky cowl, was one of my first scarf patterns and it’s designed for the true beginner. The pattern alternates between single and double crochet to create a pretty texture that looks elevated, yet it’s a breeze to work up. It’s the perfect project to start if you’re just learning to read crochet patterns, because its very basic and only has a few instructions. The best part is you can truly customize it to any size, and using any yarn.

Fun Fact: The Super Chunky Cowl pattern was published by Interweave Editors in a paperback book called Crochet to Calm, back in 2016. The book features 18 lovely patterns by many talented designers. You can get your copy HERE.

Crochet to Calm paperback book

The pattern instructions are written for a super bulky yarn, however the pattern is flexible with just about any yarn. (see sizing info below)

The photo shown was made with Michaels Brand Loops and Threads Cozy Wool, but sadly it has been discontinued. Therefore, I recommended Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick as a fantastic replacement.


I have included instructions for child and adult sizes (measurements shown below)

Child 3-10 Years – Approximately 20” Circumference & 9” Deep
Adult One Size Fits Most – Approximately 28” Circumference & 13” Deep

The pattern instructions allow you to make the scarf in any size, using any yarn and hook.  Simply follow the pattern instructions until the desired length and depth are met, as outlined below:

Adjusting Circumference – add or subtract chains from the foundation chain (making sure you end with an even number of stitches).

Adjusting Depth – add or subtract rounds alternating between round 2 and 3.

Additionally, if you change the yarn size of the project, be sure to adjust your hook size accordingly. You want a little drape to your project, so if it’s turning out a little stiff try going up a hook size or two.


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Skill Level


Stitch Key | US Terms

beg – beginning
ch(s) – chain/chains
sl st – slip stitch
sc – single crochet
dc – double crochet
st(s) – stitch/stitches
rnd(s) – round/rounds


Size 6, Super Bulky Yarn
Approximately 70-200 yards
I prefer Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick , (results will vary depending on yarn used)
N15/10mm Crochet Hook (or size to meet gauge)
Tapestry Needle
Flexible Measuring Tape

Gauge | Working in Rows

8 sts & 7 rows = 4” with N Hook
Please be sure to check your gauge before starting, as tension can vary greatly from person to person and depending on the yarn used.

Cowl Instructions

– Directions are given for child’s size (3-10 years) changes for women’s size are in parenthesis
– Scarf is made to form a continuous loop that fits over your head.
– Beg ch of each rnd does not count as st, work 1st st in same st as beg ch

Loosely ch 40 (56) (or desired cowl circumference, working an even number of ch sts), without twisting chs, join with a sl st in 1st ch to form a circle.  

Rnd 1.
Ch1, *sc in next ch, dc in next ch, repeat from * around, join with sl st in beg sc. (20 [28]sc ; 20 [28]dc)

Rnd 2.
Ch1, *dc in next sc, sc in next dc, repeat from * around, join with sl st in beg dc. (20 [28]dc ; 20 [28]sc)

Rnd 3.
Ch1, *sc in next dc, dc in next sc, repeat from * around, join with sl st in beg sc. (20 [28]sc ; 20 [28]dc)

Remaining Rnds.
Repeat rnds 2-3 until piece measures 9” deep for child size, 13” deep for adult size (or desired depth)

Fasten off and weave in the loose ends.  Your new scarf is complete, enjoy!

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If you try the pattern, I’d love to see pics. Be sure to tag me @simplymadebyerin

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