Easy Braided Cowl Scarf Free Crochet Tutorial in English

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Are you ready for winter or looking for some stylish project for 2019? Your Crochet has lots of them, including the most popular free beanie patterns and crochet cardigans. Now I will add to the collection of the best cowls patterns this one – Easy Braided Cowl. This tutorial is very easy to follow and a pattern based on long loops crocheted and then braided to is very simple to make.  It will look amazing in any color, you can try biggish and whiteish to make it more stylish, but it also looks really amazing if you crochet it in multicolor as well! Please see the best projects based on this pattern. A free video tutorial in English is at the end of the post. If you prefer a written pattern, it is available on Etsy. A link to the pattern is under the tutorial. Enjoy!


Skills: Easy       Designer: Karen Valladares

Easy Braided Cowl Free Crochet Tutorial

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Please see also multicolor realizations of this pattern:

Easy Braided Cowl Scarf Free Crochet Tutorial in English
                                photos: Tina Mireles /Chaplin Ashby and Company


Go to the pattern and tutorial…

Easy Braided Cowl  – visit a paid pattern site on Etsy.

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  1. How much wool do you need?

    1. Did you get an answer to how much yarn is needed? I would also like to know.

  2. What is the purpose of the 4th button on the back?

    1. In case one gets lost

    2. Brigitte Graves says:

      To hold the overlapped side in place.

  3. Tamara Cockroft says:

    I have a hearing disability can anyone tell me if the starting chain is 44 or 34 I can’t understand the accent thank you

    1. Sandra Bieber says:

      I mean 34! It’s 34

    2. Think it’s to keep the front from dropping down

  4. Jennifer Morgan says:

    Im so looking forward to making this.

  5. Kristyn karen Helander says:

    What yarn did you use for the brown and turquoise cowl?

  6. I’d be curious on what yarn and hook are used for the top pictured cowl. It looks finer than worsted weight. Also, the buttons are done differently on that one, if you look closely. The pattern is cool, but the cowl IS enormous. I’d like to try a finer yarn.

    1. Hello,

      Thank you for your interest in the cowl pattern featured on our site! You’re absolutely right, the yarn used in the top pictured cowl is indeed finer than worsted weight. For that particular project, a lighter yarn was used to achieve a more delicate and finer texture. A sport or DK weight yarn would be a suitable choice if you’re looking for a similar result. These yarns are thinner than worsted weight and will give you that finer look while still being easy to work with.

      As for the hook, since we’re working with a finer yarn, you’ll want to use a smaller hook than you would with worsted weight yarn. The exact hook size can vary depending on the yarn manufacturer’s recommendations, but typically a hook size of 3.5mm to 4.5mm is suitable for sport or DK weight yarns. Always remember to check the gauge if it’s provided with the pattern, or make a test swatch to ensure that your cowl will have the desired size and drape.

      Regarding the buttons, they can indeed be a place for personalization. On the cowl you mentioned, the buttons are attached in a unique way to add a bit of flair to the design. Feel free to experiment with different button styles or attachment methods to create a look that’s uniquely yours.

      If the cowl turns out enormous, using a finer yarn will certainly help in reducing the size. Adjusting the number of stitches or rows according to your gauge swatch can also help you achieve a more fitted cowl. Don’t forget to adjust the pattern accordingly to maintain the integrity of the design.

      I hope this helps, and we’re looking forward to seeing your take on the cowl! If you have any more questions or need further assistance, don’t hesitate to reach out.

      Happy Crocheting,
      YourCrochet.com Team

  7. How much yarn is needed ?

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