Gorgeous Autumn Textured Cowl – Free Crochet Pattern

Gorgeous Autumn Textured Cowl – Free Crochet Pattern
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The Paige Cowl is a great textured cowl and was designed to match the Paige hat. You may remember that I re-released the Paige hat a couple of weeks ago. It was the first Sunflower Cottage Crochet pattern ever designed and released so I wanted to show it some TLC and bring it ‘up to scratch’.

As I was tweaking the original Paige hat pattern and knew that I had to add a matching cowl. It makes a very pretty set which is perfect for gifting this holiday season, donating or keeping for yourself!

Inspiration behind this textured cowl

The bobbles and cross stitches in this design represent hugs and kisses. Together they create a unique and pretty textured cowl that really make it stand out for all of the right reasons. It is eye-catching and pretty yet surprisingly elegant at the same time. It would look great under a smart coat for work or an event, and equally fabulous in the dog park with a rain coat!

Designer Challenges!

You will have to forgive the short sleeved shirt pictures! Being a designer often means working ahead. And getting my sister to model for me means that I have to wait until she is available to help me out.

Wouldn’t you know it, it was one of the hottest days of the year when we took these photos! She was such a good sport. But the looks we got for photographing fall / winter items when it was 28 degrees Celsius outside was interesting! If you think she was warm in this one wait until you see the sweater she modelled that same day (which is released next week!)


Construction of the design

This textured cowl is worked in the round so there is no seaming and minimal ends to sew in! As you can see from the photos there is a right side and a wrong side. The inside of the cowl (the wrong side) is smooth and so will be very comfortable against the skin, while the outside displays some gorgeous textures.

The Yarn

For my version of this cowl I used yarn that is only available in the UK. It is Women’s Institute Aran yarn (#4 weight) sold only at Hobby Craft. It is a 100% acrylic that is soft and works up really nicely. The sheen on it is very like Caron Simply Soft. This makes it perfect for those patterns that will be against the skin, especially sensitive areas like the neck and face.

Similar yarns I would recommend are Caron Simply Soft, Stylecraft Special Aran, or Yarn Bee Soft Secret.

Get the PDF pattern!

You can find the ad-free PDF Pattern for this textured cowl in all of my shops:

Get the supplies I recommend!

Want to get the exact supplies that I used? If you are in the UK you can grab the Women’s Institute Yarn at your nearest Hobby Craft store!

If you don’t have a hobby craft near you there are some fabulous alternatives to this yarn that would look just as fabulous. (Note: each link is an affiliate link, with which I will get a small commission at no extra cost to you.)

High End Supplies

Middle Cost Supplies

Budget Supplies

Swish Worsted
Brava Worsted
Stylecraft Special Aran

The pattern specifics:


100-175 yards of #4 weight (aran) yarn depending on size making.
Stitch markers (optional)
Tapestry needle


7 hdc, 5 rows= 2” square


I have designed this textured cowl to fit from age 2 to adult! So you can make a mummy and me set! After all, who has more hugs and kisses than a mummy and daughter?

Sizes for this one are:

  • Age 2-3 years
  • Age 4-10 years
  • Teen
  •  Adult

Abbreviations used:

Ch(s) – chain(s)
St(s) – Stitch(es)
Rep – Repeat
dc—double crochet
BS—Bobble stitch
Tr—triple crochet stitch
ss – slip stitch
Sk – skip
FO—fasten off
YO—yarn over
sc—single crochet
hdc—half double crochet

Other notes:

– Written in US terms. 
·      Pattern is written as 2-3 (4-10, teen, adult) when looking at stitch counts etc

Special Stitches:

Bobble St: *YO, insert hook into indicated st, YO, pull up loop; YO, pull through 2 loops; rep from * 4 more times; YO, pull through all loops on the hook, ch1 to complete the stitch. CH1 does not count as a stitch!

TR: YO twice, insert hook into indicated st and pull up a loop, *yo, pull through 2; rep from * twice more when all loops are worked off.

Camel St: This is done by working into the 3rd loop of the previous row/round’s hdc stitches.  Insert your hook into the 3rd loop of an HDC stitch, which, for this pattern, is in the inside of the work (since we’re working in the round).  This pushes the top 2 V’s to face more outward, thus creating a “knit stitch” look.  Complete an HDC in the 3rd loop of the HDC from the previous row. Video is here.

The Pattern:

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Rnd 1: FSC 77 (91, 98, 112)  or  CH 78 (92, 99, 113) and sc in second CH from hook and each CH across. (77, 91, 98, 112)

Rnd 2: Ch1, hdc in joining st and each st around, join to first hdc with a ss (77, 91, 98, 112)

Rnd 3: Ch1, Camel stitch in each st around, join to first Camel st with a ss (77, 91, 98, 112)

Rnd 4: Repeat round 3

Rnd 5: Ch2 (does not count), BS in same stitch *hdc in next 2 sts, sk next st, tr in next st, going behind the st just made, tr in skipped st, hdc in next 2 sts, BS in the next; rep from * around, ending with last 2 sts being hdc sts; join to first bobble st with a ss. (11, 13, 14, 16 BS, 22, 26, 28, 32 treble sts)

Rnd 6: CH1 (does not count), hdc in each st around. SS to first hdc to join. (77, 91, 98, 112)

Rnds 7-8: Ch1, Camel st in each st around, ss to first camel st to join (77, 91, 98, 112)

Rnds 9-16 : Repeat rounds 5-8  1(1, 2, 2) more times (or as many times as required to get desired height)

Rnd 17: CH1 (does not count), hdc in each st around. SS to first hdc to join. (77, 91, 98, 112)

Rnd 18: CH1 (does not count), sc in each st around. SS to first sc to join. (77, 91, 98, 112)

FO and weave in ends.


And don’t forget to tag me in your Paige Cowl makes on social media!

Happy Crocheting!