Looking for an easy textured cowl pattern? Try the Marly Cowl

Looking for an easy textured cowl pattern? Try the Marly Cowl
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This elegantly textured cowl pattern is the latest addition to the Marly collection.

Of course, I have been saving the release of it for Marlybird’s 24 Day of Quickies event. Marly hosts it every year in December. Each day a different designer is featured with a new crochet pattern that you can work up in one day. The patterns are perfect for last minute gifts for the Holidays.

You may remember that last year I released the Marly Hat and had the matching scarf. They were both ever so popular.

I really couldn’t miss the opportunity this year to release a matching cowl too!

Inspiration behind the design

The Marly cowl is an elegant textured cowl pattern that uses no crossed stitches, no front posts and no back posts to create a cabled look. This makes it a great project for beginners or people who are wanting to slowly dip their hooks into cabling techniques.

For those more confident crocheters, this pattern is a different way of looking at, and creating, cables in your projects.

Construction of the design

This cowl is worked in the round from the bottom up (although it doesn’t matter which way up you wear this one). This makes it seamless.

It uses single crochets, half double crochets, back loop only and third loop (also known as camel stitch).

If you made the Marly hat and scarf last year you will notice a slight tweak to this pattern with the introduction of the BLO hdc in the centre section. For the scarf and hat I just used standard hdc. So if you want the cowl exactly the same then instead of BLO hdc just use standard hdc.

As a quick reminder, here is the Marly Hat and Scarf from last year:

The Yarn

For my textured cowl pattern I used Paintbox Simply Aran yarn. It is 100% acrylic and is on the thicker side of a 4 weight (aran) yarn so it is fabulously warm too. When worked up this yarn is soft and bouncy and it washes really well.

And there is so much colour choice! With over 60 colours to choose from you are sure to find a colour combo you love.

Get the PDF pattern!

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

**If you are here for the Marlybird event in December 2022 please scroll to the bottom of this post! These links will not get you the Free PDF Pattern**

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This textured cowl pattern would also work up beautifully in wander yarn
I used this yarn to create my textured cowl. It is soft, warm and great to work with.
This yarn is a great substitute when making the Marly textured cowl pattern

The pattern specifics:


·      Approx 270 yards of #4 worsted weight yarn of your choosing for the main body and 35 yards in contrasting colour.
·      6mm hook
·      Stitch markers 
·      Scissors
·      Tapestry needle


   2’’ x 2’’ = 7hdcs x 4 rows of hdc


My cowl is approximately 31” circumference by 9” wide.

Abbreviations used:

·      CH(s)–chain(s)
·      St(s)–stitch(es)
·      Rep—repeat
·      SS–slip stitch
·      SC–single crochet
·      HDC — half double crochet
·      DC–double crochet
·      BLO – back loop only
·      SK—skip
·      FO – Fasten off

Other notes:

·      Written in US terms
·      Ch1’s at the beginning of a round do not count as a st.
·      Right side of work is the even numbered rounds.
·      If a round does not start with turn then do not turn at the start of the round!

Special Stitches:

Camel Stitch: The camel stitch is done by inserting your hook into the 3rd loop of an HDC stitch, which, for this pattern, is in the front of the work (since we’re working in rows).  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.

Foundation half double crochet:

The FHDC starts at 14:20 into these videos.

I find this has a more aesthetically pleasing finish than the chain start to projects.

The Pattern:

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Round 1 –        FHDC 119. SS to join or 

                        CH 120 HDC in second CH from hook and each CH around (119)

Round 2 –       CH1 (doesn’t count as a st), camel stitch in each stitch around (see special stitches). SS to join

Round 3 –       CH1 (does not count), SC in the first 3sts, *CH5, SK4, SC in next 3 sts* around (you will end with CH5 sk 4). SS to top of first SC to join. (17 CH5 sps)

Round 4 –        CH1 (doesn’t count as a st) HDC in each st and EACH CH around. (You will have 17 more sts in this round – one extra for each CH5 sp –  but you will reduce in the next row)         SS to join

Round 5 –       SS across the first 5 sts, ch1, SC in next 3 sts (these will always be the 2nd, 3rd and 4th sts made into the CH5 on the previous row), *CH4, SK5, SC in next 3 sts* repeat around until you have 2 sts left, CH2, SK2, ss to top of ch3 to join. 

Round 6 –       CH1, HDC in each st and CH around . SS to join (119)

Round 7 –       CH1, Camel st in each st around. SS to join (119)

Round 8 –       Turn, CH1, HDC BLO in each st around. SS to join (119)    

Round 9  – 17 –  Rep round 8 (including the turn!)

Rounds 18 – 23 – Rep rounds 2-7  once more (Note: make sure you have right sides facing you to work this part!)

FO and weave in ends.                      

To work the band:

FHDC 165 and leave a longish tail in case you need to increase the length.

*I recommend using the foundation stitches here because if you find your tension is off you can easily remove the excess foundation stitches simply by frogging them.


CH 166 and HDC in third CH from hook and each CH across.


Thread your band loosely across the scarf from the top to the bottom loop. Be careful not to twist the band. 

When you are happy with your band placement, reduce it if necessary by frogging a few stitches then use the tails to sew it to the edge of the scarf.