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Inspiration for this crochet cowl pattern came to me in a moment while I was running errands on a cold Kentucky winter day in December. I was in sweatpants and a hoodie, rushing from my car into the store to buy dinner supplies for the evening. As the wind chapped my face, I longed for something warm and soft to protect my cheeks from the cold. A crochet cowl would’ve been perfect for my quick (and cold) trip to the store. Besides, a handmade crochet cowl would’ve made my cozy loungewear look cuuute!
That night after dinner, I sat down with pencil in hand and drew up the design for The Waffle Stitch Crochet Cowl Pattern. I was in love! I knew I wanted the design to look and feel comfy, y’all know comfy is my style! Lion Brand Heartland yarn always gives me squishy, comfy vibes and since I used this yarn with my Toasty Infinity Cowl pattern, I knew Heartland was a perfect fit! I grabbed my 6.5 mm hook and got right to work! Let me tell ya, the results didn’t disappoint!
Winter is the prime of crochet season! The cold Kentucky weather makes it easy to cozy up under my crochet makes to stay nice and toasty. For me, crochet is so sentimental. Every time I wear my Dream Weaver Ear Warmers or snuggle under my Comfy Cuddle Throw, I’m reminded of the quiet and peaceful moments that enveloped me as I made them.
Okay, I have to be honest. I really flourish when I’m creating and I’m always so proud of what my hands create. Crochet is my artwork! I feel so beyond blessed that I have the skill to create something beautiful with a ball of yarn!
This Waffle Stitch Crochet Cowl is dear to my heart because the memories surrounding each stitch. Many of these stitches were crocheted in my fiancé’s Jeep as we went on adventures to visit family over the holiday season. As we traveled down the road, his hand on my thigh, I would work on my cowl. As I made progress, I would try it on and show him how many rows I completed. The way he smiled at me made my insides as squishy as this cowl!
See! I told you crochet is sentimental! Now, every time I put this crochet cowl on, I think of our trip…and that smile!
I hope as you make your own cowl, it wraps you in precious memories too!
Waffle Stitch Cowl Pattern
9 inches (23 cm), 11 inches (28 cm)
- Lion Brand, Heartland, worsted 4 [100% acrylic; 251 yards / 230 m per 142 g skein]; color: Wolf Trap; 2 skeins
- K-10.5 (6.5mm) crochet hook
- Yarn needle
4 dc by 3 rows = 1 in (2.5 cm)
Waffle Stitch Gauge:
14 DC by 12 rows = 4 in (10 cm)
Double Crochet [DC]
Slip Stitch [Sl St]
Yarn Over [YO]
- Back Post Double Crochet [BPDC] Instructions: YO, insert your hook from back to front around the post of the next stitch, YO and pull up a loop, YO and pull through two loops on hook, YO and pull through remaining two loops.
- Foundation Double Crochet [FDC] Instructions: CH 2, YO, insert hook into the first CH, YO, pull through, YO, pull through one loop (creates a CH), YO, pull through two loops, YO, pull through last two loops. Repeat the stitch into the CH created at the beginning of the stitch.
- Front Post Double Crochet [FPDC] Instructions: YO, insert your hook from front to back around the post of the next stitch, YO and pull up a loop, YO and pull through two loops on hook, YO and pull through remaining two loops.
- Cowl is worked from bottom up, starting with the brim then moving to the body.
- Pattern is worked in joined rounds.
- Join with a slip stitch to 1st stitch in round.
- CH 1 at beginning of round does not count as stitch.
- To adjust the width of cowl, work multiples of 6 in the foundation round.
- To adjust height of cowl, repeat rounds 7-8 until you get the height you desire.
Foundation Round: Leaving a 6 in (15 cm) tail, 96 Foundation Double Crochet, join (See Pattern Notes), using beginning tail sew the bottom of the round closed. (96 DC)
Alternative Foundation Round: CH 96, making sure not to twist CH, join with a SL ST to 1st CH, DC in each CH around, join (See Pattern Notes) (96 DC)
Round 2: CH 1, FPDC in first ST, BPDC in next ST, [FPDC in next ST, BPDC in next ST] REP around, join. See progress picture below.
Rounds 3-5: REP Round 2.
Round 6: CH 1, DC in 1st ST and in each ST around, join.
Waffle Stitch Body
Round 7: CH 1, DC in 1st ST, [BPDC in next 2 STS, DC in next ST] REP around until the last 2 STS, BPDC in last 2 STS, join. See Photo A
Round 8: CH 1, FPDC in 1st ST, DC in the next 2 STS, [FPDC in next ST, DC in next 2 STS] REP around, join. See Photo B.
Rounds 9-29: REP Rounds 7 and 8.
Cut yarn and weave in ends.
I would love to see your finished Waffle Crochet Cowl! Please tag me on social media using #wafflestitchcowl