Big Bold Cabled Cowl – Free Crochet Cowl Pattern

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE cables! The bigger the better!!! I LOVE how wide knit cables look and was on a mission to produce a wider crocheted cable. This is how my Big Bold Cabled Slouch was born and then came the Big Bold Cabled Cowl to match! The free crochet cowl pattern can be found in this blog post below, or you can purchase an ad-free, easily printable PDF on Love Crafts here, Ravelry here or Etsy here.




This crochet cowl pattern is written in One Size only, but I tell you how to adjust both the circumference and height to make it any size you desire. If you love to crochet matching sets, you’ll find the Big Bold Cabled Slouch here and the Big Bold Cabled Mittens & Fingerless Gloves here.



Free Crochet Cowl Pattern: Big Bold Cabled Cowl by A Crocheted Simplicity. #freecrochetpattern #freecrochetcowlpattern #crochetcowlpattern #crochetcables #crochetcablepattern #crochetfashion


2020 Scarf & Hat of the Month Club

The Big Bold Cabled Cowl free crochet pattern is my newest contribution to the 2020 Scarf and Hat of the Month Club CAL with Rhondda from Oombawka Design and Amy from The Stitchin’ Mommy. This is a fun, year long crochet along where you will find a total of 36 new free crochet scarf and hat patterns from Rhondda, Amy, and 6 guest designers! Today only, make sure that you grab your free pdf of my Big Bold Cabled Cowl (scroll down to the BIG PINK BUTTON below) and free pdfs of Rhondda’s Subdued Cowl, and Amy’s Beachcomer Cowl crochet patterns!

If you would like to know more about this CAL, including the schedule please visit the links above (or click the picture below).




The free crochet cowl pattern is below, but if you love to work offline, I’ve got a few great options for you.

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  • Yarn: Worsted Weight / 4 / Yarn, Lion Brand Yarns Vanna’s Choice in Linen  & Plymouth Yarns Encore Worsted Colorspun in Wheatfield,  were used for the sample, less than 200 yards total.
  • Crochet Hook: J/10/6.00mm (My favorite crochet hooks are the Clover Amour Hooks, I’ve never had an ache in my hand since switching)
  • Scissors
  • Yarn Needle
  • Stitch marker (or scrap piece of yarn)


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  • In ext sc: 7.5 sts = 3″ + 7.5 rows = 3″

Finished Size

  • One Size: 22-1/4″ circumference x 8-1.2″ H

Abbreviations  (US Terms)


  • I tend to crochet on the tighter side. You may need to go down a hook size (or two) to meet gauge if you crochet on the looser side.
  • Turning chains are not included in stitch count, unless noted otherwise.
  • The first stitch of every row is worked into the same stitch as the turning chain, unless noted otherwise.
  • Yarn: Lion Brand Yarns Vanna’s Choice in Linen  & Plymouth Yarns Encore Worsted Colorspun in Wheatfield,  were used for the sample, less than 200 yards total (less than 1 ball each color).
  • Yarns similar in fiber and weight can be substituted.
  • Cowl is worked from the bottom up.


Special Stitches

  • Extended Single Crochet (ext sc): Insert hook into stitch indicated, yo, pull up a loop, yo, pull thru 1 loop on hook, yo, pull thru remaining 2 loops on hook. (click HERE for tutorial)
  • Front Post Double Treble Crochet (FPdbltr): Yo 3 times, insert hook from front to back around post of indicated st, yo, pull up a loop (5 loops on hook), (yo, pull thru 2 loops) 4 times.


Big Bold Cabled Cowl Notes

  • This cowl begins in rows then changes to continuous rounds when noted.
  • I’ve included color changes if you’d like to work your cable in a contrasting color. If not, simply ignore them and work every stitch in your main color.
  • All color changes (if desired) are worked in the last pull thru of the last stitch worked in the old color.
  • If you do decided to use a contrasting color for the cable, and you decide to carry your yarn (as opposed to fastening off every round), make sure not to pull your floats tight behind your cable or it will cause your cable to pucker.
  • The instructions written below are for a cowl with a finished circumference of approximately 22-1/4″. If you’d like a larger cowl, simply work more csc (or chains) at the end of Row 2 until you reach desired circumference. If you’d like a taller cowl, simply repeat rows 5 thru 10 until you have the desired height.



Big Bold Cabled Cowl Instructions

Row 1: (CC) Ch 19, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each ch across.  (18 sts)
Row 2: (CC) Ch 2, Turn, fpdc2tog around next 2 sc, fpdc around next 2 sts, fpdc2tog around next 2 sts, fpdc around next st, [ fpdc2tog around next 2 sts ] work from [ to ] 2 times, fpdc around next st, fpdc2tog around next 2 sts, fpdc around next 2 sts, fpdc2tog around last 2 sts, (MC) ch 2, then work 52 csc. **If you do not want to work csc, you can also work a regular foundation ch of 52, but make sure to chain loosely. Do Not Join, but rather continue on in continuous rounds by placing a st marker in the 1st st of each new round and moving it up as you complete a round.  (64 sts)

Rounds 3 & 4: (CC) FPdc around next 12 post sts, (MC) ext sc in each st around. (64 sts)

Round 5: (CC) Skip next 6 sts, FPdbltr around next 6 fpdc, working in front of FPdbltr just worked, FPdbltr around 6 skipped fpdc, (MC) ext sc in remaining 52 sts. (64 sts)

Rounds 6 thru 10: (CC) fpdc around next 12 front post sts, (MC) ext sc in remaining 52 sts.  (64 sts)

Rounds 11 thru 22: Repeat Rounds 5 thru 10. (64 sts)

At the end of Round 22, join w/ a sl st to the 1st st of the round.
Fasten off. Weave in ends. Continue below to Finishing.



Finishing – This gives the cable a flared look on the bottom.

  • Using a yarn needle and yarn tail from the foundation chain, sew the corner of the cable to the 3rd stitch to the right. Then come up thru the side of the stitch from Row 2 and back down thru the cowl where it will lay nicely.
  • Using a yarn needle and 8″ piece of yarn, repeat for the opposite corner of the cable.




If you enjoy crocheting scarves & shawls, you may enjoy these other projects as well. And if you just want to browse, you can find all of our free crochet patterns HERE.

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