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Lightweight Crochet Cowl Pattern

Learn how to crochet a lightweight crochet cowl with this lacy crochet cowl pattern. Whether you are after a lightweight Spring cowl to layer over a tee-shirt or wanting to style a winter outfit, this crochet lace cowl pattern will see you through all the seasons!

Lightweight crochet cowl pattern

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Crochet Lace Cowl Pattern | Free Crochet Pattern

I love to layer for extra warmth in the colder months, and for style in the warmer months! This crochet lace cowl pattern is ideal to wear whatever the weather!

The pattern creates a lightweight cowl which is ideal for those of us who prefer to keep stylish as we wrap up along with having 3 different ways to wear it too!

There is a removable, buttoned cuff that you can choose to add or remove as your mood see fit, and the crochet fabric it creates is stretchy enough that you can also double wrap the cowl to style as a crochet neck warmer too!

The crochet pattern is an ideal introduction to crochet lace with it’s 4 row repeat creating beautiful shells and a lacy fabric.

Crochet Lace Cowl Pattern

The recommended yarn size to create this lace crochet project is DK/Size 3, which helps to keep the stitch definition along with create the lightweight nature of the cowl too.

I remember that when I was learning to crochet, just how daunting lacy crochet patterns were, but there is both a full written pattern and a stitch chart in the printable pattern to ensure that you can double check the stitches.

Crochet Shell lace, is one of the easiest crochet stitch patterns to master, as the stitches form a uniform placement. This helps to keep the simplicity of the stitch pattern as you can almost workout where the next stitch will go to create the easy stitch repeat.

Plus, I simply love shell stitches! The variations and amazing ways they can be used blows my mind! Shells create wonderful edgings to granny squares, add intrigue to crochet garments and make wonderful blankets too!

lightweight crochet cowl pattern

Purchase the Printable PDF Pattern

This lacy crochet cowl was launched as part of the 12 Weeks of Christmas Event hosted by Me ‘n’ My Hook wfrom 5th-7th November 2021! 

You can download your own printable PDF copy of the Highland Shell Cowl Pattern from either my Etsy Shop or Ravelry Shop – Click the button below to purchase from your favourite retailer. 

Crochet Lace Cowl Pattern

Crochet Lace Cowl Pattern | Highland Shell Cowl

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner


To complete this project you will need:

  • 100g DK (Size 3) Yarn
  • I used Stylecraft Batik Swirl (80% Acrylic, 20% wool. 200g 550m/601yds) in shade Highland (3735)
  • 5mm crochet hook
  • Darning needle
  • Scissors
  • 1 inch button


Crochet Lace Cowl Yarn

Finished Size:

  • Cowl – 38″ circumference (without stretching) x 8″ wide
  • Cuff – 13″ x 2 inches


  • 2 repeats and 6 rows = 4in (10cm) in pattern using 5mm crochet hook. Use a larger or smaller crochet hook to obtain the correct tension.

How to Crochet this Lightweight Crochet Cowl


US Terms (UK in brackets)

St(s) – Stitches

Ch – Chain

Sc (Dc) – Single Crochet (Double Crochet)

HDc (HTr) – Half Double (Treble) Crochet

Dc (Tr) – Double (Treble Crochet

Pattern Notes:

  • Whatever your skill level with crochet, I would always recommend reading through this pattern before beginning. Get in touch if you need any help completing the pattern.
  • This project is worked in rows before seaming to join.
  • The cuff is worked separately with a button sewn on to close
  • Ch3 at the beginning of the row DOES count as a stitch.
  • Ch1 at the beginning of the row DOES NOT count as a stitch.
lightweight crochet cowl pattern

Row 1: Ch 51, 2 dc in 3rd ch from hook, *skip 2, sc in next, ch 5, skip 5, sc in next, skip 2, 5 dc in next*, repeat between * and * 3 more times, working 3 dc in last ch (instead of 5 dc), turn. (3 Shells & 4 Ch Sp)

Row 2: Ch1 (does not count as a st), sc in same st as ch1, *ch 5, sc in 3rd ch of next ch-5 sp, ch 5, sc in 3rd st of 5 dc*, repeat between * and * to end, sc in 2nd ch, turn. (8 Ch Sp)

Row 3: *Ch 5, sc in middle of ch-5 sp, 5 dc in top of sc, sc in middle of ch-5 sp*, repeat between * and * to last sc, ch 2, dc in in last sc, turn. (4 shells & 3 Ch-Sp)

Row 4: Ch1, Sc in same St as Ch1, *Ch 5, Sc in 3rd St of 5 Dc, Ch 5, Sc in 3rd Ch of Ch-5 sp*. Repeat between * and * to end. Turn.

Row 5: Ch3 (counts as Dc), 2Dc in same st as Ch3, *Sc in 3rd Ch of 5Ch arch, Ch5, Sc in 3rd Ch of 5Ch arch, 5Dc in top of Sc*. Repeat between * and * working 3Dc in last Sc. Turn. (3 shells & 4 Ch Sp)

Rows 6- 74: Repeat Rows 2-5.

Fasten off with a long tail to sew up.

Sew the shorter ends together through each St and Ch using mattress stitch for a secure join.

Continue to making Buttoned Cuff.

Crochet cowl with cuff

Buttoned Cuff | Lightweight Crochet Cowl

Row 1: Ch 46,HDc into 2nd Ch from hook and in each Ch across. Turn. (45)

Row 2: Ch1 (does not count as St), HDc into each St across. Turn.

Row 3: Ch1, HDc into next 38 Sts, Ch3, skip next 3 Sts, HDc in next St and each st to end. Turn. (42 & Ch3 Sp)

Row 4: Ch1, HDc in next 4 Sts, HDc into each Ch, HDc into each St to end. Turn. (45)

Row 5: Ch1, HDc into each St across.

Fasten off and weave in ends. and continue to Sew on Button

Sew on Button

  • Thread needle
  • Fold cuff in thirds to confirm button location will match button hole
  • Insert needle through button hole to mark the location for the button to be sewn
  • Move button hole side of the cowl out of the way
  • Sew on button in place securely
  • Trim threads

I hope you’ve enjoyed making your own Highland Shell Crochet Cowl. 

To get your copy of this beautiful lightweight crochet cowl pattern,  you can click on the button below to purchase via your favourite retailer. 

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