Crochet Patterns

The Trailblazer Cowl

When I finished The Trailblazer Cowl, I thought a matching cowl would be perfect! I immediately crocheted the sample and it turned out amazingly good!

So without any more delay, let me introduce you to The Trailblazer Cowl! This pattern has the same construction as the beanie’s except, of course, for the top or crown of the beanie. The cowl is worked flat, sideways, and seamed at the end to form the cowl.

Let’s get started!


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SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate


  • Worsted Weight (#4) Yarn Approximately 250 yards (I used Lion Brand Pound of Love)
  • Crochet Hook Size J (6 mm) or size to obtain gauge
  • Scissors
  • Tape Measure
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Optional: 2 Stitch Markers

GAUGE: 14 (Hslst – BLO) sts x 14 rows = 4 x 4 inches

FINISHED MEASUREMENT: 10” (height) x 25” (circumference)


  • Ch(s) – Chain(s)
  • BLO – Back Loop Only
  • Rep – Repeat
  • PM – Place Marker
  • SC – Single Crochet
  • Sl St(s) – Slip Stitch(es)
  • RS – Right Side
  • WS – Wrong Side


  • Hslst – Half Double Crochet Slip Stitch – Yarn over, insert your hook into the next st, yarn over and pull through the stitch and through the 2 loops on your hook.
  • LDC – Long Double Crochet (2 Ridge-Rows Below) – work a Double Crochet stitch (as you normally would) by inserting your hook from bottom to top under the front two loops of the Hslst stitch directly 2 ridge-rows below.


  1. Read the pattern carefully before starting.
  2. sideways and then seamed together at the end.
  3. The beginning ch 1 does NOT count as a stitch.
  4. Asterisks * indicate pattern repeats. You will need to repeat all the instructions between asterisks.
  5. I recommend using stitch markers to mark the beginning/end of the body and brim of the cowl. Remember to move stitch markers as work progresses.
  6. If you are not familiar with the Half Double Crochet Slip Stitch (Hslst) in the BLO, watch this YouTube video by Daisy Farm Crafts.
  7. If you are not sure how many rows you have completed, use the ribbing to count. Each ribbing-ridge counts as two rows.


Start by chaining 37.

Row 1 (WS): Slst in the back bump of the 2nd ch from the hook and in the next 4 chs, PM, Hslst in the back bump of every ch across until 5 chs remain, PM in the last Hslst just made, slst in the back bump of last 5 chs. Turn.  (36 sts)

Row 2 (RS): Ch 1, SC – BLO in the 1st 5 sts, Hslst – BLO in every st across until 5 sts remain, SC – BLO in the last 5 sts. Turn.  (36 sts)

Row 3 (WS): Ch 1, slst – BLO in the 1st 5 sts, Hslst – BLO in every st across until 5 sts remain, slst – BLO in the last 5 sts. Turn.  (36 sts)

Row 4 (RS): Ch 1, SC – BLO in the 1st 5 sts, *Hslst – BLO in the next 5 sts, LDC in the next st*; Rep from * to * across until 7 sts remain, Hslst – BLO in the next 2 sts, SC – BLO in the last 5 sts. Turn.  (36 sts)

Row 5 (WS): Rep Row 3.

Row 6 (RS): Rep Row 2.

Row 7 (WS): Rep Row 3.

Row 8 (RS): Ch 1, SC – BLO in the 1st 5 sts, Hslst – BLO in the next 2 sts, *LDC in the next st, Hslst – BLO in the next 5 sts*; Rep from * to * across until 5 sts remain, SC – BLO in the last 5 sts. Turn.  (36 sts)

Row 9 (WS): Rep Row 3.

Rows 10 – 88: Rep Rows 2 to 9 for 10 more times, ending with Row 8.


Cut your yarn leaving at least a 24” long tail to seam your cowl.  If you like having a long end to weave in, increase your yarn tail length before cutting your yarn.

With RS facing you, bring the first and last rows together. Use your stitch markers to mark the five stitch ribbing sections on your first and last rows.  This helps you keep on track when seaming your two sides together.  Using a tapestry needle and the mattress stitch, seam your cowl together.  Fasten off and weave in all ends. 

Tada! You are all done!

To download the PDF copy of THE TRAILBLAZER COWL and my other patterns, please visit my Ravelry shop.

Shout out to my amazing testers for helping me make this pattern a better one! Take a look at their beautiful cowl versions.

Britnee @turtleburgercrochet

I’d love to see your versions! Please tag me @stringsandcuddles on Instagram so I can see and share your beautiful makes!

The Trailblazer Beanie and Cowl Set

As always, stay safe and happy crocheting!




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