Easy Crochet Cowl – Impetuous

Be breezy, bright, and ready for spring with Impetuous! This easy crochet cowl works up super quickly, and is completely customizable too. Make a whole rainbow of cowls for every occasion.

Impetuous Easy Crochet Cowl Pattern

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Make It Your Way!


Choose blocks of color, skinny stripes, or anywhere in-between. This design allows you to change color at will, to create your own unique striping pattern. Just remember that for each time you change colors, you will have 2 more ends to weave in when you’re done. Check out these many versions I made for a charity project!

Many versions of Impetuous Cowl


The pattern has a stitch repeat of 3 stitches. This means you can make your cowl wider or narrower by adding or subtracting stitches in groups of 3. Try doubling the stitch count for a chunky, squishy cowl suitable for colder weather!

You can also make it as long or short as you like, by adding or subtracting rows. Changing the size will of course affect how much yarn you need.


Seaming the two ends together forms the cowl loop. If you would prefer a scarf or shawl, you can choose to leave it open instead. The pattern includes alternate edging instructions for this option.

Shine Worsted Yarn

I originally created this pattern with some stash yarns that have long since been discontinued. We Crochet was nice enough to send me some of their Shine Worsted yarn for free to update this design.

Shine Worsted Yarn

As the name suggests, it has a captivating sheen to it. This yarn is a luxurious blend of 60% Pima Cotton and 40% Modal®. Modal is a natural beech wood fiber, and that’s what really makes it shine. It works up beautifully soft and is machine washable too! Shine also comes in a sport weight yarn, so be sure you’re choosing the right size for your project.


Project Level:

Basic – All chains and single crochets, with a slip stitch seam.


7.5 x 12 inches flat. (24 inches before seaming).

Instructions are included to adjust size. Changing size will affect yarn usage.


 11 sc x 11 rows = 4″. Exact gauge is not critical.

Abbreviations used:

ch = chain
ch sp = chain space
sc = single crochet
sl st = slip stitch
st(s) = stitch(es)
RS = Right Side



Main Section

Scroll down for charted version of instructions

You may find it helpful to mark Row 1 as the RS, and to mark the first stitch of each row.

To adjust the width, add or remove stitches, in multiples of 3.

Row 1 ( RS): Ch 22 (multiple of 3 + 1), sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across. (21 sc)

Row 2: Ch 1, sc in first st, (ch 3, sk 2 sts, sc in next st) across to last 2 sts, ch 2, sk next st, sc in last st. (9 sts, 7 ch sps).

Row 2 of Impetuous Cowl

Row 3: Ch 1, sc in first st, sk first ch-2 sp, (ch 3, sk next st, sc in next ch-3 sp) across, ch 2, sc in last st.

Row 4-60: Repeat row 3

Change colors at any point as desired.

To adjust length, add or remove rows, ending after a WS (even numbered) row.  

Row 61: Ch 1, sc in first st, sc in first ch-2 sp, (sc in next st, 2 sc in next ch-3 sp) across, sc in last st. (21 sts). Do not fasten off.

Last row of Impetuous Cowl

Main Section Chart

(Main Section only, does not include seaming or edging)

Impetuous Main Section Chart


Fold piece in half so that right sides are together and first and last rows match up.

Working through both layers, (ch-1, sl st) in each st across. Do not fasten off.

Seaming Impetuous


First edge: Turn work so that right side is facing. Working in sides of rows, sc in side of each row around, join with a sl st in first st of rnd. (61 sc)

Second edge: With right side facing, join yarn with sl st at the opposite end of the seam. Working in sides of rows, sc in side of each row around, join with a sl st in first st of rnd. (61 sc)

Impetuous Cowl Flat

Alternate Edging

Use this edging if you are not seaming, to make a scarf or shawl.

Side: Turn work so that right side is facing. Working in sides of rows, ch 1, sc in side of each row across (61 sc)

Bottom: Ch 1, working in bottom of row 1, sc in each st across (21 sc)

Side: Ch 1, working in sides of rows, sc in side of each row across (61 sc).

Top: Ch 1, working across last row, sc in each st across, ch 1, join with sl st to first sc. Fasten off.


Weave in all ends.

Wash and block. Blocking is important to open up the mesh – for best results, do not skip this step.

Impetuous Crochet Cowl Video Tutorial

Watch this video on YouTube

Impetuous Easy Crochet Cowl Pattern

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I hope you enjoy the pattern. Thanks to tawnierose, celiaak, mugdhamanasa, marjos, colleenmoss and Taylor Jira for testing it!

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