This week I’m showing off the crochet cowl that I made as part of my participation in the CAL that was hosted recently over at Maybe Matilda. She did a terrific job of showing newbies how to crochet and I really hope she puts all that work together into some type of ebook because she really explained it well.

CAL Cowl

The CAL item was a simple item: The Easy Time Out Cowl that’s a free crochet pattern from Lion Brand. I made some adaptations to the cowl to make it into my own.

Crochet Cowl Pattern As Written

The pattern as written included some specific features:

  • The use of Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick bulky yarn
  • The use of a large N Hook
  • Measurement of about 50″ around
The idea is to make a long, loopy, chunky cowl.

My Crochet Cowl Adaptations

I adapted the cowl because I wanted to use a different yarn, a chunkier yarn that I didn’t have enough yardage of to make such a large cowl. I adapted to make a tighter, cozier cowl that’s only about 30″ around. The yarn I used is the Paton’s Italia Fingerpaints that I reviewed last week. I used a small hook than the pattern asked for – a J hook – for what I felt was a tighter, cleaner look despite the fact that the yarn I used is bulkier than the yarn the pattern asked for.

What My Cowl Looks Like

I like that you can easily roll up this sturdy yarn so that the cowl can be shorter or keep it open so it’s longer and cozier.



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  1. I started a cowl and got bored with it. I wanted one that you can put over your head as well as round the neck for the hood effect. I still have it sitting with it’s hook for when I get ready to pick it back up and finish it. . I like this one you’ve done. You can wear it with several colors and it still looks good!

    Thanks for fixing the previous post link!! :o)

    • Kathryn Reply

      Sure @Kat … I’ve got a web guy working on making some additional repairs around here this week. As for the cowl, I’ve only made one in the past that can be used as a hood, too, but I love that style and would also like to make more!

  2. Rachel Brown Reply

    So cute! That yarn is fantastic–I love that it’s variegated but not in-your-face variegated, if that makes any sense ;-) It looks wonderful! Thanks so much for joining in :-)

    • Kathryn Reply

      Thanks @Rachel – your description of how the yarn is variegated makes perfect sense to me and is spot on. Thanks so much for hosting this!

  3. Your cowl turned out wonderfully! I definitely love the short length. Good job!

    • Kathryn Reply

      @Jamamay – Thanks, I think the length worked out great for me!

    • Kathryn Reply

      @Marie – I’m definitely happy with it. I wish I was happier with the quality of my pictures … my camera broke and now I’m limited ’til I get a new one. :(

    • Kathryn Reply

      Thanks @Calophi – the feedback’s appreciated!!

  4. ElisabethAndree Reply

    Wow, your cowl looks good and comfortably warm…. I need something like that for this winter.

    • Kathryn Reply

      Thanks @ElisabethAndree – it’s definitely a cozy winter cowl!

  5. It’s so interesting to see how many of us altered the pattern (me included) to suit their taste and style. You look so happy wearing yours! Looks soft, pretty and oh so warm and cozy.

    • Kathryn Reply

      Thanks – it’s definitely cool to see the many variations on the pattern. It was a fun thing to be a part of.

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