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“The Bixby” – Free Crochet Cowl Pattern

Adding buttons to a crochet project

This free crochet cowl pattern uses the herringbone double crochet stitch to create a deliciously chunky scarf with a modern look! As always, the free pattern is below or you can purchase the ad-free, printable PDF here.

Modern, earthy crochet project for a young woman. Great DIY gift idea using inexpensive yarn. Free crochet cowl pattern!Modern, earthy crochet project for a young woman. Great DIY gift idea using inexpensive yarn. Free crochet cowl pattern! This herringbone crochet cowl pattern is a collaboration with Lion Brand Yarn. This post contains affiliate links.

The way I see it, the Bixby Cowl might just be the Julia Roberts of yarn crafts. It’s modern herringbone stitch means it fits right in in “Notting Hill.” It’s earthy oatmeal color and wooden buttons means its equally at home in “Erin Brockovich.” And in my opinion, it would look damn good playing opposite Richard Gere. This is one versatile and classic chunky cowl.

And guys, it’s so easy to make.

This free crochet cowl pattern uses the herringbone double crochet stitch to create a deliciously chunky scarf with a modern look! The oversized buttons add another element that is endlessly customizable. Pictured in Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in "Oatmeal."A free crochet cowl pattern using chunky yarn and the herrringbone double crochet stitch. Yarn is Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in "Oatmeal."I love how the texture of the herringbone double crochet stitch comes through in my perennial favorite chunky yarn–Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick. Isn’t it squishy and scrumptious?

Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick Bonus Bundle in "Oatmeal"Lion Brand recently added a new larger Thick & Quick skein with double the yardage of the the skeins we’re all used to. The best part is that it’s not double the price. In fact, it’s a really awesome deal for how much yarn you get in each skein. This cowl pattern actually only requires one “Bonus Bundle” skein of yarn. (You can check out all the color options here. So many good ones!)

This free crochet cowl pattern uses the herringbone double crochet stitch to create a deliciously chunky scarf with a modern look! The oversized buttons add another element that is endlessly customizable. Pictured in Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in "Oatmeal."The look of the cowl can be changed quite dramatically depending on the buttons you choose. (Yes, indeed, I AM on quite a button kick recently. These Cabin Boots, this Faux Cabled Bun Beanie and now this new free crochet cowl pattern all use buttons in some form. I just love how they can add another texture and visual element to a crochet project.)

Modern, earthy crochet project for a young woman. Great DIY gift idea using inexpensive yarn. Free crochet cowl pattern!I’m including the video tutorial for the herringbone double crochet stitch below, but make sure to click over to the full post for all the details on why you might want to adjust your number of turning chains and examples of how it looks when you do.

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“The Bixby” Free Crochet Cowl Pattern

Purchase the ad-free, printable PDF of this pattern here.

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Sizes + Measurements:
One size fits most adults
30.5” x 12” (unbuttoned and laying flat)

Supplies:
So you can spend more time making cowls and less time shopping, this pattern contains affiliate links at no extra cost to you.
• (1) Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick Bonus Bundle in “Oatmeal” – approx. 212 yards/340g
• Tapestry needle
• Size M [9.0 mm] crochet hook 
(3) 1.5” buttons (You can purchase the buttons pictured here.)
• Sewing needle and thread to match buttons
• Scissors

Gauge:
7 stitches = 4”, 6 rows = 4” worked in herringbone pattern

Abbreviations (US Terms):
sc – single crochet
scblo – single crochet through the back loop only
ch – chain
dc – double crochet
sk – skip
yo – yarn over
st – stitch
tch – turning chain
hbdc – herringbone double crochet: yo, insert hook into next chain, yo and pull through the chain and the first loop on the hook, yo and draw through 1 more loop on the hook, yo and draw through both loops on hook. (View the video tutorial here.)

Notes:
• The main body of the cowl is worked separately from the ribbing. The ribbing is attached afterward with a mattress stitch.
• If you’re having any trouble with the hbdc stitch or just want a more detailed instructions, view the tutorial post and video here.

How to add ribbing to a crochet project, like this free crochet cowl pattern. Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick and Quick in "Oatmeal."Main Body of Cowl

Notes: Be sure to work the last hbdc into the top of the turning chain to keep the edge of the cowl straight.

Ch 22.

Row 1: Sk first 2 ch from hook (counts as 1 dc), 1 hbdc in next and every ch to end; turn. (21)

Row 2: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), sk first st, 1 hbdc in next and every hbdc to end of row, working last hbdc in tch; turn.

Repeat until piece measures 25” (approx. 31 rows total). Fasten off.

Non-Button Hole Ribbing

(Make one.)

Ch 6.

Row 1: Sk first ch from hook, sc in next and every ch to end; turn. (5)

Row 2: Ch 1, scblo in each sc to end; turn. (5)

Repeat row 2 to create a total of 26 rows of ribbing.

Fasten off leaving a 24” tail to attach ribbing to cowl.

Button Hole Ribbing

(Make one.)

Ch 6.

Row 1: Sk first ch from hook, sc in next and every ch to end; turn. (5)

Rows 2-3: Ch 1, scblo in each sc to end; turn. (5)

Row 4: Ch 1, scblo 2, sk 1 sc, ch 1, scblo 2; turn. (button hole created)

Rows 5-13: Repeat row 2

Row 14: Repeat row 4. (button hole created)

Rows 15-22: Repeat row 2.

Row 23: Repeat row 14. (button hole created)

Rows 24-26: Repeat row 2.

Fasten off leaving a 24” tail to attach ribbing to cowl.

Finishing

Using the mattress stitch, sew ribbing along the short edges of the main cowl piece. (See mattress stitch video tutorial here. Note that for this instance, instead of sewing only through one loop of each stitch as I am in the video, you should sew through both loops of each stitch.) Weave in ends.

With a sewing needle and thread, sew the buttons in place on the non-button hole ribbing.

Throw on your squishy new cowl and head to dinner, the opera or the corner store!

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Thanks to Lion Brand Yarn for sponsoring this post and enabling more free patterns on Make & Do Crew. All opinions and ideas are my own.

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3 Comments

  • Debra
    January 22, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    Hello!
    I have a question…I want to make the bixby cowl but I don’t have a size M hook..can I use a N?
    Absolutely love the pattern! It looks so nice and warm and right now it is much needed here where I live in the Pacific Northwest 🙂
    Thank you,
    Debra

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      January 22, 2017 at 8:57 pm

      Yes, you totally could use an N! They’re only one mm different so you should essentially end up with the same result.

      Stay cozy in the PNW! I love it there.

      Reply
  • Kimberlee
    February 2, 2017 at 11:17 am

    Great cowl – I love the wood buttons. I think I actually have those same buttons in my button stash and have used one for a knit scarf.

    Reply

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