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The Herringstone Cowl: Free Cowl Crochet Pattern

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I love soft, warm neck wear in winter. What could be better than a super warm cowl made out of the super soft Hygge yarn from Red Heart? Use just ONE 8 oz skein to whip up this beautiful, quick cowl that is simply to die for.

The Herringstone Cowl

The Herringstone Cowl is a true “one skein wonder” because – you guessed it – we’re using just ONE (8 oz) skein of Red Heart Hygge yarn. This cowl pattern is worked in a spiral until you run out of yarn so you literally have nothing to count, no stitches to mark (unless you want to of course), and involves minimal thought at all. This is a GREAT Netflix and crochet project.

We’ve used this yarn in the Hibernation Hoodie pattern and in the Give Me A Hygge scarf pattern. This colorway is “Sterling” and I love the main grey color mixed in with the slightly purple fuzzies. Is it purple? Is it grey? Is it absolute perfection? All of the above! 😉

For this pattern we are using the Herringbone Half Double crochet stitch. This is a simple variation of the regular Half Double crochet and gives it a slanted, pebbled, textured feel. Perfect for this fuzzy yarn! ♥ So. Soft!

I designed this cowl pattern to be relatively tall so that, when worn, it crumples in on itself and has a lovely drape. The larger hook size gives it a fluffy, squishy feel that is simply amazing worn near your face. I may or may not have burrowed my chin inside just to feel the luxurious softness. Ha!


(1) ball of Red Heart Hygge Yarn (8 oz ball, 212 yards, Bulky weight)

Crochet hook in size L/8mm


9 sts x 8 rows = 4” square

Pattern Notes:

Do not join or turn at the end of each row. Work in a spiral instead.

If desired, use a stitch marker to denote the first stitch of each row. (Although because we are going until we run out of yarn this is not entirely necessary.)

Herringbone Half Double Crochet tutorial.

Add this pattern to your Ravelry favorites here.

If you need help reading a crochet pattern, make sure you head over here and check out this detailed post.


Round 1: Ch-70. Make sure the chain is not twisted. Do not join to the first chain but form into a circle. Work directly into the first chain to start row 2.

Rounds 2 – 26: Hhdc in each st around. Work in a spiral throughout, never joining or turning. (70)

Continue around until you run out of yarn. Leaving enough to weave in ends, sl st in next 3 sts. Fasten off and weave in all ends.

If that’s not the easiest thing you’ve crocheted in a while, I don’t know what is! I hope you love this cowl pattern, and the Hygge yarn if this is your first chance to use it. The 8 oz skeins should be available at Joann and online.

The Herringstone Cowl crochet pattern

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  1. I made a few of these with the hygge and a couple with another chunky yarn. I just love the texture! Thank you!
  2. I made this last winter and never thanked you. I used Hygge yarn and the same color and it is so pretty and soft. What a great stitch! Thank you for this and all of your beautiful patterns.
  3. I understand your tutorial on crocheting the Hhdc, however do not have any idea how to connect to work in a spiral and if I flip my work each time I complete a row, as in the video. I am new to crocheting, baby steps and details are what I need. Stuck already at instruction: “Do not join to the first chain but form into a circle. Work directly into the first chain to start row 2. Rounds 2 – 26: Hhdc in each st around. Work in a spiral throughout, never joining or turning. (70). Yikes! How to work in a spiral and never join if it’s a cowl? Please help a dummy.
    1. To join would mean you would slip stitch into the first chain, then chain up to create the next row. What should be done here is work your first HHDC into the starting chain and continue working HHDCs into each of the remaining chains...and eventually each of the HHDC already worked as you continue around in the spiral (circle). I hope that makes sense
  4. When we start should we be working in the back loop of the first chain? How is it supposed to look when we join the circle for the first time? Mine looks uneven.
    1. Hi Jessica! It's a matter of personal preference which loop/loops to go into when working the chain row. I personally prefer working into the back bump of the chain as it gives a nice finished edge. It's normal if your 1st row is looking a little uneven...you can use the your starting yarn tail to even it up. Hope this helps!
  5. How wide is the cowl in these photos? I’m not using Hygge so just wondered what the basic measurements are. Thanks!
    1. Hi Karen! When laid flat, the cowl should measure approximately 15ish inches across (or 31" around) and 13" tall. Hope this helps!
  6. Please suggest another yarn to use--besides just saying "bulky weight". . .thank you. I can't find the suggested yarn in my area and don't want to order it. I'm afraid one person's idea of bulky weight, might not be the same as another's.
  7. Thank you for such a great pattern!!! I just purchased some bulkier yarn to make a matching hat and scarf.... I am going to make this cowl instead of a scarf!!! So excited to get started with it!!!!!!
      1. I got an 8 oz skein at JoAnn, just to try. Loved it so much that I ordered more from Amazon. They have both 5 oz and 8 oz skeins so be careful not to order the wrong one.
    1. Hi Anne! Hhdc is the Herringbone half double crochet stitch. I have a tutorial which can be found here: https://hearthookhome.com/how-to-herringbone-half-double-crochet-hhdc/