Pinewood Cowl: Free Tapestry Crochet Cowl Pattern

Looking for a stylish winter cowl to add to your winter wardrobe? The Pinewood Cowl is the winter accessory you need! It’s inspired by the mountain pine trees amidst snow, and features a modern pine tree motif design created with tapestry crochet. It makes a beautiful crochet gift to give to your loved ones or to make for yourself.

Inspiration

One of my favorite parts about where I live is that I live less than an hour from the mountains. I love the fresh air, breath taking views, hikes, camping, and pine trees. As I started thinking of winter designs for this year, I kept coming back to a pine tree motif. After designing my Pinewood Beanie and Pinewood Pillow patterns, I wanted to keep the collection going! With this design I took the simple shape of a pine tree to create a modern and stylish crochet winter cowl. It can be worn for the holidays or all winter long! It’s just the winter accessory that your wardrobe needs.

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Construction

This pattern is a super simple crochet cowl pattern made in the round that is a great beginner tapestry crochet pattern. It’s made by doing tapestry crochet in the round, and has joined rounds to provide even stitching. All of the stitches are done in the back loops only to help prevent the slanting that can happen when tapestry crochet is done in the round. If you’ve never done tapestry crochet before, this is a great beginner pattern to learn how to do the technique in the round. I’ve created a helpful tutorial to help you learn tapestry crochet as well. You can find it on my blog at: The Beginner’s Guide to Tapestry Crochet.

If you are a visual person like me, I recommend grabbing the ad free pdf, which has a color chart that shows you all of the stitches in the pattern. I love using these color charts to help me know when I need to change color! You can get a copy of the color chart in the PDF in my Etsy store.

The Yarn

To make this cowl, I used two of my favorite super bulky yarns: Lion Brand Hometown USA and Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick. If I had to pick only two super bulky yarns to use for the rest of my designing career, these would be the two yarns. They’re soft, come in great colors, and work so well for crochet designs. The Lion Brand Hometown USA is the more budget friendly of the two coming in at just $2.97 per skein at Walmart. Although the Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick has a little higher price point at $7.99 per skein, it has more in it and is an awesome price for a wool blend yarn. Most designers would say it’s their favorite super bulky yarn, so I highly recommend it!

Supplies:

  • Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick (or other weight 6 yarn) in:
    • Fisherman 106 yards
    • Sequoia 15 yards
  • Lion Brand Hometown USA in:
    • Riverdale Tweed 60 yards
  • 10.0mm crochet hook
  • Yarn needle
  • Scissors

Abbreviations:

  • Ch = chain
  • hdc = half double crochet
  • st = stitch
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • rnd = round
  • blo = back loops only

Pattern Notes:

  • Want a complete color chart of this pattern? Grab a copy of the ad free pdf in my Etsy store!
  • This pattern is made using US crochet terminology
  • Ch 2 does not count as a stitch.
  • If you’ve never done tapestry crochet before, I’ve created a beginner’s guide to tapestry crochet that shows you how to do it. See the written and photo tutorial at The Beginner’s Guide to Tapestry Crochet.
  • I recommend reading through the pattern completely before beginning just to make sure that you understand everything in the pattern.
  • Color changes happy in the middle of the rows in this pattern. The color changes are indicated in the written pattern by a new color in parentheses (for example: (MC) dc 1, (CC) sc 1

Pinewood Cowl Pattern:

Rnd 1:(Cream)  Ch 57, join with sl st to first ch

Rnd 2: (Cream) ch 2, starting in first ch hdc 56, join with sl st to 2nd ch of ch 2 at beginning of round

Rnd 3 (in blo): (Cream) ch 2, hdc 5, (Brown) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 12, (Brown) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 12, (Brown) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 12, (Brown) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 7, join with sl st to 2nd ch of ch 2 at beginning of round

Fasten off brown yarn. The rest of the rounds are done with the cream and green yarns.

Rnd 4 (in blo): (Cream) ch 2, hdc 2, (Green) hdc 8, (Cream) hdc 6, (Green) hdc 8, (Cream) hdc 6, (Green) hdc 8, (Cream) hdc 6, (Green) hdc 8, (Cream) hdc 4, join with sl st to 2nd ch of ch 2 at beginning of round 

Rnd 5 (in blo): (Cream) ch 2, hdc 2, (Green) hdc 8, (Cream) hdc 6, (Green) hdc 8, (Cream) hdc 6, (Green) hdc 8, (Cream) hdc 6, (Green) hdc 8, (Cream) hdc 4, join with sl st to 2nd ch of ch 2 at beginning of round 

Rnd 6 (in blo): (Cream) ch 2, hdc 3, (Green) hdc 6, (Cream) hdc 8, (Green) hdc 6, (Cream) hdc 8, (Green) hdc 6, (Cream) hdc 8, (Green) hdc 6, (Cream) hdc 5, join with sl st to 2nd ch of ch 2 at beginning of round 

Rnd 7 (in blo): (Cream) ch 2, hdc 3, (Green) hdc 6, (Cream) hdc 8, (Green) hdc 6, (Cream) hdc 8, (Green) hdc 6, (Cream) hdc 8, (Green) hdc 6, (Cream) hdc 5, join with sl st to 2nd ch of ch 2 at beginning of round 

Rnd 8 (in blo): (Cream) ch 2, hdc 4, (Green) hdc 4, (Cream) hdc 10, (Green) hdc 4, (Cream) hdc 10, (Green) hdc 4, (Cream) hdc 10, (Green) hdc 4, (Cream) hdc 6, join with sl st to 2nd ch of ch 2 at beginning of round 

Rnd 9 (in blo): (Cream) ch 2, hdc 4, (Green) hdc 4, (Cream) hdc 10, (Green) hdc 4, (Cream) hdc 10, (Green) hdc 4, (Cream) hdc 10, (Green) hdc 4, (Cream) hdc 6, join with sl st to 2nd ch of ch 2 at beginning of round 

Rnd 10 (in blo): (Cream) ch 2, hdc 5, (Green) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 12, (Green) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 12, (Green) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 12, (Green) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 7, join with sl st to 2nd ch of ch 2 at beginning of round 

Rnd 11 (in blo): (Cream) ch 2, hdc 56, join with sl st to 2nd ch of ch 2 at beginning of round

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Now you’re all done with your Pinewood Cowl! I hope you and your love using it! If you make a Pinewood Cowl of your own, be sure to tag me on Instagram @eclairemakery and use the hashtag #eclairemakery. I’d love to share your projects!

Happy stitching,

~Claire

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