Knit and Crochet Cold River Cowls

Knit and Crochet Cold River Cowls

These beginner friendly knit and crochet cowls are free patterns here on the blog! Read on to learn about the design inspiration and all materials needed to create whichever version suits you. 

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I bought some Lion Brand Go For Faux to use in another project and my daughter went crazy for the feel of it. She was begging me for months to make her a cowl with it. And so, both versions of the Cold River Knit and Crochet Cowls were born. I created a knit and a crochet version so that everyone can enjoy this fur! I created hers in pink (the crochet version) and I made one for myself in white (the knit version). I am including both patterns in this same post.


Crochet Version: Final cowl should measure around 11 inches (28cm) wide by 9 1/2 in (24cm) – 10 in (25cm) tall. To make it taller, grab another skein and keep going. 

Knit Version: Final cowl should measure around 13 inches (33cm) wide by 9 1/2 (24cm) - 10 inches (25cm) tall. To make it taller, grab another skein and keep going. 

Supplies Needed

  • Crochet Hook for Crochet Version: 9mm. I love using Furls Hooks. They are so comfortable and I don’t get stressed hands or wrists like I once did.
  • Yarn for Crochet Version: Lion Brand Go For Faux (Super Bulky) – 128 yds (117 meters) 
  • Needle Size for Knit Version: US 13/9mm 16” circular needles
  • Yarn for Knit VersionLion Brand Go For Faux (Super Bulky) – 64 yds (59 meters) 

Stitch Abbreviations for Crochet Version

  • Ch – Chain
  • HDC – Half Double Crochet
  • Slst – Slip Stitch

Stitch Abbreviations for Knit Version

  • CO - Cast On
  • K - Knit


Crochet and Knit Gauges: 2 stitches per inch



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Crochet Pattern

To begin: Ch 48, join in the round.

Note: Before you begin, make sure that your loop can easily fit over your head. If you feel it is too tight, increase 2 stitches at a time (which should increase your circumference by about 1 inch at a time).

Hdc around. At the end of this round, join with a slst to your first hdc.

Tip: This first row can be a little tricky. You have to count and feel where you’re inserting your hook. In fact, I suggest counting every few rows to make sure you haven’t accidentally increased or decreased.

For the remainder of this cowl: *Ch 1, hdc into the first stitch you joined into. Hdc around. Join with a slst to your first hdc.* Repeat this round until your cowl is around 9 ½ – 10 inches tall.

Knit Pattern

Are you ready for the fastest, easiest cowl you’re ever going to knit?

CO 48 sts and join in the round.

Knit every round until your piece measures between 9 1/2 - 10 inches (23-24cm) high.

Bind Off. 

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