The Ups and Downs Slouchy Beanie and Fingerless Gloves Set were super fun to make – and many of you agreed! And then you asked for a matching cowl… and I was more than happy to oblige. I changed out the yarn and the closure for a slightly different look – but I think you’ll like it!
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Of course, you can make your own sets as matchy as you like. I love the way some of you have played with color in the hats. So fun! And while the braid is awesome… I have to admit I really love the look of the cowl unbraided as well. So I used a vintage brooch to hold the end of the braid in place! I can’t wait to see the creativity you’ll bring to the Ups and Downs Crochet Cowl!
Ups and Downs Crochet Cowl
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- US – I, 5.5mm hook (Furls Recommended)
- 245 yds worsted weight yarn
(Shown in DISCONTINUED Crystal Palace Merino 5; 100% Superwash Merino; 110 yds/50 grams; Color 1003)
- 1 button or brooch/pin
- Stitch markers (Clover Lock Ring Markers used)
- tapestry or yarn needle (Susan Bates Finishing Needle used)
- Gauge: 12 sts x 7 rows = 4″ in dc
- Finished Size: 7″ wide (unbraided)/ x 32″ long
- For abbreviation key and stitch definitions and tutorials, please visit the Crochet Abbreviations page.
- For braiding tutorial, please visit the Braiding Crochet Loops page.
- For hdc in the 3rd loop tutorial, please visit the Half Double Crochet in the Third Loop page.
Round 1: FDC 120; join to work in the round. (120 sts)
Alternate Round 1: Ch 122, dc in the 4th ch from the hook, dc in each remaining st around; join to top of ch 3 to work in the round. (120 sts)
Round 2 – 3: Ch 2 (does not count as a st), *fpdc in next st, bpdc in next st; repeat from * to end, join to 1st fpdc. (120 sts)
Round 4: Ch 1, hdc in each st around; join to 1st st. (12o sts)
Round 5 – 7: Ch 1, hdc in the 3rd loop of each st around; join to 1st st. (12o sts)
Round 8: Ch 6 (counts as quadtr), quadtr in next st and each remaining st around; join to top of ch 6. (120 sts)
Round 9 – 12: Repeat Rounds 4 – 7.
Round 13: Ch 2 (does not count as a st), dc in each st around; join to 1st st. (120 sts)
Round 14 – 15: Repeat Rounds 2 – 3. Break yarn and finish off, weave in ends.
Braid loops if desired – sew on a button or use a brooch/pin to secure last loop. See Braiding Tutorial for more info on this technique.
Tada! There’s one more pattern in this series that’s been requested – boot cuffs! So stay tuned, those will be released in just a few hours! And thanks for reading!
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Thank you to Crystal Palace Yarns for providing the yarn for this pattern!
Thank you! 😀
I love the textures in this pattern. Thank you so much!!
😀 Thank you Sina!
do you by chance have a video?
There are video tutorials linked in the pattern. 🙂
Very nice! I think I need to make this one too! =) Thank you for the pattern Tamara!
Thank you! 😀
EXCELLENT ! Mine had too many braids. I am frogging my whole think! THANK YOU ♥
😀 I’m so glad you like it Betty! Thank you!
Thank you so much! I love making the beanie & fingerless gloves. Can’t wait to get started on this cowl and the boot cuffs
I’ve made so many of the gloves that I have the pattern memorized! A few of the hats too! Can’t wait to start these 2!!! Thanks so much!
😀 Thank you so much Robyn!
I simply love this set omg it’s beautiful. Going to have to make the complete set. Lovely work again.
😀 Thank you so much Elizabeth!
Love it, pinned it to my to do board!
😀 Thank you Jos!
very nice ! Certainly on my long to-do list ! TY for the pattern 🙂
Thank you Lea! 🙂
I guess I’m somewhat of a novice, but can usually follow a pattern. On this one, that I thought I could start right now, do you just chain and then start working the pattern or is there a base row of sc? Please and thank you for your help.
Hi Pat! FDC (foundation double crochet) takes the place of the starting chain and creates the first row at the same time. 🙂 If you don’t like to use FDC, you can chain 2 more and just work dc sts instead. 🙂
Great pattern!! Got me using new stitches/techniques! Thank you for sharing it!
😀 Thank you so much Lisa!
Hi Tamara! I am so glad to see a cowl called Ups and Downs! I have made several of your Ups and Downs hats and the matching fingerless gloves. I was trying to come up with a version of a cowl to go with my hats and gloves, but mine didn’t look as good as yours does!
Thank you very, very much for posting your pattern. You are incredible! :). 🙂
😀 I’m so glad you like it Lee Ann! Thank you!
I’m having trouble with row 5-7 hdc in the 3rd loop of each st around. I’m not understanding what the 3rd loop is. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Love this!
Sorry, never mind!
Found the video I hope?! 😀
Yes, sorry, I guess I should look before speaking!
I am a bit of a beginner so sorry if this is a dumb question :/ I managed to learn the fdc ( great video-yay!) but I am stumped on how to join the ends to start work on the round. Help!
Not a dumb question at all! 😀 There’s a video for that: click here. 🙂
Thank you!!! I am learning so much with just this one project! Love it!
😀 That’s fantastic, thank you Celina!
I posted a comment a few days ago but now I don’t see it… sorry if this is a dupe.
I would like to use Lion Brand Heartland for this and while it’s a #4 worsted it is thinner than your project yarn. It’s gauge is 12S and 15R with a J hook.
Should I double the yarn or just go with it? I was thinking this would make the scarf not as wide but the whole nubers thing vexes m a bit.
I would try to get as close as you can to pattern gauge with the Heartland – what it says on the label isn’t what you’ll necessarily get as a crocheter. The scarf may indeed end up a little bit smaller, but since it’s not a fitted garment getting exact measurements isn’t as important. 🙂
I recently started crocheting after a long gap of eight years…and I must say so much has changed since then. It has become so easy to find new patterns through the internet. I love all your designs and the way you have used so many new stitches and patterns. There’s always something new to learn from your designs. Thank you so much for sharing.
Thank you so much shwets! <3
I just finished making this cowl and I absolutely love it, especially the braid pattern. Now I want to make the complete set. Thanks so much Tamara.
😀 Thank you Shweta!
Hi Tamara! I’ve made a couple of these cowls as gifts and the recipients absolutely loved them! This is an awesome pattern and I plan to make many more for the next holiday season (if I don’t start now, it wont be done in time…). I do have one question. As much as I love this pattern, I’m not much of a cowl person, I love wearing scarves. Do you think there is a way to convert this into at scarf instead? I’ve been thinking about it for the past few days and haven’t tried anything yet, I wanted your opinion. Thanks again for all these wonderful patterns!!!
This is something I’ve pondered as well! The trick would be the braid – where to anchor it, and how to handle the ends. I’ve got some ideas I’m playing with…
I really like this Cowl and have been meaning to make it for a while. However, I prefer a double wrap cowl. If I double the length of this one do you think it will be too bulky?
Hi Adelle, thank you! I don’t think so, I think that would work really well!
My Grandma taught me to crochet about 65+ years ago. I have not crocheted anything for quite awhile as I have been doing other crafts.
My how things have changed! You have taught me so much…your site is the very best I have seen. Thank you so much.
I just finished the Ups and Downs Cowl and am beginning the slouchy. I am going to pay special attention to joining the rounds as I am not happy with how that part of the cowl looks. I know now to skip the chain three and join in the top of the DC, Is that right?
I do have a ?. Do you count the chain three at the beginning of the FDC row as one of the double crochets? I had 66 with the chain three so I counted it. But then I joined the piece in the top of that chain three and I think that is why it doesn’t look right. Except for that it is still very beautiful.
Thank you so very much Laverne! Some people like to count the chains at the beginning of a foundation row as a stitch, but personally, I think it looks nicer to chain 2 instead, and then not count it! I often do the same when working in later rows or rounds too. 🙂
Thanks, I will definitely try it your way. Sounds like it will work out a lot better.
Ok…I’m going to have to look at the videos for this foundation row thing. I’ve crocheted for MANY years but this is a new one.
Also…….how much yarn does this cowl actually take – approx? It says 245 yds but I’m assuming that’s per skein? How many skeins please?
Hi Nancy, I’m glad you like it! It’s 245 yds total. 🙂
I love the different textures in this cowl. I have made many of your designs and I am always amazed by your talent. That said, I added a row of sc in the 3rd loop after row 7 to make a base for the quadtr row. It keeps row 7 from pulling out of line. (And after the quadtr, too, so the pattern stays even.) Hope you don’t mind my wee addition.
I don’t mind at all! 😀 I think tweaking and altering patterns to suit yourself is the joy of handmade! Thank you so much Bobbie!
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Existe la traducción al español mexicano?
I’m sorry, I don’t have any translations available for this pattern at this time.
I like to crochet Christmas gifts for nursing home residents. If I made this scarf wider & longer do you think it could be used to keep their shoulders warm too?
Also I’ve never crocheted in the round, can this be made straight & ends sewed together? I’m not a newbie, should I just get over my fear & go for it>
Hi Rose! I think so! 🙂 To make it straight you’d need to add plain stitches at the ends to “hold in” the braided section. But working in the round is easier than you might think!
This pattern of up and down is awesome. I have been crocheting for many many years and I learn so many new stitches in this pattern. Thanks again for sharing it. Awesome
😀 Thank you so much Shirley!
Hi Tamara! First of all, I want to say that I love your pattern. I’ve made several for friends and they’re always well received and complimented. Just wondering, with this pattern, if I want to make it a little longer to wrap twice, it is as simple as just making more FDC at the beginning right? LOL! Thanks in advance!
Hi Nia! Thank you! I would add any even number – so that the ribbing (post stitches) always work. Other than that, the number you start with is really up to you! 🙂
Just found this site and loving this design. Going to make it longer without joining to be a super scarf as a gift!
😀 Thank you so much Shirley!
I wanted to let you know I’ve found two patterns very similar to this which were “designed” after yours, if you catch my drift. While they’re both offered free, this practice still seems pretty shady to me.
Hi Brittney! I agree, they do look similar, but there are enough differences I don’t think it will be a problem. Thank you so much for looking out for me though, I really appreciate it!!
I came across your pattern and making it for a Christmas gift. I’m ready to start round 13 and have a question. Round 1 starts out with double crochet, shouldn’t the pattern end with a row of DC? Seems like Round 13 should be after Rounds 14-15 making it the opposite of beginning rows. Thanks for the beautiful pattern, I love the different stitches. I learned a couple of new ones.
Hi Ann! And thank you!
If you were to work Round 13 after Round 14, there would be a couple issues: there wouldn’t be a round of dc sts to work Round 14 around, and you’d have a flat “edge” at the end of the pattern.
The very first round is plain dc, but the next 2 rounds work post sts around them, creating a ribbing. You don’t see a flat round of dc anymore. So Round 13-15 do the same thing – set up the ribbing with a round of dc, and then work the post stitch rounds to create a ribbing. Does that make sense?
Thank you and yes, it makes sense to me now. I will be starting the gloves now. Such a great pattern ?
I’m so glad! Thank you!
Sorry-just found this website. I would like to make it longer- by another half length-can you tell me how many stitches would be in starting ch ? I am fairly new to crochet and don’t quite have the hang of adjusting patterns as such—–THANK YOU
Hello Pepper! One of the great things about this pattern is that you can use any even number of stitches! So to make it 50% longer, start with FDC 180! 🙂
Thank you so much -I really enjoy this web site!!!!!
Beautiful and I learned several new techniques completing this project. Your instructional videos are excellent, so concise and understandable! Can’t wait to try some more of your patterns. THANK YOU!!
Thank you so much, Allison!
I love this pattern and really enjoyed making it! Thanks so much for sharing!! I do have one question though, did you block the cowl? Mine is a bit narrower than 7 inches and it like it wider so figured blocking would help. But I don’t see that at the end of the pattern. What are your thoughts?
I believe I did, but it’s been a few years now! It wouldn’t hurt! 🙂
Hello! I love all of the textures that come through with this pattern! I think the textures would make for a really great sensory blanket for infants. Any suggestions on how you may make this into a blanket? I was thinking about just repeating the pattern over. (posts, hdc, braid, hdc, posts, hdc, braid, hdc, posts, etc). My visual imaging isn’t so good, lol. Any thoughts?
I think that sounds like a great idea – insert some other textured stitches sections too for more fun!
Such a great pattern – so clearly written with such easy to follow videos and instructions for all the stitch types and techniques. Thank you!
I wanted to share that I wanted mine wider so I repeated the quadtr round and one more repeat of the hdc in 3rd stitch rows before starting the closing ribbing and it turned out great, with two braids instead of one. 🙂
Will definitely be following your blog for more great patterns!
Thank you so much, Natalie! ♥