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Crochet Tribal Cowl Free Pattern

Hi everyone! Today's free pattern & video is on this Crochet Tribal Cowl! This design is inspired by the Iu-Mien embroidery stitches. I've been wanting to design something that incorporates our traditional stitches.

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GAUGE | Single Crochets tbl

4” = 17 Stitches | 13 Rounds

YARN | Worsted Weight

MC: 270 Yards

CC: 115 Yards

HOOKS | Tulip Etimo

US7 4.5mm



mc/cc – Main/Contrasting Color

pm – Place Marker

ch – Chain

st(s) – Stitch(es)

sl st – Slip Stitch

yo – Yarn Over

sc – Single Crochet

tbl – Through Back Loop

sc2tog – Single Crochet 2 Together

inc – Increase

beg – Beginning

rep – Repeat

rem – Remaining

SKILL LEVEL – Intermediate

NOTES – Pattern is written in US terms. The pattern is mostly worked through back loops (tbl) of single crochet stitches. The cowl is also worked in a continuous round. Use a marker to mark the beg of each round.


Circumference 28.5 (34) inches

Height 7.25 (10.5) inches


Child (Adult)

Foundation (mc): ch 120 (144) sts, Join with a sl st to the first ch careful not to twist the ch sts.

Setup Round 1: ch1 (does not count as a st), 1sc in the same st. pm here. 1sc in each ch st around. Do not join.

You will now work in a continuous round.

Setup Round 2: 1sc tbl of every st around.

Rounds 1- 22 (35): Following the color chart, work sc sts tbl of each st.

Changing colors

When you are ready to change colors, complete the current sc with the new color.

Example: (mc) insert hook tbl of next st, yo, pull up a loop, yo with (cc) & pull through 2 loops.

There are a few exceptions at the end of some rounds. When you work in a continuous round, sts don’t line up from one round to another. In order to correct this, special sts are added at the end of certain rounds. Please note, it’s only the last st of these rounds.

If you would like to use an all-over pattern, the repeat rounds are within the yellow box.


Last Round: 1sl st in every st around. Join with a sl st to the first st. Fasten off

& weave in ends.


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