Free Crochet Pattern: Claire’s Highland Cowl

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As I write this, the snow is falling outside…Colorado is so beautiful and unpredictable in the wintertime. It could snow today and be 70 degrees with a sun so bright that we need sun protection the next day.

Today is a lovely fall day and we’re putting up our Christmas tree!

I know it’s still early, but as a crocheter, we need to think a month or two ahead so we can get our lovely holiday gifts and fashion accessories made in time for upcoming celebrations – whether that be for Christmas, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day or 4th of July and this amazing, luxurious cowl is perfect to gift any time of year!

Photo of a woman wearing the Sassenach Cowl Free Crochet Pattern

Isn’t it just beautiful? The weight of it is substantial – not uncomfortable, but regal. It’s warm and looks great with both your casual everyday outfit and your little black dress. So, you can wear it from daytime through the evening!

Claire’s Highland Cowl Pattern

Skill Level

Advanced Beginner

Sizing and Yardage

Instructions are given for Women’s size Medium. This pattern is worked by holding 2 strands of the main color together as you work.

As written, you’ll need approximately 500 yards of size 6 yarn.

A smiling woman wearing the crocheted Sassenach Cowl


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4 DC stitches X 2 rows = 4” square
Stitch used for gauge: FPDC, BPDC using two strands of yarn together

Stitches Used

  • CH: chain
  • DC: double-crochet
  • FPDC: front-post double-crochet
  • BPDC: back-post double-crochet
  • SLST: slip stitch

Important Notes

  • No matter your skill level, I always suggest that you read through the pattern from beginning to end before beginning your work just to be sure you don’t have any questions that might cause frustration in the midst of your project.
  • Photo tutorials are included to help with the creation of the Mobius cowl effect.
  • You’ll be working with two strands of yarn held together.
Photo of a woman wearing the chunky Sassenach Cowl FREE Crochet Pattern

To Make the Cowl

With 15 mm hook and working with two strands of super bulky yarn, loosely CH 44.

Join with SLST to beginning ch, being careful not to twist.

RND 1: CH3 (counts as first DC here and throughout), DC in each ch around. Do not join.

Your round should look like this

Image of how your round should look like

Flip the left side of the round to the bottom

Image sample of making the Sassenach Cowl

Continue working one DC in the remaining loop of the original foundation CH. DC in each chain loop around.

Image sample of making the crocheted Sassenach Cowl

After working your way around, SLST to 3rd ch of original CH3 st of Rnd 1. (There will be a twist here – trust me, it will be amazing!)

Image sample of making the Sassenach Cowl FREE Crochet Pattern

While it looks like you’ve completed 2 rounds, due to the twist, this is actually the completion of round 1! (88 sts.)

RND 2: CH3, *FPDC in the next st, BPDC in the next st,* repeat * to * around. SLST to 3rd ch of beginning CH3 st. (The cowl will now look like it is 4 rows wide). (88 sts)

RND 3 – 6: Repeat Rnd 2 (88 sts)

Fasten off. Weave ends. I find that the ends will want to work themselves loose so I use a small amount of fabric glue to secure them in place and this ensures lasting durability.

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The free pattern for this cowl is shared, above. However, I know many of you like to print your patterns (without all those pesky ads cluttering your printout) or save them, digitally, for later use.

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Notes for Crochet Product Sellers

This is a profit-optimized pattern. If that’s a new term for you, you can learn more about Crochetpreneur’s signature profit-optimization philosophy and how it can help you grow your business and increase profits on each sale.

As a courtesy, I’ve included my estimated product pricing for items made from this pattern, here:

  • Crocheter’s hourly wage: $12
  • Time to make: 2 hours
  • Cost of supplies: $32
  • Business expenses per piece: $3

Suggested Wholesale Price: $76    Suggested Retail Price: $118

Suggested Retail Price when not offering a wholesale option: $90

You can find more information on my suggested pricing strategy, here: Finally, a Crochet Pricing Strategy that won’t Screw Up Your Bottom Line.

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  1. This is just amazing, thank you so much for all the vaulable information. I’ve never been able to get the hang of chrocheting but love all the beautiful patterns and things everyone makes. A friend of mine and her mom have just started their own chrochet business and I’ll be sharing your post with them. I’m sure it’s going to be a great help for them.

    1. Hi Michelle,

      Thank you so much for your kind words and I appreciate you sharing the site with your friend!


  2. Courtney Clough says:

    I am in the process of making this right now. It is not coming as “drapy” as the pictures. Should I start over and add more chains?

    1. Hi Courtney,
      That’s probably a good solution. I tend to crochet loosely so more chains would be helpful if it’s not coming out quite as drapy. I’d love to see your finished product when it’s done!

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