Free Crochet Lace Cowl Pattern

Add Flair to Any Outfit With Shimmering Lacy Stitches

Lace handmade crochet with hook and yarn
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This lace crochet cowl free pattern is such a special design. It is actually quite simple to make. However, the stitch pattern, combined with the right yarn, can make it look exquisitely elegant. It is one of those pieces that you can wear when you want to wow people with your craft skills.

Believe it or not, this one skein crochet project works up really quickly. Crochet it in the morning and wear it to go out on the town in the evening.

It uses only a small amount of yarn (130 to 150 yards), which makes it perfect for that single skein of luxury yarn you’ve been saving. Alternatively, use up the remainder of a regular yarn skein that you haven't known what to do with until now.

Crochet Lace Cowl Free Pattern

Skill Level

Easy + to Intermediate


Yarn: 1 skein Autumn House Farms, Shantung Silk [silk fiber; 150 yards; light worsted weight]. To substitute yarn, look for 130 to 150 yards of a light worsted weight (weight #3) in a smooth fiber for producing a similar feel. A mercerized cotton would keep the shiny look of this cowl and be perfect for year-round wear. Wool and some acrylics will produce a softer appearance.​

Crochet Hook: US size I/5.5mm crochet hook. Adjust hook sizes as necessary to achieve gauge listed below.


  • 4 buttons measuring 1” diameter each
  • Tapestry needle for weaving ends and applying buttons.

Gauge: 2 scallop clusters = 3.5” using size I/5.5mm hook.

Finished Measurements

Approximately 21 (24.5)” long/circumference and 9” tall.

Crochet Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

* = a repeat in the pattern
[ ] = repeat stitches between brackets as many times as specified
beg = beginning
ch = chain
dc = double crochet
rep = repeat
sc = single crochet
sc2tog = single crochet 2 together
sk = skip
sl st = slip stitch
sp = space
st(s) stitch(es)

Lace Crochet Cowl Pattern Instructions

Picot Loop Edging

Ch 71 (86), sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each ch to end -- 70 (85) sc.

Row 1: Ch 1, sk 1st sc, *[sc, ch 5, sl st] in next st, [sc, ch 7, sl st] in next st, [sc, ch 5, sl st] in next st, sc in next 2 sts; rep from * a total of 14 (16) times, end with sc in last st, turn.

Fasten off yarn.

Lacy Scallops

Size 21” only: Attach yarn to one end of original sc row, 2 sc in first st, sc in next 68 sts, 2 sc in last st, turn -- 72 sc sts.
Size 24” only: Sc in 1st st, sc in next 82 sts, sc2tog over last 2 sts, turn -- 84 sc sts.

Row 1: Ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), sk 2 sc, *[2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc] in next st, sk 5 sc; rep from * 11 (13) times total, [2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc] in next st, sk 1, dc in last st, turn -- 12 (14) scallop clusters.

Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), *[2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc] in ch-2 sp; rep from * 12 (14) times, end with dc in top of previous turning ch, turn -- 12 (14) scallop clusters.
*Rep Row 2 another 10 times.

Next Row: Ch 1, sc in 1st dc, sc in each dc across -- 72 (84) sc. Do not turn.

Edge: Rotate piece 90 degrees to the right, sc in same sp, 24 sc down edge (working 2 sc in the side of each row), turn -- 25 sc sts down edge. Do not work sc in loops of picot border.

Button Loops: Ch 1, sc in next 3 sc, *[sc, ch 8, sl st] in next st, sc in next 5 sts; rep from * twice more, [sc, ch 8, sl st] in next st, sc in last 3 sts -- 4 button loops.
Fasten off.

Thread a tapestry needle with your yarn and sew buttons to edge corresponding with button loops. Weave in all loose ends.