River Birch Cowl Free Crochet Pattern

 I am so excited for today’s guest designer post! Lisa from Stitch in Progress is sharing her River Birch Button Cowl crochet pattern with us today! 

Lisa has been a wonderful friend and mentor to me over the past year. She is not only an amazing crochet designer, but she’s so knowledgeable on things like business and blogging!

She has been a maker for a long time and now blogs and designs at Stitch in Progress. Lisa is a wife, mom, classroom teacher, and technology specialist. She loves to focus on learning new stitches and techniques and incorporating those into her designs. When not crocheting, you can find her reading or just hanging out with her family. 


River Birch Cowl Free Crochet Pattern

The River Birch Button Cowl is a quick crochet project meant to keep you both warm and stylish. The cowl can be worn as made, or folded over for more warmth around the neck. 

Adding a matching button to this textured cowl really adds some flair to an otherwise very simple pattern.

The cowl is worked as a narrow rectangle and then seamed at the top and bottom to and then worn so the pattern runs sideways.

 The faux button and loop are easy to attach and you can create a whole different look with various button choices. 

River Birch Cowl Crochet Pattern


Yarn: (brand, weight, color, yardage)

Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick, 6oz/170g, 106yd/97m, 2 skeins


N-13 – 9mm

Additional Materials:

Button – 2.5 inch diameter

Tapestry needle


Techniques and Abbreviations:

US Terminology

st(s) – stitches

yo – yarn over

ch – chain

sc – single crochet

dc – double crochet

Frtc – front raised treble crochet

Front raised treble crochet – yo twice, insert hook into the front right of the stem of the dc in the row below, then complete the tc in the regular way. 

Notes & Details


4 inches x 4 inches – 4 Frtc/3 dc stitches x 6 rows 

Finished measurements/sizing: 

Seamed – 14 ½ inches diameter x 8 inches 


You can make this a working button and make the cowl without seaming. 

The cowl can be worn as is, or folded in half for a shorter cowl look.

The height of the cowl can be shortened by removing chains from the original foundation chain. Just make sure to have an odd number of stitches. 


Chain 15.

Row 1: 1 dc in the 4th ch from hook, 1 dc in each st to end of row, turn.  


Row 2: Ch 1, skip first st, work 1 sc in each st to end of row, turn. 


Row 3: Ch 3 (counts as first st), *skip next st and work 1 Frtc around the dc below the skipped st,  1 dc in next st; repeat from * to end of row, 1 dc in turning chain, turn. 


Row 4: Repeat Row 2.


Row 5: Ch 3, skip first st, *1 dc in next st, 1 Frtc around dc in row below next sc st; repeat from * to last st, ending with 1 Frtc into row below ch 1 turning chain, turn. 


Row 6 – 46: Repeat Rows 2 – 5. 


Row 47: Ch 1, 1 sc in next st, 1 sc in each of next 6 sts, ch 12, 1 sc in next st and each st to end of row, turn.


Row 48: Ch 1, 1 sc in next st, 1 sc in each of the next 6 sts, work 12 sc into 12ch loop, 1 sc in next st and each st to end. 


Seaming and Finishing

Using a tapestry needle and the same yarn, seam the button hole loop end of the cowl to the foundation edge. Leave the loop free and just seam along Row 47 and 48 to secure the ends. 

Place your button in the space in the middle of the loop. Using a tapestry needle or small hook, attach the button to the cowl. 

Finish and weave in ends.

Like this pattern? Check out my ever growing list of Free Crochet Patterns!

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