Box Cutter Cowl

The Box Cutter Cowl is a simple, functional and eye catching neck warmer that will fit nicely under the collar of your coat without the bulk of a scarf or large cowl. The Box Cutter Cowl is meant to be snug, it might seem too small but Caron Pantone yarn has an amazing stretch to it, so it stretches but won’t stretch out! There is a small amount of yarn in one “Braid” and my goal was a functional pattern that could be made with just one. As such, this cowl was made to fit “average size”, if you would like to make a larger cowl I’ve included sizing instructions below but you’ll need to buy more yarn! You can, of course, use any yarn you like, a weight 5 or heavy weight 4 would work beautifully!

SUPPLIES

  • One Braid of Caron X Pantone Yarn (Approximately 127 Yards)
  • 6.50 mm Crochet Hook 
  • Yarn Needle
  • Scissors 

NOTES

  • I wrote this pattern with Caron X Pantone in mind, if you are using another yarn, when instructed to “change colour” ignore this instruction and continue on as in previous rows. 
  • Beginning chain may or may not count as a stitch, this will be noted in the pattern.

ABBREVIATIONS

  • ch – Chain
  • slst – Slip Stitch
  • sc – Single Crochet
  • dc – Double Crochet

SIZING

This pattern is written for “average adult female size” and is meant to be snug fitting, but if need be, it can easily be adjusted to fit anyone. If you do choose to make your cowl larger you will need a second Braid to complete your cowl, one Braid will not be enough yarn to make a larger cowl.

  • The pattern is written in multiples of 5 stitches, you can increase your beginning chain to any multiple of 5
  • The 2 basic rows of the pattern are repeated, you can continue to repeat the rows if you would like a taller cowl or you can omit rows if you would like a shorter cowl

GAUGE

While gauge isn’t necessarily crucial to this pattern, you should ensure that your stitches are not too tight, tight stitches will give your cowl less stretch and you don’t want that! Your finished cowl should measure approximately 18 inches around and 8 inches tall.

PATTERN

With COLOUR 1 Ch 60, join with sl st to the first chain to form a ring, ch 1. 

Row 1: 

  • sc into same space
  • *ch 3
  • Skip next 3 stitches
  • sc in next two stitches*

Repeat from * to * around until 4 stitches remain. 

  • ch 3
  • Skip next 3 stitches
  • sc in last stitch

End row by sl st into first sc, sl st again into ch 3 space.

Row 2: 

The stitches in this row will be worked into the ch 3 spaces only, all other stitches will be skipped.

  • ch 2 (counts as first dc), dc 4 into first ch 3 space
  • dc 5 into each ch 3 space around

End row by sl st into the top (second ch) of beginning ch.

Row 3:

  • Ch 1, sc in same stitch
  • *ch 3
  • Skip next 3 stitches
  • sc in next two stitches*

Repeat from * to * around until 4 stitches remain. 

  • ch 3
  • Skip next 3 stitches
  • sc in last stitch

End row by sl st into first sc, fasten off COLOUR 1

Join COLOUR 2 in first ch 3 space

Row 4:

  • ch 2 (counts as first dc), dc 4 into first ch 3 space
  • dc 5 into each ch 3 space around

End row by sl st into the top (second ch) of beginning ch.

Row 5:

  • Ch 1, sc in same stitch
  • *ch 3
  • Skip next 3 stitches
  • sc in next two stitches*

Repeat from * to * around until 4 stitches remain

  • ch 3
  • Skip next 3 stitches
  • sc in last stitch

End row by sl st into first sc, sl st again into ch 3 space.

Row 6:

  • ch 2 (counts as first dc), dc 4 into first ch 3 space
  • dc 5 into each ch 3 space around

End row by sl st into the top (second ch) of beginning ch.

Row 7:

  • Ch 1, sc in same stitch
  • *ch 3
  • Skip next 3 stitches
  • sc in next two stitches*

Repeat from * to * around until 4 stitches remain

  • ch 3
  • Skip next 3 stitches
  • sc in last stitch

End row by sl st into first sc, Fasten off COLOUR 2. 

Row 8 – 11:

Repeat Rows 4 – 7 with COLOUR 3 

Row 12 – 15:

Repeat Rows 4 – 7 with COLOUR 4 

Join COLOUR 5 in the first ch 3 space

Row 16:

  • ch 2 (counts as first dc), dc 4 into first ch 3 space
  • dc 5 into each ch 3 space around

End row by sl st into the top (second ch) of beginning ch.

Row 17:

  • Ch 1, sc in same stitch
  • *ch 3
  • Skip next 3 stitches
  • sc in next two stitches*

Repeat from * to * around until 4 stitches remain

  • ch 3
  • Skip next 3 stitches
  • sc in last stitch

End row by sl st into first sc. At this point you will have enough yarn left in COLOUR 5 to do another two row repeat of the pattern, I did not, I chose to have the last two rows match the beginning of the cowl. You can choose to continue or end your cowl here.

Fasten off, weave in all those ends and wear your beautiful new Box Cutter Cowl. 


One thought on “Box Cutter Cowl

  1. Can’t wait to make this— no reply needed from my last post, I finally found the patter- just not savy on how to locate and download. 🤣🤣😘

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