Sometimes, simple is best. Amidst the raglan sweaters and fair isle designs and large winter blankets, I like to add in a project like the Winterberry Bobble Cowl, a simple and easy to make accessory that I can work up quick and put to good use immediately. It provides a bit of a break from larger, more time consuming projects, and helps maintain the joy of the craft. After all, isn’t that why we’re here?
This project is made in collaboration with Lion Brand Yarn. All photos and opinions are my own. Post may contain affiliate links.
The Winterberry Cowl is made using Color Made Easy, a new CYC 5 Bulky yarn from Lion Brand Yarn. I’m excited about this new line primarily because of the beautiful vibrant colors it comes in. This pink is called Millennial, and while I’m not a millennial, I absolutely love the softness and sophistication of this colorway. It paired up nicely with my cream wool coat, and would also compliment a soft gray or camel.
This super simple cowl is a great project for beginner crocheters to dip their toes into a few new skills. Beyond the basic single crochet stitch, you can learn how to join and crochet in the round, and work up several double crochet bobble stitches. Since the cowl is made with a chunky yarn and consists mostly of single crochet stitches, the fabric is dense and light, perfect for blocking the wind from the neckline. I don’t know about you, but I like having something warm around my neck without it being to constricting and overly bulky.
I remember the first time I learned crochet bobbles, I thought that bobbles were extended out on the wrong side of the crochet fabric. In most cases, I’ve found that to be the case. However, on this project, I found that the bobbles worked well extended out on either side of the cowl, which makes the cowl reversible. Wear it with either side facing out, whether you like the look of the classic single crochet, or change up the texture with the back side of the single crochet. Plus, pushing the bobbles back and forth was admittedly quite satisfying and therapeutic too!
You can find the free pattern below, or upgrade to an inexpensive PDF for easy printing and downloading. The PDF is available in my pattern shops from the links below. You can also purchase the Winterberry Cowl Crochet Kit, which comes with a printed pattern and the Color Made Easy yarn in 4 gorgeous color choice.
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Get the Winterberry Cowl Crochet Kit from Lion Brand Yarn
- 2 skein of Lion Brand Color Made Easy in Millenial (7.0oz/200g, 247yds/226m)
- K/6.5mm hook
- tapestry needle
- st(s) – stitch(es)
- sl st – slip stitch
- ch – chain stitch
- sc – single crochet
- sk – skip
- dc – double crochet
- bobble – yo, [insert hook into st, pull up a loop, yo, pull through 2 loops on hook] 4x, yo, pull through all 5 loops on hook, ch 1
- Skill level: Beginner
- Size: 14.5 inches wide and 14 inches tall laid flat
- Gauge: 11 sts and 11.5 rows in 4 inches.
- Start each round with a ch 1.
- First st of every round is worked into the same st as join.
- The bobble creates 2 sts. When working a 1 sc into a bobble st, you need to skip 1 st, and work the sc into the 2nd st.
Winterberry Bobble Cowl Pattern Instructions
Round 1: Work 80 foundation double crochet stitches. Join to first st with sl st.
Round 2: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st across. Join to first st with sl st.
Round 3: Ch 1. Work 3 sc, [1 bobble, 15 sc] 4x, 1 bobble, 12 sc. Join to first st with sl st.
Round 4: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st across. Join to first st with sl st.
Round 5: Ch 1. Work 2 sc, [1 bobble, 1 sc, 1 bobble, 13 sc] 4x, 1 bobble, 11 sc. Join to first st with sl st.
Round 6: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st across. Join to first st with sl st.
Round 7: Ch 1. Work 3 sc, [1 bobble, 15 sc] 4x, 1 bobble, 12 sc. Join to first st with sl st.
Rounds 8-10: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st across. Join to first st with sl st.
Round 11: Ch 1. Work 11 sc, [1 bobble, 15 sc] 4x, 1 bobble, 4 sc. Join to first st with sl st.
Round 12: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st across. Join to first st with sl st.
Round 13: Ch 1. Work 10 sc, [1 bobble, 1 sc, 1 bobble, 13 sc] 4x, 1 bobble, 13 sc. Join to first st with sl st.
Round 14: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st across. Join to first st with sl st.
Round 15: Ch 1. Work 11 sc, [1 bobble, 15 sc] 4x, 1 bobble, 4 sc. Join to first st with sl st.
Rounds 16-18: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st across. Join to first st with sl st.
Rounds 19-34: Repeat Rounds 3-18.
Rounds 35-39: Repeat Rounds 3-7.
Round 40: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st across. Join to first st with sl st.
Round 41: Ch 2. Work 1 dc in each st across. Join to second st with invisible join.
I’m a sucker for plain texture and simple patterns, so this project was right up my alley. Making it in the beautiful pink just means I’m going to be wearing it all the time this winter!
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I purchased the Winterberry Cowl from Lion Brand yarns and love it; however, I’m having difficulty. At the end of the fifth row and the single bottle, I have 13 stitches, not 11 as stated in the pattern. At the end of Round 4 I have 80 stitches on the hook. Is that right? Round 3 came out ok. I’ve torn my work out 5 times now and still have the same result. Should there always be 80 stitches at the end of each round? I love the pattern!
I have trouble with row 3. it states Round 3: Ch 1. Work 3 sc, [1 bobble, 15 sc] 4x, 1 bobble, 12 sc. Join to first st with sl st””. after the 1 bobble, 15 sc then do sc 4x’s? that doesn’t come out right as 4×15 = 60 ? what are you supposed to do after the 1st bobble
Written long form, the row would be Ch 1. Work 3 sc. Work 1 bobble, then 15 sc. Work the 2nd bobble, then 15 sc. Work the 3rd bobble, then 15 sc. Work a 4th bobble, then 15 sc. Work the 5th bobble, then finish the round with 12 sc. Join to first st with sl st.
I hope that makes more sense?
Hi Liz, sorry you’re having trouble! Yes, there should be 80 sts in each round as there are no increases or decreases in any round. I’m not sure why you’d have 13 sts at the end of the 5th round. This is the first round where you work bobbles in sets of 2. Maybe you just forgot the last bobble?