The Button Up Crochet Cowl pattern is quick to make, with instructions that are really simple to follow, with instructions in 4 different sizes!

Join me as we unravel the steps to create a stylish and versatile crochet cowl pattern that’s perfect for the Fall and Winter seasons.

We’ll be using basic crochet stitches, making it an ideal project for those just starting on their crochet journey.

And the best part?

The simple yet timeless button-up design adds a touch of sophistication, making the Button Up Crochet Cowl pattern a fantastic gift or a fabulous addition to your own wardrobe.

So, grab your crochet hooks, choose your favorite yarn colors, and let’s start a Button-Up Crochet Cowl that not only warms your neck but also warms your heart with the joy of creating something beautiful with your own hands.

Let the crochet adventure begin!

Work this design in simple rows using basic crochet stitches, making it a great pattern because:

  • Cowls are quick and easy accessories to work up, especially for beginners!
  • Just one skein makes any size!
  • This project is perfect for gifts!
  • You’ll get to practice a lot of crochet skills: Rows, stitch tension, gauge & size, specialty stitches (like the Back Loop Only), attaching buttons, finishing techniques & more!

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Estimated reading time: 9 minutes

Button Up Cowl Crochet Pattern - Fall Leaves - American Crochet Association


What is a crochet cowl?

A crochet cowl is an accessory you’ll wear around the neck.

While scarves are lengths of fabric that you’ll tie or wrap around the neck, a cowl is distinctly a closed loop design that eliminates the need for typing or wrapping.

Some crochet cowls may incorporate unique features like buttons or ties, which not only add a decorative touch but also allow you to adjust the fit or style of the accessory.

Who is this crochet cowl suited for?

A versatile accessory, cowls suit a wide range of people, making them a popular choice for various ages, body shapes, sizes, and genders.

The Button UP Cowl is suitable for children to adults (just measure for the best size and fit).

nyone can wear cowls as they are not specific to any gender!

Wearing cowls is easy, making them an excellent choice for individuals who prefer not to bother with long scarves that require tying or wrapping to stay in place.

Selecting the Perfect Yarn

What yarn should I use?

This crochet cowl pattern is written with Lion Brand Hometown Yarn; a super bulky weight yarn made in 100% acrylic.

I chose this yarn because it has qualities that are great for beginners:

  • The bulky weight means less stitches and rows to work up.
  • 100% acrylic means the yarn is soft, durable, and not expensive.
  • Lion Brand Yarn has been around for decades, so this particular line should be easily available.
  • There are tons of colors to choose from, so you’ll definitely find one that you love!

How can I choose a yarn substitute?

As this crochet cowl pattern comes in several sizes, you should aim to select a yarn that aligns with the stitch and row gauge.

I suggest starting with a super bulky weight yarn and making a test swatch to see if it can give you the same results.

If you’re looking for a creative solution, you can try to hold multiple strands of yarn together (2 or 3) to try to create the same super bulky stitch and row gauge.

For more tips and tricks about how to substitute yarn in a crochet project, check out this article: Understanding Yarn Substitution: An Easy Reference for Crochet.

You can view other completed Button UP Crochet cowl projects for yarn inspiration when you visit ravelry, right here:

For a close match to Lion Brand Hometown, here are some yarns I recommend you review first:

Sizing Options

How many sizes are included in this pattern?

This crochet cowl pattern is written in four different sizes:

  • 22” Long x 3.75’ Wide: 2-5 years
  • 24” Long x 3.75” Wide: 5-8 years
  • 26” Long x 5.25” Wide: 8-12 years
  • 28” Long x 5.25” Wide: Adult

Understand that the listed size ranges based on age are suggestions and may not precisely reflect every body shape and size.

For example, not all 2-5 year olds will be comfortable wearing the smallest size listed, and may want to wear one of the larger sizes.

Can I alter the size of this cowl?

While each size suggests an age range, it is always best to measure the person who will be wearing the cowl, and choose the length and width that will give the most comfortable fit.

The crochet hook, yarn size, and your own stitch tension can each attribute to creating the size of your fabric – changing any one of these items can give you a larger or smaller size.

Also remember that you can choose to make any size crochet cowl for any age that will best fit – no matter the size range listed.

Helpful Resources

Project Inspiration

Check out other finished Button Up Crochet Cowl accessories on ravelry, right here:

Button Up Cowl Crochet Pattern - finished ravelry projects - American Crochet Association

Specialty Stitches

The raised texture in the fabric of this crochet cowl is created by working into the back loops only.

This technique leaves the front loop unworked, and can look like a knitting stitch.

To learn more about where stitches can go in crochet, to include pictures of different parts of crochet stitches for reference, get some tips: Where do stitches go in crochet: All the places and spaces to put your hook

Crochet Basics for Beginners

The Button Up Crochet Cowl pattern is great for beginners who know a few basics and are looking for simple projects as they continue to learn.

If you would like to learn how to crochet, we have video tutorials, tips, and plenty of resources to help get you started: How to Crochet for Beginners: A Step-By-Step Guide

More Crochet Accessory Patterns

If you love crochet cowls and would like to see other styles, we have a few more patterns you can review.

We have other crochet cowl patterns free to view on our site, including these popular designs, right here:

Policy for Individual Use

This crochet pattern is designed by Salena Baca Crochet for the American Crochet Association.

Pattern instructions are protected by copyright laws.

Users must acknowledge and respect the intellectual property rights of pattern creators and designers as follows:

  • This pattern is for personal use only. Pattern instructions may be accessed and used by individuals for personal, non-commercial purposes only. Users may create finished products based on the pattern instructions for personal use or gifting. 
  • Users may not reproduce, distribute, modify, or create derivative works of pattern instructions without explicit permission from the copyright holder.
  • Selling or commercially exploiting products made from pattern instructions will require additional permissions or licensing from the copyright holder.
  • It is unlawful to share or distribute pattern instructions in any way, including but not limited to: print, digital, video.
  • It is unlawful to create derivative works based on pattern instructions, including but not limited to translations, adaptations, or variations.
  • Users should provide proper attribution when sharing or displaying finished products made using these pattern instructions, giving credit to the original pattern creator and source. 
  • Users are expected to conduct themselves in an ethical and respectful manner when using pattern instructions. Users should not engage in plagiarism, claim others’ work as their own, or misrepresent the origin of pattern instructions. 

By accessing and using pattern instructions, individuals agree to abide by the usage policy herein.

Users may be held responsible for any damages or legal liabilities resulting from their non-compliance with this policy. 

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Button UP Cowl Crochet Pattern with jacket - American Crochet Association

Making the Button Up Crochet Cowl


Lion Brand Hometown USA, Super Bulky #6 yarn (100% acrylic; 81 yds/74 m per 5 oz/142 g skein): 


  • US Size N/15 (10.0mm) crochet hook. Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain gauge.
  • 1” button x 3 (here are a few examples)


  • 7 Hdc Sts = 4”
  • 4 Hdc rows = 3”


  • 22” Long x 3.75’ Wide: 2-5 years
  • 24” Long x 3.75” Wide: 5-8 years
  • 26” Long x 5.25” Wide: 8-12 years
  • 28” Long x 5.25” Wide: Adult



  • BLO = Back Loop Only


  • This crochet pattern is worked in rows.
  • The button holes are formed by creating chain spaces within the fabric, making the buttons adjustable.
  • This crochet fabric is reversible, but the buttons will determine the right side of fabric.
button UP Cowl Crochet Pattern Close - American Crochet Association


2-5 Years (5-8 Years, 8-12 Years, Adult)

Leave a 12” tail, Ch 41 (45, 48, 51)

Row 1: Skip 1 Ch (not a St), work 1 HDc into each Ch across – 40 (44, 47, 50) HDc

Row 2: Ch 1 (not a St), turn, HDc into BLO of first 3 Sts, Ch 1, skip 1 St (button hole), HDc into BLO of each St across – 40 (44, 47, 50) Sts; 39 (43, 46, 49) HDc + 1 Ch

Row 3: Ch 1 (not a St), turn, HDc into BLO of each St across – 40 (44, 47, 50) HDc

Repeat rows 2 and 3 until 5 (5, 7, 7) rows complete (ending on a row 3 repeat). Fasten off, leaving 12” tail. 

Finishing: All sizes

  • Weave 12” tail ends toward center of cowl, knot to fasten, trim excess.
  • Fasten buttons on opposite side of cowl from button holes.


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