The Ruffled Shell Cowl is quick to make, simple to follow along, and can be worked in 3 different sizes!

This design is worked in rows using basic crochet stitches like chain, single and double crochet, and also uses a Shell and Half Shell stitch for a textured look. The cowl is finished with a ruffled border which is very easily worked with double crochet stitches.

This is a great pattern because:

  • Accessories are quick projects to work up!
  • The cowl is fastened with buttons, giving lots of style options!
  • Cowls make great gifts!
  • You’ll get to practice a lot of crochet skills: Rows, stitch tension, gauge & size, specialty stitches (like the shell and half shell), applying a border, working ruffles, finishing techniques & more!
Little girl wearing blue ruffled shell cowl

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Learn more about this pattern from the author – Salena Baca!

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Pattern Designed By: Salena Baca Crochet. This pattern is copyright protected; it is unlawful to distribute this pattern in any form (free, sale or trade).

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Lion Brand Yarn Cotton-Ease, medium weight #4 yarn (50% Acrylic + 50% Cotton; 207 yds/189 m per 3.5 oz/100 g skein): Terracotta x 1 skein (all sizes)


  • US Size H/8 5.00 mm Crochet Hook
  • Scissors
  • Yarn Needle
  • 1” buttons x 2


  • 2 pattern shells = 4” 
  • 7 pattern rows = 4”


  • Child: 22” long x 6” wide
  • Teen: 24” long x 6” wide
  • Adult: 26” long x 6” wide



  • Shell = Work 5 double crochet stitches into the same stitch.
  • Half Shell = Work 3 double crochet stitches into the same stitch.


  • Cowl is worked in one piece and written in two sections: Cowl (rows), Border (rounds).
  • Either side of fabric can be right side (reversible). Right side of ruffles determines right side of piece.
  • Ruffles add 2” length and width to fabric.
  • Stitch pattern is worked in multiples of 6 + 1 (+1 for starting Ch), and any row multiple.
Woman leaning on tree wearing white ruffled shell cowl


Cowl: Child (Teen, Adult)

Row 1: Ch 20, skip 1 Ch (not a St), Sc, [skip 2 Sts, Shell into next St, skip 2 Sts, Sc into next St] 3 times – 19 Sts; 4 Sc + 3 Shells

Row 2:  Ch 3 (not a St), turn, Half Shell into Sc, [Sc into 3rd Dc of next Shell, Shell into next Sc], 2 times, Sc into 3rd Dc of next Shell, Half Shell into last Sc – 19 Sts; 2 Half Shells + 3 Sc + 2 Shells

Row 3: Ch 1 (not a St), turn, Sc into first Dc of Half Shell, [Shell into next Sc, Sc into 3rd Dc of next Shell]  2 times, Shell into next Sc, Sc into last Dc of Half Shell – 19 Sts; 4 Sc + 3 Shells

Repeat row 2 and 3 until 40 (44, 48) rows are complete. Do not fasten off.

Border: All Sizes

Round 1 (Right Side): Ch 1 (not a St), Turn to work across Left side of Cowl. Work 1 Sc into each Sc row end and 2 Sc into each Dc row end. Turn to work across Row 1 of Cowl. Work 1 Sc into each St across. Turn to work across Right side of Cowl. Work 1 Sc into each Sc row end and 2 sc into each Dc row end. Turn to work across last row of Cowl. Work 1 Sc into each St across, Sl St into top of first Sc to join – 158 (170, 182) Sc

Round 2: Ch 3 (not a St), work 3 Dc into each St around, Sl St into top of first St to join, fasten off – 474 (510, 546) Dc


  • Thread yarn needle with 20” of yarn. 
  • Sew buttons onto first Sc St of row 2 and row 8, along Right edge of cowl. 
  • Sew in ends, trim excess.
crochet pattern diagram with stitch key

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