Cozy Cowl Sweater

Cozy Cowl free easy crochet sweater pattern

A new free easy crochet sweater pattern, the Cozy Cowl Sweater, is now a free crochet pattern on the blog. Read all about the easy construction, cozy fit and yarn or scroll down for the free crochet cowl sweater pattern.

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FREE Easy crochet sweater pattern - Cozy crochet cowl neck sweater pattern

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close-up view of the cozy cowl crochet cowl neck sweater pattern

Just imagine an unseasonably beautiful, but chilly day. You’ve got a pair of cute boots, comfy jeans (or leggings if you feel like staying a little more comfy) and the COZIEST cowl sweater. You are kept warm, but not SO warm. You carry yourself with confidence because not only is your outfit cute as ever, but you made it.

To find a timeless cowl sweater crochet pattern is a FEAT. Especially at the beginner level. Now, your search is over! This one is available in sizes XS-5XL and features a minimal split hem with a simple, loose fit and tapered sleeves. Find the free easy crochet sweater pattern below!

The Cozy Cowl Easy Crochet Sweater Construction

The Cozy Cowl Sweater is worked in 4 panels sewed together. The front and back panel have shaping for the armholes and neck. While the sleeves are shaped for a close fit. The cowl is then worked in the round from the collar up.

The entire sweater is worked in alternating rows of half-double crochet and double crochet stitches giving it this slight striped cozy texture effect.

back view of the crochet pullover sweater pattern free

The Yarn

The Cozy Cowl easy crochet sweater pattern features the cozy Katia Snowy yarn. It’s a DK weight 3 synthetic blend with a subtile fluffy effect which gives the sweater an extra cozy feel.

It’s surprisingly easy to work with, flows of your hook without leaving you searching for your stitches as some fluffy yarns tend to do. The only drawback I should mention is that it’s not the easiest to frog. The fluffiness makes it harder to undo your work if needed compared to more classic yarns.

Of course, you can easily substitute the yarn for this crochet pullover sweater pattern, just make sure you meet gauge.

Downloadable Cozy Cowl Easy Sweater Crochet Pattern

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Before you Start

Material

Sweater Size

The crochet sweater pattern is available in following sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL. Sizes are written as XS (S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL) throughout the pattern. Pictures illustrate the M size.

The sweater is designed with a loose fit, 5 – 10 cm / 2” to 4” ease at the bust.

size schematic for the free easy crochet sweater pattern

Below are the final sweater measurements for the different sizes.

  • XS: bust 80 cm / 31.5”, armhole 18 cm / 7”, length 58 cm / 22.75”
  • S: bust 90 cm / 35.5”, armhole 19 cm / 7.5”, length 59 cm / 23.25”
  • M: bust 100 cm / 39.5”, armhole 20 cm / 7.75”, length 60 cm / 23.5”
  • L: bust 110 cm / 43”, armhole 22 cm / 8.75”, length 62 cm / 24.5”
  • XL: bust 120 cm / 47.25”, armhole 23 cm / 9”, length 63 cm / 24.75”
  • 2XL: bust 130 cm / 51”, armhole 24 cm / 9.5”, length 64 cm / 25.25”
  • 3XL: bust 140 cm / 55”, armhole 25.5 cm / 10”, length 65.5 cm / 25.75”
  • 4XL: bust 150 cm / 59”, armhole 27 cm / 10.75”, length 67 cm / 26.25”
  • 5XL: bust 160 cm / 63”, armhole 28 cm / 11”, length 68 cm / 26.75”

To increase/decrease sweater total length, add/remove length before the armhole shaping.

Gauge

The gauge for this pattern, in alternating rows of hdc and dc, is 20 st by 17 rows for a 10 cm by 10 cm / 4” by 4” square.

Need help figuring out your gauge and how to adjust it? Find out all you need to know about crochet gauge here.

Abbreviations

This pattern uses US notations.

  • st = stitch
  • ch = chain
  • sc = single crochet
  • hdc = half double crochet
  • dc = double crochet
  • dc2tog = double crochet 2 stitches together (decrease)

Notes

Work instructions between [] the indicated number of times or until the end of the row / round.

The final number of stitches is indicated at the end of the row / round between < >.

The turning ch 1, ch 2 don’t count as stitches throughout the pattern except if mentioned otherwise.

The pattern is written in crochet shorthand.  For example:

  • “dc 1” means to double crochet in the next stitch,
  • “dc 2” means to double crochet in each of the next 2 stitches,
  • and “2 dc” means to double crochet twice in the next st.

Construction

The Cozy Cowl Sweater is worked in 4 panels sewed together. The front and back panel have shaping for the armholes and neck. While the sleeves are shaped for a close fit. The cowl is then worked in the round from the collar up.

The Actual Sweater Crochet Pattern

Back Panel

back panel of the crpchet pullover sweater pattern free

With your 4 mm / US G – 6 hook, chain 80 (90, 100, 110, 120, 130, 140, 150, 160) + 2.

Row 1: Dc in 2nd ch from hook, dc across, turn. <80 (90, 100, 110, 120, 130, 140, 150, 160) st>

Row 2: Ch 1, hdc across, turn.

Row 3: Ch 2, dc across, turn.

Repeat Row 2 and 3 until you reach 40 cm / 15.75”.

Armhole shaping

Row 4: Ch 1, sl st 4 (4, 6, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16), hdc until last 4 (4, 6, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16) st, turn leaving last sts unworked. <76 (86, 94, 104, 112, 120, 128, 136, 144) st>

Row 5: Ch 2, dc across all hdc sts stopping at the sl st. <72 (82, 88, 98, 104, 110, 116, 124, 128) st>

Row 6: Ch 1, hdc across, turn.

Row 7: Ch 2, dc across, turn.

Repeat Row 6 and 7 until you reach 18 (19, 20, 22, 23, 24, 25.5, 27, 28) cm / 7 (7.5, 7.75, 8.5, 9, 9.5, 10, 10.5, 11)” from armhole shaping.

Bind off and leave a long tail for sewing.

Front Panel

With your 4 mm / US G – 6 hook, chain 80 (90, 100, 110, 120, 130, 140, 150, 160) + 2.

Row 1: Dc in 2nd ch from hook, dc across, turn. <80 (90, 100, 110, 120, 130, 140, 150, 160) st>

Row 2: Ch 1, hdc across, turn.

Row 3: Ch 2, dc across, turn.

Repeat Row 2 and 3 until you reach 40 cm / 15.75”.

Armhole and Neck Shaping

neck and armhole shaping for the front panel of the free easy crochet sweater pattern

Row 4: Ch 1, sl st 4 (4, 6, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16), hdc until last 4 (4, 6, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16) st, turn leaving last sts unworked. <76 (86, 94, 104, 112, 120, 128, 136, 144) st>

Row 5: Ch 2, dc across until last 4 (4, 6, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16) st, turn leaving last sts unworked. <72 (82, 88, 98, 104, 110, 116, 124, 128) st>

Row 6: Ch 1, hdc across, turn.

Row 7: Ch 2, dc across, turn.

Repeat Row 6 and 7 until you reach 11 (12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18.5, 20, 21) cm / 4.25 (4.75, 5, 6, 6.25, 6.75, 7.25, 7.75, 8.25)” from armhole shaping.

Work each shoulder separately.

Row 1: Ch 2, dc 25 (30, 33, 38, 41, 44, 47, 50, 53), dc2tog 2, turn. <27 (32, 35, 40, 43, 46, 49, 52, 55) st>

Row 2: Ch 1, hdc2tog, hdc across, turn. <26 (31, 34, 39, 42, 45, 48, 51, 54) st>

Row 3: Ch 2, dc until last 2 st, dc2tog, turn. <25 (30, 33, 38, 41, 44, 47, 50, 53) st>

Row 4: Ch 1, hdc across, turn

Row 5 – 12: Repeat Row 3 and 4. < 21 (26, 29, 34, 37, 40, 43, 46, 49) st>

Bind off and leave a long tail for sewing.

Going back to the other shoulder, skip the next 14 st and join yarn.

Row 1: Ch 2, dc2tog 2, dc until end of row. <27 (32, 35, 40, 43, 46, 49, 52, 55) st>

Row 2: Ch 1, hdc until last 2 st, hdc2tog, turn. <26 (31, 34, 39, 42, 45, 48, 51, 54) st>

Row 3: Ch 2, dc2tog, dc across, turn. <25 (30, 33, 38, 41, 44, 47, 50, 53) st>

Row 4: Ch 1, hdc across, turn.

Row 5 – 12: Repeat Row 3 and 4. < 21 (26, 29, 34, 37, 40, 43, 46, 49) st>

Bind off and leave a long tail for sewing

Sleeves

Make 2.

With your 4 mm / US G – 6 hook, chain 34 (36, 36, 36, 38, 38, 40, 40, 40) + 2.

Row 1: Dc in 2nd ch from hook, dc across, turn. <34 (36, 36, 36, 38, 38, 40, 40, 40) st>

Row 2: Ch 1, hdc across, turn.

Sizes XS, S, M

Row 3: Ch 2, 2 dc, dc until last st, 2 dc, turn. <36 (38, 38, X, X, X, X, X, X) st>

Row 4: Ch 1, hdc across, turn.

Row 5: Ch 2, dc across, turn.

Row 6: Ch 1, hdc across, turn.

Repeat Row 3 to 6 until you have 70 (74, 78, X, X, X, X, X, X) st.

Repeat Row 5 and 6 another 12 (5, 0, X, X, X, X, X, X) times.

Sizes L, XL, 2XL and 3XL

Row 3: Ch 2, 2 dc, dc until last st, 2 dc, turn. <X (X, X, 38, 40, 40, 40, X, X) st>

Row 4: Ch 1, hdc across, turn.

Repeat Row 3 and 4 another X (X, X, 11, 17, 23, 27, X, X). <X (X, X, 60, 74, 86, 96, X, X) st>

Row 5: Ch 2, dc across, turn.

Row 6: Ch 1, hdc across, turn.

Repeat Row 3 to 6 another X (X, X, 13, 8, 4, 2, X, X) times. <X (X, X, 86, 90, 94, 100, X, X) st>

Size 4XL and 5XL

Row 3: Ch 2, 2 dc, dc until last st, 2 dc, turn. <X (X, X, X, X, X, X, X, 42, 42) st>

Row 4: Ch 1, 2 hdc, hdc across until last st, 2 hdc, turn. < X (X, X, X, X, X, X, X, 44, 44) st>

Repeat Row 3 and 4 another X (X, X, X, X, X, X, X, 1, 7). < X (X, X, X, X, X, X, X, 48, 72) st>

Row 5: Ch 2, 2 dc, dc until last st, 2 dc, turn. < X (X, X, X, X, X, X, X, 50, 74) st>

Row 6: Ch 1, hdc across, turn.

Repeat Row 5 and 6 another X (X, X, X, X, X, X, X, 28, 18) times. < X (X, X, X, X, X, X, X, 106, 110) st>

Assembly

Assemble the front and back panels by sewing the shoulder seams.

Attach the sleeves to the body panels by folding the sleeve in half length-wise to find the center of the top of the sleeve.  Start by sewing the center to the shoulder seam. Sew down on both sides. Be careful to sew the sleeve to the shoulder shaping indent in the body correctly.

Finish sewing the sweater panel sides together leaving the last 10 cm / 4” unsewed for a split hem. Seam the sleeves all the way to the end.

Cowl collar

crochet cowl neck sweater pattern with cowl rolled out showing it's shape

Round 1: Join yarn at a shoulder seam, ch 2 and dc 76 around, join with a sl st in 2nd ch.

Note: make 1 st in every st and spread the remaining stitches evenly (approximately 1st per row).

Work in the round, joining each round with a sl st and turning your work.

Round 2: Ch 1, hdc across, join with a sl st in the ch, turn.

Round 3: Ch 2, dc across, join with a sl st in the 2nd ch, turn.

Repeat Rounds 2 and 3.

Repeat Round 2 one more time.

Increase: Ch 2, [dc, dc 2] across, join with a sl st in the 2nd ch, turn. <114 st>

Repeat Rounds 2 and 3 another 8 times.

Repeat Round 2 one more time.

Bind off and leave a long tail for sewing.

Blocking

You’re done with the crocheting part. To make your sweater even prettier, even out your stitches and highlight the texture, carefully block your project.

Don’t skip this step as it can make a huge difference. Read my detailed tutorial on why block, how-to, and all my tips and tricks if you need help.

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