Believe it or not, this is a BEGINNER level project. If you can chain, single crochet, and double crochet, you’ll be able to make this cute cowl that looks like cables!

Faux Cable Cowl

©2017 Drew Emborsky, aka The Crochet Dude®

Skill Level

Finished Measurements
Approx 24” around, but this can be adjusted easily during assembly

383 yd. / 350 m of medium worsted weight yarn

(Yarn shown is one Caron Cake in color Macaron)

If you’d like an incredible hand-dyed alternative, check out Sporty Cakes from Kristin Omdahl – not quite as much yardage but plenty to do slightly smaller version of this one. Click here: Sporty Cakes by Kristin Omdahl

GUESS WHAT? Right now I’m having a giveaway for two Sporty Cakes. Click here to see how to enter!

Crochet Hook
US K-10.5 (6.5mm)


Gauge is not important for this project – yay!!


approx = approximately
ch = chain
dc = double crochet
rep = repeat
sc = single crochet

Pattern Notes
Cowl is made creating one LONG strand of short rows, then the look of cabling is created by edging the entire project, twisting as you go.


Row 1: Ch 3, work 3 dc in 3rd ch from the hook, turn (3 dc)

Row 2: Ch 1 (does NOT count as a stitch), 3 dc in first st, turn (3 dc)

Repeat row 2 until project measures approx. 24’ (288”) – 7.32 m (731.5 cm)


Ch 1, (sc, ch 1) in ea dc across, *twist the next row down counterclockwise so that the dc are facing you, (sc, ch 1) across those three dc, repeat from * to end of project, fasten off


Wrap strand around a piece of cardboard cut to 24” (or to length that you desire), once completely wrapped, use the beginning and end of strand to secure the cowl by tying them together around all the strands.

Wear the cowl two different ways! On the left as assembled, and on the right by twisting once and putting it over your head one more time.

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10 thoughts on “Free crochet pattern: Faux Cable Cowl”

  1. I can’t find this yarn! I went to your site and tried caron cake and macaron, nothing came up.

    1. Hi Terri the yarn is Caron Cakes the color is Macaroon. This yarn is available from Michaels.

  2. I’m confused on this pattern, do you have a video of this stitch? It sure would help or more pictures of step by step, I know it said beginner and I’ve done some pretty advanced crochet LOL so I’m probably over analyzing this

  3. Beautiful!!
    I’m just a little confused how to turn a straight piece counter-clockwise!?

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