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Stormborn Cowl: An Easy Leather + Crochet Cowl Pattern

I’ve been reading a LOT of Game of Thrones lately, and it’s gotten me in the mood to work on thicker, chunky projects. I found this beautiful marbled yarn a few days ago and I was immediately inspired. It makes me think of winter storms, the Stark colors, and having a giant direwolf around. Whether you’re into GoT or not, this chunky crochet cowl pattern is perfect for a soft and squishy scarf that looks edgy and cool, especially with the leather details. Let’s get into the pattern!

crochet cowl pattern

When I was designing this crochet cowl pattern, I wanted something to make the traditional crochet scarf look a little more modern. I loved the marbling in this yarn and I think that does a lot, so to play on the grays mixed throughout the yarn, I used black leather clasps to add some contrast and make it pop. I think that if Daenerys was around in our world, she would totally rock this and a leather jacket. Also, how cool is it that her middle name is Stormborn?

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This cowl pattern is super easy to make and you can whip one up in just an hour or two. Unlike my last scarf pattern, this one doesn’t eat up all your yarn. It’s worked entirely in modified double crochet stitches, so it’s a great project for beginners. All I really did was change where I placed my stitches and I created this nice ribbing on the front and a smooth texture on the back. I like how my ribs are not exactly equal, but two are close together, the third is slightly farther away. To me, that adds some interest and makes it feel a little less traditional.

The full free pattern is written out below. For those who’d prefer to print the pattern and take it with you for on-the-go and to markup as you go, you can buy the inexpensive printable PDF from my Etsy and Ravelry shops. The PDF is formatted without ads or comments, so it’s easy to read.



Pattern Notes:

  • Skill level: Beginner
  • Sizing: 10 x 34 inches
  • Gauge: 2S x 2R per inch


Stormborn Crochet Cowl Pattern

Chain 17.

Row 1: Skip the first 2 chain spaces and DC in each space across (15 DCs).

Row 2: Chain 2, turn. Insert your hook through the vertical bar of the first stitch in the row and DC as normal. Continue along the row, working each DC through the vertical bar.

Row 3: Chain 2, turn. DC through the third loop of each stitch across. You’ll see this loop just behind the V you usually place your hook in.

Rows 4-34: Repeat rows 2 & 3 until your cowl is the desired size. You can easily make this longer or short if you like, but 34 rows worked perfectly for me.

Row 35: SC into each space along. In the last space, work 2 SC and turn to work along the side of the cowl. Work 2 SC into the side of each DC along the length of the scarf, then 2 SC into the last space, turn and SC along the first row you worked. Then, work 2 SC into the last space, turn and work the same way down the other side. Once you’ve worked your SC all the way around, bind off, weave in the ends and trim the excess yarn.

Attaching the clasps

The clasps that I found at Joann had two ends that snap together and 3 holes to sew them on. Once I was happy with how they were positioned, I used a thinner length of yarn and sewed the clasp to the edges of the cowl where they met. It’s easiest to do this with the clasp closed so they don’t spin around and end up the wrong way. You can measure how far apart you space them to get them even but I just eyeballed it. Finally, secure the ends and trim away any excess yarn.

And you’re done!

I absolutely adore how this cowl turned out and I can’t wait for it to be Fall so I can wear this out. I had to try it on and put on my leather jacket to see the finished effect and snap a few pictures, but in 100F, I was burning up! Mine was just wide enough to pull over my head, but if you wanted to make it a proper hood, start with 30 chains.

crochet cowl pattern
crochet cowl pattern

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Valerie Alexander

Sunday 14th of November 2021

I am so into chunky cowls right now! Thank you for this pattern, I’m so looking forward to making it.

MaryAnne Oceanlight

Tuesday 29th of October 2019

Hi Shehla! I think this pattern is beautiful and edgy, and have started making it. Please help me understand what, "Insert hook in the vertical bar" means, as I am confused. Is it possible to see a picture to help understand? Thank you for any and all help that you can give me.

Shehla Ahmed

Wednesday 30th of October 2019

Hi Maryanne,

I don't have a picture, unfortunately. But maybe this helps. I'm inserting the hook into the loop that's just below the 3rd loop. So when you look from the top, you see the 2 loops that form the V at the top of the stitch, and behind that is the 3rd loop and behind THAT is the vertical bar I'm inserting into. I'll try to make a video of this when I get more time, but I hope that helps for now!


Friday 20th of September 2019

Lovely! It does set one in the mood for winter! Pinning.


Thursday 6th of September 2018

Ooo, I love this, I'm a big GoT fan too. The leather fastenings are a lovely contrast to the soft yarn.

Shehla Ahmed

Monday 10th of September 2018

Thanks!! The leather was such an easy way to add a nice detail to the scarf. I think it makes it a little edgier too!