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The Hooded Fox Cowl (Free Crochet Pattern)

by - February 20, 2019


Hello fellow crafters!

Looking for something quick, easy, AND cute to crochet?  Take a look at my newest design!


Hooded cowls have been a pretty popular trend lately.  I've seen a few around with animal ears, such as fox and teddy bear ears, and they are just TOO adorable not to make!

I used Lion Brand Hometown USA® Yarn, which is a soft easy-care yarn (machine washable and dryable!) and works up quickly as it's super bulky!
I used 4 skeins of Cincinnati Red and 1 ball of Oakland Black!

Since sewing lots of crocheted parts together isn't my favorite thing in the world to do, I designed the cowl so that there's minimal sewing involved.  The hood and the cowl are crocheted in one piece, and the ears are sewn on at the end!

There are a variety of basic crochet stitches used in this pattern to create a lovely texture in both the hood and cowl, and I hope you'll enjoy it as much as I do!

I'm also very glad to have crocheted this hooded cowl, because it's not only cozy for the head and neck, but also a whimsical accessory that is fun to wear during this chilly winter season.  The added fox ears make it an adorably unique clothing item~

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/hooded-fox-cowl-2

Scroll down for the free, written crochet pattern.  If you'd like to download the beautifully-formatted, ad-free, and easy-to-read PDF version with large photo references (see preview below), click here to purchase it for a small fee in my shop.  Thank you for supporting Sweet Softies designs!




The Hooded Fox Cowl



Copyright Notice -- © 2019 Sweet Softies (www.sweetsofties.com). You have permission to sell finished products made from this pattern, but you must credit Sweet Softies as the owner/creator of this pattern by linking to my website (www.sweetsofties.com) or Facebook page (www.facebook.com/SweetSofties). No wholesale. You may not copy, alter, or sell my patterns in part or in whole in any way. My patterns may not be used in teaching online classes. My patterns may be used in teaching in-person classes ONLY with written consent from me. You may link to this pattern but you may not copy any part of the pattern instructions on other websites.

Introduction:
The Hooded Fox Cowl is a super warm and whimsical accessory that you’ll love wearing in the cooler Fall and Winter seasons! It’s both a hood and a cowl, to keep your head and neck warm! Add those fox ears and it makes for an adorably unique clothing item. The Hooded Fox Cowl is a great Christmas, holiday, birthday, or special occasion gift for anyone who loves this cute and fashionable design!

There is minimal sewing involved in this pattern, as the hood and cowl are crocheted in one piece and the ears are sewn on at the end. There are a variety of basic crochet stitches used in this pattern to create a lovely texture in both the hood and cowl. The pattern is written with clear instructions and has accompanying photo references that make it easy to understand and follow along to!

Level: 
  • Familiar Beginner / Intermediate. Requires familiarity with stitches used (below, such as the "Suzette stitch" with sc and dc), changing colors, attaching yarn, sewing parts, working in joined rounds, and working in continuous rounds.

Stitches/Terms Used (US Terminology):
  • MR: magic ring (a.k.a. magic circle, magic loop)
  • YO: yarn over 
  • St: stitch
  • Sk: skip
  • Sl st: slip stitch (insert hook, yarn over, pull through both loops)
  • Sc: single crochet 
  • Inc: increase (two sc in one stitch) 
  • Hdc: half double crochet 
  • Dc: double crochet
  • Dc-inc: double crochet increase (two dc in one stitch)

Materials:

     

     

    ~ IMPORTANT NOTES ~

    Please read before beginning the pattern!

    • The pattern begins with the hood section.
    • After finishing the hood, the cowl portion is crocheted to the hood. (No sewing needed.)
    • The ears are crocheted separately and then sewn to the hood.

     

    ~ PATTERN INSTRUCTIONS ~

    Hood

    Notes: The starting chains ("Ch 2"or "Ch 1") do not count as a stitch.

    Begin with red yarn.

    R1: Ch 2. Insert 12 dc in a magic ring. *Join with a sl st to the first dc. (12 sts)
    R2: Ch 2, dc-inc around. *Join. (24 sts)
    R3: Ch 2, (dc, dc-inc) x 12. (36 sts)
    R4: Ch 2, (dc 2, dc-inc) x 12. (48 sts)
    R5: Ch 2, (dc 3, dc-inc) x 12. (60 sts)
    R6: Ch 2, (dc 4, dc-inc) x 12. (72 sts)

    At this point, the diameter of the flat circle you've crocheted should measure around 12 inches.
    You will no longer be joining for the hood section from here on out!

    R7: Ch 1, hdc 70. (This leaves the last 2 sts unworked. Do not join.)
    R8: Ch 1, turn. Hdc in the same st, sk next st. (Sc, dc in next st, sk next st) all the way across. Hdc in the last st.
    R9-R18: Repeat R8.


    Switch to black yarn.
    R19-R21: Repeat R8.

    Do not fasten off yet.


    Cowl

    Continue from the end point in R21, but switch to red yarn. 
    You will be joining each round for the cowl section.

    R1: Ch 2. Dc across the bottom of the hood. Once you get to the end of row, join with a sl st to the first dc.

    (Dc across the bottom of the hood, to the end of the row.)

    (Once you get to the end of row, join with a sl st to the first dc.)


    R2: Ch 1. Hdc in the same st, sk next st. (Sc, dc in next st, sk next st) all the way around. Hdc in the last st. *Join.

     

    R3-R13: Repeat R2.

    Fasten off at R13 or when you feel that your cowl is long enough for your liking. Weave in the ends.


    Ears (x2)

    Use black yarn.

    R1: 6 sc in magic ring. (6 sts)
    R2: (Sc 2, inc) x 2. (8 sts)
    R3: (Sc 3, inc) x 2. (10 sts)
    R4: (Sc 4, inc) x 2. (12 sts)
    R5: (Sc 5, inc) x 2. (14 sts)
    R6: (Sc 6, inc) x 2. (16 sts)
    R7: (Sc 7, inc) x 2. (18 sts)

    Fasten off with a long tail for sewing to the hood later.



    ~ FINISHING DIRECTIONS ~

      Sew the ears on R15 of the hood.

       

          That's it, you're done! 

          Congratulations on finishing your hooded fox cowl!


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          2 comments

          1. Hello, I wanted to ask you a question and see what you think. I really love this pattern, I bought the yarn today to make it, I can't find a 9mm hook at any stores where I live, I have an 8mm and a 10mm hook, I was wondering if you think using one of those sizes would make a huge difference or if it would be ok and if you think I should go with the 8mm or the 10mm, thank you 😊

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            1. Hi there! Sorry I just came back from out of town; hope I'm not too late to answer your question! Firstly, thanks so much for liking my pattern! <3 Do you know if you tend to crochet tightly or loosely? If you use a 8mm, try to crochet a little loosely. With 10mm, you can try crocheting a little tighter. If you're not so sure, I would recommend the first option of 8mm hook, but crochet on the loose side if possible. As you work, you can hold it up to your head to check for size, such as the back of the hood section to see if it will fit. I hope this helps! Let me know if I can answer any other questions! :) Happy crocheting!

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