Ombre Moss Stitch Cowl – free crochet pattern

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Hello there!

Today, I’ll be sharing with you a very simple design that has a contemporary and fashion result. This Ombre Moss Stitch Cowl crochet pattern is one of my favourite project so far, but to be completely honest with you, this is my very first cowl I’ve ever made and I couldn’t image a better result. Moreover, I so glad I finally use the Moss Stitch to design this crochet cowl after being inspiraed by so many projects I’ve seen.

I try to make my pattern easy enough for any level crocheter.  The piece is worked in the round  and uses only three basic stitches: the chain stitch, the single crochet stitch and the slip stitch so this Ombre Moss Stitch Cowl would be great for everybody. If you are unfamiliar with the Moss Stitch, I published a beginner-friendly tutorial with many pictures last week. I have also shown how to work the Moss Stitch in the round with a color changing technique.

The Ombre Moss Stitch was made from one of my favourite yarns at the moment, Drops BabyAlpaca Silk being a mix of 70% baby alpaca  and 30% mulberry silk. It’s so soft and perfect to use on crochet project like this cowl because looks so cozy. I used there three  colors to achieve the ombre effect.  Isn’t the finished result absolutely gorgeous? Choose your perfect yarns and let your imagination fly.


Click HERE and find free pattern for a matching beanie.


This pattern has both chart and written instruction. I will also show you how to add a ribbing brims to the Ombre Moss Stitch Cowl. For this crochet pattern you will also need to follow my color chart.

Read on down to find the full, FREE crochet pattern and get started!

Happy crocheting to you my friend!

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Materials & Tools:
  1. Yarn 3 skeins of Drops BabyAlpaca Silk (70% alpaca, 30% silk – 50g/167m) in 3 different colors: Yarn A powder (1306), Yarn B light old pink (3250), Yarn C heather (4088)
  2. Hook size 3,5 mm for body of the cowl and 2,5 mm for ribbing. Adjust  hook size if necessary to obtain correct gauge
  3. Tapestry Needle (to weave and hide yarn ends)
  4. Scissor

Beginner Plus  – if you don’t know how to do the Moss Stitch check out my tutorial.

Finished size

Approx 27 cm wide across middle (not across ribbing), approx 34 cm long.


25 sts and 30 rows = 10 cmx 10 cm using the moss stitch. Gauge is not crucial for this project. However, changes might result in a different yardage requirement.

Stitches & Abbreviations (US terms)

ch – chain stitch

st(s) – stitch(es)

sc – single crochet

sl st – slip stitch

yo – yarn over

BLsc – back loop only single crochet


Using Yarn A and hook 3,5mm

Ch 150 and sl st in the first st to close the round.

You can also make any EVEN number of chain stitches to make your desire circumference, but changes might result in a different yardage requirement.

Be careful and join your starting chain without twisting.

Round 1: ch1 (doesn’t count as a sc), ch1, sc in 2nd ch, [ch1, skip 1ch, sc1 in next ch] – repeat […] until end of the round. The last stitch should be a sc in the last chain. Sl st under 2nd ch of the beginning ch2.

Round2: ch1 (counts as a first sc), ch1, [sc in next ch-1 space, ch1, skip 1 sc] –repeat […] until end of the round. The last stitch should be a ch1. Sl st to the first ch1 of the beginning ch2.  

Round 3: ch1 (doesn’t count as a sc), ch1, sc in first ch-1 space, [ch1, skip 1st, sc in next ch-1 space] –repeat […] until end of the row. The last stitch should be a sc in the last chain. Sl st under 2nd ch of the beginning ch2.

Round 4 – Round 84: Repet Row 2 – Row 3 according to the color chart.

Fasten off yarn and weave in all ends.

Don’t forget to check out the Moss Stitch step-by-step tutorial showing how to work this stitch in a round HERE!

Tip: You can avoid weaving in all those ends by not cutting the yarn when you finish a round. Simply carry the other color along the inside and pick it back up with your hook when you need to use it again.




Ombre Moss Stitch Cowl – chart


When I designed the Ombre Moss Stitch Cowl I knew there’s something lacking in this project. After some research I have found I need some knit-look finishing. I have decided to add the crochet single crochet ribbed brim to my crochet cowl.

Actually there are various technique to adding a ribbed edge to your item and I will show you how I did it.

Please note that I have only made a small sample for this ribbing tutorial and it’s not the actual cowl from the pattern but the technique is the same.

For this pattern, I used one size smaller hook (2,5mm) than I used for the body of my cowl.

This is a small sample of the Ombre Moss Stitch Cowl:

To join a new yarn for ribbing, insert your hook into the first stitch of a round, wrap the new yarn over the hook and pull it throught the remaining two loops on the hook. Then, decide how wide your brim will be. For my Ombre Moss Stitch Cowl you will need 6 chains for a 5 stitch wide single crochet ribbed brim.

Make a single crochet in the second chain from the hook (pic. 1), and 5 single crochet stitches to the end (pic. 2)

Next, you have to slip stitch in the next two stitches on the final round of your Ombre Moss Stitch Cowl. On the pic. 3 and pic. 4 the needle points the right stitches.

When the two slip stitches has been created make a 1chain and rotate your project to start working the back up where the single crochet you need. This is the first row of your ribbing. Then, skip the chain1 and two slip stitches just made (the needle points the correct stitch on pic. 6) and make single crochet at the back loop only of the next 4 stitches (pic. 7). The last single crochet work through the both loops (pic. 8) and you have now two rows of your ribbing.

Next, turn your work and make a chain1. Then make single crochet in the first stitch and back loop only single crochet in the next 4 stitches. After that, slip stitch in the next two stitches on the final round of your Ombre Moss Stitch Cowl (pic. 10 and pic. 11) and chain 1. Now, rotate your project and repeat Row 2 and Row 3 of the ribbing until you have worked all the way around.

When you make the last row of your cowl brim and you want to have a nice clean look you have to close up your ribbing. For this, turn your cowl inside out, insert your hook in the loop and slip stitch these two layers of the fabric together (5 slip stitches). Fasten off yarn and weave in all ends.. I hope this helped you give your cowls a more finished knit-look.

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20 Comments on “Ombre Moss Stitch Cowl – free crochet pattern

  1. Thank you for this lovely pattern, I can’t wait to try it. But I’m a bit confused on the yarn colors. The colors you used look like they are in lavender and purple family on my device, but when I go to order them the color names and accompanying photos are clearly in the pink family. Could you please tell me if the cowl is more pink or lavender? Thank you.

  2. You got 1 skein of each color to do the cowl itself. How much extra did you have to have to do the ribbing?

    1. No extra yarn is needed. These 3 skeins are enough to make body of the cowl and the ribbing.

  3. Ho! This is a lovely pattern, thank you!! I’d like to dry it for my little girl, 2 years old..can you reccomand the su se please.
    Than you

    1. Hi. Thank you! I don’t have a tested version for kids so you need to try to make for example 100 chains and put it around her neck to see if it fits.

  4. I’ve started this pattern but the seam seems to veer on an angle as I go.. is this because I’m adding a single crochet in at the end or is this what is supposed to happen?

    1. Please check the stitich chart for this pattern. There should not be any seam veering. You can also send me a pic of your cowl and I will try to look closer.

      1. Thanks for your advice but embarrassingly I don’t know how to read a chart.. does each row end in a sc or a ch before the join?

        1. Don’t worry! The odd rows end in a sc before the join and the even rows end in a ch before the join. Ask if you need help!

  5. Hello! Just recieved my yarns and can’t wait to start this project! How much wool was left after you finished? Wondering maybe to make it a little bit longer or wider 🙂 Did you try it with any other stitches?

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