Curious Oyster Cowl


Curious Oyster Cowl


Curious Oyster Cowl
Curious Oyster Cowl

Crochet a cowl that's perfect to warm you up in winter months but that's lacy enough to wear as a coverup in the summer. The Curious Oyster Cowl is an easy crochet cowl that draws inspiration from Alice in Wonderland and features a double crochet foundation chain instead of the normal single crochet. The cowl itself is wide enough to be worn wrapped around once as a type of infinity scarf, wrapped double to be as snug as a cowl, or it can even be pulled down over the shoulders as a type of little shoulder wrap. With so many options, this little crochet cowl will be your favorite go-to accessory. 

NotesNotes: The cowl is worked from the bottom-up, beginning with a no-chain double crochet foundation instead of the traditional beginning chain. To make the perfect fit for you, work fdc (in multiples of 6) until you have the desired width to wrap around your shoulders. Keep in mind that a larger cowl may require more yarn than listed above.


Crochet HookI/9 or 5.5 mm hook, K/10.5 or 6.5 mm hook

Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

Crochet Gauge10.5 Fdc = 4 inches (10 cm) with larger hook; 11 Dc = 4 inches (10 cm) using hook size I/9 (5.5 mm)

Finished SizeSmall/Medium (Large/X-Large) 21” tall, 22 (27)” opening at neck and 46 (56)” opening at hem

Materials List

  • Wonderland Yarns “March Hare” worsted weight yarn, 184 yards/4 oz skein; 100% superwash merino: 1 (2) skein(s); sample shown crocheted in “Caterpillar”
  • Crochet hooks in sizes I/9 (5.5 mm) and K/10.5 (6.50 mm) or size to obtain gauge



  1. With larger hook, loosely work 126 (150) Fdc. Join for working in the round with sl st. Place marker to indicate beg of rnd.

  2. Rnd 1: * Ch-6, skip 5 sts, sc in 6th st; repeat from *, until last 6 dc sts, ch-3, trc into marked stitch. Move marker to top of trc stitch just made. (21 (25) ch-6 spaces total)

  3. Rnds 2-16: *Ch 6, sc into ch-6 space of previous rnd*; continue around until last ch-6 space, ch-3, trc into marked stitch. Move marker to 3rd ch of trc just made. (Marker will move one ch-6 space to the right on each rnd; # of ch-6 spaces stays the same through all rnds.)

  4. Rnd 17: Remove marker, ch-2 (first dc made), 2-dc into same ch-6 space, * 3-dc into next ch-6 space* around. Join with sl st into 2nd chain of beg ch-2. 63 (75) dc made.

  5. Rnds 18-20: Ch 2 (first dc), dc in each dc stitch, join with sl st in 2nd ch of beg ch-2.

  6. Cut end and weave in. With beginning tail, join edges of beg fdc rnd and weave in end. Block to measurements and shape to dry.


Foundation double crochet (fdc)
Ch-3, yo, insert hook under two strands of third chain from hook, yo, pull up a lp, yo, pull lp through 1 lp (3 lps on hook). Complete stitch as a normal double crochet (yo, pull through two lps) twice. First stitch made. *Yo, insert hook under two strands of first chain made. Yo, pull lp through ch, yo, pull lp through 1 lp (3 lps on hook). Complete stitch as a normal double crochet (yo, pull through two lps) twice. Second stitch made. Repeat from * for each stitch for desired length.

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I wondered about the name, and I still dont see the connection other than it reminds me of a fishing net. Nevertheless, this is a very nice cowl and a great accessory for Summer. The project wins points for me because it starts out with a Foundation row. Those always make life easier especially when youre working long rows. I use a stitch marker every 50 stitches to keep count.

Lovely cowl but the instructions are missing a step. It notes two different hook sizes, starts with one but does not mention the second. Also what is a TRC? Is it a triple crochet? The instructions do not look difficult, it is just that little details that are missing that could make the difference.

I found the same problem. When do you switch hooks? Did you figure it out? Thanks.

The patter calls for the 'K' to be used for the foundation row, then switch to the 'I' hook for the remainder of the pattern (the way I read the pattern have crocheted over 50 yrs. ) Suggest checking your gauge as well.

I wish there was actually the link to go right to the blog so I can get the pattern there, instead. I kind of feel like the abbreviated version posted above does not give me all the necessary information. For instance, where does it say we should make the switch to the "k" hook?

Wow this is a very elegant looking cowl. After reading the directions here on this page, I see this Curious Oyster Cowl is very easy to make. The pattern is easy to read and follow. A great beginners cowl or for a old timer like me who would love wearing a beautiful airy cowl. I love the color used and hope to find the yarn called for in the pattern. Thank you so much for sharing this crochet cowl pattern.

This is a very pretty project and very easy. And best of all I can use it here in Florida in the winter. Most are either too thick or the yarn is too heavy. This would be just great. Plus the open look is very in right now. Thank you for posting it.

When do you switch to using the I hook?

What a lovely color! It might seem like something you could only wear in the summer, but I love wearing colors like this in the winter too to brighten up the day.


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