Fair Isle Crochet Cowl


Good news from the best island off of Scotland; we give you the Fair Isle Crochet Cowl. Although the Fair Isle technique is normally exclusive to knitting, we're giving you a crochet version of it! The x's and o's of this crochet pattern will remind any loved one of how you feel about them. Not to mention that this crochet cowl really is the fairest of them all. It's got a gorgeous pattern and colors to boot, so we suggest you get going on this one as a gift for the holiday season.


Crochet HookI/9 or 5.5 mm hook

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

Crochet Gauge14 sc = 4 [10 cm]; 16 rounds = 4 [10 cm] in single crochet and Fair Isle Chart. CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size hook to obtain the gauge.

Finished Size9.5 in x 22 in


  • RED HEART® Soft®: 1 ball each of -
    • 9388 Wheat A
    • 9870 Deep Sea B
    • 9440 Light Grey Heather C
    • 9520 Seafoam D
  • Susan Bates® Crochet Hook: 5.5mm [US I-9]
  • Yarn needle

Directions are for size Small/Medium; changes for sizes Large/X-Large are in parentheses.


  1. Cowl is worked in rounds. All rounds are worked with right side facing.
  2. Work all stitches in back loops only, unless pattern says to work into both loops.
  3. Pick up new yarn from under old to twist yarns and prevent holes. Carry colors not in use loosely along wrong side of work. On next round, work over carried yarn of previous round to hide.
  4. When changing colors, work last step of last st of previous color with new color.

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With A, ch 80 [100], slip st in first ch to form a ring, being careful not to twist chain.
Round 1 (Right Side): Ch 1 (does not count as a st here and throughout), working in both loops, sc in same st as join and each ch around, slip st in first sc to join – 80 (100) sc.
Round 2: Ch 1, working in back loops only and beginning with Round 2 of Fair Isle Chart, work 20-st repeat of Chart in sc around.

Working in back loops only, work Fair Isle Chart in sc until Round 32 has been completed, then work Rounds 1-5 once more. Fasten off.

Weave in ends.


  • A, B, C = Color A, B, C
  • ch = chain
  • cm = centimeters
  • mm = millimeters
  • sc = singlecrochet
  • st(s) = stitch(es).

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I can see that I would enjoy myself working this pattern by following the graph. Normally I don't gravitate toward graphs but this one looks kinda fun to do! I approve of the Red Heart Soft, by the way, and the colors are very subdued. Two thumbs up!

Ive never worked a Fair Isle crochet pattern, but I have done a bit of other types of chart work. The fact that this is worked as a flat piece makes me much more likely to tackle it. I love the Fair Isle look, but Ill probably change the color scheme on this one. With Christmas so close, I think Ill get out the colored pencils and see what I can do in holiday colors.

The colors used in this cowl are oh so gorgeous. Just by looking at the picture, I can tell this is going to be one of those very challenging projects. But the fact that someone has actually made it gives me hope. There are only two rows that are repeated and a color chart that needs to be followed while doing that. Cant wait.

It is pretty and looks warm and cosy which is exactly all the things I love in a cowl. My job mostly means I am outside in all seasons so cowls, shawls, scarves, wraps are necessities for me in colder weather so I can never have too many of them. The pattern is lovely, so clever, and I will post a pic if my temperamental PC will allow, lol!

There is too much effort in making this cowl but it's worth it. Looking at the picture here, I thought this project used a special yarn resulting to this beautiful design but the cowl is actually done in 4 different colors changing every time. Well, this is worth the time and effort as this Fair Isle Cowl is so beautiful.

The colors of this cowl make this cowl even more beautiful. I can't wait to try it. My local Michael's is having a sale on Red Heart Soft, so I will have to look for these colors. I know they have some of these colors, but I haven't seen others. If not, i will just have to order them.

I am going to make this beautiful cowl for my sister and a cousin for Christmas presents, they will both love it.

This is a beautiful Fair Isle Crochet Cowl that I have to try! The written directions looks easy enough but I have never done crochet with a chart. So I'm in for a new experience and hopping it comes out as good as the on in the picture. Thank you so much for sharing this free crochet pattern.

I've also never crocheted following a chart before but this cowl is so beautiful it would make an amazing addition to my winter wardrobe!


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