Thaxton Hooded Cowl


  • Supremely toasty and insulating. Knit look, stretchy.
  • Self-shaping decorative short rows.
  • Two options: generous cowl (450 yds) or hooded capelet (660 yds).

More details below.


This pattern offers two lengths plus a seaming alternative that creates a true hood. Even without a seamed hood, it’s long and stretchy enough to cover the head in the style of a wimple or “snood.”

This is my warmest, favorite winter accessory. It features my all-time favorite type of ribbing: crochet slip stitches worked into the back loop.

Luxuriously roomy, stretchy, warm and squishy, the Thaxton Cowl will keep your upper back and chest toasty whether worn like a collar or unfurled into a hood.

It’s a close-knit yet 100% crocheted cowl. The rows run from top to bottom of the cowl opening, so it’s crocheted side-to-side for change of pace. The lovely short row wedges allow it to flare at the shoulders yet cozy up to the neck. When not worn as a hood, the full-length version is long enough to be triple-folded. The shorter, yarn-conserving option is still roomy. The Notch scarf is based on these textured wedges.

Skill Level

Intermediate. Short rows are an Intermediate skill. Also, the hook-led stitch gauge is much looser than most crocheters were taught to use when they learned how to make their first slip stitches.

The slip stitch is elementary crochet, and I find that crocheting slip stitch short rows is a breeze. It adds just enough spice to a simple stitch to create that “Just one more row!” fun. If you haven’t tried slip stitch short rows yet, start with Slip Slope Scarf.

I’ve kept pattern abbreviations to a minimum and include International English equivalents for American terms.

?After using this pattern, you will know (if you didn’t already):

  • How to crochet stylish and stretchy slip stitch ribbing
  • How to shape a ribbed cowl with short rows
  • How to add decorative accents to short-rowed ribbing
  • How to seam a flared cowl into a hooded capelet
  • How to use a hook-led stitch gauge

Finished Dimensions (Unstretched)

21″ long (from neck opening to shoulder opening) X 22″ circumference at neck, widening to 43″ circumference at shoulder {53 cm X 56 cm & 110 cm}. Extra length is for doubling or tripling as a cowl when not worn over the head as a hood. The shorter cowl option can be easily be folded over once and is 16″ long {41 cm}.

These roomy dimensions are a guideline. They allow for the slightly tighter slip stitch ribbing that I see many crocheters making. (If your stitches are tighter, the overall finished dimensions of the cowl and hood will be smaller.) Pattern includes customizing options if your stitches are coming out tighter or looser so that you can end up with the fit you prefer.


  • Crochet Hook: Size J/US10/6.0mm hook.
  • Size #4 Medium yarn: Misti Alpaca Tonos Worsted (50% baby alpaca, 50% merino wool, 218yd/200m per 3.5oz/100g skein), 2.5 skeins (approx. 550 yds/500m) of color TW10 (raspberry red) for the roomy longer hooded cowl pictured; 2 full skeins (approx. 440yds/400m) for a shorter cowl.

Substituting a yarn: The best fibers for this project add bounce and plump stretchiness to the cowl because of their wool or acrylic content. A special upscale yarn with tonal hand dyeing adds to the experience. Choose a #4 medium-weight yarn that lists a crochet hook size range from US H/8/5mm-J/10/6mm on its label. These yarns may also be referred to as Heavy Worsted, Aran, Afghan, and occasionally “Light Chunky” Weight.

  • Stitch markers: Two or more until you can recognize the last slip stitch of each row.

Additional information


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Slip Stitch Crochet, Convertible Styles/Options


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