Stella Cowl Free Crochet Pattern

Stella was the nurse that took care of my husband while he was in the hospital recovering from surgery. I don’t have a ton of experience with hospitals (thankfully), but from my perspective Stella was the kind of nurse you want taking care of you. As I sat there one of the days, I focused on designing some new items.

Cowls are my favorite crochet item to make. They work up fast so it’s easy to make them in multiple colors or styles.

As for Stella, I was so impressed with her care that I’ve designed a whole collection of patterns called the Stella Collection.


Finished Size:  20” circumference x 8½” tall

Yarn – #4 worsted weight – 2.5 oz./150 yds
Samples used: Lion Brand Touch of Alpaca Blush

Hook: K/10.5 (6.50 mm)

Gauge:  4.5 v-sts and 6 rows = 3.5 inches      

Special Stitches:
– V-stitch (v-st) – (dc, ch 1, dc) in next st or ch.
– Cluster (cl) – yo, insert hook in space indicated, yo, pull up a loop, yo, pull through 2 loops on hook, (yo, insert hook into same space, yo, pull up loop, yo, pull through 2 loops on hook) 2 times, yo, pull through remaining 4 loops.

blo – back loop only
ch – chain
cl – cluster
dc – double crochet
sc – single crochet 
sl st – slip stitch 
v-st – v-stitch
yo – yarn over

For a full list of abbreviations, please see my List of Abbreviations.


Ch 78, sl st in 1st ch to join making sure not to twist beg ch.
Round 1: Ch 4 (counts as dc and ch 1), dc in same ch as beg ch 4, sk next 2 ch, *v-st in next ch, sk next 2 ch, rep from * around, sl st in 3rd ch of beg ch 4 to join, turn. (26 v-sts)

Round 2: Ch 1, *cluster in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, rep from * around, sl st in 1st cluster to join, turn. (26 clusters)

Round 3: Ch 1, *v-st in top of next cluster, rep from * around, sl st in 1st dc to join, turn.(26 v-sts)

Rounds 4 – 15: Rep Rounds 2 – 3.

Round 16: Ch 1, sc in each st and space around.
Fasten off.

Opposite Border
Attach with sl st in any beg ch,
Round 1:
Ch 1, sc in each ch around.
Fasten off.

The downloadable ad-free PDF is available for purchase in my shops for a small fee:


There is more to the Stella Collection. Check out the other patterns below.

Stella Triangular Scarf 
Stella Asymmetrical Shawl 

Happy Crocheting!

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