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Free Waves Stitch Pattern + Cowl Tutorial!

One of my favorite stitches is the wave stitch. So, when Maddie asked for a scarf for fall, I knew right where to turn!

First, I pulled out a SpaceCadet Rainbow Mini-Skein Bundle and let Maddie choose the colors she wanted.

Rainbow Mini skeins for FreshStitches from SpaceCadet

(Since each mini-skein is 70 yards, I needed less than 3 to make a baby cowl… but one set would more than make an adult one!) Maddie is really into red, so she selected the red, pink and orange.

Then, I grabbed a hook and started crocheting! With this fingering weight yarn, I used a C hook.
free crochet cowl tutorial
The result is lovely and drapey… and Maddie loves it!

Let me give you the pattern!

The Waves Pattern

In this pattern. . .

  • sl= slip stitch
  • sc= single crochet
  • dc= double crochet
  • hdc= half double crochet
  • tr= treble crochet
    Free Crochet cowl tutorial
    With A, ch 30.
    Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across. (29)
    Row 2: With A, ch 1, turn, sc in next sc, * sc in next sc, hdc in next 2 sts, dc in next 2 sts, tr in next 3 sts, dc in next 2 sts, hdc in next 2 sts, sc in next 2 sts. Repeat from * once. (29)
    Row 3: Ch 1, turn. Sc in each st. (29)
    Row 4: With B, Ch 4 (counts as tr), turn. * Tr in next st, dc in next 2 sts, hdc in next 2 sts, sc in next 3 sts, hdc in next 2 sts, dc in next 2 sts, tr in next 2 sts. Repeat from * once.
    Row 5: Ch 1, turn. Sc in each st. (29)
    Repeat rows 2-5 until piece measures desired length (circumference of the cowl) and fasten off and sew ends together!

Free Waves cowl pattern

I used this pattern to make a cowl, but you can also use this pattern (repeating rows 2-5 until piece measures 5.5″ long) and add with other blocks to make a sampler cowl!
freshstitches sampler cowl

Visit this blog post for a granny square pattern!

What are you going to make?

So… you have the pattern for the waves stitch. . . what are you waiting for to get started? I can’t wait to see what you make!


  1. Justine SAYS...

    Super cute! Did you have a plan for how you spaced the three colors?

    • Nothing sophisticated 🙂 I alternated two colors until one ran out, then switched to another! I don’t think you want to do 3 colors at once, because then the carry (the unused yarn) gets too long, which means you’d need to cut the yarn and weave in every time. Oy!

  2. Essie Munro SAYS...

    Thank you for the cute pattern. Your little girl is so adorable and the cowl looks really good on her.

  3. Renee Johnson SAYS...

    Hi Stacey,
    Amazing & Cute Cowl pattern. Thank you for sharing! I’m Making it Today for my Grandchild.

  4. Renee Johnson SAYS...

    Hi Syacey, The Cowl is really so Nice and just what I’ve been looking for. My daughter is always asking me to make one for my Grandson, & now I have two Grandsons. I’ll just do it in boy colors! Thank you for sharing! New Subscriber

    • Thanks for coming by! Yes, it’s such a great pattern for both boys and girls!

  5. Mary SAYS...

    Thank you so much for this pattern!!! I’ve been looking for a wave pattern for a scarf/cowl and this is super easy to understand!!!