Woodland Trekke Cowl – I’ll Take Some Fresh Air, Please!
Super short days of winter sunlight make me appreciate all of the time I can manage to get outside. Small snippets of fresh air to get the squiggleys out of my little ones and planned time for hiking adventures are my regular go-tos for recharging my positive energy.
As my little ones (maybe not so little any more but still super full of squiggleys) keep outgrowing their winter accessories, I get to create more and more designs for us.
Because this cowl was designed with my kids in mind, I used Knit Picks organic worsted weight cotton yarn for my initial designs. Then I went to my go to wool/alpaca yarn, Drops Nepal, to create a super warm fabric for super cold days!
I am happy with the gauge similarity for both yarns.
But the fabric drape is very different – not in a bad way! Drops Nepal is very springy and the cowl has a lot of substance standing against my neck. The post stitches really help the fabric to “stay in place.” The Knit Picks cotton yarn is smooth to the touch and creates luscious folds when worn. So, we have choices.
The Woodland Trekke Cowl is part of an accessory set that also includes a pattern for a matching ear warmer. Check out the free pattern for the Woodland Trekke Ear Warmer.
The full free pattern is provided below including all sizes, materials, and notes. An ad-free PDF version of the Woodland Trekke Cowl pattern is also available for you to purchase, download, and print out.
More pattern information below!
10 x 7 in [14 x 9.5 in] length x height assembled
25 x 18 cm [35 x 24 cm] length x height assembled
♥ Approximately 200  yards heavy worsted or aran weight yarn. Organic cotton pictured.
♥ Crochet hook: Size I/9 (5.5 mm) or size needed to obtain gauge
♥ Tapestry needle
In half double crochet post stitches, 9 stitches and 6 rows = 2 in (5 cm).
Skill Level: Easy
Pattern written for toddler/child’s small; changes for adult in [ ].
Please take time to create a gauge sample before beginning work.
If necessary, light blocking only.
The yarn used for these items contains natural fiber and requires special laundering. Please read yarn labels and follow directions to maintain the life of your crochet work.
Half double crochet in bottom loop (Back Bar) of foundation chain:
Turn your foundation chain upside down and crochet in the row of single “bumps” or loops created on the bottom when you made the chain.
Front post half double crochet:
Yarn over, insert hook right to left behind the half double crochet post from row below, yarn over and finish stitch as a half double crochet.
Back post half double crochet:
Yarn over, insert hook right to left in front of the half double crochet post from row below, yarn over and finish stitch as a half double crochet.
Crochet the Woodland Trekke Cowl
Chain 27  turn.
Working in bottom loop of foundation chain (see Special Stitches section for instructions), half double crochet in second chain from hook and each stitch of bottom loop of foundation chain to end of row, turn. (26  stitches total)
*Chain 1, single crochet in first 2  stitches of row, back post half double crochet in next 2  stitches, single crochet in next 4  stitches, back post half double crochet in next 10  stitches, single crochet in next 4  stitches, back post half double crochet in next 2  stitches, single crochet in last 2  stitches of row. (When stitching the single crochet, pull up a loop to the height of your work.)
Chain 1, single crochet in first 2  stitches of row, front post half double crochet in next 2  stitches, single crochet in next 4  stitches, front post half double crochet in next 10  stitches, single crochet in next 4  stitches, front post half double crochet in next 2  stitches, single crochet in last 2  stitches of row.
Rows 4 to 65 :
Alternating Rows 2 and 3, repeat from * for number of rows indicated.
Do not fasten off.
Fold cowl with right side facing in. Match base foundation chain row with final row in pattern. With seam matched, slip stitch across row to create seam.
See Seaming Figures 1-3.
Do not fasten off.
With right side facing out, loosely slip stitch around upper edge of cowl.
With right side facing out, beginning at seam of unfinished edge, loosely slip stitch around other edge of cowl.
Weave in loose ends.