Sunday, October 25, 2020

Beginner Tunisian Crochet Cowl

Hello! Today is my day for the Furls Blog Hop and I have a new, beginner Tunisian crochet pattern for ya'll! And if you love the yarn I used, I have a tutorial for ya'll to dye your own yarn too! I’ve been working on this collaboration with Furls Crochet for a while now, and I’m so excited to finally be sharing it with ya’ll today! Scroll down for the free pattern and the links to my blog post and video tutorial....Enjoy and Happy Crocheting!

I don’t know about ya’ll, but lately I am obsessed with cowls. I love wearing just a plain old loose fitting tank top with some stretchy pants and a jean jacket or flannel shirt, but when cooler weather hits, a cowl is the perfect addition for warmth and to add that touch of flare to a regular, boring everyday outfit.

If you have been around my blog or channel for awhile, you will know that I am also obsessed with Tunisian crochet. I love how this technique of crochet can make a piece look knitted or even woven. The cowl that I have designed has both of these obsessions. 

AND the coolest part is that I used my own hand dyed yarn, thanks to Furls Crochet, and I can teach you how to dye your own yarn with food coloring and other things found in most kitchens!

Disclaimer: Furls Crochet provided the yarn and hook support for this design. Some links in this post are affiliate links.

For my video tutorial on how I dyed this yarn, click here and for the written instructions, click here.

This cowl is a great beginner Tunisian crochet project. It has no increases, it is worked flat and then seamed up the back and it only uses 2 Tunisian crochet stitches, the Tunisian knit stitch and the Tunisian purl stitch. I thought this stockinette knit look texture would be lovely for the hand dyed yarn that I dyed but it would also look just as lovely with a plain, solid color yarn too, or even just a tonal. 

The border of this beautiful and simple cowl, is made with Tunisian purl stitches, which makes this piece have no curl at the bottom, so no need for blocking unless you just want to! 

This yarn is made from merino wool and nylon, so it has a very luxurious feel. The stitches used and this yarn makes for a gorgeous drape and if you choose to dye your own yarn or use a special set of yarn, it is so much fun and easy to watch the colors work up with these simple stitches.

Beginner Tunisian Crochet Cowl

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US Terminology




22" circumference and 12.5" tall

One size but the size can easily be adjusted (see notes)


14 stitches in tks and 14 rows = 4 inches 

Gauge is listed above but there are also helpful measurements throughout the pattern too and for gauge tips, see below in the notes section.


-Furls Whims Merino Medium 4 Weight Yarn (3 skeins) approximately 280g

-Size H (5.00 mm) 12” Furls Tunisian crochet hook or suitable Tunisian crochet hook


-Darning needle

-Optional: Measuring tape


ch: chain

yo: yarn over

st(s): stitch(es)

tks: tunisian knit stitch

tps: tunisian purl stitch

Notes, Tips and Tutorials

  • This pattern is worked best with at least a 12 inch Tunisian crochet hook.
  • This pattern is worked flat with the right side of the work facing.  
  • At the beginning of each row, the first stitch is on the hook and counts as a Tunisian knit stitch.
  • Do not turn your work at the beginning of each row. Each row is worked from right to left (forward pass) and then from left to right (return pass). 
  • Circumference of the cowl will be slightly smaller after it is seamed.
  • There is a gauge for this cowl but there are also helpful measurements throughout the pattern.
  • Size can be adjusted by adding as many more stitches as you need for the correct circumference and more rows for a taller/longer cowl.
  • To finish this cowl, you will seam up the back.

How To Work Into The Last Stitch Of The Row:

1. Tilt the work toward you and look for the last 2 vertical bars at the end of the row. (image 1)
2. Insert the hook under these last 2 vertical bars. (image 2)
3. Yarn over, (image 3)
4. and pull up a loop. (image 4)

If you are new to Tunisian Crochet and would like a quick beginner guide as a reference and help, read my, Tunisian Crochet Guide: 5 Things You Need To Know, which is published on the allfreecrochet website. I also have video tutorials, those links are below.

Video Tutorials

Tunisian Knit Stitch

Tunisian Purl Stitch

Gauge Tips and Tension

Use the recommended hook size or whatever hook size that helps you meet the correct gauge.

During the forward pass, make sure to pull up on the loops so that the gauge height is also correct.

When I Changed Colors:

R1-R15: Skein #1

*After R15, the cowl should measure approximately 4.5” tall.

R16-R30: Skein #2

*After R30, the cowl should measure approximately 8.5” tall.

R31-the end: Skein #3

*After R41, the cowl should measure approximately 12” tall.

How To Change Colors At The End Of A Row:

Make the color change during the return pass of the last row that you would like that color of yarn with. 

When there are 2 loops remaining on the hook (image 1), drop the working yarn, but pull it to the side (image 2).

Pick up the new yarn and yarn over the hook (image 3), and pull through the last 2 loops on the hook to finish the color change (image 4).

The Pattern

Please read all of the notes before beginning this pattern. (Helpful instructions on when I made my color changes are in the notes section too.)

R1: Forward Pass: ch 86, starting in the 2nd ch from the hook and working in the back humps of each ch, pick up a loop in each ch across. =86

Return Pass: yo and pull through 1 loop on the hook, *yo and pull through 2 loops on the hook. Repeat from the * across until 1 loop remains on the hook.

*should measure approximately 22.75” long.

R2: Forward Pass: tks (the loop on the hook), tps in each st across until 1 st remains, tks into the last st. =86

Return Pass: yo and pull through 1 loop on the hook, *yo and pull through 2 loops on the hook. Repeat from the * across until 1 loop remains on the hook.

*should measure approximately 22.5” long and 0.75” tall.

R3: Repeat R2

R4: Forward Pass: tks in each st across. =86

Return Pass: yo and pull through 1 loop on the hook, *yo and pull through 2 loops on the hook. Repeat from the * across until 1 loop remains on the hook.

R5-R41: Repeat R4

*should measure approximately 12” tall. 

R42-R43: Repeat R2

Bind Off: *Insert the hook into the next st (just like for a tks), yo and pull through all of the loops on the hook to create a slip stitch. Repeat from the * across. 

Cut the yarn and pull through the last stitch. Weave in the ends before seaming.


Use the mattress seam to seam up the back of the cowl.

How To Do The Mattress Seam

Below are instructions for the mattress seam. The project is a hat but the method is the same.

Cut a new piece of yarn long enough to seam the back of the cowl. The length of the cowl 4x is normally enough yarn to seam it with the mattress seam.

Using a darning needle, thread the yarn through the bottom corner of the cowl and then thread the yarn through the opposite bottom corner leaving the yarn loose. Switching back to the other side, pull the end row of stitches away to reveal a horizontal bar next to the first stitch. Thread the yarn through the horizontal bar loosely. On the opposite side, pull the end row of stitches away to reveal a horizontal bar next to the stitch and thread the yarn through it loosely. Keep repeating, back and forth, until you reach the top of the cowl. Pick up both ends of the yarn and lightly pull on the ends until the seam closes up. Weave in the ends.

The End!

Copyright ©2020

Alexandra Halsey of With Alex. You may sell any finished items, but I do request that you put a link back to my pattern and credit Alexandra Halsey for the original design under the Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike license. Do not copy, share, download or publicly display this pattern or parts of this pattern without permission, this includes video tutorials and photo tutorials.

If you make your own cowls, please tag me on social media so I can see!

Until next time,


and happy crocheting!