Reversible Plaid Cowl

Its all about plaid lately, and crochet isn’t any exception since Whistle & Ivy’s plaid pattern just about broke the internet.  It is such a great pattern because it is so versatile. You can apply the basic plaid concept to just about every crochet project you could want to make!

While working on an adult sized plaid cowl for a friend, I just wasn’t completely satisfied with the finished product.  It seemed to be missing something, and was just kind of “blah”.  While laying awake at night (darn pregnancy insomnia) this idea came to me: make the scarf reversible, and add buttons so you can show off a little peek of the other side.  The buttons also allow you to pull the cowl down off of your chin so its not quite so “all up in yo face”.

You can also wear the cowl without the button done up, leaving you with a basic cowl.  So by adding the extra colour, and two buttons, I have essentially created a 4-in-1 cowl.  One quick and easy cowl with four different wearing options? Pretty sweet deal if you ask me.

For this pattern I made a basic grey cowl (pattern below), and a separate plaid cowl using Whistle and Ivy’s basic plaid concept.  I used a very thick yarn, which added lots of bulk to the cowl, so if you are looking for something a touch thinner and lighter just use a lighter yarn.

The toggles feed through any gap in the dc stitches so you don’t need to make a button hole in the pattern.  See the pattern below for all of the details on finishing touches or click here to order yourself this amazingly versatile cowl.


Reversible Plaid Cowl 

What you will need:

  • Bulky weight yarn – I used Bernat Softee Chunky in Black, Berry Red, Wine and Grey Heather (you will need about 1 ball of the black, berry red and wine, and 1.5 balls of the grey heather).
  • 2 buttons or toggles
  • Size 8mm crochet hook
  • Tapestry needle for weaving in ends and sewing cowls together.


Plaid Cowl:

Chain desired length in multiples of 6. Join ends being sure not to twist your chain.

Row 1: Ch 1. SC in each ch around. Join with slst to the first sc.

Row 2: Ch 2 (counts as your first chain). HDC in each st around. Join with slst to the second ch in your first ch 2.

Row 3-10: See Whistle & Ivy’s Plaid Pattern.

Row 11: Ch 2 (counts as your first chain). HDC in each st around. Join with slst to the second ch in your first ch 2.

Row 12: Ch 1. SC in each st around. Join with slst to the first sc.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Grey Cowl: 

Chain desired length (try to match the size of the plaid cowl). Join ends being sure not to twist your chain.

Row 1-11: Ch 2 (counts as your first dc). DC in each st around. Join with slst to the 2 ch in your first ch 2.

Fasten off and weave in ends.


Turn your plaid cowl inside out and tuck it inside your grey cowl. Be sure to line up the seams (if you can see them).

Use your tapestry needle to sew the cowls together on the top and the bottom.

With the grey side facing out, lay the cowl flat so you have the front of the cowl facing you.  Sew the first toggle (or button) on to the top right hand corner of the front of the cowl.

Now flip the plaid side out and lay the cowl flat so you have the front of the cowl facing you.  The first toggle should now be located on the inside of the cowl, but on the bottom right hand corner. Sew the second toggle (or button) on to the top left hand corner of the front of the cowl.

Weave in all your ends and enjoy your amazing cowl!

There you have it! I am so thrilled with how this turned out. Such a great feeling when your ideas and thoughts actually look how you imagined once you create them.  I was actually a bit disappointed that my friend who I made this for loved it so much, since I would’ve loved to keep it for myself.  Guess I need to make another one 🙂

Happy crafting!

~ Jess


12 thoughts on “Reversible Plaid Cowl

    1. Hi Michelle! So sorry it took me so long to respond! Silly spam checker failed and sent a few of my comments to the spam box. Anyways, I chained 60, so if you are using the same yarn and same hook 60 should work for you! Otherwise you can adjust as long as you keep the multiple of 6 for the plaid pattern. Hope you enjoy it!

  1. Thanks for this! That’s a really cool idea, I love cowls but they do have a tendency to get all up in yo face, especially when I wear them to work and have to be able to function in them. Also thanks for linking to that plaid pattern video, that is so cool and so easy, I’m going to have to try it!

  2. Wow…I love this! My daughter actually sent me the link asking if I could make her one…I read through your pattern and watched the video to see how to crochet in plaid. Great pattern, really awesome, helpful instructional video. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful pattern. I can’t wait to get started…! ?

  3. Sorry if this has posted a ton of times but this is new to me. Couple of questions for you. How many stitches were used in the picture? What size hook did you use? What are the toggle and/or buttons used for? Are they to secure the cowl down while you are wearing it? I guess I don’t understand the use of these. Can’t wait to get started. Also just signed up for the blog!

    1. Kerri, I used a 8 mm crochet hook which is a size L I believe in US measurements if that’s where you are! I did the cowl with 60 stitches which fit me well.
      The toggles can be used or not used. You fasten one on to both the inside and the outside of the cowl, and then you can use them to pull the cowl down out of your face and secure it. It also allows you to see the opposite side of the cowl, so if you were wearing the grey side up you could show off a little plaid.
      I hope this helps! Let me know if you have more questions for me!
      Thanks for the subscription!

  4. I love this it is so beautiful. I do have trouble with crocheting in the round. I wonder can you crochet it flat and then join?

    1. Becky, I don’t see why not! Whistle and ivy has a great tutorial on doing the plaid pattern flat as well as in the round. When doing it flat you just need to ensure you carry and hide the yarn since you’ll be working both sides.

  5. Thank you for the beautiful pattern. Did you do your starting chain and the first two rows in Black for the plaid part?

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