Circle of Friends Hat and Cowl – Free Crochet Pattern

Circle of Friends

This matching cowl and beanie set will keep all your loved ones snug and warm with as many size variations as there are dear ones in your life! This cheery pattern features playful stripes and circles then is finished off with a perfect pompom. The two layers on the cowl and hat will keep you doubly warm and comfortable.

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Berroco Fiora 40% cotton/30% viscose/15% alpaca/10% nylon/5% wool lightweight yarn (3.5 oz/100 g/246 yards per skein) in #3835 Bristol (CA), #3814 Elberta (CB) and #3812 Tybee (CC).
Skeins per size:
Sizes 0—6 months, 6—12 months, and Toddler: 3 skeins total, one in each color.
Sizes Child and Adult: 6 skeins total, two in each color.

Hook size: 4.5 mm

Pattern Info

Gauge: 16 sts and 18 rows = 4” in sc

Skill level: 3 Intermediate

Necessary Skills: Basic stitches, colorwork, working in the round, sc2tog decrease


[ ] Work instructions within brackets as many times as directed.
( ) Used for additional or clarifying information.

ch chain
dc double crochet
rep repeat
rnd round
sc single crochet
sl st slip stitch
st(s) stitch(es)
WS wrong side
xs times
magic circle – Wrap yarn around the index finger of your left hand twice. Holding crochet hook in your right hand, insert hook under the two yarn loops and hook the yarn coming from the skein or ball, pull loop through.

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Pattern Sizes

First number – Cast on # for hat; Second number – Cast on # for cowl

0—6 months 54, 63

6—12 months 63, 72

Toddler 72, 81

Child 81, 90

Adult 90, 99

Hat Pattern

Notes: Weave in loose ends as work progresses.
Rnd 1: With CA, using the magic circle and leaving a 6” tail for cinching later, ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), work half of the dc stitches needed for preferred size into circle (if it’s an odd number work half the number minus 0.5), sl st in 1st dc to close circle. Do not cinch the hole together.
Rnd 2: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), dc in same st as ch, 2 dc in each st around (if your number was odd work 3 sts to the last st to make rnd 2 = your preferred size, sl st in 1st dc to close circle. (stitch count: dc sts = preferred size)
Rnd 3: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), dc in each st around, sl st in 1st dc to close circle. (no increase)
Sizes 0—6 months, 6—12 months and Toddler: Move onto pre-colorwork rnd 1.
Child size: Rep rnd 3 2xs more, then move onto pre-colorwork rnd 1.
Adult size: Rep rnd 3 4xs more, then move onto pre-colorwork rnd 1.
Rnd 1: Working in a spiral (do not connect rnds), sc in each st around.

Color chart for 15 rnds—
1 square = 1 sc.
Each size rep color chart around rnd.
Sizes will have 6 (7, 8, 9, 10) circles.
Each circle in pink and space between in green = 9 sts.
When switching colors, switch on the last yarn- over of the previous sc.
Color chart rnds:
1 – 4 BL only
5 – 13 both loops
14 – 15 BL only

Post Colorwork Rnds—
Rnd 1: Switch to CA, working in BL only, sc in each st around.
Rnd 2: Sc in each st around.
Rnds 3 – end: Rep rnd 2 one (three, six, ten fourteen) times, then move onto CC interior.

CC interior—
Note: You can adjust the number of rnds depending on which color you want to show and how long you want your hat. Continue with CA rnds or move onto CC accordingly.
Rnds 1 – end of section: Switch to CC, sc in each st around each rnd until hat section in CC = number of sc rnds worked on the exterior. Do not finish off.

CC decrease rnds—
Note: Move markers each round as needed. Each rnd decreases by 7 sts. Be sure all ends are woven in and finished off before continuing because hat will be closed off to the inside once decrease rnds are complete.
Rnd 1: [Sc in next 7 sts, sc2sog (place marker)] rep around.
Rnd 2: Sc in each st around working a sc2tog at each marker.
Rnds 3 – end: Rep rnd 2 until only sc2tog sts remain around the rnd. Finish off.

To finish–
Create a pompom with CB.
Cinch initial CA hole. Weave tail though final rnd of sts in CC and cinch hole closed. Push CC section of hat to the inside and attach the pompom to top of the hat securing CC and CA together.

Cowl Pattern

Notes: Weave in loose ends as work progresses.
With CA, ch the cast on # for size (see size chart) and sl st in 1st ch made to connect chain in a circle.
Rnd 1: Sc in each st around.

Color Chart:

Rnds 2 – end of colorwork: Working sc in the BL only, repeat color chart 2xs for sizes 0—6 months, 6—12 months and Toddler; 3xs for Child; and 4xs for Adult.
Once repeats are complete, finish with 2 rnds of CA (green).

Inside of cowl-
Attach CC and working in a spiral, sc in each st around until CC section is the same number of rnds as the colorwork section.
Finish off.
To finish:
With WS facing, tuck CC inside of color-worked section, sew initial ch rnd and final rnd together using a length of CC.

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