My family and I lived in New Mexico for a number of years and visited Santa Fe many times. In the winter there, the Santa Fe Button Cowl would have come in handy. When the wind just goes right through you. If you have a wrap like this and wear it under a coat, you are golden when going outside in freezing temps. Far superior to a loosely tied traditional scarf in terms of protecting you from the cold. But, I had yet to pick up a crochet hook. The fiber arts bug had not bitten me just yet!
How Do You Crochet A Cowl For Beginners?
A cowl for today’s fashion is just a loosely worn scarf that can be a continuous circle or it can be buttoned around the neck. There are many patterns and styles that you can choose from. The Santa Fe Button Cowl is great for advanced beginners that are looking to do a little colorwork.
This pattern while easy to crochet does have a few extra steps such as sewing on the buttons and blocking to bring out the stitches.
I love the colors of dried red chiles, pink-tinged sand, adobe homes, and the bark of the Pinon Pine tree. All the colors remind me of the desert southwest. Of course, if you prefer to focus on the colors of the turquoise and silver of the region, that would make a beautiful Santa Fe Button Cowl as well. Also, if you have gradient yarn that you are dying to use then this cowl will showcase it very well.
If a 100% wool cowl seems like it will be too scratchy up against your neck. Or if you are allergic to animal fibers, you can certainly work this up in acrylic yarn. There are some very soft and anti-pilling yarns out there like this one from Lion Brand that I love.
Do I Really Need To Wet Block?
Yes. In this case. Yes. Only if you don’t want to struggle to put it on and have it drape properly. Think of this one as a special piece that needs your extra attention. It’s not the scarf that you find hidden under the passenger seat in your car when you go to the carwash and vacuum under the seats. We all have one of those.
How To Wear The Santa Fe Cowl
Take the cowl and drape it around your neck. Next, take the button side of the cowl and make sure the buttons are on the outside edge of the cowl. With the buttons on the far side of the cowl, take the other side and wrap it around the front of your neck. Button the top button first, then the middle, and then the corner button last. The Double Crochet 2 Together Cluster stitch is loose enough that this pattern does not have any buttonholes. The toggle buttons just slide right through. Now turn your cowl so that the pointed edge sits facing south or pointing down on your chest.
Santa Fe Button Cowl
Difficulty: Adventurous Beginner
Written in US Terms
Knitcrate Audine Wools Ambient Worsted 100% Peruvian Highland Wool, #4 med weight, in 4 colors. Approx. 600gm or 1150 yds used in total.
6mm J Crochet Hook
3 Toggle Style Buttons
Finished size: Approx. 40.5 in x 14.75 in wide
Gauge: 11 Sts. by 10 rows
SC: Single Crochet
DC2TOG Cluster: Double Crochet 2 Together Cluster
CH-SP: Chain Space
Daisy Farm Crafts has an excellent video tutorial on the Double Crochet 2 Together Cluster stitch found here.
I used 200gm of the rose color and 100gm of each other color. Knitcrate may or may not have this yarn still available so you can pick any palette of wool yarn that you like.
Color Change Chart Color Change Sequence
- A: Rose 350 yds
- B: Cream 200 yds
- C: Brown 200 yds
- D: Pink 200 yds
- E: Taupe 200 yds
Left to Right
A B C B D
A C A E D
E B A B C
B D A C A
E D E A
Each color is worked 4 rows before you change to the next color.
Row 1: In the 2nd CH from the hook SC in every loop to the end. CH 1 and turn.
Row 2: SC in the 1st ST. DC2Tog Cluster in the next ST. SC in the next ST. Alternate ST(S) all the way across. CH 1 and turn.
Row 3: Repeat row 2. CH 1 and turn.
Row 4: Repeat row 2. Change to Color B at the end of the row. CH 1 and turn.
Row 5: SC in each ST across the row. CH 1 and turn.
Row 6: Repeat row 2.
Row 7: Repeat row 2.
Row 8: Repeat row 2. Change to Color C at the end of the row. CH 1 and turn.
Repeat this pattern changing colors every 4 rows. Go according to the color chart.
Row 98: SC across the row. Fasten off and weave in ends.
Choose one side to sew the buttons on. Measure ½” in from both edges of the corner and sew one button. Next measure 7” from that button to place the 2nd button and sew. Then measure 7” from the 2nd button to place the 3rd button and sew.
The stitches create enough space to allow toggle buttons through to hold the neck wrap in place.
- Soak your Santa Fe Button Neck Wrap in cold water and a little wool soap such as this one, Eucalan Delicate Wash, for 20 minutes.
- Squeeze out the excess water without ringing the fabric. Especially if you decide to use wool.
- Lay the wrap out on a towel. Roll the wrap and towel together to get even more water out of the fabric.
- Get your blocking mats and t-pins and pin your finished piece. Let dry completely.
This cowl is wrapped!
I’m excited to see how your cowl turns out and please leave a picture of your project in the comments section down below!
If you liked this pattern take a look at my Lingonberry Eternity Scarf. It’s easy and has so much texture.