Free Pattern: Alma Mater Scarf-Cowl

Updated: Mar 25

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I’m pretty excited to share this next pattern! The Alma Mater Scarf-Cowl was a creation for my oldest daughter to bring to school. Her school does a student auction twice a year, the first one is a silent auction, which this scarf was made for. This a fun opportunity to work with her on this piece, She decided on the size and type of stitch.

The stitch being used…

I went with the tulip stitch, which I found on Unraveled Mitten. My daughter said she thought an infinity scarf would be best, but didn’t want it to be the typical super long infinity scarf, so after some experimenting, we went with something that could be warn open (unwrapped around), or when wrapped around, actually fits the neck snugly. Hence… the Scarf-Cowl.

The Yarn…

The yarn was actually purchased specifically for this project. Back in September I made a trip out to Unwound in La Crosse, WI and decided to go during the Dye Monkey trunk show, and I’m so glad I did.

I’ve worked with a lot of different yarns and honestly, this is one of my absolute favorite brands of yarn to use. They are all small batch hand died, so no 2 are the same and they just work up beautifully! I highly recommend you try some. The skein I bought was a special dye work for Unwound, but she does do custom order and has colorways that would go with several school colors (in fact I’m eyeing one for a future project) 😉

But I digress…

This is a quick and easy project that I was able to get done with a day (which is amazing for me with 2 little ones all over the place)

Finished Measurements

(all are approximate)

Length (When folded in half)

  1. Adult: 17.5 inches (44.45 centimeters)


  1. Adult: 35 inches (88.9 centimeters)


  1. Adult: 4.5 inches (11.43 centimeters)

Yarn I Used

Colorway shown: Blue Aspen Skies [This one was an exclusive for Unwound in La Crosse, but any fingering weight yarn would work. I picked this colorway because it’s my daughter’s school colors, but any fingering weight will do. Just remember, that the chevron that happened may not happen on yours)

  • For project: approximately 230 yards

Crochet hook


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13 dc 6 rows approximately 2” square using G/6 (4.00 mm) hook.


  1. Gauge isn’t super important, but just remember, if you use larger yarn and hook, the scarf will be longer. Or… Vise-versa, if you use smaller yarn and hook, you will get a shorter scarf.

  2. To adjust length, increase or decrease the foundation single crochets by 4 stitches.


  1. Fsc 200

  2. Round 1: Dc in 3rd ch from hook, ch 2, sc in next ch * skip 2 chs. 2 dc in next ch, ch 2, sc in next ch. Repeat from * around. Slip stitch to the 1st stitch,Turn.

  3. Round 2-15: Ch 2, Skip 1st st. (2 dc, ch 2, sc) in ch 2 sp. *Skip 3 sts. (2 dc, ch 2, sc) in ch 2 sp. Repeat from * around, slip stitch to the first dc. Turn. (Round 15, do NOT turn)

  1. Round 16: chain 2, sc in the ch 2 sp, *ch3, sc in ch 2 sp* repeat around, ch 1, slip stitch in ch from first ch2.

  2. Round 17, ch1, 2sc in ch 2 space, sc in sc space, *3 sc in sc space, sc in sc space* repeat around, sc in last ch space​. Cut and weave ends

When you’re done… Take a Picture!

Make sure to share your completed Alma Mater Scarf-Cowl work with me on Instagram @thesmithcountry or use #TheSmithCountry and tag me on facebook, @thesmithcountry! I always love seeing the patterns I create come to life in your homes.

Making it as a gift? Don't forget the gift tag!

With a grateful heart,

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