This crochet baby hooded cowl is perfect for keeping those little heads warm! The construction allows this baby crochet hood to stay on baby’s head easier and longer, and it perfect for winter walks or rushing from the warm house to the warm car! This post contains affair links, thanks for your support! 

Free Crochet Pattern - Crochet Baby Hooded Cowl | Keep baby warm and cozy in this hood cowl.

We have run into a bit of a problem. The weather has turned cold–real cold, and Sis doesn’t seem to think she needs anything on her bald head, or tiny feet.
I beg to differ.

I would say we are at an impasse, but I AM THE PARENT.
So I came up with a solution – a crochet baby hooded cowl.
She is a little fox and can still get this hooded cowl off when she is undisturbed in her carseat for long period of time, however, it DOES stay on her head most of the time particularly during the dash from our warm house to the warm car. It has been a welcome solution!

Free Crochet Pattern - Crochet Baby Hooded Cowl | Keep baby warm and cozy in this hood cowl.

Isn’t the grit stitch so lovely? That beautiful texture is created by working a sc and dc in the same stitch, then skipping the next stitch to keep the count consistent. I absolutely love this stitch! The silky yarn is perfect for this crochet baby hooded cowl, too.  Mighty Stitch yarn works so well for baby items. It’s SO soft, and it’s an acrylic/wool blend, so I know she will be so cozy in her hooded cowl.


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Abbreviations: (American Terms)                   

St – Stich
Ch – Chain
Sl st – Slip Stitch
Sc – Single crochet
Dc – Double Crochet
Hdc – Half Double Crochet
Sk – Skip

Gauge: 7 sts = 2″(GAUGE PATTERN)

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Ribbed Cowl: 

Approx. 14″ long

Ch 20.
1. Hdc in 2nd ch from hook. Hdc in next 18 chs. Turn. ( 19 sts) 
2. – 36. Work in Back Loops Only (BLO)
Ch 1. Hdc in same st. Hdc in next 18 sts. Turn. (19 sts) 

Fold piece in half with ribs going vertically. Sl st down the side forming a cowl.


Approx 14″ long
Ch 26.
1. Hdc in 2nd ch from hook. Hdc in next 24 chs. Turn. (25 sts)
2. – 45.  Ch 1. Sc, dc in same st as ch. *Sk next st. Sc, dc in next st.* work 11 times. Sk next st. Sc in last st. Turn. (25 sts)
46. Ch 1. Hdc in each st across. Tie off.

Hooded Cowl Construction: 


Fold hood in half, with the one hdc end laying on the other. Sl st along the top with the hdc row facing in the front of the hood. Next, place the hood inside the inside-out cowl, so right sides are facing each other. Pin in place.

Using your needle and a length of same-color yarn, overcast stitch all around where your pins are. Flip the cowl down.

Free Crochet Pattern - Crochet Baby Hooded Cowl | Keep baby warm and cozy in this hood cowl.

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  1. I do not understand how to assemble this. Do you have a video or more pictures. I’m really confused. I am ready to assemble and have taken it apart because it doesnt look right. Thank you

  2. I love this pattern. The perfect gift for my great-nieces and nephews for Christmas! Thank you so much for sharing your pattern.

  3. I just finished this for my 1yo daughter. It’s the sweetest thing I’ve ever seen!! Works up fast and super simple. Great pattern! Thanks!

  4. Hi Beth

    I got this pattern a week ago and just finished it for my special needs granddaughter. She refuses to wear anything on her head. This worked up perfectly and am happy to announce she loves it. She picked the color. Pur-ple! She saw herself in the mirror and said pretty. #win

    She is 27 months old so I did the toddler size. I saw another lady voice her concern that the cowl and hood didn’t mat up. I found my center points and used clips to help match up and stay in place. I also added a Pom-Pom to the back and stitched the hood closed on the outside for a different look. Let me know if you want pics.

  5. Hi Bethany! I’m working on this as we speak..completed the cowl part.. I’m now working on the hood..but as I’m progressing it’s looking like my hood is going to be to small with no give to connect to the cowl😱..the cowl part is looking much bigger.. Am I panicking to soon???

  6. I just absolutely love your patience and how you write! Very few have the enormous courage it takes to put themselves, and their loved ones, out there! For all of us die hard yarn addicts to learn from and admire:)

  7. Hi,
    i have a questions since i am trying to make something similar. when you say the hood is 14in is that from one crown to shoulder so total of 28″ what size babyis this for is this for <1yo or 1 yo. i am trying to make on for a very small 18month old just trying to get an idea of how many rows to make the hood.thanks

  8. She is so cute and apparently smart like her mama. Good thing you have more experience than she does so you can stay one step ahead of her. :)

  9. Hi Bethany !
    Thank you for such a beautiful pattern, I look forward to trying it. We have a Grandson who likes hats but decides he doesn’t need one on and throws it away often !
    I live in Australia, so am not sure of the yarn sizing. I will have a look next time I am at a store and hopefully be able to purchase some. Also I am not sure about the hook sizing, do you know if English, Aussie & American hooks are the same size ? Probably a silly question, but I am not sure as all pattern I have used are Aussie ones (Australian) Thank you. Oh and the little child is adorable !

    1. Thank you so much! I think medium yarn is like Aran, do you have that? And I am not sure about the hooks, but I bet you could google it and find out!

  10. Hi: This is so cute. my question, on the first row, chain 20 work hdc in second from chain? I have one chain left, so should there be 19 hdc?

    1. Hi Gail! You use one ch to turn (the first one from the hook), so that won’t have a stitch in it. Then you work a hdc in the 2nd ch from hook. Then you work 18 more, so a total of 19 for the row.

  11. Hi,
    I keep running into an issue with the number of stitches in the cowl. If I follow your pattern, I keep ending up one stitch short in Row 2. Chain 1, HDC in the *same* stitch, then HDC 18 leaves me one short. I would need to HDC 19 to get to the end of the row. Any idea where I’m going wrong?

    1. The ch is a total of 20. You lose one when you turn for a total of 19 for the row. The first hdc counts as one, then you work 18 after than for a total of 19 for the row.

  12. Love this pattern. Gave the same issue with my granddaughter. She can’t pull this one off……yet. :)
    Thanks for sharing

  13. Hi Bethany
    I don’t understand the Row 2-45 where in the instructions it says ” Work 11 times ”
    Could you explain this to me
    Thank You

  14. Hi Bethany:
    It’s Teresa again-thank you for responding so quickly to my first question.
    My next question involves Row 2-45
    What does it mean when you say ” Work 11 times
    I think I understand the ” Skip next ST. SC, DC stitch ” but it is after that it says to work 11 times.
    Sorry to bother you and I’m sure some people on your site will think this is a really dumb question but I really don’t know what this means.
    Thanks so Much

    1. I have this problem on that row as well and my stitches do not come up to the count of 25 I am so low where am I going wrong? I have torn this out 4 times now and go back to the beginning The cowl was easy and I have not done this crochet in years.

  15. Hi my name is Teresa and I’m new to crocheting-very new.
    I want to make this pattern for our first expected grandchild. I just want to make sure I’m doing Row 2-36 properly.
    After I chain 1 do I HDC in the BLO of that ist chain and in every chain after. I hope you can understand my question.
    Any help would be appreciated and Thank You so much for this pattern and all the time you must spend to get these patterns to newcomers like myself.