This lux crochet plaid sheepskin wool features a large 4-color buffalo plaid check pattern, but it’s also lined with buttery-soft faux sheepskin, making it so warm and cozy! It’s even a crochet projects that would be a great crochet item for men. So warm and easy to make! 

free crochet pattern faux sheepskin buffalo plaid cowl

I am closing Plaid Week 2018 with something gorgeous: this stylish crochet plaid sheepskin cowl. You will not believe how snuggly it feels with that faux sheepskin fabric (although if you finished the Plaid Sheepskin Blanket you might have an idea). I did a bit of dabbling with 4 colors last year with my plaid hat, but I wanted to feature at least one project this year with four colors. These gorgeous gray colors make this turn out so beautiful. 

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Honestly, I use most of the items I design/make as gifts for friends and family, but this…this I am keeping for myself. #sorrynotsorry

buffalo plaid cowl lined with sheepskin free crochet pattern


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H Hook
–  Worsted Weight Yarn in Black, White , Dark gray, Light Gray  
– 1/2 yard of faux sheepskin (I got mine at Joann Fabric and Crafts)
Darning Needle

Abbreviations: US Terms
Ch – chain
Sc – single crochet
Dc – Double Crochet
Sl st – Slip Stitch
St – stitch
BLO – Back Loops Only 

Gauge:  19 Sc = 5″ (Gauge Pattern)

Approx. Size: 30″ circumference and 14″ height. 

Note: the pattern is worked in a 4 color plaid and a 10 x 5 block. The color blocks will each be 10 sts wide and 5 rows tall. To do the 4 color plaid, you will sort your colors out labeling as Dark, Dark Mid, Light Mid and Light. For the pattern I used Stiletto (black) as my dark, Platinum as my Dark Mid, Sterling as my Light Mid, and Lace (white) as my Light. In the pattern, you will alternate between your Dark and your Dark Mid. When the last round for that block is finished, you will work the next round by alternating between your Light Mid and your Light. Your Light and Dark blocks should be diagonal and your Dark Mid and Light Mid blocks should be diagonal. 


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Crochet Plaid Sheepskin Cowl:

(Worked from the bottom up)
Begin with Sterling:
1. Beginning with a long tail, make sc foundation 25″ long with Sterling  – 120 sts
Being careful not to twist this row, join with the first sc. 

2. – 6. Ch 2 (does not count as first st) Dc in same st. Dc in next 8 sts (counts as the first block). Switch to Lace. Dc in next 10 sts. Alternate between Sterling and Lace every 10 stitches until you complete the round. Finished the very last dc with Sterling, to keep the seam clean. Join with a sl st. 
(on Round 6, finish the last dc with Stiletto). (119 sts)
7. – 11.  Ch 2 (does not count as first st) Dc in same st. Dc in next 8 sts. Switch to Platinum. Dc in next 10 sts. Alternate between Platinum and Stiletto every 10 stitches until you complete the round. Finished the very last dc with Stiletto, to keep the seam clean. Join with a sl st. 
(on Round 6, finish the last dc with Sterling). (119 sts)
12. – 31. Repeat rounds 2 – 11 respectively.  
32. With Sterling, ch 1. Sc in each st around. Join. (120 sts)

Go back to your foundation and using the long tail from the beginning, sew the bottom of the foundation sc together (where you joined with a sl st, the two stitches need to be attached at the bottom). 

crochet buffalo plaid cowl


Using your finished cowl as a guide, line it up with your faux sheepskin fabric, leaving yourself a generous seam allowance on the top and bottom, and a small seam allowance on the end. 
black and white crochet plaid cowl

Fold your piece so the right sides are together. Using your machine, sew the short sides of the sheepskin fabric   with your machine.

Place the newly sewn sheepskin tube inside the cowl, wrong sides facing each other.lining crochet buffalo plaid cowl

Fold down the top and bottom, so the fold is hidden between the two layers. Pin in to line a crochet cowl

Hand-sew around the top and bottom with a darning needle and some yarn (you can also use a regular needle and thread if you prefer). 

crochet pattern black and white buffalo plaid cowl free pattern

I think this cowl is also a perfect men’s accessory! I don’t design a lot of mens’ patterns, mostly because the men in my life don’t seem to care for crochet accessories, but I think any dapper dude or macho man could appreciate this crochet plaid cowl. 

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  1. I love this pattern. Where did you find the sheepskin? Thank you. I have a couple of grandsons that work outside, especially one needs this for sure. He works on the water year round and it is rough when it is cold.

  2. Is the stitch count a multiple of 10 or would it be 10+3 to include a turning chain? I want to make the blanket but love the larger blocks used for the cowl

    1. If you are starting with chains, then yes you would add 2-3 on the end (depending on how many you prefer). If you are working a foundation sc, then you can work in multiples of 10.

  3. how can I do this in a 3-color plaid? Would the stitch counts have to change for that? This is my first crochet plaid attempt :). Thanks in advance

    1. You don’t need to change any counts! Instead of using the second gray color in the second block row, just use the same gray as the first block row :) The gray blocks will be kitty-corner to each other.