Protect your neck from harsh winds this winter with the Flying Geese crochet hooded cowl pattern! Bulky yarn and a dense stitch pattern combine to make a tubular hooded cowl that really keeps you warm.
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Several years ago, I designed a series of patterns inspired by pioneering women of aviation. Several are available for free on my blog, including the Flirty Marvel Skirt, inspired by Marvel Crosson, and An Unconventional Aviator, inspired by Amelia Earhart. The Flying Geese Hooded Cowl is part of that series. It was originally a premium pattern, but since the yarn is now discontinued, I decided to switch it to a free pattern.
Amy Johnson, an English aviatrix who set many flight records in the 1930s and rose to the ranks of First Officer in the Air Transport Auxiliary during World War II, was the inspiration behind this pattern. She died in a crash in 1941 under disputed circumstances during a mission and her body was never recovered.
There is a very iconic photo of Amy with a scrumptious collar, and this inspired me to design a crochet hooded cowl pattern that could keep you extra warm. The post stitch pattern creates upturned arrows that mimic the flying geese quilting pattern. The bulky yarn adds an extra layer of protection against harsh winds.
This was one of the rare times when I’ve completed a design well in advance of it being published, and I was able to do a proper photo shoot with models and on location! To complete the look, I’m grateful to Carla Dawn Behrle for lending out the custom made leather top and the Old Rhinebeck Aerodome for the awesome background!
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Flying Geese Hooded Cowl
Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter
This pattern is inspired by an iconic picture of Amy Johnson, a pioneering English aviatrix. The post stitch pattern creates upturned arrows that mimic the flying geese quilting pattern. The bulky yarn adds an extra layer of protection against harsh winds.
- 23” (58 cm) circumference x 22” (56 cm) tall.
- Kraemer Yarns Mauch Chunky (100% wool, 3.5 oz/100 g, 120 yd/110 m) – 4 skeins Thyme, or approximately 480 yd (439 m) in any bulky weight yarn.
- US L-11/8 mm crochet hook, or any size needed to obtain gauge.
- Yarn needle.
- 11 sts in pattern = 4” (10 cm). Exact gauge is not critical for this project.
Abbreviations Used in This Pattern
- ch – chain
- ea – each
- FPtr4tog – front post treble 4 stitches together (decrease) – *Yo twice, insert hook from front around post back to front of next tr 1 row below, yo and draw up a loop, [yo and draw through 2 loops] twice; rep from * 3 more times, yo and draw through 5 sts on hook, sk sts behind FPtr4tog on current row. (See Pattern Notes for helpful video tutorials.)
- FPtr8tog – front post treble 8 stitches together (decrease) – *Yo twice, insert hook from front around post back to front of next tr 1 row below, yo and draw up a loop, [yo and draw through 2 loops] twice;** rep from * 3 more times, sk sc, rep from * to ** 4 times, yo and draw through 9 sts on hook, sk sts behind FPtr8tog on current row. (See Pattern Notes for helpful video tutorials.)
- pm – place marker
- rep – repeat
- Rnd(s) – Round(s)
- sc – single crochet
- sk – skip
- sl st – slip stitch
- sp – space
- st(s) – stitch(es)
- tr – treble (triple) crochet
- WS – wrong side (inside)
- yo – yarn over
- Repeat instructions after asterisks as indicated.
-  Repeat instructions between brackets as indicated.
- Leisure Arts has a helpful video tutorial for the front post treble crochet stitch here.
- Kirstin Omdahl has a helpful video tutorial for the tr4tog here.
- Cowl is crocheted in the round with wrong side facing and turned right side out after finishing.
- Ch 65.
- Set Up Row: Turn, sk 1, sc in ea st across. Being careful not to twist, join with sl st to top of first sc. Pm and move up marker ea Rnd to mark end of Rnd. (64 sts)
- Rnd 1 (WS): Ch 4 (counts as first tr, here and throughout), 3 tr in same st, sk 3 sts, *sc, sk 3 sts,** 7 tr in next st, sk 3 sts; rep from * around, ending last rep after **, 3 tr in first st, join with sl st to top of first ch 4.
- Rnd 2 (WS): Ch 1, sc in same st, sk 3 sts, *(4 tr, ch 2, 4 tr) in next sc, sk 3 sts,** sc in next tr, sk 3 sts; rep from * around, ending last rep after **, join with sl st to first sc.
- Rnd 3 (WS): Ch 1, FPtr4tog around first 4 tr 1 row below, *ch 3, sc in ch-2 sp, ch 3,** FPtr8tog; rep from * around, ending last rep with 4 tr remaining, FPtr4tog around last 4 tr, join with sl st to first FPtr4tog.
- Rnd 4 (WS): Ch 4, 3 tr in same st, sk 3 sts, *sc in next st, sk 3 sts,** 7 tr in next st, sk 3 sts; rep from * around, ending last rep at **, 3 tr in first st, join with sl st to top of ch 4.
- Rep Rnds 2-4, 7 times, or until cowl measures approximately 20” (51 cm) from beginning. Rep Rnds 2-3 once more.
- Final Rnd: Ch 1, sc in same st and in ea st around, join with sl st to top of first sc. Fasten off.
- With yarn needle, weave in ends. Turn right side out. Spray block if necessary.