One of the first “fancy” stitches I learned was this easy popcorn like stitch, and I am delighted with how the Popping Gray Cowl turned out with the use of this simple stitch. Beginners, have no fear. You can crochet this lovely fall piece. And as promised, Pretty In Crochet continues to deliver free patterns 🙂 I created this blog primarily to share great patterns with you–my own, and those of others, and I try and point you to the free ones. I do purchase a good many patterns, and I intend to write up a post about some of my favourite designers that I purchase from, since you ought know about great patterns period. But more about that later, And although, today’s pattern is a freebie, you are always welcome to visit my Ravelry store 😉 Cuz those patterns are equally awesome and deserve some love.



Fall is here my friends. There is no denying it, I see it in the leaves. I feel it in the air. And I love it! No, I don’t look forward to long winter months ahead, but fall is so wonderful. So I hope I can share many fall patterns with you, starting with this cozy piece. The Popping Gray Cowl will look awesome under a leather jacket. I’m thinking a red leather jacket, but it’ll do fine with a black one too. And the bit of texture the alternating treble and single crochet creates makes this piece eye catching even though it’s…well, gray. As you all know, I love colour, so this cowl was made with someone else in mind, but I know many of you will love the neutral shade of this squishy merino wool by Sugarbush.

And you will adore the yarn, I promise you. You can opt to use another aran yarn, but I do encourage you to give Sugarbush a try if you haven’t yet. Trust me, you will not be disappointed. Each of their yarns is a dream.


Popping Gray Cowl Pattern


Gauge is not very important in for this project. 

3 stitches  = 1 inch  

Finished dimensions 

30” by 4”  


5.00mm (H) hook 
190 yards Aran yarn 
Craft needle 


Sugarbush Bold, 1 skein in Georgian Grey

Stitches Used 

Sc-Single crochet
Tr-Treble crochet


ROW ONE: Ch 112; in second chain from hook, sc in st, and in ea st after. Ch 1, turn. 

ROW TWO: In first st, sc, and in ea st after. Ch 1, turn. 

ROW THREE: Repeat row two. 

ROW FOUR: In first st, *tr, in next, sc. Repeat from * till end of row. Ch 1, turn. 

ROW FIVE: Repeat row four. 

ROW SIX-TWELVE: Repeat row two. 

ROW THIRTEEN-FOURTEEN: Repeat row four. 

ROW FIFTEEN-SEVENTEEN: Repeat row two. Fasten off and weave in ends. 



Fold cowl in half, end to end, with the popping stitches created by the treble and single crochet stitches facing outwards. Stitch together with the craft needle. Weave in loose ends. 

All done! It’s that easy I promise you. I really hope you enjoy this pattern, and remember to tag photos of your piece with #prettyincrochet on Instagram so I can see your popping gray cowl. Or, whichever colour you might choose to hook this up in!


Happy Fall, and
Happy Crocheting!



  1. Hey there! I love the popping gray cowl!!! I was looking over the instructions though and I dont understand how you can get the popcorn look with just single and treble stitches. Just checking to make sure that I’m not missing something

    1. HI Donna, you aren’t missing a thing! First, I’d like to clarify that this is not actually a popcorn stitch. But the very tall treble stitch followed by a single crochet creates a look that pops out. Basically, if you treble crochet, then single crochet in the next stitch, it causes the treble crochet to kind of fold and puff (pop) outwards. If you give it a try, you’ll see what I mean. But if you do have more questions, please don’t hesitate to email me directly at

      Good luck!

  2. At the end of Row 4 I end up with a treble crochet, is that right?

      1. Hi, are you using USA or UK stitches?

        1. All of my patterns use US terms 🙂

        2. At the end you say fold so that the “pops” are on the outside. Well after doing two rows of row 4 I had a row of pops on the front and one row of them on the back. Is this how it should be?

          1. Yes it is! You are right though, you will have pops on both sides. I’m sorry for the confusion.

  3. Well darn, I figured out what I was doing wrong. I guess I thought you were supposed to sc into the trebles so I started row 5 with a sc instead of a treble. So you’re supposed to treble into the trebles right? I didn’t have this great revelation until I got to
    row 11 though so Im not going to rip it all out. I’ll just make rows 13 and 14 the same way I made rows 4 and 5 and act like that’s the way it’s supposed to be but I’m going to do another one and I’ll make them correctly after this one…thank you so much for the pattern by the way It’s a great scarf

    1. Hi there Ruth, I’m so sorry I didn’t see this comment until now. I hope you figured it out and that it turned out nicely for you.

  4. I really want to try this but would like to make it longer. What number do i need to get it longer please?

    1. Hi there! Chain any length number you need to make it the length you like. This stitch pattern is not dependent on a pre set number to complete the pattern look. Have fun!

      1. Thank you. Be good to make a matching ear warmer with it 🙂

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