I rarely make a pattern twice, but I am still obsessing over the Malia stitch pattern from my Malia Crochet-Along! So, naturally, I just keep reinventing it. This cowl is just what it says it is – classic! A top ribbing adds a little extra visual appeal to the already beautiful combination of the 3rd loops stitches and the large bean stitches.
One really great thing about this pattern is that it is very easily adaptable to any yarn weight! So if you’re looking for a super quick project, choose a bulky or super bulky yarn (and appropriately-sized hook); or, if you’re looking for something a little more delicate, choose a DK yarn or even smaller. There are notes within the pattern that will instruct you on how to adjust; just keep a ruler handy, and you’ll be good!
If you need a little extra help with the stitches in the Malia stitch pattern, here is a video tutorial! (Please note that this tutorial does not follow the Classic Cowl pattern; I simply show you how to do the Malia stitch pattern by crocheting up a swatch of it.)
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MALIA CLASSIC COWL
Finished Size: 30″ around x 12″ tall
Hook: I (5.5mm)
Yarn: Approx. 390 yards of #4 aran weight. Yarn used in sample photos is Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Yarn in “Ivory Tweed”.
Gauge: Gauge is not important for this pattern, as instructions are given for how to make sure you get the right size using measurements. Keep a ruler handy.
You’ll also need: Yarn needle
Terms and Abbreviations:
SL ST (slip stitch)
SC (single crochet)
HDC (half double crochet)
LBS (large bean stitch – see “Special Stitches”)
BLO (back loop only)
3rd LOOP (work stitch into 3rd loop only – see “Special Stitches”)
Large Bean Stitch (LBS)
Insert hook into stitch, yarn over and pull through (2 loops on hook). Yarn over, insert hook into same stitch, yarn over and pull through (4 loops on hook). Yarn over, insert hook into same stitch, yarn over and pull through (6 loops on hook). Yarn over, insert hook into same stitch, yarn over and pull through (8 loops on hook). Yarn over and pull through all 8 loops. Chain 1 to close the stitch. (Because this stitch creates two sets of loops – one when creating the bean, and one when closing the stitch – each completed Large Bean Stitch will count for two stitches in the row or round’s final stitch count.)
3rd Loop Only
Half double crochet stitches have a 3rd loop that we utilize in this pattern. When working in turned rows, as in this pattern, the 3rd loop can be found just below the front loop on the side of the work that is facing you. When instructed to work in “3rd loop only”, insert your hook into this special loop. This creates a delicate braided look on the opposite side of the pattern.
(1) This pattern is written in American Standard Terms.
(2) CH1s at the beginning of rows do not count as a stitch in the final stitch count.
(3) A video tutorial for the stitch pattern is available up in the post, or by clicking here.
(4) This pattern can be completed using any yarn weight and complimentary hook size; just keep a ruler handy and follow the adjustment notes within the pattern.
Row 1: SC in 2nd CH from hook and in each remaining CH. (6)
Rows 2-102 (or until ribbing measures about 30″ long; be sure to complete an even number of rows): CH1, turn. SC in first ST. SC in BLO of each of the next 4 STS. SC in final ST. (6)
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BODY (Row count restarts back to 1)
Body, Row 1: CH1, do not turn. SC in each row end along the long edge of the ribbing. (102, or however many ribbing rows you completed)
Row 2: CH1, turn. SC in first ST. (SK next ST, LBS in next ST) 50 times. SC in final ST. (102)
Row 3: CH1, turn. HDC in each ST across. (102)
Row 4: CH1, turn. SC in 3rd loop of each ST across. (102)
Row 5: CH1, turn. SC in each ST across. (102)
Row 6: CH1, turn. SC in first ST. (LBS in next ST, SK next ST) 50 times. SC in final ST. (102)
Row 7: CH1, turn. HDC in each ST across. (102)
Row 8: CH1, turn. SC in 3rd loop of each ST across. (102)
Row 9: CH1, turn. SC in each ST across. (102)
Row 10: CH1, turn. SC in first ST. (SK next ST, LBS in next ST) 50 times. SC in final ST. (102)
Row 11: CH1, turn. HDC in each ST across. (102)
Row 12: CH1, turn. SC in 3rd loop of each ST across. (102)
Rows 13-36*: Repeat Rows 5-12, in order, 3 more times. (*If using a different yarn weight, simply do your repeats until the cowl measures about 12″ tall, being sure to end on a repeat of either Row 8 or Row 12.)
Fasten off, leaving a long tail.
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Use your long finishing tail to sew the short edges of the cowl together, taking care to line up the row ends neatly.
Fasten off and weave in all ends.
Done! If you’re sharing on social media, be sure to hashtag #maliaclassiccowl and tag me @littlemonkeyscrochet. Hope you enjoyed it!
Hi Rebecca, I am making the Classic Cowl for my niece as a Christmas gift. I was looking for a tag for the Classic Cowl and did not find one. If there is one to use, could you please direct me to it? Thank you.
I enjoyed making the Malia cowl even though I used an very inexpensive cotton (Sugar & Creme Sonoma Print), that was so rough that making the balloon stitch gave me biceps! I was driven to finish it because every repetition of the pattern gave me such joy. I wanted to send you a photo but I don’t see how to do that.
I love this cowl but I have run into a problem. I am getting the braided sections on alternating sides. They are not all on the same side. What am I doing wrong?
Beautiful! Thank you.
Can you make a printable tag for this pattern please?!
A friend made me the Malia Buttoned cowl as a gift. I love it and got so many compliments. Well, I have left it somewhere and I’m just sick about it. I watched your tutorial, and what do you know I made another and can’t stop. I made my daughter the slouch. Super informative tutorial you are a great teacher. I am joining your website.. Thank you
Awwww thank you! <3
Such a beautiful pattern. I am actually making something for myself, I chose the Malia Cowl. Is there only one ribbed section for this cowl? Thank you
Yes, only at the top 🙂
I would love to know a way to add the ribbed section to the bottom as well ?