Free Pattern – The Mushin Cowl

Free Pattern Mushin Cowl

Cool weather is coming; just last night in Toronto it was downright chilly. Time to stock up on some fall accessories! Mushin is a Japanese term frequently used in Martial Arts training that means ‘Without Mind’. It’s totally appropriate because this is completely the easiest, most mindless project for instant gratification.

I worked this up over a day (no kidding) just carrying it around wherever I went. No TV show or conversation, however complex, will make you err on this simple, sweet crochet project. The simple pattern is great for both solid yarns or that special skein of variegated that you love, but don’t know what to do with ;)


  • 4 mm crochet hook
  • 335 yards of sport weight yarn
  • Sample is using one skein of Malabrigo’s ‘Arroyo’
  • in Colourway ‘Jupiter’
  • Tapestry needle for weaving in your ends

Finished dimensions:

When lying flat: 12.25 inches wide and 13.25 inches tall.

Download the pattern here!

Ravelry Project Page here!

  7 comments for “Free Pattern – The Mushin Cowl

  1. August 29, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    Very nice! Thanks! Still in the high 80’s here.

  2. Leslie
    September 2, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    I feel like this project will finally get me to learn how to crochet.

  3. Karla S.
    September 12, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    I am working on this now, this is the easiest pattern ever. Using a yarn I bought at the NY Sheep and Wool Show two years ago in this lovely denim blue…thanks so much for this pattern!

    • September 13, 2012 at 9:23 am

      Awesome! I’m glad you’re enjoying it. I would love to see pics if you feel so inclined :)

  4. DN
    January 26, 2013 at 11:39 am

    The cowl is amazing as is the first photo. You definitely provide a candy shop for the visual eye!

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