Hooded Panda Cowl- Free Pattern (in 3 sizes)


**Below you will find the free pattern for the Panda Hooded Cowl. If you are looking for a large print, ad-free version of the pattern, you can purchase an inexpensive PDF from my Etsy shop here. **

I have written the pattern in 3 sizes- Toddler, Child and Adult.  When referring to the pattern you will see three numbers listed the first number listed will be for the toddler size, 2nd number for the child’s size and 3rd number for the adult size.

This pattern is designed to be oversized, so that will hopefully give some freedom in the size of head wearing it and the sized pattern you choose to make.  For example, I can fit the cowl I made for my toddler on my head, but it is a bit small.  Each size should allow for a wide variety of head sizes, but make sure to check the measurements to confirm.  🙂

Check out my blog post on this pattern for extra step-by-step pictures and instructions.  You can find that post here.

What You Need

10.00 mm crochet hook

4.25 mm crochet hook

2 skeins of Extra Bulky (weight 6) wool yarn in cream- I used Lion Brand’s Wool- Ease Thick and Quick in Fisherman- approximately 127 yards for toddler, 153 yards for child and 187 yards for adult 

1 skein of medium (weight 4) black yarn- approximately 23 yards for toddler, 25 for child and 26 for adult

1 piece of 1mm black felt

2 black buttons

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Completed Measurements

Toddler Size= 10″ wide, 15″ high

Child Size= 11″ wide, 16.25″ high

Adult Size= 12″ wide, 18″ high


7 dc = 4″

4 rows= 4″

Abbreviations Used

ch= Chain

dc= Double Crochet

sl st= slip stitch

fpdc= front post double crochet

bpdc= back post double crochet

sc= single crochet

Special Stitches

Increase: single crochet 2 into one stitch

Pattern for the Body

Chain 22 (25, 28)

Row 1: Starting in 3rd ch from hook, dc 19 (22, 25), dc 3 in last ch, turning in “u” shape as you go, dc 19 (22, 25) and turn. (41, 47, 53)



Row 2: ch 2, dc 20 (23, 26), dc 3 in next st, dc 20 (23, 26) and turn (43, 49, 55)

Row 3: ch 2, dc 21 (24, 27), dc 3 in next st, dc 21 (24, 27) and turn (45, 51, 57)

Row 4: ch 2, dc 22 (25, 28), dc 3 in next ch, dc 22 (25, 28) and turn (47, 53, 59)

Row 5: ch 2, dc 23 (26, 29), dc 3 in next ch, dc 23 (26, 29) and turn (49, 55, 61)

Row 6: ch 2, dc 24 (27, 30), dc 3 in next ch, dc 24 (27, 30) and turn (51, 57, 63)

Row 7-10: ch 2, dc 51 (57, 63) across and turn. (51, 57, 63)


** For the Toddler size, you will fasten off after row 10, leaving a long tail for whip stitching the cowl 

Row 11: ch 2, dc 57 (63) across and turn (57, 63)

** For the Child size, you will fasten off after row 11, leaving a long tail for whip stitching the cowl 

Row 12: ch 2, dc 63 across and fasten off leaving long tail for whip stitching the cowl.

Pattern for the Cowl

Mark 10th chain from bottom on both openings of the hood (for all 3 sizes).  Whip stitch upwards to join together the first 10 stitches, fasten off and weave in end.

Finishing Touches to the Hood

Round 1: Working in the opening for your face (forming the hood), chain 2, *fpdc, bpdc* repeat from * around, sl st into first fpdc. (33, 39, 45)


**You will be working into the posts of the cowl section at the very base of the hood.  These may be a little difficult to locate, but the additional 2 post stitches will help make sure the hood is wide enough to fit over most heads. 

Round 2: ch 2, *fpdc into the fpdc from previous round, bpdc into the bpdc from previous round* repeat from * around, fasten off. (33, 39, 45)

Pattern for the Ears

Switch to black yarn and 4.25 mm crochet hook


Row 1: chain 4 turn and sc 2 into 2nd ch from hook, sc 2 in each across, turn (6)

Row 2: ch 1, *sc, increase*, repeat from * across, turn (9)

Row 3: ch 1, *sc 2, increase*, repeat from * across, turn (12)


Row 4: ch 1, * sc 3, increase*, repeat from * across, turn (15)

Row 5: ch 1, *sc 4, increase*, repeat from * across, turn (18)


**For Toddler size, fasten off here (at the end of row 5)

Row 6: ch 1, *sc 5, increase*, repeat from * across, turn (21)

** For Child size, fasten off here (at the end of row 6)

Row 7: ch 1, *sc 6, increase*, repeat from * across, fasten off (24)

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  • I really want to make this for my little one, but it seems like the add space on the right side of the screen has pushed the whole left side of your post off of the screen. The beginning of every line is missing.

    • Hi Jenn,

      I’m so happy you like this pattern! Not sure what is going on, everything seems to be looking okay on my end. Hoping it was just a glitch on our host site that is now fixed.

  • I just made this hooded for my niece it so lovely, I am so happy to find out your web site to teach me how I can made it myself ( I am beginner of crochet ) thank you so much Bernadette with all clear photos and instruction.
    Again, thank you very much.
    Merry Christmas .
    Mai Nguyen
    From Vietnam

    • Awe, thank you so much for the kind words Mai! Seriously made my day 🙂 I’m so happy you enjoyed making this and had an easy time following along. Merry Christmas to you as well!

  • I love this pattern, thank you for it.
    I am making one for my sister and niece.
    How did you do the eyes and nose?
    Thank you x

    • Thank you so much!

      The eyes were made with black felt and buttons and the nose is embroidered on using some of the black yarn.

      For the step-by-step pictures on working the nose, please check out the pattern’s blog post here: https://apurposeandastitch.com/hooded-panda-cowl/

      Hope this helps! 😀

      • Thank you xx

  • Thank you so much for this pattern.
    It is easy and adorable.

    • Oh you are so welcome my friend! Glad you enjoyed it! 😁

  • Every time I do the ears it doesn’t seem to work out correctly. I had a friend try it as well and she gets the same results that I do.
    Is there a misprint in the instructions?

    • Hey Kerri,
      Thanks for reaching out! I did find a small error at the end of row 1. I forgot to say that you need to turn (I have updated to the pattern). Don’t know if that was the issue you were facing?
      I also wonder if row 2 is written a little confusing. For that row you will sc 1 into the first 2 sts, then Sc 2 (or inc) into the 3rd st. Repeating across.
      I hope this helps, but if not, please feel free to send me a pic of what your coming up with and I can try to troubleshoot more for you 🙂

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