You don’t have to work your cowl in the round to form a loop. If you prefer the way the pattern looks worked in rows rather than rounds, work rows as you would for a scarf, and then join the two ends together when the piece is long enough. This approach means you can try your cowl on as you crochet, working only until you get the exact size you’re looking for. You can also work in joined rows.
The fields F, G, and H are optional. You need to fill these in only if you are working a stitch pattern with known row/round and stitch repeats per unit of measurement.
Fields marked with * are required.
setup: Chain . Join to work in the round, being careful not to twist your chain.
rnd 1: Work your stitch pattern into the foundation chain.
continue: Work in your stitch pattern for rounds or until the width measures inches.
finishing: Weave in ends and block.