Free Crochet Pattern - Vintage Collar

Free Crochet Pattern - Vintage Collar


I have finally finished writing out and taking photos for the crochet collar pattern I promised.  It's been completely mad here this week, we've had a birthday, a shower disaster resulting in some missing ceiling and I have a man cold and we all know how bad they can be!

Anyway, it's finished and I really hope you enjoy making them...

Crochet Collar Pattern

by Emma Escott

This pattern is for an adult version

*If you would prefer to print/save this pattern there is now a downloadable Ad-free PDF file of the pattern you can purchase for £1.50 here*

I have also just filmed a video tutorial for this pattern over on my YouTube channel - perfect if you are new to crochet or a visual learner like myself! You can find it here.

Pattern written in UK terms

Yarn: DK weight cotton - I've used Paintbox DK for lots of these collars 

If you are after a more luxurious collar I really love Cascade Ultra Pima as it has a delicate sheen and they have the most amazing colours!

For Lulu's smaller collar I used Sidar Snuggly Baby Bamboo, but my yellow collar was worked in Wool Rich Heritage 4ply so feel free to experiment - If you'd like a more delicate collar try some lace or sock weight yarn with a smaller hook.

* Please note I do not recommend these collars for babies - Lulu is over 3 years old and can easily remove this collar any time she chooses.

Hook: 4mm (you can shop my favourite tools here)

Other Materials: Scissors, yarn needle, small button (approx. 1cm)

Gauge: Not important for this pattern

Measurements: adult collar to fit up to 19" neck opening - see notes below

Stitches / Abbreviations used:

Ch = Chain

Htr = Half Treble crochet (US HDC)

Tr = Treble crochet (US DC)

Pattern Notes:

For the foundation row, you need to chain in multiples of 4 + 1 until you get the desired length but first, you need to chain a few extra to save for a button loop. How many extra chains will vary depending on the size of the button you choose (for a small button as shown I have chained 5). 

The length of your starting chain will depend on the size of your neck and whether you want to wear it with a high or low cut top/dress. The pattern below is based on my neck (fairly average I believe!) and quite a high collar, it measures 19inches approx. So to make it bigger/smaller increase or decrease your foundation chain in multiples of 4. For example for Lulu's smaller collar I chained 5 (button loop) + 61 + 2 (for turning) = 68 Chains. Also when joining your yarn to the hook leave a long enough tail for sewing the button loop at the end. I have written the pattern below based on my measurements. 

{Pattern starts}


Ch 5 (place a stitch marker in the 5th chain) Ch 81 + 2 for turning [88ch] turning chain-2 counts as 1htr in Row 1

Row 1:

1Htr in 4th chain from the hook, 1htr into each of next 79 stitches working up to the stitch marker, (remember we are leaving the first 5 chains unworked for your button loop) Turn.

End of row 1 should look something like this:


Row 2:

Ch3 (counts as 1tr), *skip next st, (1tr, ch2, 1tr) in next st, skip next st, 1tr in next st; repeat from * to end of row, ending with 1tr into final st (ch-3 turning chain). Turn.


Row 3:

Ch3 (counts as 1tr), *(2tr, ch2, 2tr) into next ch-2 space, skip next st, 1tr in next st (should be directly above single tr from the previous row); Repeat from * along to end of row. (make sure your last treble of this row is worked into the top of the turning ch-3 from the previous row – this can be quite tight!) Turn.


Row 4:

Ch3 (counts as 1tr), * (3tr, ch2, 3tr) into next ch-2 space, skip next 2 sts, 1 tr into next st (should be directly above single tr from the previous row); Repeat from * to end of row working last tr into top of ch-3 turning ch. Turn.


Row 5:

Ch3 (counts as 1tr), * 8 tr into ch-2 space, skip next 3 stitches, 1tr into next stitch; repeat from * until end of row working last tr into top of ch-3 turning chain. Finish off and sew in end.


To create the button loop thread the beginning strand of yarn through a darning needle and fold the chain to make a loop, knot it to the collar and weave in ends (see photo below)


And there you have it. These collars can be made and transferred from dress to top although I must warn you that If you want to wear these for any length of time you may be better off stitching them to your clothes as they can move about a bit.



If you have any queries feel free to email me and I will try my best to help. I'd love to know how you get on.

You can also purchase and download the pdf version from my ravelry page here. 

There is a French translation of the pattern on this lovely blog:

*A quick note about copyright - Although I have been inspired to make this pattern as discussed here the written pattern itself is mine (I have not copied it) I have put it on my website free for anyone to use, please do not sell or copy this pattern without my consent – although you may, if you wish, link back to this page. Thank you for your support.xx

Have fun, Em xx

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