Saturday, 16 August 2014


free crochet cowl pattern


Taking the idea from the absolutely superb pattern by Tamara Kelly of Moogly (Moroccan Market Tote from Moogly Blog Moroccan Market Tote:, I’ve altered the stitch, but using the same basic design have made this cowl.  
Please check out Moogly Blogs several free patterns.
This is not my original pattern, as I am piggy-backing off Moogly's Moroccan pattern, with her permission.

The original pattern uses the dc in the “V” st, but here I’ve changed that stitch to the e-sc .. so the end result is similar, but just cuter smaller stitches – and a ‘chain-like / flower-petal-like (?)’ effect that follows due to this stitch. J
Instructions for how to  make an e-sc , as well as the “V”–st with the e-sc with photos given
I’d like to thank Tamara who has kindly allowed me to use her idea for this pattern. J

Using this same lovely tile pattern, I’ve also jotted down my notes as I was making this cowl.. 
so enjoy J

Materials used  : 4-ply fingering yarn, Wendy Baby love (dark blue Shade 727505) and Vardhaman Millenium Baby Soft (Cerulean blue Shade BBM015) with a 4.5 mm (US 7) crochet hook
For Non-Indians  : The yarn I've used here today is fingering yarn but this project can be made using any yarn and any hook.  

Size : W : 15” x circumference : 24”

As per CYCA 

Abbreviations :
sc : Single crochet                                                          fsc : Foundation single crochet
e-sc : Extended single crochet                                dc : Double crochet
st(s) : Stitch(es)                                                               hk : hook
lp(s) : Loop(s)                                                                  yo : Yarn Over
sl-st : Slip Stitch
MC : Main Colour                                                          CC : Contrast Colour

Suggestions : In this pattern we are going to use two colours – and interchange them every alternate row.  To ensure that your work looks neat from both the underside and the top, I suggest the following technique when changing over colours.  
Your last st before change-over is an e-sc, so when drawing through to complete that last ‘V’-st, use the ‘other’ colour for that last draw through (i.e if using CC for the row, change to the MC during that last draw through and completion of that ‘V’-st).  This way, not only do your yarns neatly switch in from behind, but you do not have any trailing yarn, do not need to cut and weave in ends and have the yarn you need just where you want it at all times. 

Stitches used :
1.         fsc : Foundation Single Crochet : To refresh your skill on the fsc, pl view the superb video by Tamara Kelly at this link below
2.  Extended Single Crochet (e-sc) : hk into st, yo (2 lps on hk), pull through one lp, yo (2 lps on hk),pull through both lps.  One e-sc made. (An e-sc is basically an sc on an sc).  Check photo tutorial below
3.       ‘V’-st : “V”- stitch : e-sc, ch 1, e-sc in the same st or ch-sp. (Explained below with photos)
4.       Chainless dc start : Instead of the usual start with ch 2 or ch 3, I’d like to introduce this lovely new way of starting a dc row.  Do take a look at this self explanatory super video.

Extended Single Crochet (e-sc) Photo tutorial : hk into st, yo (2 lps on hk), pull through one lp, yo (2 lps on hk),pull through both lps.  One e-sc made. (An e-sc is basically an sc on an sc).  

How to work an e-sc

How to work an e-sc

How to work an e-sc

How to work an e-sc shell stitch

Pattern instructions : (Using U.S terminology)  
Using these instructions you can make a cowl , scarf  or wrap.  Come along and let's see how.

So I have decided to make a smallish cowl that just goes around the neck and can be used as an ear-muff / ear warmer / headband as well.  But you can make this for any size.  All you need to do is ensure that you have the multiples needed for the stitch count and away you go.  As we are working this pattern such that both sides look neat, even a nice long infinity cowl will look superb.  Finally, if you decide that you want to make it a scarf or a wrap, you will work the same pattern, but you will not work in rounds, but in rows.
If working a wrap or scarf, your stitch count will be in multiples of 3 + 1.  I would also suggest that you do cut yarn at the end of each row and rejoin at the start of  row again for neatness OR you carry your un-used yarn along.  Yes, a little confusing.. so let's just keep this for another project on another day, shall we?  

For now, let's get a cowl done in rounds. Come along

free crochet cowl pattern

Round 1 : with MC : Start with 75 fsc (or in multiples of 3, for the length you want for your cowl).  Keeping the chain flat, join the two ends. 
Change to CC.  Do not cut off MC.

Check out this video on how to keep your chain flat without twisting when working with a longer chain length :

Round 2 :  Using CC : ‘V’ st in the 1st fsc, sk 2 fsc ; 
*‘V’-st in the next fsc, sk 2 fsc* ; 
rep from *to* till end.  
Join to the 1st ‘V’-st.  Change to CC.  Do not cut off CC. (25 ‘V’-sts)

Round 3 :  Using MC : ‘V’-st in the 1st ‘V’-st and in each ‘V’-st till end.  
Join to the 1st ‘V’-st.  
Change to CC.  Do not cut off MC.  (25 ‘V’-sts)

Round 4 :  Using MC : ‘V’-st in the 1st ch-1 sp between 2 ‘V’-sts and in each ch-1 sp ; 
2 ‘V’-sts till end.  Join to the 1st ‘V’-st.  
Change to CC.  Do not cut off MC.  (25 ‘V’-sts)

Explanation of ‘between 2 ‘V’- sts :  You will notice that this round has the first of the diamonds formed that are this lovely Moroccan tile design.
So, you are using your CC, and we are trying to make a diamond.  
So instead of a ‘V’-st in the ‘V’-st of the previous round, you go into the ch-1 sp of the round one below, that has been made using the CC, and ‘envelope’ the MC in between.  
This way, both sides of your cowl will look the same, and you will have no ‘front’ or ‘back’ side to your lovely cowl.

Rep Rounds 3 & 4 till you get a width you’re happy with. 

Last row : Sc in each ch-1 sp and in between 2 ‘V’-sts all the way around till end.  Fasten off and weave in ends.

As you have worked this in all rounds, all you need to do is weave in the ends and you're done.  Neat huh?

Now go on.. wear this and show off J
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