Wednesday, 8 March 2017


free crochet cowl pattern, free crochet chevron cowl pattern


The Chevron pattern is a really lovely age-old pattern that looks absolutely superb whether you work it in one single colour or multiple colours.  If using multiple colours, this can be a great stash buster. 

I first thought of writing out a pattern for the cowl I was about to make, and then decided to just Google it and of course I found that there are several Chevron ideas already out there.  So in this blog, let’s just take a look at some of them and you can choose your pattern.

Materials used : For today’s project, I’ve used a combination of Oswal Cashmilon 4-ply yarns with a 4 mm crochet hook.

Skill level :  Intermediate to Advanced skill level.

Size made : ~ 10” wide x 30” (folded) length

Abbreviations used :
fsc : Foundation single crochet                       dc : Double crochet
ch : chain                                                             ch-sp : chain space
sp : space                                                             rep :  Repeat
hk : Hook                                                            lp(s) : Loop(s)
st(s) : Stitch(es)                                                 yo: Yarn Over
sl-st : Slip Stitch

Stitches Used : (Using U.S terminology)

fsc : Foundation Single Crochet : To refresh your skill on the fsc, please view this superb video by Tamara Kelly at the link

Instructions using (U.S terminology) :

free crochet chevron infinity cowl pattern

free crochet infinity chevron cowl pattern

For today’s cowl pattern, I’ve used a free chart that I found on the net, which also had a you tube video presentation (which though not in English, is easy to follow)

I guess there may be written patterns for this, but here are my notes as I work on my project.

If you look at our chart, you will see that there is a stitch count repeat of 14 + 3.  So if you decide to work on a scarf, please visit the you tube video and use this stitch count and chart.

As we’re working in rounds for a cowl, our stitch count will be in multiples of 14.  I have also decided to work the pattern along the length and in rounds, hence our project may look different from the inspiration photograph here.

Start with fsc in multiples of 14 for the full length that you desire for your cowl.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

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

We use just one stitch all through our cowl, so for convenience, let’s call it our Shell stitch which is (dc ; ch 1, dc) all in the same st or ch-sp

We also use a dc 2-tog to get the ripple effect.  Now usually, when we use a dc 2-tog, we work the 1st leg of the stitch on 1 dc, and the next leg of the dc 2-tog on the next st.  Here in our pattern though, we will skip a stitch (or stitches) in the middle.

This first round is a little tricky as we’re working with this long fsc chain, but it gets a lot easier thereafter.

I am working with 2 colours, and will be alternating colours every round.

free crochet infinity chevron cowl pattern

So the start round and Round 1 will be my first colour, and then Round 2 next colour.  There on, alternate colours every round.

Round 1 : (using Colour 1) : {dc 2-tog over the 1st fsc and 3rd fsc , sk the 2nd fsc} ;
*(sk next 2 fsc, Shell st in the next fsc) ;
[rep (to) once ;  ch 1, Shell st in the same fsc] ;
rep (to) once ; sk next 2 fsc, rep {to} once* ;
rep *to* all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

From this round on, we will work only in the ch-1 sps.

In our earlier round, we worked a special dc 2-tog where we skipped a stitch in the middle, right?
From here on, we will still be skipping a st in the middle, but we will skip the dc 2-tog of the earlier round.

Here’s where you need to make a decision.  Are you going to work in one colour, or change colours every round?
If working with the same coloured yarn, then you will need to turn your work around, work back for one stitch.  We have started / ended with a dc 2-tog, so for convenience, we will turn our work and work just the first stitch on the wrong side, and then turn back and work the right way around.

free crochet infinity chevron cowl pattern

I will write instructions for both single colour usage, as well as multiple colours. Instructions given below for Round 2 are if you ARE changing yarn

For ease, you may want to use a ch-1 as a turning chain to start your rounds.

If you are using two colours, please attach the next colour in the 1st ch-1 sp before the 1st dc 2-tog

Round 2 : (using Colour 2) : {dc 2-tog over the 1st ch-1 sp and next ch-1 sp , sk the dc 2-tog in the middle} ; *(Shell st in the next ch-1 sp of the next Shell st) ;
{[Shell st in the next ch-1 sp] ; ch 1, rep [to] in the same ch-1 sp} ;
rep (to) once ; rep {to} once* ;
rep *to* all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

If you are NOT changing colours, we need to get into the last ch-1 sp before we joined, for which you will first Turn (and working on the wrong side of work, sl-st till you reach that ch-1 sp).
You will then continue with the instructions above for Round 2.

And that’s our pattern.  You will repeat Round 2 till you have the width needed for your cowl.

free crochet infinity chevron cowl pattern

So whether or not you are changing colours every round, you will start your first stitch as a dc 2-tog from that 1st ch-1 sp before the joining st of the earlier round.
i.e : Our first stitch is a dc 2-tog which we need to skip over, so you will back up one ch-sp and skip over this 1st st.

This works out a little easier if you’re changing yarns, but you will need to mask the trailing yarn neatly.

Once you’ve completed your width, fasten off and weave in ends.  Block as per yarn instructions and show off on all social media.

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