The smell of autumn is in the air (well, unless you live in the northwest like me–then it’s just smoke), Pumpkin Spice everything is popping up all over the place (did you know they make Pumpkin Spice Pringles? I. Don’t. Even.), and it’s time to get started on those Christmas presents! Being a good, responsible crafter means you’re never left scrambling for a gift at the last minute, right–oh wait, who am I fooling! In the
unlikely highly likely event that you find your self in this predicament, I’ve got a simple cowl design, that uses only 1 skein (about 140 yards) of yarn, and can be made in an evening.
Sounds good, right?
You know what sounds even better? A whole 3 MONTHS of free crochet patterns to help get you ready for the Holidays! I kid you not, Underground Crafter has organized a *huge* CAL event that runs until December 11, 2017. Plus, there are tons of prizes that you could win–all you have to do is share a picture of your finished piece over here, at the bottom of this post.
And to make this experience even more fun, you’ll be able to join in with other awesome crocheters like yourself at the CAL Central Facebook group while the event is running! Who doesn’t want some extra support, and friends to cheer you on?
If this doesn’t have you jumping up and down with excitement, I don’t know what will…
Oh! I know! How about 10% off your entire purchase from Premier Yarns (one of the amazing sponsors of the CAL event) when you use this one-time code: “KJH001“. It’s good up until December 28, 2017.
I’m trying, guys. 😀
What about some free, printable gift tags?
Anyway, on to the pattern for today! Because this cowl is so basic, using a self-striping yarn will really bring this project to the next level. I used a beautifully colored, and textured yarn from Hobby Lobby called “First Love” and believe any of the colors in this line would work wonderfully with this design.
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ch = chain
st sl = slip stitch
sc = single crochet
hdc = half double crochet
dc = dc
tr = treble crochet
-If you have extra yarn in the same color, it’s possible to turn this into a shrug by using a starting chain count of 43, and repeating row 2 until the piece is as long as your shoulders are around, then continue with the pattern as written. You will need more than 1 skein of yarn to complete it.
-One of my testers made this using #6 bulky yarn, and had it turn out nicely. It measured about 10″ tall, and was more bunchy around her neck. If you’re looking for a cowl that will be more like a hug around the neck, feel free to try this option. 🙂
20″ x-small, 22″ small, 24″ medium, 26″ large, 28″ x-large around, by 7.5″ tall
5 shells in 7 1/2″
Sweet ‘n Sassy 1 Skein Cowl Pattern (US Terminology):
Row 1: skip 6 stitches, and dc in 7th ch from hook (counts as first dc+3 skipped stitches), 3 more dc in the same stitch, skip 3 stitches *4 dc in the next, skip 3 stitches* when there are 4 stitches left in the row, dc in final stitch of row, ch 3 (counts as first dc of next row) turn (5 shells)
Row 2: 4 dc in center (between 2nd and 3rd dc) of first shell from previous row *4 dc in center of next shell from previous row* dc in top of ch 3 from previous row, ch 3 (counts as first dc of next row), turn (5 shells)
Repeat row 2 until your piece is 20″ (x-small), 22″ (small), 24″ (medium), 26″ (large), 28″ (x-large) long.
Cut yarn leaving an 18″ tail for sewing the 2 ends together
Sew ends together using the whip stitch. There should be a little yarn left over after you finish sewing the ends together. Run that length back through the center of the whip stitches and pull to cinch the cowl so it is narrow at that point. This is where you will put the flower once it’s made (see next step).
Ch 4, sl st to first ch making a ring
Round 1: 12 sc in ring. Join with sl st to first sc (12)
Round 2: [hdc, 2 dc, hdc] in first stitch, sl st in the next *[hdc, 2 dc, hdc] in next stitch, sl st in the next* (6 petals)
Round 3 (this round will be worked in the back of the petals that you made in the previous round): sl st into back of first petal, *ch 3, sl st into back of next petal* 6 ch-3 spaces
Round 4: sl st into first ch-3 space, [hdc, dc, 2 tr, dc, hdc, sl st], move to next ch-3 space *[hdc, dc, 2 tr, dc, hdc, sl st], move to next ch-3 space* once you have completed this round you will go immediately into the band that holds the flower to the cowl.
Ch 6, place flower on top of cinched part of cowl, wrap the chains around the cowl and sl st into the opposite side of the flower. This will fasten the flower to the cowl. Note: You may sew the flower in place instead if you prefer, but the method mentioned above will probably use less yarn, which is important if you are making the x-large size.
Fasten off securely and weave in ends. Sew a button into the center of the flower.
Fasten off, and weave in ends
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This pattern was made to be used by individuals, and small business crocheters alike. Selling your finished pieces in boutiques, at farmer’s markets, craft shows and other events is encouraged! The only thing I require is that it not be used commercially to produce millions of copies.
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