The Victorian Blush muffler, better known as a cowl or neck warmer, is a 1 skein project that’s sure to keep you warm this winter. The crochet pattern has many lace details and closes with buttons in the front. Find the free crochet pattern instructions below, or purchase a print-optimized, ad-free PDF by clicking here.
Winter officially arrived last week, and I’m surrounded by a wonderland of snow and ice! This event was the perfect opportunity to crochet something warm, cozy, and a little bit girly (ok, a lot girly)! It was about 28 degrees Fahrenheit when I took this picture, and my neck stayed toasty warm, while the rest of me froze. 😉
Part of this crochet pattern’s warmth comes from using a thicker, worsted weight yarn, and its lacy texture actually helps trap warm air, keeping you comfortable and looking cute at the same time. Win-win!
The details on this beautiful Victorian style neck warmer start at the back with the flower (the name of this cowl is actually inspired by a variety of peony!), then the sides are added one at a time. It is possible to make this longer if you wish, and I’ve included notes on how to do that, below.
6mm (J) hook, or hook needed to obtain gauge
100 yards Caron One Pound in “Raspberry Wine” or color of your choice
3 7/8” or 1” silver buttons. I believe mine were made by “Le Bouton”.
sl st = slip stitch
sc = single crochet
sc2tog = single crochet 2 together
hdc = half double crochet
dc = double crochet
2dc cluster = dc2tog in same stitch
FPsc = front post single crochet
BPsc = back post single crochet
FPhdc = front post half double crochet
st/sts = stitch/stitches
Shell = 5 dc in same st
After round 4 your circle should measure 3 1/4″ across. Your flower should measure 6 3/4″ across when it is completed before you start working on the “arms” of the muffler.
“Arms”: 12 stitches in 4″
6 ¾” tall by about 22″ long
-ch 1 at beginning of round does not count as stitch
-Caron One Pound is a thicker worsted weight yarn. If you substitute a thinner worsted weight such as Caron Simply Soft, your measurements could be off.
-If you want a looser piece, it is possible to make this longer by repeating rows 7-19 as many times as you want. Please work the final rows the same. You will need to increase your shell count accordingly.
-This cowl has 2 “arms”. You will crochet the first arm right after you finish the center flower, without cutting your yarn. The second arm will be attached on the opposite side of the flower from your first “arm”. See pattern for additional notes.
Victorian Blush Muffler Cowl Pattern (US Terms):
ch 4, join to first ch with sl st, forming a circle.
Round 1: ch 1, 12 sc in circle, join with sl st to first sc. (12)
Round 2: ch 1, 2dc cluster in same st as join, ch 1, *2 dc cluster, ch 1 in next st; repeat from * around, join with sl st to first 2dc cluster. (24)
Round 3: ch 1, sc in top of 2dc cluster, 2 sc in ch-1 sp from prev round *sc in top of 2dc cluster, 2 sc in ch-1 sp; repeat from * around, join with sl st to first sc. (36)
Round 4: (hdc, 2 dc) in first stitch, (2 dc, hdc) in next st, sl st in next st, *(hdc, 2 dc) in first st, (2 dc, hdc) in next, sl st in the next; repeat from * around. (12 petals)
Note: your edge will be rippled and not lay flat. This is ok.
Round 5: ch 2, sk st, *BPsc around each of the next 4 sts, sk 3 sts; repeat from * around, join with sl st to first BPsc. (48)
Round 6: *sk st, shell in next st, sk st, sl st in next st; repeat from * around, final sl st counts as join. (12 shells)
Once you get to the end of the round, turn. You will be working this next part on the wrong side of the muffler.
In this next row front post half double crochet stitches are worked around the double crochet stitches of the 5-dc shells made in round 6. Don’t forget to skip the slip stitches!
Row 7: ch 1, [FPhdc around each of the next 5 dc sts, skip the sl st] 3 times, ch 1, turn. (15)
Row 8: *2dc cluster, ch 1, sk st; repeat from * across, 2 dc cluster in final st, ch 1, turn. (15)
Row 9: sc in each stitch across, ch 1, turn. (15)
Repeat rows 8 and 9 one more time
Row 12: sc in first st, sc in next st, [sk st, shell in next st, sk st, sl st in next st] 2 times, sk st, shell in next st, sk st, sc in next two sts, ch 1, turn. (4 sc, 3 shells)
You will be working into the slip stitches as well as around the 3 middle double crochet stitches of the shells in this next round. This will create a ridged texture on the front of the cowl.
Row 13: dc in first st, dc in next st, sk st, FPsc around each of the next 3 sts, sk st, dc in next st (this will be the sl st between the shells) *sk st, FPsc around next 3 sts, sk st, dc in next st; repeat from * across, dc in final st of row, ch 1, turn. (15)
Repeat rows 12 and 13 one more time
Repeat rows 8 and 9 two more times
Rows 20-22: sc in each st across, ch 1, turn. (15)
Turn piece sideways and work this row along the side.
Row 23: work 5 shells along the side of the cowl, using the shells from round 6 as a guide. I skipped about 1/4” between slip stitches and 5-dc shells. Your final slip stitch should be between the shells from round 6.
Fasten off, and weave in ends
Your cowl should measure about 14” long at this point.
Turn cowl over so you begin working round 7 on the back side.
Attach yarn to opposite side of flower, skipping 3 shells. This will be opposite the arm you just completed.
Repeat rows 7-19 one time, and then do one more repeat of rows 8 and 9.
This will give you one more row 8-9 repeat than the other side of the cowl has.
Row 22: sc in each st across, ch 1, turn. (15)
Row 23: sc in first 2 sts, ch 3, sc in each of the next 5 sts, ch 3, sc in each of the next 5 sts, ch 3, sc in next st, sc2tog, ch 1, turn. (14 sc, 3 ch-3 sps)
Row 24: sc in first st, sk st, 6 sc in ch-3 sp, sk st, sc in next 3 sts, sk st, 6 sc in ch-3 sp, sk st, sc in next 3 sts, 6 sc in ch-3 sp, sk st, sc in final st. (26)
Turn and work next section down the side of the cowl.
Work 6 shells along the side of the cowl, using the shells from round 6 as a guide. I skipped about 1/4” between slip stitches and shells. Your final slip stitch should be between the shells from round 6.
Fasten off, and weave in ends.
Attach yarn to other side of cowl closest to the flower, work 6 shells down the side.
Fasten off, and weave in ends.
Attach yarn to other unfinished side of cowl, closest to flower, work 5 shells along the edge, put 2-3 sc at the end to finish out the row.
Fasten off, and weave in ends.
Sew 3 buttons to the first side of the muffler that you completed, on sc rows.
Wear and be cozy! Get compliments on flower at the back of muffler when you wear your hair up. Feel beautiful, because you are.
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