This cowl is a great project for stashbusting or for a mini skein pack. Every round changes color, but it is easily memorized so it’s a great “on the go” project. There is flexibility to make it wider or longer as desired, and there is no seaming involved. Make this cowl for yourself or a loved one, and in any color combination you’d like!
24” circumference by 7” tall (61 cm x 18 cm)
Up In Yarns, Christmas Collection Mini Set, Sock yarn (SW Merino/Nylon; 575 yards [526 meters]/125 grams): Silver Bells (Gray) (MC), 115 yards; Winter Berry (Pink) (CC1), 59 yards; Evergreen (Green) (CC2), 59 yards; Cookie Crumbs (Cream) (CC3), 59 yards; Sugar Plum (Purple) (CC4), 59 yards
E (3.5mm) and F (3.75mm)
24 sts by 8 rows in half double crochet is a 4×4 square
See our standard abbreviations.
MC = main color
CC1 = contrast color 1
CC2 = contrast color 2
CC3 = contrast color 3
CC4 = contrast color 4
This pattern is worked in the round, starting and ending with a half double crochet ribbing. The middle is an easy to memorize stitch pattern that changes color with every round.
This pattern can be adapted to any yarn weight and made wider or taller according to your preference. Just note that any changes to the yarn weight or increased repeats will change your required yardage and hook size.
With your F hook and MC, ch 8
Row 1: Hdc in 3rd ch from hook, then HDC across. Ch 2 and turn (6 stitches)
Row 2: Hdc in blo in each st across. Ch 2 and turn
Repeat row 2 82 more times, for a total of 84 rows. (If making the cowl wider, you can add more rows now)
Ss the two ends together to join in the round.
Switch to your E hook.
Rnd 1: Ch 1. Sc in each st around (84 sts). Join with a ss into first sc.
Rnd 2: With CC1, ch 3. 1 dc into next sc (the chain plus the dc counts as dc2tog), *ch 1, dc2tog inserting hook into same sc as previous st for the 1st leg and into next sc for 2nd leg; repeat from * across. Ch 1. Join with a ss into the first st of the round. (84 dc2tog, 84 chains)
Rnd 3 (sc stitch pattern): With CC2, ch 1, 1 sc in 1st ch sp. *Ch 1, 1 sc into next sp, sk next cluster; repeat from * ending 1 sc into last sp, 1 sc into last st. Join with a ss into the first st of the round. (84 sc, 84 chains)
Rnd 4 (dc stitch pattern): With CC3, ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), dc2tog (inserting hook into 1st st for 1st leg and into next sp for 2nd leg), *ch 1, dc2tog, inserting hook into same sp as previous st for 1st leg and into next sp for 2nd leg; rep from * ending with 2nd leg of last cluster in last sc. Ch 1. Join with a ss into the first st of the round. (84 dc2tog, 84 chains)
Rnd 5: With CC4, work sc stitch pattern.
Rnd 6: With MC, work dc stitch pattern.
Rnd 7: With CC1, work sc stitch pattern.
Rnd 8: With CC2, work dc stitch pattern.
Rnd 9: With CC3, work sc stitch pattern.
Rnd 10: With CC4, work dc stitch pattern.
Rnd 11: with MC, work sc stitch pattern.
Rnd 12: With CC1, work dc stitch pattern.
Rnd 13: With CC2, work sc stitch pattern.
Rnds 14-23: Repeat rounds 4-13
Rnd 24: With CC3, work dc stitch pattern.
Rnd 25: With CC4, work sc stitch pattern.
With your F hook and MC, ch 8.
Row 1: Hdc in 3rd ch from hook. Hdc in next 4 chains. Hdc2tog with the first leg in the ch and the 2nd leg in the chain space from row 25. Ss in the next chain space from row 25, ch 2 and turn.
Row 2: Hdc in blo in next 6 sts. Ch 2 and turn.
Row 3: Hdc in blo in next 5 sts. Hdc2tog with the first leg in the last hdc from the prior row, and the 2nd leg in the chain space from row 25. Ss in the next open chain space from row 25, ch 2 and turn.
Repeat rows 2 and 3 until all chain spaces from round 25 have been worked with the border.
Cut your yarn and then ss the two border ends together to join in the round. Wet block to even out the sides and then weave in all ends.
About the Designer: Meghan Kizer
Having learned to knit and crochet in college, Meghan is an instructor at her LYS when she’s not chasing her two kids around. Her itch to design came from not finding patterns to match what she wanted to create.
You’ll find her in Columbus, OH, squeezing in knitting and crochet time during nap times, in long lines, and at baseball games (much to her husband’s chagrin).
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