I’ve named this cowl “Spring” after the season I made my first one in. I know a wool cowl in Spring is a bit odd but Ireland’s weather can get pretty chilly at any time of year. Especially when walking the dogs on a windy day!!!
In Spring & Summer I just wear it with a jumper for added warmth as I hate my neck to be cold, but it’s especially nice in Autumn and Winter as it fits instead the collar of your jacket adding another layer of insulation.
It is a very quick pattern to make and uses simple stitches so is perfect for a beginner.
Yarn: Chunky, with as much wool in the mix as you can handle against your skin.
Stitch marker (I use a curtain hook)
Stitches & Abbreviations:
Chain Stitch (ch)
- Wrap the yarn over the hook in an anticlockwise direction (or hold the yarn still and manoeuvre the hook).
- Draw the yarn through to form a new loop without tightening up the previous one.
Slip Stitch (sl st)
- Insert the hook into 2nd chain from hook, yarn over the hook, draw the yarn through the chain and the loop on the hook in one movement.
Double Crochet (dc)
- Insert the hook into 2nd chain from hook, yarn over the hook and draw the yarn through the chain only
- Yarn over the hook and draw the yarn through both loops on hook.
Foundation Double Crochet (fcdc)
- Make a slip knot, chain 2.
- Work hook into the V of the first stitch.
- Yarn over and pull through stitch.
- Yarn over and pull through one loop.
- Yarn over and pull through next two loops.
- Repeat steps 2 – 5 until desired number of stitches is reached
- Yarn over hook and insert hook into 4th chain from hook.
- Yarn over and draw through the chain only.
- Yarn over and draw through the first 2 loops only.
- Yarn over and draw through the last 2 loops on the hook.
*This pattern is worked in the round*
Row 1: fcdc 55, sl st ends together.
Alternatively, Ch 55, sl st ends together, dc 55
Row 2: ch 3 (counts as tr) tr in each fcdc across, sl st in top ch 3 to join
Row 3-17: Repeat round 2
Row 18: ch 1, dc in each dc across, sl st to join.
A nice variant of this pattern is to alternate front post and back post trebles for rows 2-17 to create a textured effect.
When sewing in the yarn end from the start of row 1 use it to stitch together the gap between the first and last foundation double crochet stitches.