I don’t know about you, but the closer I get to Christmas, the more I tend to start using chunkier yarns. It’s not just because it’s getting colder outside; it’s also because bulky yarn works up faster, and we have a deadline, people!
So if you have someone on your Christmas list who loves cozy accessories, here’s an easy cowl pattern that uses one of my favorite stitches and Woolspun yarn from Lion Brand. (It’s the same yarn, and color, I used in the Rustic Slouch & Infinity Scarf set.)
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Finished Size: 28″ around x 11″ tall
Hook: N (9.00mm)
Yarn: About 240 yards (2 skeins) of Lion Brand Woolspun, a bulky #5 yarn.
Gauge: 10 rows of 5 (SK1, SC+HDC in 1) combos = 4″ (see “Abbreviations” below for explanation of SC+HDC)
You’ll also need: Yarn needle, 5 buttons (1″)
SL ST (slip stitch)
SC (single crochet)
HDC (half double crochet)
SC+HDC (this just means to put a SC and an HDC in the same stitch)
BLO (back loops only)
(1) This pattern is written in American Standard Terms.
(2) CH1 at the beginning of rows does not count as a stitch.
(3) The buttons are decorative (non-functional).
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To begin: CH6.
Row 1: SC in 2nd CH from hook and in each remaining CH. (5)
Rows 2-70: CH1, turn. SC in BLO of each ST across. (5)
Row 71: CH1; do not turn. Working down the long edge now, put 1 SC in each row. (70)
Row 72-92: CH1, turn. SK 1st ST, SC+HDC in next ST. (SK next ST, SC+HDC in next ST) across. (70)
Edging: CH1, turn. SC evenly around the entire cowl, putting (SC, CH1, SC) in each corner. Join with a SL ST to the first SC.
Fasten off and weave in ends.
Overlap the two shorter sides of the cowl by about 1″, and use pins to hold it in place. Place and sew 5 buttons evenly spaced down the edge, being sure to sew through both layers.