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THICK ‘N COZY RIBBED COWL
Hook: P (11.50mm)
Yarn: Super Bulky (I used 3 skeins of Lion Brand’s “Hometown USA”)
Buttons: 4 large. I used 1″ wooden buttons.
Gauge: Not crucial, but a row of 10 HDC = about 6″
Finished Size: Approximately 27″ around, 13″ tall
(1) This pattern is written in American Standard Terms.
(2) This pattern is worked in rows, then sewn together at the end. The buttons are optional, and you may choose to use them as functioning buttons, but I decided to sew the cowl together and add the buttons to be decorative. (In other words, in my finished cowl, the sewing is holding it together, not the buttons; although, it appears as though the buttons are functional.) If you choose to not sew your cowl together and instead rely on functioning buttons or toggles, be sure to use large enough buttons that they will not slip through the large spaces created by using such a bulky yarn and large hook.
(3) As noted above, this pattern uses a stitch I call RibHDC, in which you complete your half double crochet stitch in the single loop just below the loops you usually use. This is what gives the cowl a faux-knit, ribbed look. For a visual explanation, you can view this photo tutorial.
(4) HELPFUL HINT: When RibHDC-ing, sometimes it’s easy to miss the last stitch of the row because it ends up at a bit of an angle. So, if your cowl is getting skinnier and skinnier, you’re probably neglecting it. Counting your stitches will solve this problem. 🙂
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To begin: Ch 43.
Row 1: HDC in 2nd Ch from hook, and in each St across. (42 HDC not counting the Ch)
Row 2: Ch1; turn. RibHDC across. (42 RibHDC)
Rows 3-19 (or until scarf is about 12″ tall): Ch1; turn. RibHDC across. (42 RibHDC)
Row 20: Ch1; turn. SC evenly around the entire cowl.
Fasten off, leaving a long finishing tail. Weave in your starting tail only, then choose one of the following options for finishing.
Finishing Option 1: Decorative Buttons or Toggles
Fold your cowl so that the ends meet. Overlap one edge about 1″ over the other edge, then use your long finishing tail to sew them together, going up and down through both edges of the cowl with small stitches. Fasten off and weave in. Attach 4 large buttons or toggles in even increments down the seam so that it appears as though the cowl has been “buttoned up.”
Finishing Option 2: Functional Buttons or Toggles
Weave in your finishing tail (you won’t need it for this option). Sew 4 large buttons or toggles evenly down one side. To wear, slip the buttons or toggles through the stitches of the other end of the cowl.