Here is my free crochet pattern for a single crochet cowl with woven details. Truly a “Wow!” piece.
I saw a really lovely knit sweater with woven details and I thought, “Why can’t I make that in crochet?” This is what I came up with. I am now thinking of so many ways this technique could be incorporated into other projects — bags, belts, ponchos — limitless! You might be seeing this technique again later on down the road I love it so much!
You may have noticed I love cowls and I enjoy making unique pieces as you can see with my previous pattern for the Sassy Autumn Cowl. Cowls are fun to make as they can usually be done in an evening or two, are relatively inexpensive as they don’t use much yarn and make fantastic gifts.
This crochet cowl is so pretty and such a statement piece. Easy enough for a beginner with just simple stitches — chain, single crochet and foundation single crochet. I know — foundation single crochet — many of you may have never done a foundation single crochet and you have been crocheting for years so this isn’t simple, right? Wrong. I can’t believe how long I went without learning and being scared of the foundation single crochet. Really so easy! I have included a video tutorial below if you want to crochet this really lovely cowl and are unsure of this stitch.
For the yarn I used Lion Brand Heartland* which is a medium 4 weight yarn. This yarn is so soft and the colors have a nice heathered appearance. If you choose to use this yarn, you will use almost an entire skein of Color A but very little of Colors B, C and D. This would be a great way to use up any little remnants of yarn you have lying around the house that coordinate together.
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If you like to have your cowls a little tighter to the neck you could certainly decrease the number of chains in the main body of the cowl. However, I would not recommend making the tabs any shorter.
I have included a step-by-step tutorial below explaining how to weave together and complete your cowl using both methods of tabs under or over the end. Hope this is helpful for you!
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Pattern written in US Crochet Terminology
Size J (6 mm) crochet hook
RS right side
sc single crochet
fsc foundation single crochet
Row 1 With Color A either fsc 130 or ch 131, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across to end. Turn (130) (RS)
Row 2 ch 1 sc in same st, sc in each st across to end. Turn (130)
Row 3 – 5 Repeat Row 2. Fasten off.
Row 6 with Color A fsc 25, sk 25 st of previous row, sc in next 80 st, switch to color (B), leaving last 25 st unworked, fsc 25. Turn (130)
Row 7 ch 1, sc in next 25 st, switch to Color A, sc next 105 st. Turn (130)
Row 8 ch 1, sc in next 105 st, switch to Color B, sc in next 25 st. Turn (130)
Row 9 repeat Row 7
Row 10 Repeat Row 8. Fasten off.
Row 11 with Color C, fsc 25, sk 25 st of previous row, switch to color A, sc in next 80 st, leaving last 25 st unworked, fsc 25. (130)
Row 12 ch 1, sc in next 105 st, switch to Color C, sc in next 25 st. Turn (130)
Row 13 ch 1, sc in next 25 st, switch to Color A, sc in next 105 st. Turn (130
Row 14 Repeat Row 12
Row 15 Repeat Row 13. Fasten off.
Row 16 With Color A, fsc 25, sk 25 st of previous row, sc in next 80 st, switch to Color D, leaving last 25 st unworked, fsc 25. (130)
Row 17 Repeat Row 7
Row 18 ch 1, sc in next 105 st, switch to Color D, sc in next 25 st. Turn (130)
Row 19 Repeat Row 13
Row 20 Repeat Row 18. Fasten off.
Row 21 With Color A, fsc 25, sk 25 st of previous row, sc in next 80 st, leaving last 25 st unworked, fsc 25. (130)
Row 22 ch 1, sc in each sc st across. Turn (130)
Row 23 – 25 Repeat Row 22. Fasten off.
Weave in ends before weaving and sewing edges together. This will make the next step much easier.
Weave tabs together. Match all ends so they are even at the bottom and sl st tog. Do not fasten off and sc evenly around bottom edge of cowl.
Weave in ends.