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Cascading Colors Crochet Cowl Free Pattern with Video Tutorials

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This pattern has a story I am sure many of you crocheters will be able to relate to.  When I first decided to start this blog and design crochet patterns this was actually the very first pattern I started to work on.  I even have the blog post written out from July that has never been posted.

Why you ask?  Well, I just wasn’t feeling it.  I originally intended it to be an infinity scarf with the same idea of weaving in the strands of foundation sc.  Didn’t like it.  Then it was going to be a scarf.  Again, no.  Then I didn’t even want to look at it and my head was filled with so many other ideas the Retro Duster Vest — which ended up being my first post and pattern — the Boho Market bag and on and on.  Every once in a while I would see that lonely little pile of almost finished project and think that I really needed to finish it even if it never made it to the blog.

Well, then after my glut of cowl patterns — the Sassy Autumn Cowl, Knitty Pretty Reversible Cowl, the Be Weaving Cowl — I kind of thought everyone is going to be so over my cowls.  Then I looked at it again.  And I SAW it!  It was one of those moments where I saw what it should be and I had to finish it!

Cascading Colors Crochet Cowl free pattern
Cascading Colors Crochet Cowl

So here it is in all of its glory!  I love it!  The front piece is so abstract and striking.  No two cowls will be the same in the front — they will always be just a little bit different.  I fell in love.  It seems like a unique piece of jewelry.  I even added fringe to add to the WOW and I am not usually a fringey kind of gal.  I am so wearing this to work next week!

It is a very simple pattern.  You only need to know how to do a chain, hdc, dc and foundation sc.  If you wanted to replace the foundation sc with the standard chain and sc into the chain you could certainly do that as well.  The neck piece works up really quickly.  I have included a tutorial detailing how to weave and finish your cowl.  I have also included a tutorial for the foundation sc and the fringe if you wish to add that option.

Cascading Colors Crochet Cowl
Cascading Colors Crochet Cowl back of neck — looks like stained glass!

If you are one of those with OCD and just can’t bear the thought of having the random weaving on the front piece you could certainly make a shorter chain to only weave one row throughout.  But be brave – enjoy the randomness!

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Materials needed:

Caron Simply Soft Dark Sage 6 oz / 315 yds (Color A)

Yarn Bee Soft Secret Ombre Plumpassion 4 oz / 198 yd (Color B)

Size 7 (4.5 mm) crochet hook

Tapestry Needle

Scissors

Pattern notes:

Ch 2 counts as 1st st

Ch 5 counts as 1st dc and ch 2

Abbreviations:

ch chain

RS right side

WS wrong side

st stitch

dc double crochet

sk skip

hdc half double crochet

sp space

fsc foundation single crochet

sl st slip stitch

With Color A

Ch 152

Row 1 (RS) hdc in 3rd ch from hook and in each ch to end.  Turn (151)

Row 2 filet row (WS) ch 5, sk next 2 st, dc in next st, *ch 2, sk 2 st, dc in next st* repeat between * * to end of row.  Turn (50 dc blocks)

Row 3 ch 2 *2 hdc in ch 2 sp, hdc in next dc* repeat between * * to last ch 5 sp, 2 hdc in ch 5 sp, hdc in third ch from previous row’s ch 5.  Turn (151)

Rows 4 – 15 repeat rows 2 – 3. Fasten off.

Weave in ends.

With Color B (make 7)

fsc 150 (or ch 151 and sc into 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across to end)

With WS facing, fold two edges together in the front to make a v shape.  With filet holes lined up, begin weaving a fsc strand in and out of the holes.  Start weaving in the front corner around the outside edges.  Once woven, if strand is overhanging at the end, loosen up the strand through out the cowl so it isn’t pulled too tightly.  Continue weaving each of the 7 strands through the cowl.

On the WS of the cowl, weave in the ends of the strands into the cowl holding them in place.

Attach color A to the bottom edge of cowl at the place where the ends of the neck piece meet and crochet a row of sc evenly around and join with sl st to first st. 

If you are choosing to add fringe to the cowl do not fasten off and from the top edge of the v (where there are two thicknesses), *ch 3, sk 2 st, sc in next st* repeat from one end of the v to the other and fasten off.

Weave in ends.

Fringe:

Add fringe to every other ch 3 sp from the WS of the cowl.  For my fringe I used 8 strands of Color B approximately 7” long.

Cascading Colors Crochet Cowl with Fringe

Cascading Colors Crochet Cowl