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Caron came out recently with their new Chunky Cakes and I just had to get it on my hook. With Valentine’s Day coming up I knew a pink cowl made with one cake would be just the thing!
This cowl is fast and easy — certainly could be made by a beginning crocheter — you only need to know half double crochet and chains. Worked in the back loops only there is some great texture to this cowl. I have included a video below explaining the back loop only technique if you have any questions about it.
When my husband saw the finished cowl he thought at first it was another Curly Cute Cowl and I would say it is the easy peasy thick and quick version of it!
My experience with Caron Chunky Cakes — so soft! Their new Chunky cakes are 100% acrylic so no scratchiness at all. Very little “fuzzy” fibers and feels great working with it. There are many great colors available so if you prefer something a little more neutral that option would be available. If you don’t have the Caron Chunky Cakes available to you any size 6 bulky weight yarn would be a substitute. The Caron Tea Cakes would be another great option!
The pattern is made in one piece as a rectangle and then seamed at the end once you have achieved the length/size desired. The chains at the bottom are added along the bottom once seamed together. I wanted a funky button embellishment to finish off the cowl and match the bottom chain so I added a very simple chain flower and sewed the button in the middle. I would recommend tacking down the chains on the top of the flower so they don’t flop over the button.
Pattern written in US crochet terminology
1 Caron Chunky Cakes in Ballet Sorbet 9.8 oz / 297 yds
hdc half double crochet
blo back loop only
sl st slip stitch
Notes about pattern:
Gauge is not important with this pattern
Chain 2 at beginning of row does not count as a stitch
Stitches are all worked in the back loops only
Approximate finished size: 34” x 11” (before seaming together and adding the chains)
Row 1: Ch 32, hdc in 3rd ch from hook and in each ch across to end. Turn (30)
Row 2: Ch 2 (does not count as st), working in blo, hdc in same st and in each st across to end. Turn (30)
Repeat row 2 to desired size. I finished my cowl at row 55. Fasten off.
Using tapestry needle, seam the ends of the cowl together using desired method — I used the mattress seam. This will keep the join invisible.
Attach yarn to the bottom of the cowl at the end of any row.
Ch 10, sl st into the end of the next row, *ch 10, sl st into the end of the next row* repeat between * * to end, sl st into the first st.
*Ch 20, sl st in 1st ch* repeat between * * 10 times. Fasten off. With embroidery thread, sew button to middle of flower. Sew to top of cowl where desired. Tack down chains around button to keep the chains from flopping down over the button while wearing.
Weave in all ends.