This free crochet pattern for a cowl features one of my very favorite yarns — Caron Cotton Cakes!* These cakes first made their debut at Michael’s stores about a year ago. They were very popular but ended up being discontinued shortly after their original release. The funny thing about that is I had just begun my blog and the first patterns I introduced were both in Caron Cotton Cakes — the Retro Duster Vest and the Boho Market Bag. So, basically, they were already gone from stores by the time I had released my patterns….
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Needless to say, I have been very anxious for their return and I have been hoarding my stash just in case….you know how that is! However, good news is they are back in stock and with some great new colors I cannot wait to get my hands on!
Just recently I broke into my stash to develop the Coiling Colors Cowl pattern and I couldn’t be happier with the way it turned out! Using a very simple stitch pattern and just 1 cake(!) you get a fantastically sophisticated look!
So many varied ways to wear this — it can be coiled together and worn with the buttoned tab, take the tab off and twist to get another great look. Pull one end up close to the neck and the other down for more of a scarf/necklace look. Just a lovely piece that would make a nice versatile addition to your wardrobe. And talk about a quick, easy and inexpensive gift!
Using just a very simple stitch the Back Raised Double Crochet (Brdc) worked in the round it gradually creates the round coil and then once you reach the end of the cake seam together. Super easy and fun to make!
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Brdc back raised double crochet
dc double crochet
sl st slip stitch
RS right side
sc single crochet
Notes about pattern: Pattern is worked in the round and then seamed together at the end. The stitch will naturally make the scarf ends “curl” together to create the round coil shape.
I wanted to use the whole cake with just enough left for sewing together and making the buttoned tab. For one cowl I was able to get 9 rows and one had 10 rows due to variation in yardage in the cake but it made very little difference in the final cowl. If you are getting close to the end and you aren’t sure whether you will have enough, go ahead and crochet the tab from the other end of the cake before ending your cowl.
Size: Approximately 22” long, 48” circumference
Special stitches: Back Raised Double (Brdc). Double crochet worked by inserting hook from the back of the work and then around the stem of the double crochet in the row below.
Round 1: ch 150, sl st to first ch to form a circle, ch 3, dc in each ch to end, sl st to top of ch 3.
Round 2: ch 2, *1 Brdc around next dc of round below,* repeat between * * to end of row, 1 Brdc around ch 3 of previous round, sl st to top of ch 2 from beginning of round.
Round 3: ch 2, *1 Brdc around next dc of round below,* repeat between * * to end of row, 1 Brdc around ch 2/dc from previous round, sl st to top of ch 2 from beginning of round.
Rows 4 – 9/10 Repeat row 3.
Fasten off leaving a tail long enough to sew bottom of round 1 to top of last round together.
Sew top and bottom edge of scarf together using method desired. I used the mattress stitch seam method to make it as invisible as possible. Your scarf will then be a round tube shape.
Weave in ends.
Row 1: ch 7, dc in 3rd ch from hook (sk chs do not count as st), dc in each ch to end. Turn. (5)
Row 2: ch 2 (does not count as st) dc in same st and in each st to end. Turn.
Row 3 – 13: Repeat row 2.
Row 14: (button hole row) ch 2, dc in same st, dc in next st, ch 1, sk next st, dc in last 2 sts. Turn
Row 15: (RS) ch 2, dc in same st, dc in next st, dc in ch 1 sp, dc in last 2 sts. Do not fasten off and sc evenly around outside edge of tab placing 2 sc in each corner.
Weave in ends.
With RS of tab facing, sew button to tab.