I’ve recently been revisiting some of the accessories I designed before I started publishing crochet patterns. That sounds grand, but basically I looked at those perennial crochet items I pull out year after year. The things that are so much part of the furniture that I kinda forgot I designed them!
On a recent visit to see a very old friend, I was wearing one such cowl. She asked me if I would make her one. So I took off the one I was wearing and gave it to her… kind of in lieu of making her another (like a guarantee I would get round to it!). This would become the Chaucer Twist cowl you see here!
Funnily enough, this cowl was originally created from a mistake. I was working in the round and realised that I had accidentally twisted my starting row. But I decided to go with it and loved how warm and cosy the resulting twisted, layered fabric was.
Ironically when I came to remake the cowl For my friend and to write the pattern, I kinda had a tough time recreating my original mistake. But I got there in the end and my friend loved it. The name is inspired by the poet Geoffrey Chaucer for various reasons. One of which relates to a silly saying from our school days – some in-jokes with your oldest friends never die!
Anyway, here is half of her face modelling it for me in a famous Cambridge Cafe. She kept the original one too!
It’s a super fast one hour pattern so I hope you enjoy it!
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This is an easy pattern suitable for beginners. It uses simple stitches and is worked in the round.
12mm Crochet Hook
Gauge is not essential for this pattern but the scarf you see was made with the following tension;
9 sts and 8 rows of Moss stitch in 10cm using an 12mm hook or size needed to obtain gauge.
Note that if you are using a different size yarn or hook or can’t meet gauge, you can simply change the number of stitches in your starting chain to accommodate, ensuring you have an even number of stitches.
The finished cowl you see here measures around 25cm / 10in tall and 55cm / 22in in circumference. It is a real neck-warmer, so it’s designed to be a snug fit!
- This pattern uses US crochet terms with UK terms given in brackets in the abbreviations list
- Instructions after *asterisks should be repeated as indicated
- The pattern is worked in the round, joining each round with a slip stitch and turning to work the next round
- There is no right or wrong side
- Chain 2 turning chain counts as 1 single crochet and chain 1
- Your stitch count should remain constant throughout
Stitches and Abbreviations (US terms)
- ch = chain
- fsc = foundation single crochet (UK foundation double crochet) click here to learn about foundation chains (modification given in pattern)
- sc = single crochet (UK double crochet)
- sk = skip
- sp = space (ch-sp used for chain space)
- ss = slip stitch
- st(s) = stitches
The Chaucer Twist Crochet Cowl Pattern
Note that if you are not using the fsc stitch, you should start by making a chain of 43, then work 1sc in the second ch from hook and each ch to the end.
Round 1: Make 42fsc, before joining to make a round, turn the end of your row over once (360 degrees) and then ss to top of first st, turn (42 sts)
Before you continue, check that you have just introduced a single twist into the loop.
Round 2: Ch2 (counts as 1sc, ch1 throughout), ensuring you don’t count the ss used to join the round, sk 1 st, *1sc in next st, ch1, sk 1 st; rep from * to end, ss to the starting ch2, turn
Round 3: Ss into last ch1-sp from the previous round, ch2, sk first sc, *1sc in next ch1-sp, ch1, sk 1 sc; rep from * to end, ss to starting ch2, turn
Rounds 4 – 19: As Round 3
Your stitch count should remain constant throughout, if you are losing or gaining stitches, I recommend popping a stitch marker in the starting ch2 so that you know where to place the ss at the end of each round.
As you work you may have to start twisting the cowl to accommodate the twist. This is normal!
Round 20 / Final round: Ch1, starting in the ss used to join the last round, 1sc in each st (ch1-sp and sc) to end, ss to top of first st (42 sts)
Fasten off and weave in the ends.
Sometimes I find it easier to use a small crochet hook instead of a needle to weave in the ends when working with super chunky yarns.
If you are making your cowl with a different yarn or wish to make a larger or smaller size, you can increase or decrease (respectively) the number of stitches in your starting round. This design is meant to be fairly cosy so make sure your first round fits easily over your head with room too spare as the twist will tighten it up.
Make sure you always have an even number of stitches in your first round!
If you want to make taller or shorter cowl, work more or fewer Round 3 repeats. Note that the more rounds you add the tighter the cowl will be, because of the twist, so make sure you increase the length of your starting round to accommodate this.
I hope you enjoy this pattern, and as always, don’t forget to tag me in your finished makes! Nothing makes me happier than seeing my designs brought to life by others. I love the colour choices and personal touches you add to the patterns!
On Instagram, you can use the hashtags #ChaucerTwist #HookMeHappy or just tag @doradexplored. If Facebook is more your thing, you are welcome to share snaps of your work on the Dora Does Facebook page. It really does make my day!
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You may sell what you make from this pattern but the pattern is for personal use only and may not be shared or reproduced without prior written consent. Photos may be shared with credit.
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