This pattern uses a simple stitch repeat to create a highly textured, 3d, chunky cowl. This makes the Connected Cowl incredibly warm. The stitches work together to create a beautiful net like pattern, each stitch reaching out to connect with the others.
You can read this blog post about how I found the stitch pattern by accident and fell in love!
Although this looks quite complex, the pattern is a 2 row stitch repeat and really very simple when you get used to it! It’s suitable for those with some experience as it works round front posts but once you get the hang of it, it’s really very easy!
Hook: 5.5mm. I crochet loose so you may want to move up to a 6mm for this
Yarn: one 140g, 250yd skein of Lion Brand Heartland in Acadia. Because I crochet loosely, I went down to a 5.5mm hook. If you know you crochet on the tighter side, I would suggest a 6mm hook as recommended on the yarn label.
Yarn needle to sew in your ends.
Sizing & Gauge
Size: Circumference: 23in, Length: 9in
You can keep working extra rows to make this longer, or add multiples of 6 to the foundation chain to make it looser, depending on the size and fit you are looking for
Gauge: 4in x 4in = 11 rows x 18 stitches (3 pattern repeats)
This is based on the materials given. However, gauge is not key in this piece, as long as the cowl is a comfy fit around the neck.
- The cowl is worked in the round, joining with a slip stitch at the end of each round and turning.
- You can continue to work the stitch repeat over additional rows to make the cowl as long as you want it.
- The cowl is worked over a multiple of 6 stitches, so if you want a looser or tighter fit then you can alter the length of the foundation chain by 6 stitches.
- Starting chains to not count as stitches.
- Instructions in brackets like (this) are worked into the same stitch.
- Instructions between *asterisks* are repeated the number of times indicated
- The stitch count remains the same as the foundation chain throughout, so is only indicated on the first row of the pattern.
Stitches & Abbreviations (US terms):
ch = chainst = stitch
ss = slip stitch
sc = single crochet
dc = double crochet
tr = treble crochet
sp = space
sk = skip
yo = yarn over
fpdc = front post double crochet
Foundation double crochet (fdc)
Ch 3, yo, insert hook into 3rd chain from hook, yo and pull up a loop (3 loops on hook). *Yo and pull through one loop (this creates the base stitch of the next fdc). Yo and pull through two loops, yo and pull through two loops. To start the next st, yo and insert the hook into the v of the base stitch you just created and pulling up a loop. Continue from * for the number of stitches required.
If you struggle with this technique it can be replaced with making a chain of the number of stitches plus 2, then making a dc in the 3rd chain from the hook and across to the end.
Round 1: 96 fdc, join to the start with ss to create a ring. Be careful not to twist the foundation row. (96)
Round 2: Ch3, turn, *tr, sk next 2st (2fpdc, ch1, 2fpdc) round next st, sk next 2 st. Repeat from * to end. Ss into the top of the starting tr.
Round 3: Ch2, turn, *(2fpdc, ch1, 2fpdc) around the tr, sk next 2 st, tr in ch1 sp, sk next 2 st. Repeat from * to the end. Ss into the first two dc of the round and into the ch1 space.
Round 4: Ch3, turn, *tr into ch1 sp, sk next 2 st, (2fpdc, ch1, 2fpdc) around the next tr, sk next 2 st*. Repeat from * to the end. Ss into the top of the starting tr.
Round 5-22: Repeat rows 3 and 4, finishing on a row 4 repeat. If you want a longer cowl, continue these repeats until desired length is reached.
Round 23 / Final Round: *fpdc round the tr, hdc into next 2 dc, sc into ch1 sp, hdc into next 2 dc*. Repeat * to end. Ss into top of first dc, fasten off and sew in end.
Sew in starting tail, joining the bottom of the fdc row made in round 1.
Enjoy the cosiest cowl you will ever wear!!
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