For a while, I’ve wanted to make a cowl that sits round your neck as cosily as a scarf would but without the need for constant readjustment or the risk of strangulation!
I also wanted something that would keep your shoulders cosy but that would still sit comfortably under a big coat or over a lighter jacket.
This hybrid of a roll neck / cowl / cape / poncho was what resulted from that wish list! I wanted to call it a ‘cwape’ – can that be a thing? It sounds a little Welsh. I hope it doesn’t mean anything rude…
I ended up going for the ‘Paracti-cowl’ because I love a practical accessory which does what it says on the tin. Function and form are my favourites!
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Made with West Yorkshire Spinners Chunky Roving (aff) (part of this year’s yarndale haul) this is really warm and practical… and it’s not going to trail out the bottom of your car door (but I can’t promise you won’t spill soup down it)!
You can wear it poncho style or bring the fabric forward to drape over the chest like a more traditional cowl or scarf.
West Yorkshire Spinners Re:treat (aff) 280m / 306yds / 2x100g balls in the shade called Mind.
Any other chunky yarn of a similar weight which meets gauge can be used
9sts x 9 rows in 10cm x 10cm of Crossed Half Double Crochet (see special stitches) using a 7mm hook or size needed to meet gauge.
The Approximate size around the neck is 40cm / 16in and around 106cm / 41in round the shoulders.
This cowl is designed for an adult but it is is fairly easy to adjust the size to fit if you are used to working in the round and increasing circles.
For a smaller or lager fit around the neck, decrease or increase the length of the foundation row, ensuring that you are using a multiple of 3 sts. You will need to alter the number of times you repeat instructions between [brackets] to accommodate and the number of increase rows you work to ensure the shoulder fit.
If you want to make the cowl larger round the shoulders, continue the increase pattern to your desired size. For a smaller shoulder size, stop increasing sooner.
Stitches & Abbreviations (US Terms)
UK equivalent in brackets
ch = Chain
chdc = Crossed Half Double Crochet (see special stitches)
fsc = Foundation single crochet (see special stitches)
inc = increase (used to identify increase rounds)
RS = Right Side
sc = single crochet (UK double)
ss = slip stitch
st(s) = stitch(es)
yo = yarn over
Foundation Single Crochet (fsc)
Ch2, insert hook into 2nd chain from hook, yo and pull up a loop (2 loops on hook). *Yo and pull through 1 loop (this creates the base stitch of the next fsc), yo and pull through 2 loops to complete the st. To start the next st, insert the hook into the ‘v’ of the base stitch, yo and pull up a loop*. Repeat from * for required number of sts.
You can find more details on foundation rows including a tutorial in the Crochet Resources Section of my website.
If you struggle with this technique it can be replaced with making a chain of the number of stitches plus 1, then work 1sc in the 2nd ch from the hook and each chain across to achieve the required number of sts.
Crossed Half Double (chdc)
Yo, insert hook into the same stitch you just worked into, yo, pull up a loop (3 loops on hook), insert hook into the next st, yo, pull up a loop (4 loops on hook), yo, pull through all 4 loops.
To start the next stitch, yo and insert the hook into the second stitch you just worked into.
This stitch pattern is a bit like working modified half double crochet 2 together stitches overlapped to keep the stitch count constant.
- Numbers in brackets at the end of a round indicate the number of stitches in that round and are only given at the start of a section or where there is a change
- Unless otherwise indicated, stitches are worked in consecutive stitches
- Turning chains do not count as stitches
- Instructions written between [these brackets] should be repeated the number of times indicated
- The cowl is made top down working in the round, joining each round with a ss and turning
The Practi-cowl Pattern
Round 1 (RS): 36fsc, join to top of first st with ss to make a loop, being careful not to twist your work, turn (36 sts)
Round 2-6: Ch2, starting in same st as turning chain (here and throughout), work 36chdc (see special stitches) around to the end, join to top of first st with ss, turn
Round 7 (inc): Ch2, [3chdc, 1hdc in same st as last chdc finished] 12 times, join to top of first st with ss, turn (48 sts)
Round 8 (inc): Ch2, [4chdc, 1hdc in same st as last chdc finished] 12 times, join to top of first st with ss, turn (60 sts)
Round 9: Ch2, work 60chdc around to the end, join to top of first st with ss, turn
Round 10 (inc): Ch2, [5chdc, 1hdc in same st as last chdc finished] 12 times, join to top of first st with ss, turn (72 sts)
Round 11 (inc): Ch2, [6chdc, 1hdc in same st as last chdc finished] 12 times, join to top of first st with ss, turn (84 sts)
Round 12: Ch2, work 84chdc around to the end, join to top off first st with ss, turn
Round 13 (inc): Ch2, [7chdc, 1hdc in same st as last chdc finished] 12 times, join to top of first st with ss, turn (96 sts)
Round 14-24: Ch2, work 96chdc around to the end, join to top of first st with ss, turn
Fasten off, sew in ends
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