Monday, November 21, 2011

Effortless Cowl

No, this is not my PIP. I am posting this cowl pattern by request. This is a wonderful cowl for beginners...or anyone who loves plushy and soft crochet projects:)
I made this cowl a year ago and put it in my Etsy shop. Of course I kept the one in the photo and wore it a couple of times last winter. Sometimes I get comments on Etsy asking how to make it. I have never written a pattern down for this cowl because it is too simple to write down. It really can't be called a real pattern... i don't know...it just seen too basic to call a pattern.

I figured there were patterns out there already for something like this, so I never even considered writing it down. Well, someone messaged me again asking how to make it so I decided to go ahead and post it here.

This cowl is so simple. It is the most basic cowl you can make. These instructions are great for anyone...especially beginners. It is a mindless creation...meaning it takes literally no brainpower. I am a tv junkie. I love to sit and veg out in front of the tv at night, after the little one goes to bed. Of course, I am always crocheting (or trying to knit) while watching tv. So if you're like me...you will love this. You can mindlessly make this in a matter of minutes or an hour or so.

Like I said before...it is so basic and simple...so here you go

Note: I try to include the most accessible yarns in my patterns. I love being able to buy yarn at major stores that we all shop at. Of course, I love my local yarn shop and shop there more than anywhere else, but for many people, the major chain store is the most accessible.

Materials
3 skeins of super bulky yarn I used 6 weight like Lion Brand Hometown or the Thick and Quick.
Size M crochet hook
yarn needle

Gauge
Not that important with this type of project

Note: Crochet loosely. I'm getting messages and comments about the size. If you crochet tightly, force yourself to loosen up with the tension so the cowl will drape and fit nicely

Pattern
I like my method of working the starting chain better...Ch 87 and begin working into the ch before joining.

Rnd 1: Working into the back ridges of the chain, place hdc in 3rd chain from hook, hdc in each ch till the end. Join with a sl st to the top of first st.

You will take the starting tail and join to the other side. This method will prevent worrying about twisting the starting chain.


If you choose to go the traditional route...

Ch 87, join with sl st to first ch (careful not to twist the chain)

Rnd 1: Ch 2 (counts as first st). Hdc in the back ridge of each ch, join with sl st to top of beginning st.

Rnd 2-14: Ch 2, Hdc in each st around. Join with sl st in the first st. Finish off.

I made mine as a continuous round. I did not join each round. This will give you a seamless cowl...but it will be off (not perfectly lined up) at the beginning and ending. (doesn't really show)
If you get bored you can work in the back loops for each st or you can totally change the look of the hdc by working in the ridge on the back of the hdc. This st looks really amazing. I just wish I had a photo of the result of this stitch.

The cowl in the photo below is the same cowl, but I used worsted weight yarn...Patons wool, I believe. The only difference is the number of chains and sts per row and I added a few more rows. I used an I (5.5mm) hook. I gave this cowl away as a gift, so I'm not sure about the number of chains.

So you can do a lot with this basic pattern. You can use bulky yarn for a ultra thick, warm cowl or worsted yarn for a lighter one.

See how easy this is. I can hardly call this a pattern.
Enjoy...my PIP is coming, it really is.

40 comments:

  1. I love these cowls - thank you for sharing! I am wondering what size hook you used for the cowl made from worsted weight - did you also use an M hook for this? Thanks again!

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  2. Ok I know it's really simple but some of us NEED the instructions LOL
    I love it, thanks for writing it down and sharing it.

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  3. Thank you Liz for another wonderful cowl pattern! I made your Soft Stitch Cowl and it turned out beautifully. I can't wait to make this one. I love your patterns--thanks so much for sharing them. :)

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  4. Thanks so much for posting this pattern. Both cowls above are beautiful and I can't wait to try them! Most of the teen girls in my family have requested scarves for Christmas, but I think I'm going to make some of these instead!

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  5. Thanks so much for the nice comments. Andrea I used an I hook. I did not make it too tight, I wanted it drapey. If you use a smaller hook the cowl might come out too tight and that will not allow for a nice drape. Happykatt you're welcome and I hope you like your cowl. Anne I am so glad you are happy with the Soft Stitch cowl. I am working on one of those now. Veronica, I hope the teens like them. You never can tell about teenagers. Some have to see a garment on someone at school first before they will wear it. You're all so welcome.

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  6. Thank you so much, Liz, yes, I want the cowl to have the nice drape that yours has, and I tend to crochet a bit on the tight side. I will try an I hook, or maybe a J. Thanks again - I love your blog, so happy to have found it.

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  7. you're welcome Andrea....and thank you.

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  8. Hey Liz! Thanks for sharing this great tutorial! I'm working on one right now, I'm on the 8th row at the moment, and added a few more chains (110 chains). As happykatt mentioned, even though it is uber simple, SOMEONE needs to write it down for dummies like myself. :P
    And the best part is, it's super quick, and doesn't need that much yarn! That's probably my primary concern, that I'll have to go out and use billions of kroners (the currency here i denmark) on yarn, so that is why this is so much more awesome. :)
    I hope it's okay if I share your tutorial on my blog once my cowl is complete. :)


    www.thecreativemuslimah.blogspot.com

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  9. You're welcome and thanks so much. I'm certain you are no dummy. Of course it is ok if you share the tutorial. That's what it is all about:)
    Thanks again,
    Liz

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  10. Hello. Does it just wrap around your head 2 times? Also, how do twist it to get it to look like the picture. Is the twist in the back or the front? It falls so nicely in the picture.

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  11. Hi,

    I just put it around my neck and then take the front which is hanging in front and twist it up and around my neck again. The twist or wrap will be in the front. When you make it you will join the rounds and not work back and forth in rows. Hope this helps.

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  12. Hi there,
    I am an avid, and experienced crocheter, but I have no idea what the ridge is... I know the front loop, back loop, front post, back post. I would love to make this as it looks so sumptuous (sp) please could you clarify for me.

    Thank you Liz

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  13. Hello Carol,

    The back ridge is that little bump on the back of the chain. Just take the chain and turn it toward you looking at the back and you will see the little ridge or bump. Hope this helps

    Thanks,
    Liz

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  14. in behind the back loop? but not the back post? do you have a picture of a back ridge?

    Sorry, I'm just not getting what that is.

    Thanks for your help Liz

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  15. I'll try to explain again...I guess it is behind the back look. As you are chaining look at it and take it and turn it toward you and you'll see that little bump. Don't worry if you don't understand. You do not have to work in the back ridge. If you want you can use the back loop. The only reason I work the back ridge is because it gives the bottom a more finished look. Sorry if I'm still not being clear
    Liz
    Liz

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  16. ok, I have a picture here of what a ridge looks like.
    http://www.crochetspot.com/where-is-the-back-ridge-of-a-chain-in-crochet/

    also, I didn't know that's what I have been doing for a while now, ha, ha, anyways, yes! I like the edge that this creates.

    Thanks for the pattern Liz, I am going to give it a go

    Carol

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  17. Carol,

    That's a great picture...I'm glad you found it. That's funny...you've already been doing that. I hope you like the cowl.
    Liz

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  18. Hello Liz,
    This is a great pattern. I made one with crocheting in the back loops of the HDC. It looks GREAT! But I was going to make another one and wondered what you mean above when it says "...change the look of the hdc by working in the ridge on the back of the hdc." Where is the ridge on a HDC?
    Thank you!
    Andrea

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  19. Hello Andrea,

    I'm glad you like your cowl. If you want to work in the back of the hdc you will need to work a round of hdc. Then when you get ready to start the next round you will take the round you just did and look to the back of the stitch. You will insert the hook under the little line that you see. You will not work under the regular loops on the top, instead just look toward the back for that ridge or line below the top loops. I may not be clear...just look at the hdc stitches very closely and you may be able to see it.
    Hope this helps...if not I'll try to find a pic or take one.
    Liz

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  20. Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful pattern with us! I just finished one for my cousin and I'm on a mission to finish one for myself:-> Thank you again!

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  21. Finished making one a couple weeks ago and I just LOVE it. Here's the ravelry link so you can see it... http://www.ravelry.com/projects/strlightstitchr/effortless-cowl
    Thanks so much for the pattern. :)

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    1. You're welcome and I love it...and I'm so glad you love it too:D
      Have a great weekend.

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  22. Thankyou so much for sharing, I can' wait to make a couple for Christmas.. Have a wonderful day.

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  23. Such a lovely scarf. I can't wait to make one for my DIL for Christmas. Thank you for sharing your pattern.
    Blessings.

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  24. Hi , Thanks for sharing such a wonderful design. I am planing to make a cowl but with size 4 yarn. I have Vanna's choice lion brand. Could you tell me if I should use 2 skeins together or just 1 skein at a time. I want it to have 2 rounds around my neck.

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    1. I would do 2 skeins together to get the really chunky feel.

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  25. Beautiful cowl and you're right, the yarn really makes the cowl stand out!!
    Love the chunky look!

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  26. Great Pattern! I hope u dont mind me haring this on my blog (linked to yours, of course) http://bwalker8706.blogspot.com/

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  27. Love the look of this! Can't wait to try it out! I have a question and yes, there are stupid questions!! Is this worked in the round or could it be worked flat and them sewn together using the thread and a tapestry? I've been crocheting for more than 25 years and I can't understand why this is not getting through my thick skull!!!

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  28. Thanks for the pattern :-) I am just wondering though, I did the first pattern in white with the thick and quick yarn and an M hook and when I wrap it twice around my neck it practically chokes me :-( Are you crocheting really loosely? I know I can just increase the 87 foundation chain but just wondering how you are making it look all nice and drapey? Thanks!

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    1. This happened to me too...and I used an "N". I think I'm going to take it back out and redo adding to the foundation chain. I actually made one last year using this same pattern (but I didn't take notes on what I did different.) I think I must have used an "O" hook because I counted 87 on the foundation chain, but it is a lot looser. This time, I'll be sure to take notes. The one I made last year was a huge hit with my teenage daughter.

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    2. Yes I crocheted this one rather loosely. (But not terribly loose). The idea is to have a nice drape. I remember the very first scarf I made was so tight I could hardly get the hook in each stitch...it literally stood up on its side. I was so frustrated I threw the hook and scarf in the closet and gave up for about 3 months. When someone told me to force myself to loosen up, my crocheting took off. I think my tension is in between loose and tight.

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  29. What a beautiful cowl project! I would like to make this cowl as my first cowl project. It is lovely!
    But since I have never made a cowl before, I am a bit confused by the directions after the 1st Round where it says, "You will take the starting tail and join to the other side. This method will prevent worrying about twisting the starting chain."

    Is this "starting tail" the same thing as the loose end to be sewn in later after finishing the last round?
    Or if not, where do I join it to the other side? Do you mean right or wrong sides?

    I am trying to picture the pattern coming together in reading the directions through ahead of time and this is confusing me a little.

    Thanks. BTW, this is my first visit to your blog and it is terrific! I will be back! :) :) Thank you very much.
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    Lee Ann
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  30. I love this cowl! Thank you so much for the pattern. I would like to make this shorter. Just one time around the neck Should I use an odd number of stitches? Thank you
    Stephanie V

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  31. very nice of you to share.......you mentioned how amazing the pattern is if you work in the back ridge of the hdc, I made one using your directions and here is the listing so your followers can see how the pattern works up, https://www.etsy.com/listing/177657350/coastal-cowl-wool-blend-super-soft?

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  32. Hi Liz! This pattern is my first cowl project! I work in the back loop only because seems a nice texture and I publish the translation in my blog.. I'm glad if you want to take a look! thaks for sharing ! ciao :::Silvia

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  33. Do you work into the back of the stitch the entire time or just that first row you work into the chain? Thanks!!

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  34. Thank you for this beautiful cowl pattern. I can barely crochet but I have a bunch of learn to crochet books so I am going to give this a go !

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  35. I think this is the back ridge of the half double crochet stitch. It is a tutorial for a different stitch but has a great visual. http://littlemonkeyscrochet.com/tutorial-ribbed-half-double-crochet-stitch-ribhdc/

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