Well here it is now...better late than never i guess. The great thing about this cowl is the stitch. It is pretty and also allows for the perfect drape. Once you get used to the stitch pattern, it is quick to make. (I think I made about six last winter... all in a week or two)
If you are familiar with a double crochet decrease (dc2tog) you will be just fine with this pattern. If not... I would recommend practicing the stitch a little first.
3 skeins worsted weight yarn
I used Vanna's Choice in Taupe
Size J crochet hook
10in (25cm) wide
56 in (142cm) in circumference
Stitches Used (US terms)
Dc Double Crochet
Dc2tog Double crochet 2 together or a double crochet decrease
Sl St Slip Stitch
Dc2tog: [Yarn over, insert hook in next stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and draw through 2 loops] 2 times, yarn over and draw through all loops on hook
Note: Crochet the beginning chain really loosely. When working into the chain I always work into the back ridge loop (not the same as the back loop). It is a little more time consuming, but it is worth it, because this will give your bottom edge a finished look.
Edit ch 119 or 121...you will need an odd number of stitches if not...you will end up with an extra chain
Note: I like working into the chain before joining. It prevents you from twisting the chain. Later you can take the starting tail and join with bottom edge.
Round 1: Dc2tog into the 4th and 5th ch from the hook, dc in last ch worked which is the 5th ch)... this is the pattern stitch. The first 3 chains count as a dc.
(Dc2tog into the next 2 chains, Dc in last ch worked) Repeat this across the beginning ch. Join the round with a sl st into the top of the first dc.
If you feel more comfortable with joining the chain from the get go then use this method.
Traditional Rnd 1: Join ch with sl st (careful not to twist ch). Ch 3 (counts as first dc). Dc2tog in next 2 chs, dc in last ch worked, repeat the pattern stitch around. Join with sl st to first st.
Rnd 2: Ch 3 (counts as dc), (dc2tog next 2 sts, dc in last st worked) repeat around. Join with sl st to first dc.
Rnd 3-14: Repeat Rnd 2. Finish off.
Don't worry... once you get used to the pattern stitch... you'll be fine.
If I have totally confused you, please leave a comment and I'll try to explain myself a little better.