As the nights are getting longer and temperatures are plummeting, I am inevitably coming to terms with the fact that summer is gone once again. With a bit of nostalgia I am reminiscing on those long warm days spent out and about with my two little ones, we had so much fun! We played in our local park, ate moderate amount of ice cream and lots and lots of watermelon! I had a design idea at the beginning of summer that came to fruition not long after and voila! The Watermelon cowl is here. Actually my lovely friends from Instagram suggested the name as the cowl was made in red and green yarn originally. It is made of wonderfully soft Alpaca blend that is hard to put down once you start crocheting with it!
This cowl is crocheted using Tunisian crochet technique; it is the perfect project for beginners as it enables you to learn the basics of Tunisian crochet including colour change, the Honeycomb stitch, how to start and bind off your project. So without further ado, here is the pattern!
Chain, Tunisian crochet technique (alternating forward and backward passes), Tunisian simple stitch (tss), Tunisian purl stitch (tss), Tunisian knit stitch (tks), Tunisian Crossed Stitch (tcs), End row changing colours, Binding off in Tunisian crochet, Blocking, Locking mattress stitch
Junior (fits a small child) (J), Female (F), Male (M)
The final cowl measurements (blocked):
J: 51 x 22 cm (approx. 20 x 8.75 in), F: 56.5 x 22 cm (approx. 22.25 x 8.75 in), M: 70 x 22 cm (approx. 27.5 x 8.75 in )
Materials and tools
Drops Air (65% Alpaca, 28% Polyamide, 7% Wool | 10 ply, aran, worsted | 50 g (1.8 oz) = 150 m (164 yds)), Moss Green (A) #12 (J, F, M), Red brick (B) #28 (J, F), Navy Blue (C) #9 (M)
Junior size: approx. 42 g (28.5 g of Moss Green, 13.5 g of Red Brick); 1 ball of Moss Green, 1 ball of Red Brick
Female size: approx. 48 g (32.5 g of Red Brick, 15.5 g of Moss Green); 1 ball of Red Brick, 1 ball of Moss Green
Male size: approx. 57 g (40 g of Navy Blue, 17g of Moss Green); 1 ball of Navy Blue, 1 ball of Moss Green
Tunisian crochet hook size 6 mm (J-10) with cable (at least 40 cm (15.75 in)) or size to obtain the gauge
Blocked Gauge: 14 sts x 14 rows = 10 x 10 cm (4 x 4 in)
Tunisian crochet stitches are worked in forward and return pass from right to left, with the number of stitches (loops) increasing on the hook during forward pass and decreasing during the return pass.
Return pass is worked in the same way for all stitches used in this project as follows: 1 ch, *yrh, draw through 2 loops on hook, rep from * until 1 loop on hook.
Right edge stitch– This is the first stitch and is not usually worked into because there is one loop on the hook left after completing the return pass of the previous row. This one loop corresponds to the first stitch of the new row.
Left edge stitch– This stitch is referred to in the pattern as the End Stitch and is crocheted as follows: Rotate the end of the fabric towards yourself, insert the hook under both bars (left and right) of the last st, yrh and pul.
- First row of Tunisian crochet: Insert the hook in the back bump of second ch from hook, yrh and pul across. Standard return pass.
- Tunisian simple stitch: Insert the hook from right to left under front vertical bar of the next st and yrh pul. Standard return pass.
- Tunisian purl stitch: Bring yarn to the front on the work and hook, insert the hook from right to left under the front vertical bar of the next st, yrh and pul. Standard return pass.
- Tunisian knit stitch: Insert the hook from front to back between the front and back vertical bar, yrh and pul. Standard return row.
- Tunisian crossed stitch: Skip the first st, insert the hook in the second front vertical bar and pul, insert the hook in the skipped front vertical bar and pul. Standard return pass.
Bind off: Insert hook from right to left under front vertical bar of the next st, yrh, pul and pull through the lp that is on the hook. One loop remains on the hook.
End row changing colours in Tunisian crochet: The new colour is added when finishing the return pass of the previous row and 2 loops are remaining on the hook. Yrh with the new colour and draw through 2 loops.
Stitch tutorials can be found here.
The Watermelon Cowl is worked flat, RS facing from right to left, and assembled using the locking mattress stitch along the short edges of the project.
Please note that the accompanying pictures for Junior size depict a different colour combination (starting with B rather than A).
With A, Chain 70 (80, 96).
Row 1 FP: Insert the hook in the back bump of second ch from hook, yrh and pul across. 70 (80, 96) loops on hook.
Row 1 RP and all other RPs: Standard RP.
Row 2: Tss across to ES, ES.
Row 3 FP: As Row 2.
Row 3 RP: Standard RP to last 2 lps on hook, change to B (C), yrh and draw through 2 lps.
Row 4: *Tss, tps; rep from * to ES, ES.
Row 5: *Tps, tss; rep from * to ES, ES.
Rows 6-8: Rep rows 4 and 5.
Row 9 FP: Rep Row 5.
Row 9 RP: Standard RP to last 2 lps on hook, change to A, yrh and draw through 2 lps.
Rows 10, 11: As Row 2.
Row 12: Tks across to ES, ES.
Row 13: As Row 12.
Row 14: Tcs across to ES, ES.
Rows 15- 19: Rep rows 12-14.
Row 20 FP: As Row 14.
Row 20 RP: Standard RP to last 2 lps on hook, change to A, yrh and draw through 2 lps.
Rows 21, 22: As Row 2.
Rows 23-28: Rep rows 4-9.
Rows 29, 30: As Row 2.
Row 31: Bind off.
Weave in ends and block to final measurements.
Join two short sides by locking mattress stitch (See special techniques).
Locking Mattress Stitch
- Place the cowl RS down with edges aligned side by side. Stitches will be worked though the top loops of each edge.
- Start the seam by inserting he needle from left to right through first stitches of both panels at the bottom.
- Move one stitch up on the right side, insert the needle from right to left and continue to the first stitch on the left side (the one already worked into).
- Move one stitch up on the left side, insert the needle from left to right and continue to the last stitch worked into on the right side.
- Repeat steps 3 and 4 to end.
- Weave in ends.
sl st- slip stitch
ES- end stitch
tss- Tunisian simple stitch
tps- Tunisian purl stitch
tks- Tunisian knit stitch
tcs- Tunisian crossed stitch
yrh- yarn round the hook
pul- pull up a loop
RS- right side
WS- wrong side
FP- forward pass
RP- return pass