Tunisian Crossed Basketweave Cowl

Once you start making cowls, there are never enough of them! This cowl came into being due to me being in the cowl making mood, having some left over yarn from my Watermelon Cowl and learning some beautiful Tunisian crochet stitches. And voila! This is my latest crochet baby!

Tunisian Crossed Basketweave Cowl is warm loosely fitted Tunisian crochet cowl that is the perfect accessory for cold autumn and winter days. It is made of medium thick baby alpaca and merino wool that is surprisingly light due to the special manufacturing technique; the fibres of yarn are blown into a tube together rather than spun. This makes garments made of this yarn beautifully soft to touch while warm and cosy.

You can purchase the add free PDF version of the pattern at LoveCraft here.

Skills required

Chain, Tunisian crochet technique (alternating forward and backward passes), Tunisian simple stitch (tss), Tunisian purl stitch (tps), Tunisian knit stitch (tks), Tunisian two stitches together (t2tog), Tunisian crossed lattice stitch (tls), end row changing colours, binding off in Tunisian crochet, blocking, locking mattress stitch

Skill level

Size

Small adult

Finished measurements

 The final cowl measurements (blocked):

66 x 20 cm (approx. 26 x 8 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, Red Brick (B) #28

Approx. 66 g; 1 ball of Red Brick, 1 ball of Moss Green

Tunisian crochet hook size 6 mm (J-10) with cable (at least 40 cm (16 in)) or size to obtain the gauge

Tapestry needle

Scissors

Gauge

Blocked Gauge: 15 sts x 14 rows = 10 x 10 cm (4 x 4 in)

Stitch guide

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.

Edge stitches:

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, yrh and 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 pass.
  • Tunisian two together (T2tog): Insert hook from right to left under the front vertical bars of next 2 stitches, yrh and pul
  • Tunisian crossed lattice stitch: This stitch is worked over odd number of stitches and 2 rows as follows:
  • Row 1: *T2tog, tss into the first st of t2tog; rep from * to last 2 sts, tss in the next st, ES. Standard return pass.
  • Row 2: Tss, * t2tog, tss into the first st of t2tog; rep from * to last st, ES. 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 loop 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 charts:

Tunisian rib and basketweave stitch

Tunisian crossed lattice stitch

Notes

The Tunisian Crossed Basketweave cowl is worked flat, RS facing from right to left, and assembled using the locking mattress stitch along the short sides of the project.

Instructions

 With A, Chain 95.

Row 1 FP: Insert the hook in the back bump of second ch from hook, yrh and pul across. 95 loops on hook.

Row 1 RP and all other RPs: Standard RP.

Row 2: *Tps, 2 tks; rep from * to ES, ES.

Row 3: As Row 2.

Row 4 FP: As Row 2.

Row 4 RP: Standard RP to last 2 lps on hook, change to B, yrh and draw through 2 lps.

Row 5: 4 Tks, 5 tps, *5 tks, 5 tps;rep from * to last 5 sts, 4 tks, ES.

Rows 6-8: As Row 5.

Row 9: 4 Tps, 5 tks, *5 tps, 5 tks; rep from * to last 5 sts, 4 tps, ES.

Rows 10- 11: As Row 9.

Row 12 FP: As Row 9.

Row 12 RP: Standard RP to last 2 lps on hook, change to A, yrh and draw through 2 lps.

Row 13: Tss across to last st, ES.

Row 14: *T2tog, tss into the first st of t2tog; rep from * to last 2 sts, tss, ES.

Row 15: Tss,*t2tog, tss into the first st of t2tog; rep from * to last st, ES.

Row 16 FP: As Row 14.

Row 16 RP: Standard RP to last 2 lps on hook, change to B, yrh and draw through 2 lps.

Rows 17-24: Rep rows 5-12.

Rows 25-28: As Row 2.

Row 29: Bind off.

Finishing

Weave in ends and block to final measurements.

Join two short sides by locking mattress stitch (See Special techniques).

Special techniques

Locking Mattress Stitch

  1. Place the cowl RS down with edges aligned side by side. Stitches will be worked through the top loops of each edge.
  2. Start the seam by inserting the needle from left to right through the first stitches of both panels at the bottom.
  3. 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).
  4. 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.    
  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 to end.
  6. Weave in ends.

Abbreviations

Ch- chain

st(s)- stitch(es)

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

lp(s)- loop(s)

pul- pull up a loop

RS- right side

WS- wrong side

FP- forward pass

RP- return pass

approx.- approximately

rep- repeat

t2tog- Tunisian 2 together

tls- Tunisian crossed lattice stitch

Further resources:

If you are just starting with Tunisian crochet, there is a wealth of great resources, such as this article on 5 things you need to know about Tunisian crochet.