Weave Me In Cowl

Weave Me In Cowl is the perfect project for lazy weekend days, easy enough to crochet while watching your favourite show with a bit of challenge due to working front and back post stitches. You can whip it up in a few evenings, which makes it a fantastic last-minute gift for friends and family. The final piece is guaranteed to keep you toasty during cold and windy winter days, while giving you a bit of luxury feeling due to the lush wool and alpaca blend.

This pattern was featured in Crochet Now Issue 52.

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

Skills required

Chain, Foundation Double Crochet stitch (fdc), Linked First Double Crochet stitch (lfdc), Front Post Double Crochet stitch (fpdc), Back Post Double Crochet stitch (bpdc), Double Crochet stitch (dc), blocking, Locking Mattress stitch.

Skill level

Finished measurements

The final cowl measurements (blocked):

 75 cm circumference x 31 cm tall (29.5 x 12.25 in)

Materials and tools

Rowan Alpaca Soft DK (70% Wool, 30% Alpaca | DK | 50 g (1.8 oz) = 125 m (138 yds), Enchanted (#209) 5 balls

Crochet hook size 4.0 mm (G/6) or size to obtain the gauge

Tapestry needle

Scissors

Gauge

Blocked Gauge: 18 sts x 10 rows = 10 x 10 cm (4 x 4 in) over st pattern

Stitch guide

Foundation Double Crochet stitch (fdc)- Ch 3 (counts as first dc), yrh, insert hook into 3rd ch from hook, *yrh, pul, yrh, draw through 1 loop on hook (ch made), [yrh, draw through 2 loops on hook] twice (dc made)**, insert hook in last ch made; rep from * for number of sts made; ending last rep at ** .

Linked First Double Crochet stitch (lfdc)- pull loop on hook slightly taller than  normal loop, ch 1, insert hook into the front bump of the first ch from hook, yrh, pul (2 loops on hook), inert hook into first st, yrh, pul (3 loops on hook), [yrh, draw through 2 loops on hook] twice.

Stitch charts

Notes

It is important to crochet loosely for this project as the fabric tends to fold over forward if the stitches are worked too tightly.

The Cowl is worked flat with front and back post double crochet stitches forming the Celtic Weave pattern (RS of the project). The former are crocheted facing RS and the latter facing WS.

The Celtic Weave pattern is worked over 4 stitches within a row and 2 row repeat.

The first row consists of foundation double crochet stitches, while the last row is worked in double crochet stitches.

Instructions

Row 1: 134 fdc, turn. 134 sts

Row 2 (RS): 1 fldc, * miss 2 sts, 2fpdc, 2 fpdc in missed sts and worked in front of previous sts; rep from * to last st, 1 dc, turn.

Row 3 (WS): 1 fldc, 2 bpdc, *miss 2 sts, 2 bpdc, 2 bpdc in missed sts and worked behind previous sts; rep from * to last 3 sts, 2 bpdc, 1 dc, turn.

Rows 4-29: Rep rows 2-3 thirteen more times.

Row 30: Rep Row 2.

Row 31: 1 fldc, dc across, turn.

Fasten off.

Finishing

Weave in ends and block to final measurements as in schematic.

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 lps 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: 
 
st(s)- stitch(es)yrh- yarn round the hook
fdc- foundation double crochetpul- pull up a loop
lfdc- linked first double crochetWS- wrong side
ch- chainRS- right side
fpdc- front post double crochetrep- repeat
bpdc- back post double crochetlp(s) loops(s)
  

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