Ebun Cowl

Ebun Cowl is a loosely fitted Tunisian crochet cowl that has both elements of texture and stranded colourwork. This piece is a great statement accessory to complement autumn and winter wardrobe.  

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Skills required:

Chain (ch), Tunisian crochet technique (alternating forward and backward passes), Tunisian simple stitch (tss), Tunisian purl stitch (tps), Tunisian knit stitch (tks), end row changing colours, changing colours as you go, binding off in Tunisian crochet, blocking, Locking Mattress Stitch.

Skill level:

Finished measurements:

The final cowl measurements (blocked):

82 x 21 cm (approx. 32.25 x 8.25 in)

Materials and tools

Expression Fiber Arts North DK (66% Extra Fine Merino Wool, 34% Pima Cotton | DK | 100 g (3.5 oz) = 241 m (264 yds)), Anchorage (A) 1 skein, Kenai (B) 1 skein

Tunisian crochet hook size 5 (H/8) and 5.5 (I/9) mm with cable (at least 40 cm (16 in)) or size to obtain the gauge

Tapestry needle

Scissors

Gauge:

Blocked Gauge:

5.5 (I/9) mm hook: 18 sts x 15 rows = 10 x 10 cm (4 x 4 in) over st pattern

5 (H/8) mm hook: 18 sts x 16 rows= 10 x 10 cm (4 x 4 in) over ribbing pattern

Stitch guide:

Tunisian crochet stitches are worked in forward (FP) and return pass (RP) from right to left, with the number of stitches (loops (lps)) increasing on the hook during the forward pass and decreasing during the return pass.

Return pass is worked in the same way for all stitches (rows of 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 (ES) 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.

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.

RP 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.

Changing colours as you go: When changing the colours within a row in Tunisian crochet, place the new strand of yarn over the old strand. This locks the old colour in place and prevent gaps occurring between the different colour sections.

Stitch charts:

Ribbing

Main stitch pattern

Notes:

The Ebun Cowl is worked flat, RS facing from right to left, and assembled using the Locking Mattress Stitch along the short sides of the project.

Ribbing is made using smaller hook, while the main body of the cowl is made using larger hook.

In the stranded colourwork (the background colour is carried over and wrapped around the pattern colour every 2-3 stitches to avoid loose floats.

It is important to keep the passive yarn taut but not too tight to avoid distorting the diamond pattern), use colour A for tks and colour B for tss (EXCEPT for Row 27, which is worked colour A). This combination gives the final project distinct texture.  

Both Edge Stitches are worked in colour A.

Instructions:

With A and smaller hook, Chain 146.

Row 1 FP: Insert the hook in the back bump of second ch from hook, yrh and pul across. 146 loops on hook.

Row 1 RP and all other RPs: Standard RP.

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

Rows 3-5: As Row 2.

Change to larger hook. Work tks in colour A and tss in colour B.

Row 6: *Tks, 2 tss, 2 tks, 2 tss, 3 tks, 2 tss, 2 tks, 2 tss; rep from * to last st, ES.

Row 7: *2 Tks, 2 tss, 2 tks, 2 tss, tks, 2 tss, 2 tks, 2 tss, tks; rep from * to last st, ES.

Row 8: *Tss, 2 tks, 2 tss, 2 tks, 3 tss, 2 tks, 2 tss, 2 tks; rep from * to last st, ES.

Row 9: *2 Tss, 2 tks, 2 tss, 2 tks, tss, 2 tks, 2 tss, 2 tks, tss; rep from * to last st, ES.

Row 10: *Tks, 2 tss, 2 tks, 2 tss, 3 tks, 2 tss, 2 tks, 2 tss; rep from * to last st, ES.

Row 11: *2 Tks, 2 tss, 2 tks, 2 tss, tks, 2 tss, 2 tks, 2 tss, tks; rep from * to last st, ES.

Row 12: *Tss, 2 tks, 2 tss, 2 tks, 3 tss, 2 tks, 2 tss, 2 tks; rep from * to last st, ES.

Row 13: As Row 11.

Row 14: As Row 10.

Row 15: As Row 9.

Row 16: As Row 8.

Row 17:  As Row 7.

Row 18: As Row 6.

Row 19: *2 Tss, 2 tks, 2 tss, 2 tks, tss, 2 tks, 2 tss, 2 tks, tss; rep from * to last st, ES.

Rows 20-26:  Rep rows 6-12 once.

Row 27: Tss across to last st, ES.

With A and smaller hook.

Rows 28-31: As Row 2.

Row 32: Bind 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:   
ch- chain  yrh- yarn round the hook  
st(s)- stitch(es)  pul- pull up a loop  
lp(s)- loop(s)  FP- forward pass  
tss- Tunisian simple stitch  RP- return pass  
tps- Tunisian purl stitch  approx.- approximately  
tks- Tunisian knit stitch  rep- repeat  
RS- right side   

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