Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Fast 'N Easy Chunky Cowl

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Fast ‘n Easy Cowl.  Exactly what the name describes, this is a beautifully soft and squishy cowl that is fast and simple to make.  

Size:  Any size, as long as you chain an odd number to begin.  Sample shown measures 28” x 12”, and was made with 69 sts.

Difficulty: Easy

180-200g  Bulky Weight Yarn #5; I used James Brett Marble Chunky (comes in 200g skeins) in colourway MC2
6 mm (J/10) hook; Yarn needle for weaving in ends.

Gauge:   On 6mm (J/10) hook 10 sts and 8 rows =4”

Pattern Notes:

Pattern is written in US terms; a conversion chart is included at the end.

After joining the initial foundation hdc, the pattern is worked in a round, without joining.  Place a stitch marker if you feel it is necessary to mark the beginning of each round.  

To get the correct texture, work each dc into the top of the fpdc below, NOT the space between stitches.  Work each fpdc as normal.

You can make this scarf any length you wish, as long as you maintain an odd number of stitches.

If you are unfamiliar with the working of a foundation half double crochet, Tamara Kelly of Moogly has a great tutorial here: http://www.mooglyblog.com/foundation-half-double-crochet/

fhdc = foundation half double crochet; sc = single crochet; hdc = half double crochet; fpdc = front post double crochet; dc = double crochet; rep = repeat; st/s = stitch/es; beg = beginning; sl st = slip stitch


Row 1:  With 6mm (J/10) hook, fhdc 69 or number required for length.  (69 sts makes a cowl measuring 28” in circumference).  Slip stitch to beg fhdc to join.  

Row 2:  Ch1, dc in same st as ch1, fpdc in next st; dc in next st*; repeat from * to end.  Do not join.  Continue working in rounds.

You should have finished this row with a double crochet, having begun the row also with a double crochet.  This sets you up for Row 3, which now alternates the stitches to create the desired texture.

Row 3:  fpdc around the first dc from previous row; *dc in the top of the next st; fpdc in next st;  repeat from * to end.  

Row 4:  *dc in the top of the next st; fpdc in the next st; repeat from * to end.

The whole cowl is worked in this alternating pattern, repeating Rows 3 and 4 until your work measures 12” from the beginning.

At the end of the last row, finish off with hdc in next st; sc in next st; slip stitch in next st.  Then chain 1 for the edging.


Sc in same stitch as ch1, and in every stitch around.  Slip stitch to beg sc to join.  Fasten off.

Sew up the little gap on the other side of the cowl, where you began the foundation row, then attach the yarn to any stitch on that edge.  Ch 1; sc in same st as ch 1 and in every stitch around.  Sl st to beg sc to finish, fasten off and weave in all ends.

And that is it!  Your Fast ‘n Easy Chunky Cowl is complete.  

©AG Handmades 2015



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