• Crochet Patterns

    Crochet Tartan Cowl – Free Crochet Cowl Pattern

    Crochet Tartan Cowl which is grey with green and cranberry stripes being worn by a mannequin
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    The Crochet Tartan Cowl is a beautifully classic cowl made using simple colour changes and simple stitches. If you can crochet a chain, half double crochet and slip stitch, you can make this cowl. I can’t wait to see all of the colour combos everyone comes up with!

    The Crochet Tartan Cowl is made using three different colours of Mary Maxim’s Woodlands yarn. I’ve used the colours Moss, Cranberry and Stardust. This was my first time using Mary Maxim’s Woodlands yarn and it was love at first squish. This yarn is an acrylic/alpaca blend (90%/10%) and is delightfully soft and cozy. It does have a little bit of a halo (I suspect from the addition of the alpaca fibers) but doesn’t hinder visibility or diminish stitch definition. The colours are rich and beautiful. I mean, that cranberry yarn is so awesome, that I want to use it for everything right now. This is definitely a yarn that I want to keep handy in my stash.

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    The Crochet Tartan Cowl measures approximately 10 inches wide by 35 inches long. The cowl fits closely to the neck and you fold the top edge down to create a sort of collar. If you prefer a looser fitting cowl, the pattern gives you intstructions for making the cowl any length you prefer. If you do alter the length of your cowl, please keep in mind that it will affect how much yarn you will require.

    close up of the buttons on the crochet plaid cowl.

    How to Surface Crochet

    To make the vertical striping on the Crochet Tartan Cowl, I used a technique called surface crochet. Surface crochet is a technique to add stitches to the surface of your project using slip stitches. This is a fairly simple technique that gives you a pretty chain along the top of your project. The wrong side of your project looks like it has little dashes instead of the chain.

    The two most important things to remember when doing surface crochet are:
    1. Make sure the right side of your project is facing you and,
    2. Don’t make your slip stitches too tight!

    I cannot stress #2 enough. If your slip stitches are too tight, it can warp your fabric and your fabric will lose it’s elasticity because the slip stitches will prevent the fabric from stretching. If you need to go up a hook size (or two) in order to help keep a loose tension on your slip stitches, don’t hesitate to do it. You may kick yourself later if you don’t.

    To do surface crochet, start with the right side of the fabric facing you:

    • Insert your hook into the stitch you want to start with from right side of the fabric to the wrong side. Put your slip knot onto your hook and pull from the wrong side of your fabric to the right side of your fabric. You will be holding the working yarn on the wrong side of the fabric as you do this
    • Insert your hook into the next stitch/or spot you are wanting to make your stitch in. Pull up a loop through your fabric and pull through the loop on your hook. 1 slip stitch created.
    • Repeat these steps until you are satisfied with your surface crochet and FO. I like to pull my tail to the back of my work and then weave my ends in.

    If you want to see a video tutorial on surface crochet to see it in action, check out this video by B.Hooked Crochet HERE.

    Plaid cowl pattern, free crochet pattern, button cowl pattern free

    Crochet Tartan Cowl

    Skill Level: Intermediate

    Supplies:

    6.0 mm hook
    188 yards/172 m (3.3 oz/94 g) of Mary Maxim Woodlands in Stardust
    68 yards/62 m (1.2 oz/34 g) of Mary Maxim Woodlands in Cranberry
    68 yards/62 m (1.2 oz/34 g) of Mary Maxim Woodlands in Moss
    3 – 1.5” Buttons
    Tapestry Needle
    Scissors

    Abbreviations:

    CH = Chain
    ST = Stitch
    SL ST = Slip Stitch
    SC = Single Crochet
    HDC = Half Double Crochet
    FO = Finish Off

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    Finished size: Approximately 35” Long by 10” wide

    Gauge: 14 sts x 11.5 rows = 4 inches

    NOTES: You’ll be doing surface crochet stitches to create the vertical striping of the tartan. When doing the vertical striping, if you find that your fabric is losing a lot of stretch or bunching up, it means your slip stitches are too tight.  Make sure you keep your slip stitches loose.  Don’t hesitate to go up a hook size or two to keep your stitches from being too tight.

    Pattern

    Using Stardust, CH 35
    Row 1: HDC in 2nd CH from the hook and each st across. (34)
    Rows 2 – 4: CH 1 and turn. HDC in the first st and each st across. (34)
    Change to Cranberry
    Rows 5 – 6:  CH 1 and turn. HDC in the first st and each st across. (34)
    Change to Stardust
    Row 7: CH 1 and turn. HDC in the first st and each st across. (34)
    Change to Moss
    Rows 8 – 9: CH 1 and turn. HDC in the first st and each st across. (34)
    Change to Stardust
    Rows 10 – 15: CH 1 and turn. HDC in the first st and each st across. (34)
    Change to Cranberry
    Rows 16 – 17:  CH 1 and turn. HDC in the first st and each st across. (34)
    Change to Stardust
    Row 18: CH 1 and turn. HDC in the first st and each st across. (34)
    Change to Moss
    Rows 19 – 20: CH 1 and turn. HDC in the first st and each st across. (34)

    Girl wearing the Crochet Plaid Cowl, made in grey, red and green.

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    Rows 21 – 97: Repeat rows 10 – 20 7 more times. (34)
    If you want a longer cowl, keep repeating Rows 10 – 20 and return to Row 98 when ready to complete.
    Change to Stardust

    Row 98: CH 1 and turn. HDC in the first st and the next 3 sts.  CH 3, SK the next 3 sts, HDC in the next 8 sts, CH 3, SK 3 the next 3 sts, HDC in the next 9 sts, CH 3, SK the next 3 sts, HDC in the remaining 4 sts. (25 sts and 3 CH spaces)
    Row 99: CH 1 and turn.  HDC in the first st and the next 3 sts.  HDC 3 in the CH space, HDC in the next 8 sts, HDC 3 in the CH space, HDC 9, HDC 3 in the CH space, HDC in the remaining 4 sts. (34)
    Rows 100 – 101: CH 1 and turn. HDC in the first st and each st across. (34)
    FO and weave in ends.

    Adding the vertical stripes using surface crochet:
    Using Cranberry, make a slip knot.  Insert your hook into the bottom part of your third stitch in your starting chain of the cowl.  Inserting your hook from the right side to the wrong side, pull the slip knot through to the front of your project.  With your cowl facing you lengthwise (or whichever way you feel most comfortable doing surface slip stitches) and the right side facing you, slip stitch into the third stitch of every row for the entire length of your cowl.  FO.  Repeat these steps again, starting in the 12th stitch of each row, the 22nd stitch of each row and the 31st stitch of each row.

    Using Moss, make a slip knot.   Insert your hook into the bottom part of your fourth stitch in your starting chain of the cowl.  Inserting your hook from the right side to the wrong side, pull the slip knot through to the front of your project.  With your cowl facing you lengthwise (or whichever way you feel most comfortable doing surface slip stitches), working right to left, slip stitch into the fourth stitch of every row for the entire length of your cowl.  FO.  Repeat these steps again in the 13th stitch of each row, 23rd stitch of each row and the 32nd stitch of each row

    FO and weave in ends.

    Sew your buttons using a length of stardust yarn onto the long side of the cowl, on the end of the piece without the button holes  To get the right placement, I fold the two ends of the cowl down so they overlap each other (the end with the button holes on top).  Place the buttons on top of the buttonholes and sew into place.  I like to shift the end with the button holes down a little bit so that end of the cowl on the bottom lines up with the last line of surface stitches rather than the edge of the cowl so there’s less chance of the corner without a button creeping out on you.

    Fold the top edge down to form a collar

    Thanks for stopping by and checking out my pattern for the Crochet Tartan Cowl. Ready to make the matching The Crochet Tartan Beanie? If you like free crochet cowl patterns, check out the free patter for my Ava Cowl or my Super Quick Chunky Cowl.

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  • Crochet Patterns

    Super Quick Chunky Cowl Crochet Pattern

    A grey Super Quick and Chunky Crochet Cowl being worn by a mannequin

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    I was going through my Christmas gift planner (get your free copy here) the other day and had this moment of panic when I looked at how much I had planned to make this year.  Rather than get totally stressed out and throw myself a pity party, I pulled myself together and started making an action plan.  My goal was to create something quick and easy.  I wanted it to be so easy that even an absolute beginner should be able to pump out dozens of these by the holidays.  Nothing works up quicker than chunky wool and a super-sized crochet hook.  With that in mind, I picked up one of the biggest crochet hooks I’ve got and some chunky wool and got to work.  Soon, the Super Quick Chunky Cowl Crochet Pattern was born.

    Super Quick Chunky Cowl Free Crochet Pattern - Excellent beginner's crochet pattern that can be made up in approximately an hour. Makes a great last minute gift.

    A few months ago, I made myself a cardigan using Bernat Beyond chunky yarn and I really enjoyed working with it.  I also ended up buying a TON of it when it went on sale.  When my husband saw me packing away 30 skeins of the stuff the day it was delivered, he just shook his head and walked away.  I’m pretty sure he said something about me being a nut bar, but I can live with that so I kept unpacking my new squishy yarn.

    When I say this cowl works up super quick, I mean it.  I was able to get one done in an hour with two little kids running around like our house is some modern version of The Lord of the Flies.  So if I can do it, you can too.  If you are in a bind and need a last-minute gift, make this your new go-to.

    Super Quick Chunky Cowl Free Crochet Pattern - Excellent beginner's crochet pattern that can be made up in approximately an hour. Makes a great last minute gift.

    You’ll need a 15mm crochet hook, your favourite super bulky yarn (if you aren’t using Bernat Beyond) to complete this project and you’ll need to be be able to crochet the following stitches: single crochet, double crochet and slip stitch.  That’s it!  The giant hook gives this cowl a bit of a lacy look and the alternating rows give a very subtle diagonal striping.  So grab your hook and let’s make us a Super Quick Chunky Cowl!

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    Super Quick Chunky Cowl Free Crochet Pattern - Excellent beginner's crochet pattern that can be made up in approximately an hour. Makes a great last minute gift.

    Super Quick Chunky Cowl Crochet Pattern

    Skill Level: Beginner

    Supplies:

    Approximately 110 yards of Bernat Beyond in Smoke or your favourite Super Bulky yarn.
    15 mm crochet hook
    Tapestry needle for weaving in ends
    Scissors

    Abbreviations:

    CH = Chain
    SC = Single Crochet
    DC = Double Crochet
    SL ST = slip stitch
    FO = Finish Off


    Finished size:

    • Approximately 10 inches tall x 12 inches wide.

    Gauge:

    • 6 sts across x 8 rows = 4” square

    NOTES:

    • Instructions within the ** are to be repeated
    • This pattern was written using U.S. terminology

    PATTERN:

    CH 36 and join with a sl st, making sure not to twist your chain.
    Row 1:  CH 1.  SC in the 1st stitch and in every stitch around (36)
    Row 2:  CH 1.  SC in the first stitch.  DC in the next.  *SC1, DC1* until the end.  Join with a sl st.
    Row 3: CH 2.  DC in the first stitch.  DC in the next.  *DC1, SC1* until the end.  Join with a sl st.
    Row 4: Repeat row 2.
    Row 5: Repeat row 3.
    Row 6: Repeat row 2.
    Row 7: Repeat row 3.
    Row 8: Repeat row 2.

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    Row 9: Repeat row 3.
    Row 10: Repeat row 2.
    Row 11: Repeat row 3.
    Row 12: Repeat row 2.
    Row 13: Repeat row 3.
    Row 14: Repeat row 2.
    Row 15: Repeat row 3.
    Row 16: Repeat row 2.
    Row 17: Repeat row 3.
    Row 18: CH 1.  SC in first stitch and each stitch.  Join with a sl st.
    FO and weave in your ends.

    Disclaimer:

    Feel free to sell the item created by this pattern but please provide pattern credit back to me when posting online, and please provide a link to my Blog: www.theloopylamb.com.  Please do not resell, distribute, duplicate, or share this pattern in any printed or digital form, claiming this pattern as your own original design.  Please do not use my photos when selling your finished items.

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    Looking for some other great free crochet cowl patterns? Check these out: Ava Cowl, Crochet Tartan Cowl (and it’s matching Crochet Tartan Beanie), Heather Super Scarf and Once in a Blue Moon Triangle Scarf.

    Super Quick Chunky Cowl Free Crochet Pattern - Excellent beginner's crochet pattern that can be made up in approximately an hour. Makes a great last minute gift.