Confession: I'm not entirely sure what a cowl is, and at this point I don't know who to ask. The dictionary definition references monks, which clearly isn't the same thing we're talking about with modern winter wear. Looking at examples of patterns doesn't help me out either. Sometimes it seems like a cowl is a distinct piece (like a hood with shoulders), and other times it seems to be interchangeable with "infinity scarf." I mean, where is the line, people? So while I'm not 100% confident that is the ideal term for this pattern, I'm going to go with my gut on this one and call this a cowl. Either way, this new pattern is the newest addition to the "3 mL" family and goes great with the 3 mL Beanie, Slouchy Hat, and Messy Bun Beanie. So if you've been making one of the hats, now you can make a matching scarf-like-cowl(?) to go with it!
If you've made one of the 3 mL hats, then this pattern should be very familiar. It's basically just the body of the hat, but wider. It works up quickly and uses less than a skein of yarn (I used I Love This Yarn! Stonewash in Walnut). As written, the cowl is 8" wide and 26" long. If you want yours to be longer or if you want it to be thinner, you can really easily adjust the pattern to customize it however you'd like. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about how to best do that.
Like that hat patterns, this pattern will require working the 3rd loop. If you're unfamiliar with that term or want a refresher, I recommend checking out my 3rd loop tutorial. And if you come across questions about the pattern as you're working through it, I recommend checking out the FAQ for the slouchy hat version. The patterns are similar enough that the odds are good it'll help you out (but of course you can always contact me with additional questions).
If you're interested in printable PDF version, you can find one on Ravelry.
st(s) = stitch(es)
ss = slip stitch
ch = chain
fsc = foundation single crochet
sc = single crochet
hdc = half double crochet
dc = double crochet
fpdc = front post double crochet
flo = front loop only
Row 1: hdc in the 2nd ch from the hook and in each st across, turn (13)
Rows 2-11: ch 1, hdc across, turn (13)
You should now have a square that measures 4" wide and 4" tall. If yours is smaller, you'll want to go up a hook size. If your square is larger, you'll want to consider going down a hook size. However, you don't want to sacrifice the drape, so if the stitches look too tight when you manage to get a matching gauge, I would recommend just decreasing the number of stitches in the cowl instead (just make sure you have an even number of stitches); that way it won't be too stiff.
Round 1: fsc 94
Ss the ends together to form a loop (make sure that the first round isn't twisted). You will continue to work in the round without turning so that the right side is always facing out. (94)
Round 2: ch 1, sc around, ss to join (94)
Round 3: ch 1, hdc around in flo, ss to join (94)
Rounds 4-6: ch 1, hdc around in 3rd loop, ss to join (94)
Round 7: ch 1, sc around in 3rd loop, ss to join (94)
Round 8: ch 2, dc around, ss to join (94)
Round 9: ch 1, [sc, fpdc] around, ss to join (94)
Round 10: ch 1, sc around, ss to join (94)
Round 11: ch 1, [sc, fpdc] around, ss to join (94)
Note: The fpdc from round 11 should be worked into the fpdc from round 9
Round 12: ch 1, sc around, ss to join (94)
Rounds 13-22: Repeat rounds 3-12
Rounds 23-27: Repeat rounds 3-7
Round 28: ch 1, sc around, ss to join (94)
Fasten off and weave in ends.
And just like that you have your very own textured cowl! If you like this pattern, I hope you'll consider supporting my blog by buying the PDF printable version on Ravelry. Your support helps make it possible for me to continue offering patterns for free on my blog.
If you end up making one of these cowls, I'd love to hear about it. And it would make my day if you shared a picture. As always, if you have any questions or comments, you can reach me in the comments section below or on social media. Happy hooking!
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