Designing crochet cowls have become one of my favorite things lately, they are quick to work up and you can get as creative as you want with texture and color. You can also work them in continuous rounds or in rows and then join together at the end. Cowls are one of those things that you can dress up an outfit or use it to stay warm or both. Do you wear cowls?
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Back in September I designed the Frosted Sky Cowl using Caron Pantone (Faerie Cakes) and I loved how it created a gorgeous fade colorway and the texture was gorgeous too! I enjoy projects that include multiple colors, it really makes the texture stand out even more and with the Caron Pantone skeins and they take all the guess-work out on the having to combine colors and they create fabulous color pallets. For the Desert Sky Cowl, I designed it with the Caron Pantone Bamboo in the colorway Party Favor and even though this colorway has a fun name that sounds like drastic combined colors, it is really a gorgeous pallet of dark blue, light pink, 2 shades of beige and cream.
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When you purchase a Caron Pantone skein, you will have to take them from mini hanks and either roll them into balls or you can do what I do, if you have a yarn swift and winder you can create a yarn cake and it will make the project a lot easier to work up. I know that some people may not like that they will have to wind up the yarn to get started but if you work with the hand dyed yarn often and have a yarn swift and winder, it will only take you about 5-7 minutes to get this color combo caked up! When I create the yarn cake, I join the two ends every time I add another color with a little tie that I can easily undo when working the project, it just makes it a lot easier to work with then having 5 mini balls or 5 mini cakes of yarn. I originally caked the yarn up with how they had it in order starting with blue but I wanted to finish the cowl so that the blue was on the bottom so I just re-winded it with the winder and I was ready to start with the white yarn. You could even rearrange the yarn colors in any order that you want!
The Desert Cowl Crochet Pattern can be found in my pattern store as an ad free and beautifully formatted PDF.
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- Yarn: Medium, Weight 4; Example made with Caron Pantone Bamboo (Party Favor)
- Yardage: 127 yds.
- Hook: K (6.5mm)
- Tapestry Needle, Scissors and Measuring Tape
- Gauge: 16 Stitches and 16 Rows = 4”x4” (sc)
- St/Sts: Stitch(es)
- Sl St: Slip Stitch
- Ch: Chain
- Sc: Single Crochet
- Joining: The cowl is worked in rows until the end, then it is seamed together to create the round.
Desert Sky Cowl:
(23 Inches Circumference and 9 Inches Tall)
You Need Your K Hook and Your Yarn Color of Choice
Row 1: 1 sc in 6th ch from hook, *skip 1 ch, 1 sc in next ch, ch 3, 1 sc in next ch; repeat from*, until last 3 chs, skip 1 ch, 1 sc in next ch, ch 2, 1 hdc in last st.
Row 2: Ch 4 and turn, 1 sc in next ch 2 sp, *(1 sc, ch 3, 1 sc) in next ch 3 arch; repeat from until last ch arch, (1 sc, ch 2, 1 hdc) in last ch arch.
Repeat Row 2 until it measures 9 inches tall.
Fasten off and leave a long tail to seam the cowl together. Place the right sides together and seam the cowl together. Fasten off and weave in any loose ends.
Need more inspiration?
A fun textured blanket to make is the Oliver Blanket! This blanket can be customized any way you like!