One skein of DK weight yarn and simple stitches are combined in this easy, lightweight crochet cowl pattern. The lacy crochet stitches make this cowl feel feminine and elegant.
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Ashland was born out of the desire to update one of my old crochet patterns that featured a discontinued yarn and some not that great photos. It was one of my first patterns (we all have to start somewhere, right?).
Crochet cowls are usually one skein crochet patterns, which makes them great for on the go. I also like to make them as palette cleansers or breaks from big projects. They are quick and satisfying to make and easy to wear. Just toss it on and head out the door.
Ashland Crochet Cowl Pattern Information
- 240 yds Luna Gray Fiber Arts Zeta (85% Polworth Wool / 15% silk, 289 yds/100g) or similar #3/DK weight yarn. Color Shown = Araucana
- 4.5 mm Crochet Hook
- Scissors and Tapestry Needle
This yarn is a really pretty semi-solid hand-dyed yarn from Luna Grey Fiber Arts. It’s her Zeta base, which is an 85% Polwarth Wool & 15% Silk blend. It’s listed as a DK weight and has about 289 yds per 100g. I love the drape and subtle sheen of this yarn.
I just love this blue color! Its called Araucana, which is actually a breed of chicken we used to raise when I was growing up. Their eggs are this color.
If you are looking for a substitute I would try one of these:
You could use a light worsted weight yarn for this cowl as well, but just keep in mind your finished project will come out a little bigger.
Gauge and Sizing
Gauge (unblocked): 4 groups x 6 rows = 3 inches
-1 group = 1- (dc-ch 1-dc) or (3 dc in ch space) in pattern
Finished size (unblocked): 8.5 in tall x 15 in wide laying flat
I use US Terminology
- Ch(s): chain(s)
- Dc: double crochet
- Sl St: slip stitch
- Beg: beginning
- St(s): stitches
You only need to know basic crochet stitches for this cowl. Besides making chains and the slip stitches at the end of each round all you need to know is double crochet!
Notes: Tips for Crocheting the Ashland Cowl
Cowl is worked in joined rounds
Ch 3 counts as a dc
Ch 4 counts as 1 dc + ch 1
Be sure not to work your foundation chain too tight. Sometimes it helps to go up a hook size for just the foundation chain.
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Easy and Beautiful Lace Cowl Crochet Pattern | Ashland Cowl
Ch 118 to start
Rnd 1: dc in 5th ch from hook (counts as 1 dc + ch 1). Skip 2 chs. 3 dc in next, *skip 2 chs, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next, skip 2 chs, 3 dc in next repeat from * across. Will have 2 chs left at end of row, skip these chs. Taking care not to twist yarn, join to 3rd beg ch with a sl st. Use the tail to join leftover 2 chs to base of rnd 1.
Rnd 2: Ch 3, 2 dc in ch 1 space * skip 2 sts, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next st. skip 2 sts, 3 dc in ch 1 space, repeat from * around until 5 sts left. Skip 2 sts. 3 dc in next. Skip 1. Join to top of ch 3 with sl st.
Rnd 3: Sl st to 2nd st. Ch 4 (counts as 1 dc + ch 1), dc in same st as ch 4. * Skip 2 sts, 3 dc in ch-1 space, skip 2 sts (dc, ch 1, dc) in next. Repeat from * around. 3 dc in last ch 1 space. Skip 1 st. Join to 3rd beg ch with sl st
Rnd 4-11: repeat rnds 2 & 3
Rnd 12: Ch 3, dc in each st and ch-1 space around. Join to top of ch 3 with sl st.
Rnd 13: Sl st into 2nd st. Ch 3, 2 dc in same st as ch 3, *skip 2 sts (dc, ch 1, dc) in next st. Skip 2 sts. 3 dc in next. Repeat from * around until 4 sts remain. Skip 2 sts, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next. Skip last st and beg ch 3, join to top of 1st dc with sl st.
Rnd 14: Repeat rnd 3
Rnd 15: Repeat rnd 2
Rnd 16: repeat rnd 12
Rnd 17: Sl st to 2nd st. Ch 4 (counts as 1 dc + ch 1), dc in same st as ch 4. * Skip 2 sts, 3 dc in next, skip 2 sts (dc, ch 1, dc) in next. Repeat from * around until 4 sts remain Skip 2 sts, 3 dc in next. Skip 1 st. Join to 3rd beg ch with sl st
Rnd 18: Repeat Rnd 2. Finish off and weave in ends. Block if desired.
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I love this pattern! I would like to make a second cowl with this pattern but in a smaller width, maybe 11 inches instead of 15 inches. Could you provide the pattern repeat or number of chains to make a smaller size? Thank you!
I can’t get round 3 to end correctly. When I get to my last DC-ch1-DC, I still have 5 stitches left, probably because round 2 ends with two sets of 3DC in a row.
I love this pattern, so help please!