The Ever-Changing Cowl – Free Crochet Pattern

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The Ever-Changing Cowl - Free Crochet Pattern

The Ever-Changing Cowl – Free Crochet Pattern

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I’ve had my eye on the Spike Stitch for a long time now. I’ve always loved the beautiful texture it makes. For this cowl I combined an alternating spike stitch with another lovely textured treat. A half double crochet, alternating between front and back loops. The ever-changing nature of this stitch pattern will keep your mind sharp and your hands busy. And the result is a thick, cozy cowl that is as stylish as it is warm. 

I’ve included instructions for making 3 sizes of the tube style cowl, plus an infinity scarf. The one I’m wearing in the pictures is a size medium tube cowl.

The Ever-Changing Cowl – Free Crochet Pattern

Finished Sizes:

Instructions given to fit size Small; changes for Medium, Large, & Infinity Scarf are in () 

S (M, L, In)

Finished Circumference: 24” (28”, 30”, 58”) 

Finished Length: 12” (15”, 17”, 7”)

Abbreviations:

Sk = Skip

Sp = Space

St = Stitch

Ss = Slip Stitch

Ch = Chain

Sc = Single Crochet

Hdc = Half Double Crochet

BLO = Back Loop Only

FLO = Front Loop Only

Lsc = Long Single Crochet (aka Spike Stitch)

3rd LO = Third Loop Only

Materials:

I used Red Heart Soft Essentials, which is 100% Acrylic, #5 Bulky weight yarn. 

Any yarn of similar weight would work. 

Approximately 190 (260, 330, 330) yds. 

7mm Hook

Stitch Markers

Yarn Needle

Scissors

Measuring Tape

Gauge Swatch:

With 7mm hook, ch 12. 

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1. Hdc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across. Turn.   – 11 st

2. Ch1, hdc in 1st st and each st across. Turn.   – 11 st

Repeat row 2 until you have 8 rows total. Swatch should measure 4” x 4”. 

Notes:

Ch1  at the beginning of a row is never considered a stitch. 

I have written tutorials for the Spike Stitch (Lsc), Working into the 3rd LO, and an Alternate Joining Method when working into the 3rd LO

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 I have added many pictures to help you along the way. 

Model above (that’s me) is wearing a size Medium. 

The Yarn

The Ever-Changing Cowl - Free Crochet Pattern

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Can I talk for just a minute about this yarn? It’s SO SOFT! I mean, I know it’s in the name, but really. So. Soft. I discovered it on a shopping trip to Michael’s (of course). I was on the hunt for a pretty #5 bulky yarn. When I first saw this one, I thought it was the classic Red Heart Soft, until I looked closer and realized it was a bulky, instead of a worsted! Well, next thing I know, 4 balls have jumped into my cart, and I was headed for the checkout. Yes, that’s right. I said 4 balls. I MAY have plans for those other 2 balls, so #staytuned .

The Ever-Changing Cowl – Free Crochet Pattern

The Ever-Changing Cowl - Free Crochet Pattern

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Instructions

This pattern is worked in the round, but you will be turning after each round is completed. To make this pattern easier to work, you will be starting each round in the 2nd stitch. This is the stitch immediately to the left of where you placed your slip stitch in the previous row. If you look at figure 1 below, you will see that I have ch1 and worked my 1st hdc into the next st. When you do this, you must remember that the stitch where you placed your slip stitch in the previous row, is where you will place your last stitch. (See figure 2)

With 7mm Hook (or the hook used to obtain gauge)

Ch 66 (76, 82, 158). Ss to the 1st ch to form a ring. Be careful not to twist your chain while doing so.

1. Ch1. Hdc in the back hump of next ch and each ch around. Ss to 1st st (See alternative method above). Turn.   – 66 (76, 82, 158) st

2. Working in the 3rd LO: Ch1. Hdc in next st and each st around. Ss to 1st st. Turn.   – 66 (76, 82, 158) st

3. Ch1. *Hdc in BLO of next st, hdc in FLO of next st. ** Repeat from * to ** around. Ss to 1st st. Turn.   – 66 (76, 82, 158) st

4. Ch1. *Hdc in FLO of next st, hdc in BLO of next st. ** Repeat from * to ** around. Ss to 1st st. Turn.   – 66 (76, 82, 158) st

5. Ch1. Hdc in next st and each st around. Ss to 1st st (See alternative method here). Turn.   – 66 (76, 82, 158) st

6. Working in the 3rd LO: Ch1. Hdc in next st and each st around. Ss to 1st st. Turn.   – 66 (76, 82, 158) st

7. Ch1. *Sc in next st, ch1, sk1 st. ** Repeat from * to ** around. Ss to 1st st. Turn.   – 66 (76, 82, 158) st

8. Ch1. *Lsc in next st 1 row beneath, ch1, sk1. ** Repeat from * to ** around. Ss to 1st st. Turn.     – 66 (76, 82, 158) st

9. –  11.   Repeat round 8.

12. Ch1. *Lsc in next st 1 row beneath, sc in next st. ** Repeat from * to ** around. Ss to 1st st. Turn.   – 66 (76, 82, 158) st

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13. Ch1. Hdc in next st and each st around. Ss to 1st st (See alternative method here). Turn.   – 66 (76, 82, 158) st

Repeat rows 2-13 until you have a total of 29 (37, 41, 17) rows. You should have just finished a row 5 (13, 5, 5) repeat. 

30. (38, 42, 18).  Working in the 3rd LO: Ch1. Sc in next st and each st around. Ss to 1st st. Bind off.    – 66 (76, 82, 158) st

Weave in your ends, and you’re done!

I hope you love your new cowl, and I look forward to seeing all of your beautiful pictures on Ravelry!  

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If you enjoyed The Ever-Changing Cowl – Free Crochet Pattern, you may want to check out my other designs!

The Ever-Changing Cowl - Free Crochet Pattern

The Ever-Changing Cowl – Free Crochet Pattern

And until next time… Happy Hooking! 😉

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