The Last Minute Cowl!
This is a really simple, easy cowl pattern that looks complicated but only takes one skein of yarn, and less then an hour and a half to make! That's why I called it the "Last Minute Cowl," because it is the perfect last minute gift! The stitch used is a modified V stitch, and we have a detailed tutorial for how to crochet this stitch in our Lacey Circle Scarf pattern.
In addition, it's gender neutral! Just get a "manly" color of yarn and this looks just as amazing on a guy as on a girl. May I present...
...my gorgeous hubby wearing the manly version:
And see, still cute on a girl:
Yeah, that's a picture of me looking ridiculous. Merry Christmas. My husband likes to take the goofiest pictures possible when he's the photographer...sigh. Good thing I love that man so much!
1- 1 1/2 skeins of Lion Brand Yarn 135-212 Hometown USA Yarn
1- 1 1/2 hours, depending on the size of your cowl
DC: Double Crochet
Sl St: Slip Stitch
Row 1: Ch 48, sl st to join into a circle.
Row 2: Ch 3, then in your sl st, dc 1. This will form a kind of triangle.
In third st from your triangle (so skip 2 st, dc in third st), dc 1, ch 1, dc 1, all in the same st, to form another triangle.
Make sure you do not ch in between the last dc of the previous triangle, and the first dc of the next. The pattern should go dc, ch 1, dc--skip 2 st--dc, ch 1, dc. Continue this pattern until you reach the end, you should be 3 st from your first triangle. Sl st in the third ch 3 st, it will be at the very left hand edge of your first triangle.
Rows 3-11 (or 12) : Ch 3, then dc into your sl st that joined your first row together. Then, instead of skipping 3 st, you simply look for the st between your triangles, and start your next triangle in that st, with the same dc, ch 1, dc pattern. Remember, this sounds complicated, but please refer to the pictures here for detailed instructions! After you have completed -- rows, sl st to join and weave in ends. Done! Wasn't the easy?
There is one more optional thing you can do to add a little bit of dimension to this cowl. If you make your foundation chain very very loose, and progressively crochet tighter and tighter stitches until your last row is very tight, you will get a cowl that has more drape then just a simple tube. I had this happen by accident the first time (the purple scarf), but I love the way it looks and it makes for a more dimensional cowl.
I hope as always if you make something from one of our patterns you'll send us a picture!