I can hardly believe it – but this is my final pattern of 2020! I thought a free crochet cowl pattern would be the perfect way to close out the year. What a wild ride this year has been. While it’s easy to focus on the negative, I’m trying to take a beat and appreciate the more positive aspects of this year. I was able to spend more time at home with my family – we’ve done everything from binge watch all the Marvel movies in chronological order to play board games (Trivial Pursuit champion here!) to doing crafts together and cooking together. Our grill got a major workout this year!
I’ve also done a ton of crocheting! I’m so blessed to have a hobby that occupies my hands and mind in these trying times. I’ve made all sorts of things this year, in fact I think my handmade wardrobe probably doubled this year. I decided to close out 2020 with a simple yet luxurious project that really lends itself to a mindless make. The In The Clouds Cowl uses simple stitches that even the most beginner crocheter knows, and I found it so meditative to work on. Keep reading to check out this free crochet cowl.
This project is really elevated by the yarn I used. For this make you’ll want to hold together two strands of yarn – a lace weight mohair and a fingering weight gradient. Of course, you can feel free to shop your stash, but if you’re looking to really get the cozy experience I highly recommend WeCrochet Aloft Mohair and Stroll Gradient.
The Aloft Mohair is so squishy! It has a gorgeous halo and really gives this project an extra luxurious feel. This is my first time ever using mohair, but it definitely will not be my last. I used the color Silver and I love how subtle it was while still punching up the coziness.
I’ve used Stroll Gradient before, most notably in my Blank Space Shawl. I knew it would also be perfect for this cowl, because the gradient is so pretty and it comes in a ton of colorways. I ended up using Beach House, which is a pretty combination of grey, blue, and green. Imagine doing this project with a bold colorway! The options are really endless when combining these two fun yarns.
The full free cowl pattern is below, but as always you can pick up an ad free pdf on either Ravelry or Etsy. If you do decide to make this cowl, I’d love to see and share your work! Tag me on social media @hookedhazel or share photos of your In The Clouds Cowl with the hashtag #inthecloudscowl
- WeCrochet Aloft Mohair, Silver, 2 skeins, 72% Super Kid Mohair, 28% Silk, 260 yards/ball, lace weight
- WeCrochet Stroll Gradient, Beach House, 1 ball, 75% Fine Superwash Merino Wool, 25% Nylon, 458 yards/ball, fingering weight
- US H/5mm crochet hook , or size needed to meet gauge. I like this one by Furls.
- Darning Needle
- Locking stitch marker (1)
ch – chain
slst – slip stitch
sc- single crochet
dc – double crochet
sk – skip
st(s) – stitch(es)
- Cowl is worked in joined rounds
- Pattern is worked double stranded, with one strand of mohair and one strand of fingering weight.
- All increases are made at the center front of the cowl.
- Move your stitch marker each increase round.
14 st x 14 rows, in pattern = 4″
Ch 86, being careful not to twist, join with slst to form a ring.
Round 1: *(Sc, dc) in first ch, sk next ch*, repeat from * to * around, join with slst to first st, turn. <86 sts>
Round 2: *(Sc, dc) in first st, sk next st*, repeat from * to * around, join with slst to first st. <86 sts>
Rounds 3 – 17: *(Sc, dc) in first st, sk next st*, repeat from * to * around, join with slst to first st. <86 sts>
Round 18: *(Sc, dc) in first st, sk next st*, repeat from * to * 22 times, sc and dc in each next 2 sts, placing a stich marker in the final sc, *(sc, dc) in next st, sk next st*, repeat from * to * around, turn. <88 sts>
Round 19: *(Sc, dc) in first st, sk next st*, repeat from * to * until you reach your stich marker, (sc, dc) in marked st, *(sc, dc) in next st, sk next st*, repeat from * to * around, turn. <90 sts>
Rounds 20 – 35: Repeat round 19. <122 sts>
Rounds 36 – 40: Repeat round 2.
Note that your cowl will be longer in the front as is in the image below.
Lightly block your cowl using your preferred method.
Weave in all ends.