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Craft Swap and The Circle of Awesomeness Crocheted Cowl Pattern

A free beginner crochet cowl pattern made from cotton yarn. Super cozy DIY Christmas gift idea! Click to view full pattern. | MakeAndDoCrew.com

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It’s craft swap time again. You might remember how last month I got this gorgeous necklace from Whitney and made some cozy knit slippers and a rosette headband for Marla.

This month, I got to make something for my dear friend, Emily. She’s a pint-sized woman with a never-ending supply of optimism and positivity. I wanted to make her something she could use often this winter. I would have just bought her a Snuggy and called it a day, but this is a CRAFT swap and I needed to make her something to snuggle with. I bet you already know where I’m going with this…

…Yup. A cowl. Where I take every yarn-based project these days. This was a quick little crochet project I whipped up during several episodes of “Homeland” on Thanksgiving weekend. Does anyone else watch that show? Man. So good. We gobbled up the first seven episodes in two sittings. I can’t wait for more!

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Anyhow, you can put on the TV marathon of your choice and make this cowl yourself. It’d make the perfect quick and easy Christmas gift, don’t you think?

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I used Cotton Ease yarn, which I love for it’s softness, washableness and nice, non-fake (read: acrylic) texture.

This pattern is named in Emily’s honor.

The Circle of Awesomeness Crochet Cowl Pattern:

Ingredients:
2.3 skeins of Cotton Ease Yarn in Charcoal (or other worsted weight yarn) (Color A)
Several yards Cotton Ease Yarn in Stone (Color B)
Size I Crochet Hook

And here’s how you make it:

With color A ch 60 inches. Sl st in the first chain to form a loop. Try to avoid twisting the chain.

Row 1: Ch 3 (this counts as first double crochet and first chain) *dc ch1* repeat until end of row, join with a sl st in the top of ch3.

Row 2: ch2 (counts as a first sc), *(sc in the space between two dc in previous row, ch1)* repeat from *, join with a sl st in the top of ch2.

Repeat Row 2 until cowl measures 6″ tall (somewhere around 22 rows)

ROW 23: ch3 (counts as a first dc) *(skip 1 ch stitch, dc in next ch, ch1)* repeat from *, join with a sl st in the top of ch3

Repeat Row 1 until cowl measures 9″ tall.

Repeat Row 23.

Switch to color B.

Repeat Row 1. Fasten off and head outside for some winter fun!

I used this great pattern for inspiration. Thanks to my sister, Jamie, for being a fabulous and patient model even though she was running late for her flight!

Tomorrow, I’ll post what everyone else made for the craft swap, including the FANTASTIC (and absolutely perfect for me) jewelry Emily made me.

15 Comments

  • DIY Advent Calendar & Other Easy DIY Gifts
    December 9, 2011 at 4:37 pm

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  • Kim Anderson
    December 11, 2011 at 11:49 am

    Hey Jess,

    Ok so i don’t normally crochet but though it look easy enough, but I am stumped. Between the asterisk for the first row it says to sc in space btwn dc in previous row. I don’t get how when your on row one there is a previous row? Also no mention of when to dc?? Help!!
    Thx,
    Kim

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  • Make and Do Girl
    December 13, 2011 at 3:35 am

    Hey Kim! I can see how that’s confusing. Totally my fault! What it should say is: First Row: Ch 3 (this counts as first double crochet and first chain) *dc ch1* repeat until end of row, join with a sl st in the top of ch3.

    Second Row: ch2 (counts as a first sc), *(sc in the space between two dc in previous row, ch1)* repeat from *, join with a sl st in the top of ch2.

    So essentially, you’re using double crochets and chains in the first row to create what looks like little window panes. Then you’ll do several rows of single crochets and chains. In both cases, you’re doing the single/double crochet in the chain stitch of the previous row.

    Hope that makes sense. Let me know if not.

    I’ll edit the post right now. Thanks for reading!

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    • Kim Anderson
      December 13, 2011 at 3:17 pm

      Sweet!! Now I get it. Thanks for the clarification =)

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  • Levitra
    January 11, 2012 at 6:03 am

    Thank you for your website! I really appreciate what you’re posting here.

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  • Wren
    November 13, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    Is the first row supposed to be all ruffled? In other words, do you double crochet in every single stitch? It seems like it expands too mug width wise. Thank you!

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    • Make and Do Girl
      November 14, 2013 at 12:38 pm

      Hi Wren,

      I think you caught a mistake! Thanks for pointing that out. It shouldn’t be ruffled, so I believe the pattern should read “Double crochet, chain 1, double crochet,” but you should be skipping every other stitch so you’re not creating any additional stitches. Does that make sense? Thanks so much for pointing this error out.

      Happy crocheting!

      j

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      • Wren
        November 14, 2013 at 5:31 pm

        Thanks so much!

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      • Joanne
        November 21, 2016 at 5:15 am

        I’m glad you clarifed in that last comment; i too had same question. Just saw this and i’m going to make for my sister-in-law for Christmas…And one for myself! I’ve been crocheting about a year now, and am hooked (no pun intended!)

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  • colleen
    January 3, 2014 at 10:09 am

    looks like a very interesting project that i will be doing for several gals on my christmas list this coming year!! Thanks

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    October 30, 2015 at 8:26 pm

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  • Leticia Jurado
    February 28, 2017 at 8:12 pm

    i just love all your patterns! thank you very much for sharing 🙂

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  • Nmarie
    January 6, 2018 at 6:44 pm

    I will definitely came back to this pattern when I get some new yarn! Beautiful pattern. Thanks for sharing.

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