This cowl is the perfect first crochet project if you've been practicing the stitches and you're ready to make something! You can easily start and finish this project in one day or one weekend. It would be a great cozy accessory for this fall weather! The fun thing about it is that it mostly uses DC (double crochet), so you don't need to think very much while you're crocheting, making it the perfect project to bring with you to the coffee shop. I chose to make it striped by using two different colors of yarn, but feel free to keep it even more simple by just using one color of yarn.
-worsted weight or bulky yarn in your choice of colour
-appropriate size of crochet hook, according to the label on your skein of yarn (for the cowl that Laura is wearing, I used worsted weight yarn and a 4mm crochet hook)
Slip knot onto your hook and chain 120.
Method One (1 color)
Row 1: Sl St into the very first chain on your foundation chain, creating a big loop. Dc into each ch around.
Row 2: When you come to the first stitch of Row 1, dc in each stitch around, and continue to stitch around and around, making sure not to increase (you can use a stitch marker if you want to keep track of rows), until the desired width of the cowl is achieved! Easy as pie!
Method Two (2 colors/striped)
Row 1: Sl St into the very first chain on your foundation chain, creating a big loop. Ch 3 (this acts as your first dc stitch in this row), then dc in each stitch around.
Row 2: Insert hook into top of first st (the 3rd ch), drop color 1 and pull color 2 through the loops to make a sl st. (Do not snip the yarn. Leave it hanging out of the way for now; you'll be picking it up again for the next row.) Ch 3 with color 2, then dc in each stitch around.
Row 3: Drop color 2 to the right of the color 1 yarn, and sl st into the top of the first st with color 1 yarn. Ch 3 with color 1, and dc in each stitch around.
Repeat Rows 2 + 3 until desired width of cowl is achieved. Weave in the ends with a yarn needle to finish.
This pattern comes just in time for cold weather and easy DIY gift-giving ideas! If it's your first crochet project, congrats on learning the basics of this craft, and keep at it!! You'll love toting your yarn around and working on projects. -xo Holly
Credits // Author: Holly Neufeld. Photography: Sarah Rhodes. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.