Here is a twisted cowl crochet pattern that is worked up in the cross over long double crochet stitch. The twist is made in the chains so that you end up working on both sides of the chains in a figure 8. The twist is nice because it gives it a good drape and also sits flatter, making it great for under a jacket without adding too much bulk.
It’s a perfect match for this crochet newsboy hat. Other patterns in this set are a pair of fingerless gloves and a cellphone holder. The purse and pouch will be posted soon. Hope you will enjoy the set like I am.
Make one or make them all to make a complete gift set! You don’t need much time, or yarn! And the pattern is easy to learn for anyone who has mastered the basics in crochet.
The Stitch Pattern
I used a very basic and diagonal cable stitch, which is known as the cross-over long double crochet. The stitch is worked by skipping a stitch, then half double crochet into the next 3 stitches. Lastly, work a double crochet into the skipped stitch. It’s called the long double crochet, because you need to bring it up to the same height as your other stitches.
I provided an image tutorial for those who have never crocheted a twisted cowl. It is very easy, but it can be a bit confusing when it comes to making the twist in the chains. You want to make sure that you only make a half twist, and that the twist remains. In addition, the stitch pattern doesn’t help to make it easy easier either. So I figured some images might help. Once you get past the first few rounds, you can sit back and enjoy the pattern.
The crochet cowl is started with single crochets in the chain. I found it easier that way, and it also made the transition easier into that continuous round! Yes, the rounds are worked in a continuous round, so there is no seam! You can use a stitch marker to help you keep track of the rounds. Then once you reach the width you want, simply finish the cowl with a round of single crochets for a nice clean finish!
The finished size is about 18 inches in circumference by 7.5 inches wide. The stitch multiple for a the starting chains is four, making it super easy to customize this for any size you need.
I chose Patons Canadiana. It is a soft, medium #4 acrylic yarn. It is not only comfortable to wear, but it also gives the cowl a nice drape. Even better, I used only one skein of yarn to make this!
Any similar yarn can be used to make this. Just make sure to do a gauge swatch to recalculate your starting chains if necessary.
Other Patterns to Try
- Clustered V-Stitch Crochet Cowl Pattern
- Any Size Scrap Crochet Cowl Pattern
- Blossom Stitch Hooded Cowl Scarf Crochet Pattern
- Easy Crochet Cowl Pattern
- Criss Cross Hooded Cowl
Cross-Over Long DC Twisted Cowl Crochet Pattern
- Yarn: Patons Canadiana (One 100g/3.5oz. ball)
- Crochet Hook: 4.50mm
- Other: Measuring Tape, Scissors, Yarn Needle.
- Gauge: Measures 2" across 8 sts and over 4 hdc rows.
- Finished Size: When laying flat it measures 9" across and 7.5" high, though you can make it any size you like.
- Bl/bls = Back Loop/Back Loops
- Ch/Chs = Chain/Chains
- Dc = Double Crochet
- FO = Fasten Off
- Hdc = Half Double Crochet
- Lp/Lps = Loop/Loops
- Prev = Previous
- Rep = Repeat
- Rnd/Rnds = Round/Rounds
- Sc = Single Crochet
- Sk = Skip
- Sl St = Slip Stitch
- St/Sts = Stitch/Stitches
Special Stitch Instructions
- Working the Cross-Over Long Double Crochet: For this pattern the cross-over long double crochet is worked into the last stitch made in previous round, or into the skipped stitch of current round. To make the stitch, yarn over and insert the hook from front to back into designated stitch. Yarn over at the back and pull through. You should have three loops on your hook. Yarn over and pull through first two loops. Yarn over and pull through last two loops.
- Cross-Over Long DC Tutorial
- The cowl is worked in a continuous rnd. Once the round is established, it allows for mindless crocheting until you have reached a desired size.
- The first cross-over long dc in rnd 4 is made in the same st as the last hdc of the previous rnd. This off-sets the sts in order to create a somewhat spiral effect.
- When counting your rnds, lay the cowl flat and count all rnds on one side of the center rnd. You should have equal amounts of rnds on each side of the center when finished.
- Ch 80 (or any multiple of 4; make a half twist in the chain and join with sl st into the back bump of the ch.
- Rnd 1: Ch 1, continue to work into the back bumps of the chs and sc in first ch and in each ch until all chains have been worked into once. Do not join, but begin working in a continuous rnd.
- Rnd 2: Make sure that the half twist remains, begin working into the free lps of the chs, sk the first ch, hdc in next 3 chs, cross-over long dc in skipped ch, *sk next ch/st, hdc in next 3 chs/sts, cross-over long dc in skipped ch/st; rep from * around working into the free lps as well as into the single crochet stitches. (160 sts)
- Rnds 3-8: *Sk next st, hdc in next 3 sts, cross-over long dc in skipped st; rep from * around. (160 sts)
- Sl st into next st, ch 1, sc in same st and in each st around until you are back to your first sc; join with sl st to first sc. FO.
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