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Shells in a Column – Simple Cowl Crochet Pattern

This simple cowl crochet pattern features a column of shells mixed in with some plain and post stitches. It’s a nice stitch pattern that will go with just about anything.

It is perfect for the cooler seasons, especially for the spring and fall. It will sit nicely over a long-sleeved shirt or underneath a winter jacket. Another option for the cold winter weather is to increase this to go over the head as well if you like.

Simple Shells Cowl ~ FREE Crochet Pattern
Simple Shells Cowl ~ FREE Crochet Pattern

Finished Size

When laid flat it measures 23.5″ by 4.5″. Of course you can always make this longer and wider if you want. The stitch pattern is in a multiple of 10, so just increase or decrease your starting chains to the length you want.

The Yarn

I used Vanna’s Choice yarn, but choose any similar worsted weight yarn to clean up whatever you have in your stash. You only need one skein, making it a great stashbuster.

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Shells in a Column – Simple Cowl Crochet Pattern

This simple crochet cowl pattern features some pretty textures and stitches to go with all your favorite fall and winter outfits.
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Materials

  • Yarn: Vanna's Choice (One 3.5oz ball) #4
  • Crochet Hook: I/9-5.50mm
  • Tools: Measuring Tape, Scissors, Yarn Needle.

Measurements

  • Gauge: 3" over one stitch repeat.
  • Finished Size: 23.5" by 4.5" when lying flat.

Abbreviations

  • Ch/Chs = Chain/Chains
  • Dc = Double Crochet
  • Fpedc = Front Post Extended Double Crochet
  • Hk = Hook
  • Lp/Lps = Loop/Loops
  • Rep = Repeat
  • Sc = Single Crochet
  • Sk = Skip
  • Sl St = Slip Stitch
  • St/Sts = Stitch/Stitches
  • Yo = Yarn Over
  • See the Crochet Abbreviations chart for more details.
  • This pattern is written in American Crochet Terms

Special Stitch Instructions

  • Shell: (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in designated ch or shell.
  • Front Post Extended Double Crochet (Fpedc): Yo, insert your hk around the post going in from the front to back and then back to the front again, Yo and pull through (3 lps on hk). Yo and pull through 1 lp (3 lps on hk). (Yo and pull through 2 lps) twice.

Instructions

  • Ch 150 (or any multiple of 10), join with sl st in first ch being careful not to twist chs. You can also make 150 foundation single crochets and then omit rnd 1.
  • Rnd 1: Loosely Ch 1, working into back bumps, sc in same ch as join and into each ch around; join with sl st in first sc. (150 sts)
  • Rnd 2: Ch 2 (does not count as st, now and throughout), dc in same st as join and in next 4 sts, *sk next 2 sts, shell in next st, sk next 2 sts**, dc in next 5 sts; rep from * around ending last rep at **; join with sl st in first dc. (15 shells)
  • Rnd 3: Ch 2, fpedc in same st as join making sure to catch ch-2, *dc in next 3 sts, fpedc in next st, shell in next shell, sk 2 dc of shell**, fpedc in next st; rep from * around ending last rep at **; join with sl st in first fpedc.
  • Rnds 4-8: Rep rnd 3.
  • Rnd 9: Ch 1, sc in same st as join and into each st around; join with sl st in first sc. Fasten Off.

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2 Comments

  1. Hi I was just wondering if you do any tutorials for granny square blankets, because I really like chrocheting and I’m trying to do a blanket like that , but it seems like it’s not turning out how its supposed to because the corners always start turning instead of staying nice and square … I hope you can help me with that , and thanks

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