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.
You only need one skein to whip this up in no time. 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.
I played around with this stitch many moons ago when I designed myself a simple top using this shell stitch. Although the pattern never got published, I did post a snippet of the fabric elsewhere online and recently received a few requests for the pattern. So here it is in a cowl. As for the top, I may decide to revamp and re-create it and hopefully have a pattern for that some day too…
In the meantime, I hope you’ll enjoy this cowl. And keep checking back, because you never know what other patterns might surface in this cool stitch pattern.
Shells in a Column – Simple Cowl Crochet Pattern
Skill Level: Easy/Intermediate
Yarn: Vanna’s Choice (One 3.5oz ball) #4
Crochet Hook: I/9-5.50mm
Gauge: 3″ over one stitch repeat.
Finished Size: 23.5″ by 4.5″ when lying flat.
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
Notes & 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. See Tutorial
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.
You might also enjoy the FREE Cowl Pattern Collection on CPB.