I am using super bulky yarn in a crochet pattern for the first time and really enjoyed it. I used Wool-Ease yarn from Lion Brand. They come in a range of lovely colors. If you are looking for a cheaper option, Michaels in-house brand would be a good substitute. The gorgeous wooden buttons make the perfect accent. The bigger the button, the better!
When I made my first try of this pattern, the buttons were just for embellishment and were not used for closure. Then I thought it might mess up your hair when you pull it down your neck and thought of making the buttons functional. The crochet pattern uses a braid made with four strips. It involves repeating the same two steps and is a no-brainer once you get the hang of it.
1. Yarn: Super Bulky, size 6 yarn. I used Wool-Ease Thick and Quick from Lion Brand. The
UK/Australian equivalent is 14 ply.
2. Hook: Hook P (10mm) and a hook H (5mm) to weave in the tails.
3. Sewing Needle
4. Three large wooden buttons. I used 1 ¼ inch ones.
Finished measurements: 23 inches in circumference and 7 ½ inches wide
6 ½ sc st = 4 inches
8 sc rows = 4 inches
I used about 100 yards of yarn. I could work it up in just one skein of Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick
and Quick with a few yards left.
The pattern is in standard American terms.
sc- single crochet
sl st- slip stitch
Note: Turning chain does not count as a stitch throughout the pattern.
Chain 41 for your foundation chain.
Row 1: 1 sc in 2nd chain from hook and in each chain across. Turn.————- 40 sc
Row 2 &3: Ch 1, 1 sc in same st as chain 1, 1 sc in each st across till end. Turn.————40 sc
You will have finished the first strip now.
Chain 41 to start the next strip connected to the first as shown in pic 1. Repeat Row 1, 2 & 3 to make your second strip. Repeat the steps 2 more times until you have 4 long strips connected to each other as shown in pic 2. Do not fasten off. Proceed to make buttonhole band below.
Note: Each strip measured 25 inches long before adding the bands.
In the first row, you will work sc stitches along the sides of the strips to join them better as shown by the arrow in pic 2.
Row 1: Ch 1 ( does not count as a st), you will work 3 sc across the side of each strip as shown in pic 2 to get a row with 12 sc. Turn.-————–12 sc
Row 2: Ch 1 ( does not count as a st), 1 sc in same st as ch 1, ch 1 for buttonhole, skip one st, 1 sc in next 3 st, ch 1 for second buttonhole, skip 1 st, 1 sc in next 4 st, ch 1 for third button hole, 1 sc in last st. Turn.————–9 sc and 3 chains.
Note: Work into the chain space means work into the gap left by chaining and skipping a stitch in the previous row.
Row 3: Ch 1 ( does not count as a st), 1 sc in same st as ch 1, 1 sc in to the next ch space for buttonhole, 1 sc in next 4 st, 1 sc into the next ch space, 1 sc in next 3 st, 1 sc into the next ch space for buttonhole, 1 sc in last st. Fasten off.————–12 st
You can see the finished buttonhole band in pic 3 above but the buttonholes are not visible in the picture.
Braiding the Cowl
Arrange the 4 strips parallel to each other as shown in pic 4.
1. Put the 4th one left over the 3rd one and put the 2nd one left over the 1st one as shown in pic 4.
2. Cross the middle two by bringing the one on the left over the one on the right as shown in pic 5.
Repeat the above two steps until you braid the whole length of the strips. Arrange the shorter sides of the strips as shown in pic 6 below, proceed to work the button band as given below.
Row 1: Sl st to the corner of the first strip on right and work 3 sc across the first strip , continue to work 3 sc across the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th sts. At the end of this round, you would have joined all the 4 strips together. Turn. ———-12 sc
Row 2: Ch 1 ( does not count as a st), 1 sc in each st across. Turn.——12 sc
Row 3: Ch 1 ( does not count as a st), 1 sc in each st across. Fasten off.-—–12 sc
1. Weave in the yarn tails at the back of your cowl using a smaller hook. I used H ( 5mm).
2. Sew the 3 buttons onto the button band at the points shown in pic 7.
Get ready to flaunt your new Cowl!