How about a fun + easy + show-stopping cowl pattern?
I taught myself to crochet about 6 years ago. Back in those days, I was always searching for stylish, easy patterns for beginners. I found many GREAT patterns, but many were complicated for newbies like me. The easy patterns were something I would NEVER wear outside the house.
So, I LOVE to show and share great patterns that literally any crafter can make. To complete this project, you need to know how to cast-on, single crochet, and double crochet. Easie Peasie. Google makes a great teacher if you still need to refine those stitches!
Let's start with your supplies. Go by your local craft supply store and grab:
one 9" Fashion Zipper
tape measure (if you don't already have one)
196 yards of 6 Super bulky yarn - For this project, we used Big Twist Yarns. 80/20 Acrylic Wool Blend in Dark Grey
First you need to measure out the holes in your zipper. I used some chalk and a tape measure.
Mark off 22 holes on your zipper. The chalk marks will be where you make your holes with the leather punch. I made a mark every 1/2". Mark the other side as well.
Using a leather punch, punch all 22 holes on BOTH sides of the zipper.
Using your 3.00 mm hook cast-on and slip stitch into all 22 holes on ONE side.
Row 1: Switch to your 9.00 mm crochet hook, chain 1, and double crochet across (22).
Row 2: chain 1, double crochet across (22)
Row 3: repeat row 2 until you've used most of your yarn. Be careful to leave a long tail to attach your cowl to the other side of your zipper. Be careful not to twist your cowl.
Switching back to the 3.00mm hook, insert your hook into the zipper and single crochet into the zipper and the double crochet of your cowl. This will ensure your cowl will be attached to the zipper. Continue this across your zipper until your entire cowl in attached to the zipper.
Weave in the tails.
The finished cowl will look like this (see below)! It measures 14 1/2 " heigh and 31" around.
There are so many great variations to this cowl. You could use a bright zipper with a contrasting yarn. I can picture this same zipper with a cream bulky weight yarn.
This cowl is just about as warm as it gets. I like the zipper for when I don't want the cowl all up in my face. It folds nicely with the zipper down. It is slowly becoming my winter staple!
Grab your hooks and start creating! Let us know if you have any questions with the pattern! Happy creating!