Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Lacy Ladder Cowl - Pattern

We have been having a fairly mild summer this year, maybe that is why I'm already making things for the fall. And what goes better with fall than cowls? I have been seeing a lot of lovely, lightweight cowls and thought since it still is summer, maybe I could try something like that. I found a stitch called the ladder stitch which I thought would work. The result was a airy cowl that will add a little something to that comfy tee we all like to wear.

Best thing about this...it is SO simple. It is just a repeat of chains and single crochets done in continuous rounds. Even a miscount here or there won't matter. This pattern works great with yarns with long color changes. This cowl can be made longer or shorter very easily, just change the number of chains in the foundation, keeping it a multiple of six. As written the cowl will measure approx. 60 inches in circumference.

Worsted weight yarn, about 180 yards - I used Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable in Dragonfly
       (which I feel is less worsted and more DK weight)
Hook J (6.00mm)

ch - chain
sc - single crochet
sl st - slip stitch
sk - skip

Notes: worked in continuous rounds. Just keep going in a spiral. Easy peasy!

ch 240
R1 - sc in the beginning ch, creating a circle, ch 3, sc in same st, *ch 5, sk 5, sc, ch 3, sc in same st, repeat from * until you have 5 ch left (or if you miscounted somewhere about 5), ch 5 and sc in to first 3ch loop

at the end of R1 before sc into 3ch loop

R2 - ch 3, sc in same 3ch loop as last sc, ch 5, sk 5ch, *[sc, ch 3, sc] in 3ch loop, ch 5, sk 5ch, repeat from * until end of round

at the end of R2

R3 - *[sc, ch 3, sc] in 3ch loop, ch 5, sk 5ch, repeat from * until end of round

Repeat R3 until desired width. I did 13 rounds before the last finishing round and had a width of about 4.5 inches

a close up of the stitches

Last Round - sc in first 3ch loop, *ch 5, sk 5ch, sl st in next 3ch loop, repeat from * end with sl st in the first sc.

Weave in the two ends and you are done!

Now you have a beautiful, airy cowl for the end of summer and into the fall. Wear it long or looped or tied, however you choose, and ENJOY!

This pattern is for personal use only. If you would like to sell a finished product, please credit me for the design. Happy Stitches!

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