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!


  1. So simple but a great effect!!! I just discover you blog and it is nice!!
    I am trying the scarf as soon as possible, I have the perfect wool for that and I am looking for to do it.
    Thank you for the free pattern. I will comming back to read you again.

    1. You are welcome and thank you! I hope you enjoy the cowl. I would love to see the finished project.

  2. Linda.
    Obrigada por ensinar a fazer.
    Um abra├žo.

  3. this is beautiful! thanks so much for sharing the pattern. I often have trouble with variegated yarn and crochet, but this looks wonderful.

  4. You are a doll for sharing this , I am going to try it. God bless you!

  5. Thanks you for sharing! I love a pattern that I can mindlessly do while watching tv, riding in the car, etc. AND it's gorgeous.

  6. Thanks for the pattern. I found a similar pattern on Moogly blog but the scarf is too small to my liking, you start with 240 ch. I think it ends up being just the right size.

    1. I have actually made the cowl on moogly. It is another great light weight pattern. I'm glad you like this one as well.

  7. Great-looking pattern! Thank you very much! :). :)
    Lee Ann

  8. How many skeins does this particular piece take?

    1. If you use the yarn that I used (Red Heart Unforgettable) it takes only one skein. I didn't even use all of one skein actually. I probably used about 180 yards. But it depends on the width you want to make the cowl. That's one of the great things about this pattern, it's very versatile.