After making my first Outlander inspired cowl the other day I decided to make another version that’s worn without doubling up. This one works up a little quicker and doesn’t use so much yarn ^_^. It follows the same stitch pattern as the other one, but by keeping it all one piece it drapes a little differently and gives it a slightly different look.
I wanted to try a different yarn this time that would feel a little more “authentic” so I did this one in a bulky (5) wool roving yarn. It’s slightly less chunky than the previous version that uses super bulky (6) yarn and makes a somewhat more flexible fabric. I used the same P (11.5 mm) hook.
*Note: To start, I worked the first row of dc into the back bumps of the starting chain. If you haven’t done this before, if you turn your starting chain over you should see a row of small bumps going down the middle. Instead of working into the chain as you normally would, you make each double crochet into that little bump. The result is a nice uniform bottom row that looks more like all the others.
Here’s what you need:
2 skeins bulky (5) yarn (I used about 1 1/2 skeins, I’m guessing about 200 yds, of wool roving yarn I happened to have in my stash. It’s very similar to Patons Classic Wool Roving or you could substitute any bulky weight yarn.)
Size P (11.5mm) hook
Yarn needle for finishing
Gauge: 7 dc and 5 rows following pattern= 4 inches
Finished measurements: 14 inches long by 12 inches wide (when folded in half).
Note: Cowl is worked in turned rows to create a long rectangle, and then stitched together at the ends. Make sure your ridges are vertical when you seam the edges together.
Row 1 (RS): Dc in back bump of 4th ch from hook and in each ch across, turn. (Don’t do a turning ch.)
Row 2: Sl st in 1st dc, *dc in next dc, sl st in next dc. Repeat from * in each dc across, ending with a sl st in the top of turning chain. Turn.
Row 3: Ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in each st across. Turn.
Row 4: Sl st in 1st dc, *dc in next dc, sl st in next dc. Repeat from * in each dc across, ending with a sl st in last dc. Turn.
Repeat rows 3 and 4 until your rectangle measures 14 inches (for me it took 32 rows). Double check to make sure it will fit over your head. when the edges are seamed together– it should be a little snug but not uncomfortably tight. If necessary add or subtract rows to get the right fit for you. Now fold in half with wrong side facing, line up the ends and slip stitch through both sides to seam them together. Fasten off and weave in ends.
You’re done! So which style do you prefer, the shorter cowl or the long doubled up scarf? Let me know what you think!