Summer is still in full swing here in the desert, but my mind is already turning towards fall and and all the cold weather things I love to make. I lucked out and found several skeins of one of my favorite yarns, Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable, on sale the other day and have been experimenting with new stitch patterns to put it to good use. One I really like uses drop stitches (where you work stitches into the previous row to get a kind of woven effect) and works perfectly with the self-striping property of the yarn. I used it to make a cowl first and liked it so much that I made a matching slouchy hat! I haven’t finished writing up the hat pattern yet, but here’s the FREE cowl pattern!
Double Drop Cowl
***Update*** This pattern is now available as a free PDF download on Ravelry!
One skein of worsted weight yarn (I used Red Hearet Boutique Unforgettable in Winery)
Size J hook
Yarn needle for finishing
Finished measurements: Approx. 26 x 9 inches before stitching ends together
Gauge: 16 stitches across and 13 rows high = 4 inch square
Your double crochets should be about ¾ inch tall
hdc–half double crochet
Row 1 (RS): Dc in 4th chain from hook (skipped chains count as dc), dc in next ch, *ch 2, skip 2 ch, dc in next 2 ch. Repeat from * across, hdc in turning chain, turn.
Row 2: Ch 4 (counts as hdc plus ch 2), skip the first 2 dc in your current round. You’re now at the ch 2 space you made on the previous round. Directly below this space are 2 chains from the foundation chain. Working over the ch 2 space, dc into these 2 ch, ch 2. *Skip next 2 dc, dc in the next 2 foundation ch, ch 2. Repeat form * across, hdc in turning chain, turn.
Insert hook in stitch below the ch 2 sp
dc 2, working over ch 2 sp
2 dc completed
Row 3: Ch 2 (counts as hdc), *dc in next 2 dc from two rows down, (working over ch 2 space), ch 2, skip next 2 dc. Repeat from * across, dc in next 2 dc, hdc in turning ch, turn.
Row 4: Ch 4 (counts as hdc, ch 2), *skip next 2 dc, dc in next 2 dc from 2 rows down (working over ch 2 space), ch 2. Repeat from * across, hdc in turning chain, turn.
Row 5- 83: Repeat rows 3 and 4. Fasten off leaving a long tail. With right side facing you, align the two edges and stitch them together using the needle and yarn tail.
That’s it! You could easily adapt this pattern to make it longer, shorter, or wider by adjusting your starting chain, using any multiple of 4 plus 2, and then adding or subtracting rows as needed. If you plan to make a larger cowl or scarf, I would recommend buying 2 skeins of yarn and making sure they’re the same dye lot (there can be quite a difference in color from one lot to another). If you have any questions or problems with the pattern please let me know and I’ll be happy to help! And please let me know how it turns out!