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I love one skein projects, I love cowls, and combining the two makes me so happy! Add a fun new stitch and voila – it’s Squish!

Squish - one skein crochet cowl! Free pattern on Mooglyblog.comDisclaimer: This post includes affiliate links.

Squish features Lion Brand Scarfie, a fab new yarn with a unique self-striping ombré effect – plus it’s a soft and lofty wool blend yarn with tons of yardage! Love it!

So while I was playing with a skein of Scarfie, I came up with a fun twist on the bullion stitch, where it’s split over two stitches… which I’m calling the Split Bullion Stitch. It’s actually a bit easier than a standard bullion stitch, plus it makes this amazing super textured and squishy fabric! It does take a little practice, but it’s worth it. Detailed directions are below!


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  • US M/N, 9.0mm hook (Clover Amour used)
  • 312 yds Lion Brand Scarfie (Bulky/”5″ /12 ply;  312 yds/285 m; 150 g/5.29 oz; Colorway: Cream/Taupe)
  • Gauge: 9 sts x 5 rows = 4″ in dc
  • Finished Size: 40″ around (20″ laid flat) x 9″ wide
  • To customize length, begin with a starting chain in a multiple of 2, plus 1

Special Stitch:

spbs: Split Bullion Stitch – Yo 6 times, insert hook in first indicated stitch, yo and pull up a loop, yo and pull through 4 loops (5 loops remain on hook), yo, insert hook in next indicated stitch, yo and pull up a loop, yo and pull through all 7 loops on hook. CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO TUTORIAL

Round 1: (Leave a 6″ tail before the sl st) Ch 79, skip the ch closest to the hook, sc in each of the remaining 78 chs; join with a sl st in the first sc to work in the round. (78 sts)

Round 2: Ch 2 (does not count as a st here and throughout), spbs with 1st part in 1st st, then skip a st and finish spbs in 3rd st, ch 1, *spbs with 1st part in same st as 2nd part of previous st, then skip a st and finish spbs in next st, ch 1; repeat from * until 1 st remains, spbs with 1st part in same st as 2nd part of previous st, then skip the last st and finish spbs in same st as 1st part of 1st spbs of round, ch 1, join with sl st to top of 1st spbs. (39 spbs and 39 chs)

Round 3 – 14: Ch 2, *spbs over next 2 ch-1 sps, ch1; repeat from * around, finishing last spbs with 2nd part of 1st spbs of round, join with sl st to top of 1st spbs. (39 spbs and 39 chs)

Round 15: Ch 1, sc in each st and ch sp around; join with a sl st and finish off. Weave in ends, using the tail at the beginning to close up the gap at the bottom of Round 1. (78 sts)

Squish - one skein crochet cowl! Free pattern on Mooglyblog.com

And that’s it! So soft, so squishy! Be sure to check the video tutorial linked above for help with this special stitch. Give it a try! It’s a lot of fun.


Written pattern copyright Tamara Kelly 2015. Please do not reprint or repost this pattern, but please do link to this page to share this pattern with others. If you wish to make items for sale from this pattern, please visit the About page for details. Thank you to Lion Brand Yarn for providing the yarn for this pattern.

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  1. 1

    Jean J. says

    Love the looks of this cowl! I’ll be waiting for your video on how it’s done. I read through all of your directions and I’m totally lost. LOL Please, HURRY.

  2. 11

    Judy says

    Oh so pretty! Just when I thought there couldn’t possibly be any new cowl patterns, you manage to provide us with something new and gorgeous! Love these earthy tones, too. Thank you!

  3. 13

    Deborah Zotian says

    LOVE the way this looks. I was wondering what pattern to use for the Scarfie yarn, because I wasn’t crazy about what they had online. That stitch would be great in a ‘lapgan’, too.

  4. 22

    Joanne says

    Totally gorgeous yes you are the best…
    i tried and tried……totally lost too.
    i love the stitch but it don’t like me YET!!!!!
    Waiting patiently!!!!!

  5. 26

    Jean J. says

    Yesterday I stumbled across a video on how to make the SPRING STITCH. It looks very much like what you’ve used here. Can’t wait to see your video to make sure I understand how to do this!

  6. 29

    Mildred says

    I love this pattern!!! I picked up some Forest/Black Scarfie yarn upon seeing this pattern, and this morning I started. I’m already finished with round 5, and I can say that once I got into the swing of it, it became pretty easy to repeat. I’d love any tips on how to not have to pull each loop over by hand, but that’s what I do with bullion stitches.

    Thanks again for a great design! 😉

    • 30

      Mildred says

      I finished it!!! I left out one of the spbs rounds because I was getting to the pattern dimensions, and I have a fair amount of yarn left over as well. It’s beautiful!

    • 32

      Tamara Kelly says

      Thanks so much Mildred! I end up pulling the loops over by hand a fair bit myself, but the best odds of doing without “picking” seem to be when I point the hook down toward the previous row before pulling it through the loops.

  7. 34

    Darlena says

    So excited I just bought 4 skeins of the Scarfie yarn & now will wait patiently for the tutorial. Had no idea what cowl pattern I was gonna use but now I know. Thank you

  8. 40

    Yemee says

    I love this pattern and the slightly scarfie ombre effect. I am looking forward to recreating this cowl. It’s going to be a nice addition to my winter wardrobe. Thanks so much for sharing your talent.

  9. 42

    Lois says

    In Round 3-14, are we splitting the stitch between the same stitch used in part two of the previous stitch (like in row 2) and the next ch1, or just moving to the next 2 chain1 spaces?

  10. 45

    nita says

    Hey, I was wondering what other yarn I can use, I’m on yarn punishment right now…😢😢😢😢, I’m so sad but I want to make this, help…

    • 46

      Tamara Kelly says

      You can use any yarn you like! If it’s thinner than the Scarfie, you just add more stitches and rows to get the size you want. :)

  11. 49

    Susan says

    An absolutely gorgeous pattern . I am working on my second cowl as I get a head start on Christmas gifts for this year.

    Thanks for sharing the pattern !

  12. 51

    Sarah says

    I love this scarf, it is so beautiful! When I look at your picture it looks like there are no holes between stitches and on my scarf that I started has visible (finger sized) hole…is this sounding right? I’m at that point of, if I need to rip it out I would rather do it now than later. Also when I finger the loops over they tend to poof out or look like the yarn didn’t get pulled tight enough, is there any way to fix this?

    • 52

      Tamara Kelly says

      The poofing out is typically what helps fill in the holes, so there’s not a fix as such. There are still holes you could stick a finger though, but they shouldn’t “look” that big either. It sounds like you might need to go down a hook size. Are you using the same weight of yarn?

  13. 53

    TK says

    love this pattern. I’ve been looking for a project to use some of my James C Brett Chunky Marble yarn and this was exactly what I was looking for. Since it’s a lighter weight, i used a smaller hook and more chains to get the desired results. I also slip stitched all the way around after the final row of sc to give it a little more structure.

    • 58

      Tamara Kelly says

      Not as written, unless you are very petite, but you can start with a chain long enough for a custom fit, as instructed in the tutorial! :)

  14. 59

    Rachael says

    Thank you so much for this fantastic pattern! As a beginner crotcheter, I’ll admit I was a little cautious that I wouldn’t be able to do it, but your absolutely right! The pattern has easy, clear instructions and the cowl whipped up really fast AND beautifully! I was so impressed (and a little surprised) that my first cowl attempt actually looks just like it’s supposed to! I am so pleased with it that I bought more of that yummy yarn and am already working on a second one in a different color! Thanks again!

      • 63

        Hilda Fields says

        I am an experienced crocheter and I found your directions to be very clear but I am struggling with getting the first part of this stitch done without using my fingers. I have practiced it quite a bit and and tried to wind I loosely but it is still a problem. I love the look of this cowl. Any suggestions?????

        • 64

          Tamara Kelly says

          My suggestion would be… to use your fingers! :) It’s really the easiest way. Turning the hook part of the crochet hook to the bottom can help a bit too. If you watch the tutorial you’ll see I use my fingers most of the time. :)

  15. 65

    JENKINS says

    Can you recommend another yarn that will give same squishy effect? Thus yarn is not sold at any of our crafts stores.

    • 66

      Tamara Kelly says

      This stuff is pretty unique, but most yarns the same weight would work well. And you can always click the link in the pattern to purchase it directly from Lion Brand! :)

  16. 67

    Linda says

    I have just started this pattern with the Scarfie yarn and the 9mm hook, but when I joined my first sc row, I could see that it’s not going to be nearly as long as the model in the photo, and I’m not a tight crocheter. Did you use a longer starting chain than 79 in that one and if so, do you recall what it was and how many balls of yarn it took? I would like mine to look as lush and full as the one in the photo. Thank you for your help. :)

      • 69

        Linda says

        Thank you for the quick response. I guess I am a tighter crocheter than I thought! I will try a larger hook or add a few more chains to the starting row. Thank you for the beautiful pattern!

      • 70

        Linda says

        Had to come back and let you know that I finished it and it is just so beautiful! I had to add 20 more chains to the start to make it long enough, so I realize now that I crochet much tighter than I thought! But it is a wonderful stitch and pattern and I know I will make more of them. Thanks so much….I’m thrilled with the results!

  17. 72

    rAMONA says

    Hi, I love this cowl!! May I ask, which color of the scarfi yarn did you use in your model? It looks like its white, brown, and shades of gray but none of the scarfi yarn colors look like what’s in the cowl you made! I want to make mine using the same color blend. Thanks for a beautiful pattern!

  18. 74

    Linda says

    I made this in the Scrafie blue color. It looks sensational with jeans and a black cardigan. Thank you for this wonderful pattern!

  19. 76

    Heather says

    This was one of the most fun patterns I have ever worked on. Your explanation of how to do the stitch was very clear and it was incredibly easy to remember so that I could take this project on my travels and work on it while watching TV. Thank you!

  20. 78

    Paula says

    This is a beautiful cowl! Your instructions and video were super easy to follow and it looks great in the Scarfie Oxford/Claret color. This is a great gift to make for friends!

    Thank you so much for the pattern!

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