The Aspen Valley Cowl is a soft and cozy one skein bandana-style cowl with a turtleneck and clever construction! Stay warm and enjoy the stitching with this free crochet pattern on Moogly!
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Featuring Red Heart Super Saver Brushed!
To make the Aspen Valley Cowl, I used some Red Heart Super Saver Brushed! Only one skein is needed, and it’s lovely stuff. Most crocheters are familiar with Red Heart Super Saver, but the Brushed version is a surprise and a delight!
Red Heart Super Saver Brushed features a gentle halo and it creates soft and fuzzy fabric. While it’s still easy-care acrylic, you would never guess to feel and look at it that it’s Super Saver! This Misty Blue color reminds me of trips to the mountains – and the chilly temps that would’ve been better with this cowl.
Crocheted from the Bottom Up… in a Unique Way!
The construction method for the Aspen Valley Cowl came to me in a flash of inspiration – but I had no idea if it would really work. I had to try it out, or exactly how the fabric would behave.
Lucky for me… it did work! (Though there were a few moments of self-doubt to be sure.) The result is quite simple, but I think it’s sort of clever. The Aspen Valley Cowl is a proof of concept – and is inspiring me to try a few other variations!
For instance, a self-striping yarn in this pattern would be fascinating. And while I was testing the idea I stuck to simple double crochet, adding a fun stitch pattern would add even more interest.
I do love this simple result… and I reserve the right to revisit the idea later with some updates! And as it is, it’s a fun project for adventurous beginners, with fun twists for experienced stitchers.
Aspen Valley Cowl
US-L, 8.0 mm hook – Susan Bates
250 yds Red Heart Super Saver Brushed
(4 – Worsted; 100% acrylic; 141 g/5 oz, 238 m/260.5 yds)
Colorway Shown: Misty Blue
Gauge: 8 dc x 5 rows = 4” in/10 cm
Finished Size: Fits most teens/adults
Helpful Links and Tutorials:
This pattern features turned rounds in Rnds 1 – 14, and then is worked in a spiral without joins. Use stitch markers in the first and last stitch of each round to help you keep track. To count your Rnd 1-14 stitches, count before making the sl sts that finish the round.
If you would prefer to avoid using the FDC stitch, you can instead ch 92, skip the 2 chs closest to the hook, and dc in each rem ch across. Continue the pattern as written from there.
Aspen Valley Cowl Instructions:
Rnd 1 (RS): Leaving a long tail. FDC 90, sl st in 3rd st of same rnd, sl st in next 2 sts; turn. (90 dc)
Rnd 2 (WS): Dc in each st to last st with a sl st in it, sl st in 2nd st of same rnd, sl st in next 2 sts; turn. (86 dc)
Rnd 3 – 14: Rep Rnd 2. (50 dc in Rnd 14)
Rnd 15: Dc in each st to last st with a sl st in it; do NOT join or turn. (47 dc)
Rnd 16 – 19: Dc in each st around; do NOT join or turn.
Rnd 20: Dc in first 6 sts, hdc in next 6 sts, sc in next 6 sts, sl st in next st, break yarn and seamless join in next st. (19 sts)
Finishing: Use long tail from the beginning to sew top of first dc of Rnd 1 to base of last dc of Rnd 1. Weave in ends.
LOOKING FOR MORE?
Are you looking for more cowl and scarf patterns? You can browse all my patterns on Moogly or Ravelry – and check out some of my most recent designs: Modern Picots Cowl, Easy One Skein Bandana Cowl, Picot Trip Cowl, Neapolitan Twist Cowl, and Smokestack Cowl!
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