Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Stornes Cowl - Free Crochet Pattern

Spincycle Independence Yarn
This pattern was born from one skein of Spincycle Independence yarn that was gifted to me by my daughter. I've had it out for a while now wondering how to best use it so I can enjoy the softness and colours!

Along comes Stornes Cowl. It's a short cowl (only 26 inches; 66 cm in length) so it hugs ones neck nicely.

It's a great pattern for that one skein of worsted/aran weight yarn (200 yards; 183 meters) that you have always wanted to use but can't find the right pattern.

Here is some basic information you need to create this cowl ...

Single Crochet
Double Crochet
V Stitch
Puff Stitch

One size approximately 8 x 26 inches (20 x 66 cm)

US size I/9 (5.5 mm)

 13 dc and 7 rows is 4 inches (10cm)

200 yards (183 meters ) worsted weight yarn

Sample crocheted with
Spincycle Yarns Independence; 100% American wool; 200 yards (183 meters) in 100g (3.53 ounces); Color: Idle Nights

4 - 7/8 inch buttons (22mm) and matching thread
Tapestry needle

Written in US Terminology
To create a wider or narrower cowl chain a  multiple of 6 + 5
Turn at the end of each row unless indicated otherwise
Want a chart? Find it on Ravelry here Stornes Cowl

Stornes is a rocky peninsula near the Larsemann Hills region of Antarctica. Why this name? Stornes features rich mineral deposits of boron and phosphate that create beautiful striations in the rockwork. Much like this Spincycle yarn creates in this pattern.


beg-ch    Beginning chain
ch(s)       Chain(s)
ch-sp      Space formed by chain(s)
cm          centimeters
dc           Double crochet

Puff3       (Yarn over hook, insert hook into specified stitch, yarn over again and draw up a long loop) three times, yarn over hook and pull through all 7 loops on hook, ch 1. Find a picture tutorial of the Puff Stitch here Puff Stitch

sc           Single crochet
shell        3 dc in indicated st
sk           Skip
sl st        Slip stitch
tc           Turning ch
Vst         (dc, ch 1, dc) in indicated stitch

Now for the actual pattern ...


Ch 23.

Row 1:  Sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each ch to end. (22 sc)
Row 2:  Ch 1, sc in each sc to end.
Repeat row 2 three more times.

Row 1: Ch 3, 2 dc in first sc, [sk 2 sc, shell in next sc] to end. (7 shells)
Row 2: Sl st in first dc, sl st in next dc, ch 4, dc in same dc, [sk 2 dc, Vst in next dc] to end. (7 Vst)
Row 3: Sl st in first dc, sl st in ch-sp, ch 3, 2 dc in same ch-sp, [shell in next ch-sp] 6 times, shell in tc.

Repeat rows 2 and 3 until cowl measures 24 inches (61 cm) or desired length, ending with row 3.

Row 1: Ch 4, sk first dc, dc in next dc, [ch 1, sk 1 dc, dc in next dc] 10 times, ch 1, dc in tc. (11 ch-sp)
Row 2: Ch 1, sc in first dc, [ch 2, Puff3 in same dc, ch 1, sk 1 dc, sc in next dc] 4 times, ch 2, Puff3 in same dc, ch 1, sc in tc.

Break and fasten off yarn.
Weave in ends.
Block cowl.
Sew buttons onto buttonband using the chain spaces on row 1 of edging as buttonholes.

A note about the buttons ... these are ceramic buttons from Kaminski Pottery in British Columbia, Canada. They are beautiful and so unique. You can find her on Instagram here.


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