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Published on February 15th, 2018 | by Kate Eastwood

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Crochet Club: Bobbly Cowl Tutorial by Kate Eastwood!

We’re still feeling chilly this side of the equator – so this lightweight but super warm cowl could be just what’s needed to keep the cold mornings at bay!

Made in Willow & Lark Woodland and Plume yarns the cowl is a lovely mix of soft textures and natural colours.

The finished cowl measures approx: 37cm from side to side and 27cm from top to bottom.

I used 3 x balls of Woodland in Plover Grey 400 and 1 x ball of Plume in Barley Pearl 303, and I worked with a 4mm hook.

The cowl is worked in the round, with each separate round joined with a Sl St. I used a stitch marker to mark the first stitch of each round.

The stitch used for the main part of the cowl is extended double crochet (in US terms, the extended single crochet), and the pattern is written in UK crochet terms.

The bobbles are worked to give a staggered effect so there are two Bobble Row patterns ; Bobble Row 1 and Bobble Row 2.

How to work an extended double crochet (US extended single crochet):

  1. Insert your hook in to the stitch and pull up one loop.
  2. Yarn over.
  3. Pull through first loop.
  4. Yarn over.
  5. Pull through both loops on the hook.

To finish each round:

Mark the first stitch of each round with a stitch marker.

At the end of the round join up to the first stitch with a Sl St. Chain 1 and work an EDC in to the same stitch.

If you follow this pattern at the end of each round your joining seam should stay nice and neat and all at the back of the cowl.

To make a bobble:

  1. Join in the Plume yarn with a yarn over.
  2. Work 6 TR all in to the same stitch, leaving the last loop of each TR on the hook (yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through 2 loops, yarn over and pull through one loop leaving the loop on the hook ).
  3. Yarn over with the Woodland and pull through all 7 loops on the hook. You will now continue working with the Woodland for the required number of EDC until the next bobble where you will yarn over with the Plume again. To save rejoining in the yarn everytime, lay the Plume along the top of your stitches as you work in the Woodland so that it is tucked away but ready there for when you need to make the next bobble.

I left a tail of Plume at the end of each Bobble row long enough to sew in the ends after and cut the yarn at this point.

To make the cowl:

Round 1: Using the Woodland and a 4mm hook work a chain of 131.

Round 2: Work a row of EDC, 130 sts. At the end of this row join the two ends with a Sl St to make a circle, ensuring that your work is not twisted. Mark the first stitch with a stitch marker.

Rounds 3, 4 and 5: Work a round of 130 EDC, joining the end of each round with a Sl  St. (See directions above for joining each round.) Remember to move your stitch marker with each new round.

Round 6: ( Bobble Row 1 ) *Work 9 EDC, make a bobble (as detailed above).* Repeat from * to * to the end of the round, join with a Sl St.

Rounds 7, 8 and 9: Work a Round of 130 EDC, joining the end of the round with a Sl St.

Round 10:  (Bobble Row 2) *Work 4 EDC, make a bobble, work 9 EDC.* repeat from * to * to the end of the round, finishing with 5 EDC. Sl St to join.

Rounds 11,12 and 13: Work a Round of 130 EDC, joining the end of the round with a Sl St.

Continue working, alternating Bobble Row 1 and Bobble Row 2, with 3 rounds of EDC in between each Bobble Round.

In total I worked 5 x Bobble Row 1 and 5 x Bobble Row 2.

At the end of your final Bobble Round work 4 further rounds of EDC.

Now work a Round of DC all the way around the top of the cowl. Finish off and sew in the ends.

Rejoin the Woodland yarn to the bottom edge of the cowl and work a Round of DC. Finish off and sew in the ends.

To make the ruffled edging:

With right side of the cowl facing outwards, join the Plume at the top edge and chain 3. Work 4 TR in to each stitch all the way around. Finish off and sew in the ends.

Repeat the same Round around the bottom edge of the cowl. Finish off and sew in the ends.

And here’s the lovely Kate Eastwood wearing her cowl!

Make sure to see Kate Eastwood’s other tutorials here, and see her gorgeous projects on Instagram.

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About the Author

Living just outside Bath, Kate is fortunate enough to be able to indulge two of her biggest loves -- living right in the middle of the countryside but within easy distance of retail therapy. When not working at her nursery school she loves nothing more than a day of pootling around, with crochet, sofa and tea being right at the top of the list.




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