Published on January 8th, 2018 | by Merion


The Learn to Crochet Project: Week One!

Welcome to week one of the Learn to Crochet Project CAL! Learn how to make a stunning textured cowl!

Hi, we are Kat and Joanne of The Crochet Project and we’d love to help you learn to crochet!

You can find out more about us and tips for getting started in last week’s blog post. Sign up here to make sure you don’t miss any of these posts!

Hopefully, some of you will have had a chance to practice holding your hook and yarn, making chains and your first crochet stitches. If you haven’t don’t worry, there’s plenty of time to catch up with the videos in last week’s blog post.

Once you feel comfortable with your hook and making these stitches it’s time to branch out and learn our next two stitches:

The half treble (US half double crochet)


And the treble (US double crochet)


Have a little play with these two on your practice piece until you feel comfortable making them.

And now, believe it or not, you are ready to make your first piece of crochet clothing: the lovely textured Burwell Cowl!

To make the cowl:

Take a 50g ball of DK weight (we used one 50g ball of Willow & Lark Ramble in shade 105) and a 4.5mm hook.

Start off by making a slip knot then making 25 chains.

Starting in the second chain from the hook, work a double crochet into each of the chains.

You will have 24 stitches in your row (not counting the turning chain). You will need to count the stitches at the end of every row to make sure you are on track until you are really confident at recognising the first stitch and the last stitch of the row. This first row forms the right side of your cowl so it might be worth using a removable stitch marker to mark the front as you look at it now so you can easily see which is the right side of the work to help you keep on track. (You can use a safety pin or a loop of spare yarn if you don’t have a stitch marker.)

Turn your work, make 2 chains for your turning chain and work a row of half treble crochet. Check you still have 24 stitches.

Turn your work and make 3 chains for a turning chain. Work a row of treble crochet. Check you still have 24 stitches.

Turn your work and make 2 chains for a turning chain. Work a row of half treble crochet. Again, check your stitch count remains even.

Turn your work, make 1 chain for a turning chain and work a row of double crochet.

You will repeat these four rows over and over until you have almost finished the ball or the cowl is the length you would like to be.

You will notice as you work that the half treble is always used on a wrong side row and the right side row alternates between being a row of trebles and a row of doubles. You will almost certainly have to put the work down at some point so being able to recognise what you have done, or making a careful note of what you’ve just done is very important. This pattern will be good for learning how to do this.

This video explains the steps to make the cowl and gives you some guidance on recognising the rows.

If you need further help or want to share your successes (and be in with a chance to win some fab prizes), join us in the Facebook CAL group!

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Merion dreams in colour and adores crochet! From glorious granny blankets to ethereal shawls and lace cardies, she's never very far from her hooks! She loves cake, knitting, heavy horses, books and Mozart. Her favourite colour is duck egg blue.

2 Responses to The Learn to Crochet Project: Week One!

  1. Aleks says:

    How do you join the ends of the cowl together? I’m waiting for my book to arrive but I find following the video tutorials really helpful especially as I’m starting out on my crochet journey

  2. del says:

    How do you join the cowl?
    Just sew it together?

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