Jan 24 2011

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The Fastest Cowl

by Ann Goldman and Anastasia Popova

This pattern was born as a collaboration between Ann and I.  She got this absolutely gorgeous delicious handspun handdyed yarn at the sheep and wool festival from a woman who raises angora bunnies.  All of her yarn was absolutely drop dead gorgeous.  She hand spins and dyes the yarn from her own bunnies in small batches.

Ann wanted to make something easy using the two skeins that she had.  I suggested to make a cowl with an open stitch to show off the yarn better.

Why is it the fastest cowl?  Few days ago I made a cowl for a coworker and used this pattern.  It took me 45 minutes and it looked gorgeous!

Hope you enjoy this pattern and make a good use of your gorgeous yarn.


The Fastest Cowl

This pattern has not been tech edited. If you find any mistakes please let me know so I can correct them ASAP.

Size: one size fits most adults

Yarn: gorgeous variegated bulky yarn (200 yds), MC, and worsted weight yarn for the edging (20-20 yds), CC.

Orange cowl was made using Angoraonline.com Handspun Handdyed in Pumpkin Wool and Patons Classic Wool in orange.

Purple cowl was made using Manetto Hill Yarnery Carnival in #4 and Caron Simply Soft in Purple.

Hook: US J/10 (6.00 mm)

Gauge: 14 sts and 7 rows to 4″ in main st (dc, ch 1).  The gauge is not very crucial for this project.  Just keep in mind that if it’s tighter you might use more yarn for the same size.

Notions: yarn needle, stitch marker (optional).


With MC work 61 foundation sc.  Being careful not to twist, join with sl st into first sc made to work in the round.

Rnd 1: Ch 2 (counts as dc here and throughout), [dc in next st, ch 1, skip next st] repeat around, sl st into top of ch-2 – 31 dc.

Rnd 2: Ch 3, [skip next dc, dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1] repeat around, sl st to the middle of ch-3 – 31 dc.

Rnd 3: Ch 2, [dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, skip next dc] repeat around, sl st to top of ch 2 – 31 dc.

Repeat Rnd 2 and Rnd 3 until piece measures 7″ from the edge, or you run out of yarn.  Fasten off, and weave in the ends.

Top Edge:

Join CC at the top edge of the cowl (the narrower of the two, usually the last row made).  Ch 1, [skip next st, 7 dc in next st, skip next st, sl st in next st] repeat around.  Fasten off, and weave in the ends.

Lower Edge (optional):

Join CC at the other edge of the cowl.  Ch 2, work 2 dc in each st around, sl st to top of ch 2.  Fasten off, and weave in the ends.



Copyright does not restrict your right to sell finished items made using this pattern.



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  1. ann

    Wow I am famous! I love reading your blog and thank you for designing my cowl!

    1. crochetnj.com

      I love that cowl, think of making one for myself 😉

  2. Robin

    I’ve made this 3 times. 1 for me & 2 as gifts. I LOVE it. I have made slight changes on the top or bottom trims depending on my mood but it is ways beautiful.

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