Azure Skies Crochet Cowl Pattern
The Azure Skies Crochet Cowl Pattern is the second in the series I have designed for those in-between days when you don’t want the bulk or weight of a longer cowl, but still need a layer of warmth around your neck, or to fold into a lightweight jacket or cardigan, with a pop of colour.
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Azure Skies has the same lovely broomstick lace crochet stitch as my Dolly Mixture Sweetie Crochet Cowl Pattern, adding to the texture, achieved by using a 15mm needle and a 5.5mm crochet hook. It was a bit of a happy accident that the colour changes lend themselves so well to the number of stitches used for each row.
Difficulty Level: – Intermediate due to more challenging combination of stitches, not suitable for a beginner.
Stitches Used: –
- CH – Chain
- SS – Slip Stitch
- DC – Double Crochet
- TRC – Treble Crochet
- CH – Chain
- SS – Slip Stitch
- SC – Single Crochet
- DC – Double Crochet
Special Stitch Used – Broomstick Lace:-
The lace is made up of two rows, one row of large loops made with a 15mm needle (or whatever you have handy), followed by a row of lace, made by capturing groups of loops, secured with the equivalent number of double crochets to keep the stitch count for the row at 40.
Pull up the yarn of your working stitch from your crochet hook, and transfer it onto the knitting needle, insert your crochet hook into the back loop only of the next DC, pull the yarn through the back loop and add the loop you have made to the knitting needle, pulling snug, repeat across (40 loops).
Remove the knitting needle from all of the loops, then using your crochet hook slide the first 5 loops onto the crochet hook; yarn over, draw through all 5 loops, and secure with an SS to lock in place (does not count as a stitch).
Making sure you go through the middle (the eye) of the 5 loop lace group; make 5 DC, grabbing the yarn from behind the group. For the remaining groups you don’t need the locking SS, just go ahead capturing the groups of 5 loops with 5 DC in each group.
At the end of the row you will have 8 groups of 5 loops secured by 40 DC.
Note:- be careful when capturing the group of 5 loops that the next loop along (that would be the 6th loop) does not disappear when the yarn tugs a bit as you are making the 5 DC.
What do you need?
Yarn Used: – King Cole DK Sprite – Rhodes – (100% premium acrylic, 100g, 328 yds, 300m).
This yarn comes in a gorgeous palette of beautifully muted multi tonal shades; all named after Mediterranean islands and is a 4 weight. It varies very slightly in thickness in places.
The colour mix of Rhodes, is a dreamy mix of shades of blue and lilac. 1 ball was sufficient for this project.
Crochet Hook:- 5.5mm crochet hook; and a 15mm knitting needle (or equivalent) for the broomstick loops; a 4mm crochet hook is advised by the yarn company, but for this project I have used a 5.5mm.
Gauge:- not important for this project, but try to keep an even tension and consistency with the size of the loops you pull up.
Instructions written using UK crochet terms.
ROW 1:- CH 41, DC 2nd from the hook, DC in each CH across (40 DC) turn,
ROW 2:- CH 3 (counts as 1 TRC), TRC across, turn (40 TRC)
ROW 3:- Transfer your starting stitch to your 15mm needle, make Broomstick Loops from back loop only of each DC (40 Loops),
ROW 4:- Remove loops from needle, insert crochet hook into first loop and pick up a further four, yarn over and secure with an SS (does not count as a stitch), make 5 DC into the centre eye of the group of 5 loops, ( for the next group of 5 loops you don’t need to do the SS); repeat for each group of 5 loops, turn
You should now have 8 groups of 5 loops, with 40 DC on the top.
ROW 5:- Repeat Row 3
ROW 6:- Repeat Row 4
ROW 7:- Repeat Row 2
REPEAT ROWS 3-7 until the cowl reaches your desired length, (I used the whole of the ball) finishing on a row of TRC, and remembering to leave yourself enough yarn to connect the ends.
To finish bring the short ends together, and crochet a seam, I made a DC through the stitches on both sides as I like the seam to be noticeable. You may prefer to use the mattress method.
Additional Pattern Notes:-
The cowl is unblocked, and my finished measurements were 41” long and 7” wide, which is a nice length for a spring/summer cowl; that doesn’t need to be double wrapped for warmth.
Although I do plan to offer video and picture tutorials in the future, I have not done so for this pattern.
The broomstick lace stitch can be a little tricky to master, so I had a look on YouTube; and found this great tutorial from Moogly.
You will find it really helpful for understanding the technique, even if the stitch counts are different to my pattern. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6bLHgpl3Go
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