Tweedy Shell Cowl
Size I/9-5.5 mm crochet hook
(1) ball Lion Brand Tweed Stripes yarn in color of your choice (I used Woodlands).
I like the Tweed Stripes because it gives the cowl some depth and a nice pattern. I used exactly one ball of yarn, so if you crochet loosely then you might want to grab two balls. You can obviously use any yarn you would like. Tweeds are a bulky (5) yarn, 3 oz, 144 yards, so you would need to adjust hook size for something different.
My cowl turned out about 8 inches wide by 2 feet long. You can adjust the width by adding or subtracting 6 chains in the beginning. Make sure you do it in 6’s so the pattern works out right. Also, you can easily continue with the pattern longer if you want to make a cowl that will wrap twice around your neck.
Begin by chaining 26
Row 1: Single crochet into the second chain from the hook and each chain across. (25 sc)
Row 2-6: chain 1, turn. Sc into each stitch across to the end
Row 7: Chain 1, turn. Sc into the first stitch. *Skip 2 stitches. 5 triple crochet into next stitch. Skip 2 stitches. Sc in next stitch* Repeat from * to the end, ending with a single stitch.
Row 8: Chain 3 (counts as first triple), turn. 2 triple crochet into first stitch (last single from previous row). *Skip 2 stitches. Sc in next stitch (which is top of shell from last row). Skip 2 stitches. 5 triple crochet into the next stitch (Single crochet from previous row).* Continue from * until the end of the row. End with 3 triple crochet into the final stitch.
Row 9: Chain 1, turn. Sc in first stitch (top of last triple from previous row). Skip 2 stitches. 5 triple crochet in next (single stitch from previous row). Skip 2. Sc in next stitch (top of shell)* Repeat * until end of row, stopping with a single chain.
Row 10-35: *Repeat Row 8, repeat Row 9* continuing until row 35 or cowl is the length you desire. Make sure that you end with a repeat of row 8.
Here is a photo to help explain in case you aren't familiar with this pattern:
To bring us back to straight edges & button holes:
Row 37: ch 1, turn. Single crochet in first triple chain from previous row. *HDC in next stitch (triple from previous), double chain in next 3 stitches (triple, sc, triple from previous), hdc in next stitch (triple from previous), and sc in next stitch (triple from previous/top of shell)* Continue from * until the end of row, stopping with a single crochet.
Row 38-39: ch 1, turn. Single crochet across all stitches
Row 40: ch 1, turn. Single crochet across 6 stitches. *Chain 1. Skip next stitch. Single crochet next 5 stitches.* Repeat from * until the end (2 more times)
Row 41: Single crochet across entire piece, in both chains and stitches from previous row.
Row 42: Single crochet across all stitches.
Fasten off and weave in all ends
Fold your new cowl in half and sew your 3 buttons on so they align with the buttonholes.
I hope this pattern makes sense! Please let me know if you have any questions.