I love one-skein cowl crochet patterns. They are a wonderful way to use up special skeins of yarn. Today I’m sharing the Warm and Textured 1-Skein Cowl, a pattern that uses post stitches, clusters, and popcorns for a beautiful texture!
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Back in 2011, I went to my favorite local yarn shop, Knitty City during the NYC Yarn Crawl and picked up four beautiful skeins of yarn.
My original plans were for a sampler blanket, but over the years the other skeins were used for different projects until just the one remained.
I even tried planned to include it in my Temperature Scarf, but (based purely on weather patterns) I only ended up using it for one row! It’s such a lovely skein that I knew I had to make something I could use frequently with it, but since all the coordinating skeins I purchased with it were used up, I wanted to make a one-skein project.
This snug cowl is a great small project to test out your post stitch skills. It has two different types of clusters to make a richly textured surface.
The half double crochet stitches are nice and plump, and keep the cold air out. It’s a perfect project to keep out the winds on a chilly day.
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Warm and Textured 1-Skein Cowl
One-Skein Cowl Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter
This cabled cowl makes a bold statement with just one skein.
- Adult: 9” (23 cm) wide x 20” (51 cm) long (blocked).
- Dream in Color Classy (100% superwash Merino wool, 4 oz/113 g, 250 yd/229 m) – 1 skeins in Spring Tickle, or approximately 250 yd (229 m) in any medium weight yarn.
- US I-9/5.5 mm crochet hook, or any size needed to obtain gauge.
- Yarn needle.
- 12 sts x 14 rows in pattern = 4” (10 cm) unblocked. Exact gauge is not critical for this project.
Abbreviations Used in This Pattern
- ch – chain
- ea – each
- FPcl – front post cluster – [Yo, insert hook from front around back to front of st, yo and draw up a loop to the height of current row, yo and draw through 2 loops] 3 times, yo and draw through all 4 loops on hook. Sk st behind FPcl. A video tutorial for a 3-repeat cluster (or bobble) stitch is available here.
- FPdc – front post double crochet – Yo, insert hook from front around back to front of st, yo and draw up a loop, (yo and draw through 2 loops) twice. Sk st behind FPdc. A helpful video tutorial for this stitch is available here.
- hdc – half double crochet
- pop – 6-hdc popcorn – Hdc 6 times in same st, remove hook from loop and insert hook from front to back of first hdc in group, pick up dropped loop and pull through loop on hook. A video tutorial for a 3-dc popcorn is available here starting at 1:38 if you want to see a popcorn demonstrated.
- rep – repeat
- RS – right (front) side
- sc – single crochet
- sk – skip
- st(s) – stitch(es)
- WS – wrong (back) side
- * Repeat instructions after asterisk as indicated.
-  Repeat instructions between brackets as indicated.
- Ch 34.
- Row 1: (WS) Turn, sk first ch, sc in next st and ea st across. (33 sts)
- Row 2: (RS) Turn, ch 2 (counts as hdc, here and throughout), hdc in next st and ea st across.
- Row 3: Rep Row 2.
- Row 4: Turn, ch 2, hdc in next 4 sts, FPcl around next st 2 rows below, hdc in next 5 sts, (FPdc around next st 2 rows below, pop in next st, FPdc around next st 2 rows below, hdc in next 5 sts) twice, FPcl in next st 2 rows below, hdc in next 5 sts.
- Row 5: Rep Row 2.
- Row 6: Turn, ch 2, hdc in next 4 sts, FPcl around next FPcl, hdc in next 5 sts, [(FPdc around next FPdc, hdc) twice, hdc in the next 5 sts] twice, FPcl around next FPcl, hdc in next 5 sts.
- Row 7: Rep Row 2.
- Row 8: Turn, ch 2, hdc in next 4 sts, FPcl around next FPcl, hdc in next 5 sts, (sk FPdc, FPdc around next FPdc, hdc, working in front of last FPdc, FPdc around skipped FPdc, hdc in next 5 sts) twice, FPcl around next FPcl, hdc in next 5 sts.
- Row 9: Rep Row 2.
- Row 10: Turn, ch 2, hdc in next 4 sts, FPcl around next FPcl, hdc in next 5 sts, (FPdc around next FPdc, pop, FPdc around next FPdc, hdc in next 5 sts) twice, FPcl around next FPcl, hdc in next 5 sts.
- Row 11: Rep Row 2.
- Row 12: Rep Row 8.
- Row 13: Rep Row 2.
- Rep Rows 6-13 7 more times, or until cowl measures approximately 21” (53 cm), ending after Row 13. Do not fasten off.
- Fold cowl in half with RS facing and line up short edges to join with slip stitches. Fasten off. Weave in ends. Spray block.
8 thoughts on “Crochet Pattern: Warm and Textured 1-Skein Cowl”
I would like the pattern for the baby dress and hat please
Thanks for stopping by, Dolores, but I really don’t know what baby dress and hat you are referring to.
I love your unusual pattern for this cowl. Is it alright if I hand write the instructions on paper since you do not want them printed? Thanks and happy crocheting!
Thanks for stopping by, PJ, and I appreciate your kind words. You are welcome to print an individual copy of any of my patterns for yourself. However, you cannot distribute the pattern by giving printed copies to other people. And, of course, if you prefer, you could hand write the pattern (again, for yourself only) as well. Enjoy!
Hi There! I I’m so stuck on row 6!
The bracket instructions got me.
I don’t understand how I would stitch around another stitch or where you’re saying to place the following hdc.
Thanks for your help,
Thanks for writing, Sylvia. Every time you make a post stitch, you are working around a stitch. So, in Row 4, you worked the FPcl and FPdc around the posts of specific stitches. In Row 6, you work the post stitches around the post stitches from Row 4. The hdc should go into the stitch after the one behind the post stitch. Let me know if you’re still having trouble.