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.