The Diagonal Swirl Cowl pairs a textured, traveling crochet stitch pattern with a unique, hand dyed yarn to create a beautiful neckwarmer. It’s a quick-to-make project with a stitch pattern that lets the yarn shine.
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Last year, Felicity from BellaTuBoheme started collaborating with me as a guest contributor. She shared three crochet designs as guest posts (A Night in Paris Cabbie Cap, Basket of Posies Clutch, and the Pixie-Goth Lace-Up Choker). Felicity also makes stitch markers and is an indie yarn dyer, and I confess that I was eager to try out her beautiful colorways. Imagine my excitement when this showed up in the mail one day.
Yes, that’s right. It’s some of Felicity’s Caterpillar DK yarn. It was a beauty on the hank…
… and a beauty wound up.
That’s when that quiet panic that happens when you see a yarn that is “too beautiful to use” started to set in. But, I was determined to make something with it!
One of the challenges of designing with indie dyed yarns is to find a stitch pattern that doesn’t compete with the yarn for attention. I think I found the perfect match in this diagonal swirl stitch pattern.
This pattern is listed as intermediate because it uses post stitches, but a patient beginner can definitely make it.
It doesn’t take too long to finish, either, because it’s relatively short. The pattern does tend to curl a bit, so you will probably need to block it, as I did.
Now you may notice that I appear to have a really even tan in this picture. Actually, it’s windburn. I had just come inside from walking around during one of those polar vortex days and I was a bit wind whipped. But my neck was nice and cozy under my cowl!
You can wear your version with the buttons in the front or the back, or off to the side. The shell border adds a nice finishing touch.
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Diagonal Swirl Cowl
Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter
This quick cowl uses a traveling stitch to add texture. It’s a great project to make with hand dyed yarn since the simple stitch pattern lets the yarn shine.
- Adult: 22.5” (57 cm) long x 7” (18 cm) wide after blocking.
- BellaTuBoheme Caterpillar DK yarn (100 % wool, 3.5 oz/100 g/250 yd/229 m) – 2 skein in any colorway, or approximately 300 yd (274 m) in any light weight yarn.
- US Size H-8/5 mm crochet hook, or size needed to obtain gauge.
- 0.75” sew-through or shank buttons – 5 buttons.
- Yarn needle with an eye small enough to fit through button holes.
- 24 sts (including ch-1 sp) = 4” (10 cm) across in pattern. Exact gauge is not critical for this project.
- 17 sts = 4” (10 cm) across in pattern. Exact gauge is not critical for this project.
Abbreviations Used in This Pattern
- ch – chain
- dc – double crochet
- FPdc – front post double crochet – Yo, insert hook from front around back to front of indicated st, yo and draw up a loop, [yo and draw through 2 loops] twice. Sk st on current row behind FPdc. A video tutorial for this pattern is available here.
- hdc – half double crochet
- rep – repeat
- sc – single crochet
- sl st – slip stitch
- sp – space
- st(s) – stitch(es)
- tr – treble (triple) crochet
- yo – yarn over
- *Repeat instructions after asterisk as indicated.
-  Repeat instructions between brackets as indicated.
- This stitch pattern has a tendency to curl. I recommend blocking the finished project, using a wet block or a heavy spray block, to straighten the finished cowl. If you are new to blocking, read Blocking Basics for Crocheters and Knitters.
- Ch 29 (or any multiple of 4 sts + 1).
- Row 1: Turn, sk 1 ch, sc in next ch and in each ch across. (28 sts)
- Row 2: Turn, ch 1, sc in first st and in each st across.
- Row 3: (Right Side) Turn, ch 1, sc in first 3 sts, *FPdc around previous st 2 rows below, sc in next 3 sts; rep from * across to last st, FPdc around previous st 2 rows below.
- Row 4: Rep Row 2.
- Row 5: Turn, ch 1, sc in first 4 sts, *FPdc around previous FPdc 2 rows below, sc in next 3 sts; rep from * across.
- Row 6: Rep Row 2.
- Row 7: Turn, ch 1, sc in first st, FPdc around previous st 2 rows below, *sc in next 3 sts, FPdc around previous FPdc 2 rows below; rep from * across to last 2 sts, sc in next 2 sts.
- Row 8: Rep Row 2.
- Row 9: Turn, ch 1, sc in first 2 sts, *FPdc around previous FPdc 2 rows below, sc in next 3 sts; rep from * across to last 2 sts, FPdc around previous FPdc 2 rows below, sc in last st.
- Rep Rows 2-9 until cowl measures approximately 21” (53.5 cm) long.
- Rows 10-14: Rep Row 2, 5 times.
Edging, Button Holes, and Shell Border
- Row 1: Staying on Wrong Side and turning to work along long edge, ch 2, sc in side of each row across to foundation chain, ch 2, sc in first st, [sc in next st, ch 3, sk 3, sc in next st] 5 times, sc in next 2 sts.
- Row 2: Turn to Right Side, ch 1, sc in first 2 sts, [sc in next st, sc in ea of next 3 ch, sc in next st] 5 times, sc in next st, sl st to ch-2 sp.
- Row 3: Staying on Right Side and working along long edge, ch 1, dc in next st, hdc in next st, sc in next st, *sl st in next st, sc in next st, hdc in next st, dc in next st, tr in next st, dc in next st, hdc in next st, sc in next st; rep from * across to last 3 sts, sl st in next st, hdc in next st, dc in next st, fasten off.
- Thread yarn needle with a long strand of yarn (approximately 1 yd/1 m long). Position buttons on Button Band (Rows 10-14) with Right Side facing. Sew buttons in place so each button is centered between corresponding button hole. After each button, weave in yarn on Wrong Side of Button Band to reach next button position. Fasten off after all 5 buttons are attached.
- With yarn needle, weave in ends.