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Diamond Ladder Tapestry Crochet Cowl – Free Pattern

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The Diamond Ladder Cowl is a striking tapestry crochet cowl, perfect for keeping warm in cooler months.

This free pattern is written for one size (Adult) and uses a #4/worsted weight yarn in two colours.

The colorwork may look intricate, but you only have to carry two strands of yarn for all of the rounds, so I promise, it is not as difficult as it looks πŸ™‚


Crochet Cowl Sizing & Yarn

This crochet cowl pattern is written for one size, and measures approx. 25″ (63.5cm) around x 10.75″ (27.5cm) high.

I used about Paintbox Yarns Wool Mix Aran for a really cosy neck-warmer (just over half a skein of each colour). This yarn is a blend of 50% wool and 50% acrylic, but if pure wool is not your thing, then any similar weight yarn in a synthetic fibre would work great too.

Note: the pattern PDF includes a handy color chart for the colorwork repeat

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Diamond Ladder Cowl

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Pattern Notes

Skill Level

Abbreviations (US Terms)

  • ch = chain
  • st = stitch
  • sp = space
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • sc = single crochet
  • blo = back loop only
  • rem = remaining
  • beg = beginning
  • C1 = Color 1
  • C2 = Color 2

Construction

  • This cowl is crocheted in the continuous rounds i.e. you will not join at the end of each round.
  • Use a stitch marker to keep track of the first stitch of each round.

Print-friendly PDF (available at a low cost)

The print-friendly PDF version of this pattern also includes the following:

  • Colorwork Chart for the pattern repeat.

Colorwork Notes

  • The cowl is crocheted using the tapestry crochet technique.
  • You will always work with two strands of yarn:
    • one is your working yarn
    • the second is carried beneath your stitches
  • On rounds that only have one color, you should still carry a strand (of the same color) to keep the tension even.
  • Take care not to pull your carried yarn too tightly, as this will cause your work to bunch up. If you have never done this before, don’t worry – it gets easier with practice.
  • Change color as follows (assuming two colors – A and B):
    • With Color A, insert hook into blo of next st, yarn over and pull through (2 loops on hook).
    • Do not complete the stitch with Color A.
    • Instead, keeping Color A to the back of your work (and pulling it gently to the right), yarn over Color B and pull through both loops on hook. Color change made.
    • Carry Color A beneath your stitches until you reach the next color change.

Chart & Written Instructions

  • For the colorwork section, you can either use the Colorwork Chart in the PDF or follow the written instructions (below).
  • When using the written instructions, for each block of color, the instruction is written as follows:

(COLOR)     stitch            COUNT

(C1)             sc blo         5


Finished Measurements

Circumference: 25″ / 63.5cm

Height: 11.25″ / 28.5cm


Gauge

16 sts x 14 rounds/rows = 4″ x 4″ / 10 cm x 10 cm measured over sc blo worked in the round.

Note: It is not essential to match gauge for this project.


Materials

Hook: 5mm (H-8) crochet hook (or hook required to meet gauge).

Yarn: Any #4 / Medium / Worsted yarn. The amounts given here are for Paintbox Yarns Wool Mix Aran (197 yds (180m) per 100g skein; #4/Medium; 50% Wool, 50% Acrylic).

C1 – Champagne White: 149 yds / 136m (76g)

C2 – Mustard Yellow: 182 yds / 166m (92g)

TOTAL: 331 yds / 302m (168g)

Misc.

  • Yarn needle
  • Stitch marker

Written Pattern

All rounds are worked continuously i.e. you do not join at the end of a round. Use a stitch marker to mark the first stitch of each round.

N.B. Don’t forget to carry another strand of C1 beneath your stitches as you work ROUND 1 and ROUND 39.

Ch 100, sl st to beg ch to form a circle (being careful not to twist the chain).

ROUND 1: Ch 1 (does not count as a st), sc in back bump of join ch and in each ch around, do not join. [100]

ROUND 2: *(C2) sc blo 5, (C1) sc blo 1, (C2) sc blo 5, (C1) sc blo 1, (C2) sc blo 3, (C1) sc blo 1, (C2) sc blo 3, (C1) sc blo 1; repeat from * around, do not join.

ROUND 3: *(C1) sc blo 1, (C2) sc blo 3, (C1) sc blo 1, (C2) sc blo 1, (C1) sc blo 1, (C2) sc blo 3, (C1) sc blo 2, (C2) sc blo 2, (C1) sc blo 1, (C2) sc blo 1, (C1) sc blo 1, (C2) sc blo 2, (C1) sc blo 1; repeat from * around, do not join.

ROUND 4: *(C1) sc blo 2, (C2) sc blo 1, (C1) sc blo 1, (C2) sc blo 3, (C1) sc blo 1, (C2) sc blo 1, (C1) sc blo 3, (C2) sc blo 1, (C1) sc blo 1, (C2) sc blo 3, (C1) sc blo 1, (C2) sc blo 1, (C1) sc blo 1; repeat from * around, do not join.

ROUND 5: *(C1) sc blo 3, (C2) sc blo 5, (C1) sc blo 5, (C2) sc blo 5, (C1) sc blo 2; repeat from * around, do not join.

ROUND 6: *(C1) sc blo 2, (C2) sc blo 1, (C1) sc blo 1, (C2) sc blo 3, (C1) sc blo 1, (C2) sc blo 1, (C1) sc blo 3, (C2) sc blo 1, (C1) sc blo 1, (C2) sc blo 3, (C1) sc blo 1, (C2) sc blo 1, (C1) sc blo 1; repeat from * around, do not join.

ROUND 7: *(C1) sc blo 2, (C2) sc blo 2, (C1) sc blo 1, (C2) sc blo 1, (C1) sc blo 1, (C2) sc blo 2, (C1) sc blo 2, (C2) sc blo 3, (C1) sc blo 1, (C2) sc blo 1, (C1) sc blo 1, (C2) sc blo 3; repeat from * around, do not join.

ROUND 8: (C1) sc blo 1, *(C1) sc blo 1, (C2) sc blo 3, (C1) sc blo 1, (C2) sc blo 3, (C1) sc blo 1, (C2) sc blo 5, (C1) sc blo 1, (C2) sc blo 5; repeat from * three times, (C1) sc blo 1, (C2) sc blo 3, (C1) sc blo 1, (C2) sc blo 3, (C1) sc blo 1, (C2) sc blo 5, (C1) sc blo 1, (C2) sc blo 4 , do not join.

ROUND 9: (C2) sc blo 1, *(C1) sc blo 1, (C2) sc blo 2, (C1) sc blo 1, (C2) sc blo 1, (C1) sc blo 1, (C2) sc blo 2, (C1) sc blo 2, (C2) sc blo 3, (C1) sc blo 1, (C2) sc blo 1, (C1) sc blo 1, (C2) sc blo 3, (C1) sc blo 1; repeat from * three times, (C1) sc blo 1, (C2) sc blo 2, (C1) sc blo 1, (C2) sc blo 1, (C1) sc blo 1, (C2) sc blo 2, (C1) sc blo 2, (C2) sc blo 3, (C1) sc blo 1, (C2) sc blo 1, (C1) sc blo 1, (C2) sc blo 3 , do not join.

ROUND 10: Repeat ROUND 6.

ROUND 11: Repeat ROUND 5.

ROUND 12: Repeat ROUND 4.

ROUND 13: Repeat ROUND 3.

ROUNDS 14 – 37: Repeat ROUNDS 2 – 13 twice more.

ROUND 38: Repeat ROUND 2.

ROUND 39: With C1, sc blo in each st around, sl st to join to beg st.


Finishing

Block cowl to measurements. Weave in ends.

All done!


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I hope you have enjoyed this pattern, if you have questions at all, please don't hesitate to contact me. And be sure to tag your finished project on Instagram or Facebook using @nedandmimi or #nedandmimi!

Happy crocheting!

Sarah