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Carlyle Cowl

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Thank you to Cascade Yarns for providing the yarn for this sample!

I knew as soon as I made the Carlyle Slouch that it needed a matching cowl. Besides the fact that my readers are always asking for patterns in sets, which I’m trying to do more of, I just love color-blocking and was so happy with how the hat came together that a cowl seemed like a natural next step!

Carlyle Slouch Hat & Cowl Crochet Pattern Set | Free slouchy hat & cowl set crochet patterns by Little Monkeys Crochet

Click here to view the pattern for the matching slouch hat.

For this pattern, I used the same 3 neutral colors from Cascade Yarn’s Longwood line (which has soooo many color options) as I did for the slouch hat. Longwood is one of my absolute all-time favorite yarns; I used it in the Herringbone Baby Hat, Easy Herringbone Earwarmer, Super Plush Infinity Scarf, and the Yenni and South Haven Slouches (the latter two use the sport weight version of the yarn). I honestly can’t get enough of its softness, drape and amazing stitch definition!

 Scroll down for the free pattern!

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Carlyle Cowl Crochet Pattern  |  Free cowl crochet pattern by Little Monkeys Crochet 

Carlyle Cowl

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Difficulty: Easy

Finished Size: 12" tall x 29" around

Hook: I (5.50mm)

Yarn: Approximately 350 yards of Cascade Longwood, a #4 medium yarn. Broken down, you will need about 120 yards of Color A, 115 yards of Color B, and 115 yards of Color C. I used colors "Oatmeal", "Doeskin Heather" and "Walnut", respectively.

Gauge: 7 rows of 8 HHDC = 2" square

You'll also need: Yarn needle, stitch marker

Abbreviations Used:
   ST/STS (stitch/stitches)
   SL ST (slip stitch)
   SK (skip)
   CH (chain)
   SC (single crochet)
   HHDC (herringbone half double crochet; see "special stitch" below)
   BLO (back loop only)

Special Stitch:
HHDC - Herringbone Half Double Crochet. Here's how you do it:

HHDC: Yarn over, insert hook into stitch. Yarn over, pull loop through stitch AND through first loop on hook (this is similar to a slip stitch motion). Two loops remain on hook. Yarn over and pull through both loops.

(If you need additional help, Moogly has an excellent video tutorial here.)

Notes:
(1) This pattern is written in American Standard Terms.
(2) Pattern is worked in a continuous, seamless round after the band. Use a stitch marker to mark the beginning of rounds and do not join unless instructed to do so.

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The Pattern

RIBBED BAND

To begin: With COLOR A, CH9.

Row 1: SC in 2nd CH from hook and in each remaining CH. (8)

Row 2: CH1, turn. SC in 1st ST. SC in BLO of each of the next 6 STS. SC in last ST. (8)

Rows 3-116: Repeat Row 2. (8)

Fasten off leaving a 12" tail. Use tail to sew the last and first rows together to form a circular shape. Weave in both ends. Reattach COLOR A at the seam and continue to instructions for "Body". 

BODY

We are now working in continuous rounds. Do not join or chain unless specifically instructed.

Round 1: CH1; HHDC in each ribbing row around. (116)

Rounds 2-7: HHDC in each ST around. (116)

Attach COLOR B; fasten off COLOR A.

Rounds 8-20: HHDC in each ST around. (116)

Attach COLOR C; fasten off COLOR B.

Rounds 21-32: HHDC in each ST around. (116)

Round 33: HHDC in each of the first 112 STS; 4 STS remain. SC in each of the next 2 STS. SL ST in each of the remaining 2 STS.

Fasten off and weave in all ends.

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  • Do not resell the pattern, altered or in its original form.
  • Do not copy and paste the pattern onto your own blog, in a Facebook group, or anywhere else. Simply link to this page instead. Anything beyond this is copyright theft. You are welcome to copy/paste it into a document for printing, for personal use only.
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  • Rose in Texas September 12, 2016, 5:05 pm

    I love the pattern can’t wait to try it, I’ve been wanting to do something with color blocking. Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Rachel Oestman September 12, 2016, 6:37 pm

    Hi… I was wondering what color or yarn you used for the cowl. I really like the color combinations and would love to make one just like yours. And is it 4 ply yarn?! Really love it. Thank you so much.

    • Rebecca September 12, 2016, 7:02 pm

      If you look up in the information section of the pattern, you’ll see all the yarn info 🙂 I’m not sure about ply, as we don’t go by that here in the US.

  • Dominique Soeldner September 14, 2016, 6:46 pm

    Hi Rebecca!
    I just started this last night and absolutely LOVE it. Your patterns are awesome! Thank you so much for sharing them freely with the crochet world; we are so lucky! 😁 I have a dumb question though, when doing the ribbing, is there an efficient way of counting the rows up to 116 in case you’re doing this while binge watching Grey’s Anatomy and you lose count so you’re now like, carp where am I? Can I count the ribs as 2? Also does it have to be 116 to work or can it be more (since it’s a Hhdc, I don’t know how many stitches it needs). Thanks again_you rock!

    • Rebecca September 14, 2016, 7:36 pm

      Thank you for the kind words! Definitely not a dumb question. In a pattern where it really, really matters, yes, you can count by twos using the “peaks” of the ribbing. In this particular pattern, which doesn’t rely on any sort of equation, you can pretty much just make ribbing until it’s the width you want it to be, then continue with the pattern (recognizing that your stitch counts on the following rounds will change to reflect however many ribs you added). 🙂

      • Dominique Soeldner September 15, 2016, 3:34 am

        Thank you so much, that was really helpful! I look forward to wearing this piece. 😃

  • Emanuela September 16, 2016, 12:37 am

    Rebecca, I love to make this pattern for my daughter for Christimas. I’ve been researching the yarn and Cascade Long wood is a little bit to pricey for me. Is their another yarn you would recommend for this pattern?

    Thank you, Emanuela

    • Rebecca September 16, 2016, 12:26 pm

      You can use any #4 weight yarn as long as you are able to match gauge. 🙂

  • Andrea September 16, 2016, 7:11 pm

    The herringbone hdc is my favorite stitch. I love it. I forgot all about it until recently and then I came across it again in a pattern that u recently completed and feel in love again. I will have to make this and the matching slouchy hat.
    Thanks for sharing your talent!

  • Hayat September 17, 2016, 10:47 am

    I’ve been obsessing about this patter for weeks now. I finally bought yarn and started working on it but I have a questions that might sound dumb :/

    I’m a bit rusty after taking a long break. I did CH9 it’s super small. Is that 9 chains. Or am I missing something?

    • Rebecca September 17, 2016, 6:29 pm

      9 chains is correct. The first step of this cowl is crocheting the ribbing. After you finish that, you’ll be instructed on how to complete the body of the cowl. 🙂

      • Hayat September 17, 2016, 6:41 pm

        Oooooh! I finally went and looked at it again with a clear mind and I get it now. lol thanks! 🙂

  • Darlena September 20, 2016, 12:01 am

    If we don’t have access to cascade yarn, what would be a good substitute yarn for it. I have a Hobby Lobby,Michaels, & JoAnns to shop for my yarn. Also, substitute yarn for the last 2 patterns that uses the sport yarn? Thank you for ALL your awesome patterns. Also, have you seen the new RH WAVES yarn? Just bought 2 skeins & will wait on you for a pattern with this yarn! Lol

    • Rebecca September 20, 2016, 11:03 am

      I would choose your favorite worsted weight yarn and do a gauge check. If I were going to substitute the yarn for this pattern, I would probably start with Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Yarn, just because that’s what I use the most and they have a similar feel. As far as the sport yarn patterns, same answer; pick one you have access to, and do a gauge check. Again, I’d probably start with I Love This Yarn Sport.

      I have NOT seen the new RH Waves, but I’m going to go look at it right now! 🙂

  • Hayat September 21, 2016, 7:28 am

    I’m don’t with color 1 and moving to attach color 2, do you have a preferable method to connecting the two colors?

    • Rebecca September 21, 2016, 9:58 am

      YouTube has a lot of good visual tutorials for changing colors in the round 🙂

  • Laura Wood October 27, 2016, 9:22 am

    I love this pattern!! I am wanting to make a “mommy and me” set for my sister and my niece who is 4 months old. How would I adjust the hat pattern to make an infant size? Stop increasing sooner? Thanks so much!

    • Rebecca October 27, 2016, 10:41 am

      I have a multi-size pattern called the Herringbone Baby Hat that is essentially the baby version of this hat. The only differences are that the baby hat doesn’t have the faux-cinched look and it doesn’t slouch, as slouch isn’t really necessary for a baby who isn’t walking yet. (If you wanted to add slouch, you would just add a few extra rounds.) That pattern is here: http://littlemonkeyscrochet.com/herringbone-baby-hat/

      • Laura Wood October 27, 2016, 2:50 pm

        Thank you!! That’s great =)

  • Cathy Collins January 11, 2017, 8:19 am

    Congregations on your new baby..what a wonderful way to start a new year.

    I hope this request I am going to make is not to much for you, and if it is I understand.

    But…I truly love your patterns and love your “how to” videos..could you please do more videos…I love them…to be completely honest, I am not really that good at following the written pattern, but, sure can follow the videos…

    Just a suggestion. I do believe you most likely have seen this request before, and it is a true compliment to your work….

    • Rebecca January 12, 2017, 2:18 pm

      Hi Cathy! I do get a lot of requests for videos 🙂 It’s something that I would like to do more of this year, particularly throughout the summer when the crochet world quiets down for a while. With a newborn, we’ll have to see where life takes us though. 🙂

  • Samzi January 15, 2017, 3:33 am

    Can I find a video for this pattern?? It’s lovely

    • Rebecca January 15, 2017, 10:38 am

      Thank you! There is no video at this time. I’m hoping to go back to some of my more popular patterns this summer and make some tutorial videos, but we’ll see 🙂