Charlemagne Cowl | New Crochet Pattern

Each day I don a sweater jacket or my Peruvian tunic in the morning only to shed it by midday. Yet I am not disappointed; it is finally getting colder here in the Mid-South! I’ve been eyeballing my sweaters, telling them it won’t be long. I’ve even taken the time to create a new Pinterest board called Sweaters!. I think I am psychologically endeavoring to usher fall weather in.

And yet, despite the floundering temperatures, I am trying to think in cold terms anyway. Thus the creation of this new, brilliantly regal cowl.

Most of the time creating patterns begins with a design idea and the materials you choose to use are based off of that. But on occasion, I find myself buying a yarn that I don’t have anything in mind for. Usually these are discount or clearance novelty yarn.

Such is the case with a skein of Lion Brand Landscape yarn. I had never used this yarn before but when I saw it in the clearance basket at Joann’s the other day, the orange-red color of their Pumpkin shade just grabbed me. As a general rule, I do not like or wear red. One reason is because I don’t look good in your average blue-red. My shade of red is more orange, like this yarn, and it is rarely available in clothing lines. But another reason is how bold red is. They say it’s a power color, and I don’t care to exhibit that much power.

And yet, when paired with white, or off-white in my case, red is the perfect choice. I love the wintry scenes featuring some object of red on a snowy background. A cardinal in a snow covered tree, for instance. Or someone wearing a red scarf (I think of the Fleet Foxes song, White Winter Hymnal). Therefore, it is no surprise that for the last two years I have been in love with the Scandinavian Christmas theme. But I’m digressing.

Back to the subject at hand, I had an exciting time designing this cowl. It was relatively easy and I only had to rip a few times. Previously, I had created a handful of cowls for Crochet Spot that are just as simple but normally longer (for instance, Démodé Summer Cowl, Wildflower Cowl, and Hyacinth Cowl). This time I had an inspiration for a shorter but taller cowl, one with an average drape and a picot border.

At first I was going to select a simple stitch pattern and incorporate a unique stitch on top and bottom, with a row in the center. Only I couldn’t find a satisfactory stitch pattern. So instead I selected the Spatter Pattern (page 51 of the Ultimate Crochet Stitch Bible), and created my own shells and picots border.

One thing I have learned along the crocheting way is that if you want a piece to feel as loose at the beginning as it is at the end, you will need to use a bigger hook for the beginning chain. I really despise creating a lovely cowl but the bottom is more resistant to stretching because of the tight foundation chain. To prevent such an effect I chose hook size L (8.00mm) and chained 72. I joined the chain to form a ring, the base of the cowl. This part is always interesting since I always work into the bottom ridge of the chain instead of alternate methods like the front, back, or two chains. But it works out just the same. For round 1 and the rest of the cowl I used crochet hook size J (6.00mm).

I worked the Spatter Pattern for the next 14 rounds in no time. Since I wasn’t happy with the border suggestions in the book, I decided upon a simple 5 double crochet shell with a 3 chain picot in the middle of each shell. The result was very pleasing. It gave the piece an old kingdom air so that I was tempted to call it Spires and Parapet Cowl, only I was sure this was too wordy. Out of the list (see here for my list of possible names) I chose Charlemagne. I don’t know about you but I think it really gets across the feeling of knights and maidens, castles and kingdoms.

It took so little time to create I could have posted it right after posting my Snappy Fedora pattern, but I always pace my posts, a little this, a little that. Besides, since I am so fond of this design I wanted to take the time to get good pictures for it.

My sister took the pictures for me, like she has done often. But then again, on most occasions I use her as the model and take the pictures myself. She makes such a good model, doing what I tell her to do, wearing what I tell her to wear, allowing me to try crazy hair/makeup tricks on her, etc. I train my sisters well.

Anyway, the pictures turned out well and I am trying not to think too hard on the fact that they are actually pictures of me. I in turn regard them as product pictures.

Are you interested in the pattern? I hope so! Here it is:

Charlemagne Cowl

Skill Level easy

Finished Size 11” (28 cm) long and 8” (20 cm) wide, laid flat

Material
Medium Weight Yarn (approximately 147 yards or 1 skein of Lion Brand Landscape – Color Pumpkin in the picture)
Crochet Hook J (6.00mm), and L (8.00mm) for beginning chain

Gauge
6 sc = 2’’
6 rows = 2’’
Gauge Swatch: 2’’w x 2’’h (5 cm x 5 cm) ch 7.
Row 1: sc in second ch from hook and in each ch across: 6 sc
Row 2 – 6: ch 1, turn, sc in each sc across: 6 sc
Finish off.

Stitch Notes
Picot: ch 3, sl st in previous st to create a point.

Cowl
Round 1: with larger hook, ch 72 and sl st in first ch to form ring (careful not to turn chain), ch 1, * sc in next ch, skip 2 ch, (dc, [ch 2, dc] twice) in next ch, skip next 2 ch, repeat from * around, sl st in first sc: 36 sc
Round 2: ch 5 (counts as dc and ch-2), turn, dc in first sc, * skip next dc, sc in next dc, (dc, [ch 2, dc] twice) in next sc, repeat from * around, skip next dc, sc in next dc, (dc, ch 2) in beg st, sl st in 3rd ch of beg ch-5: 36 dc
Round 3: ch 1, turn, sc in nextst, * (dc, [ch 2, dc] twice) in next sc, skip next dc, sc in next dc, repeat from * around, instead of last sc, sl st in first sc: 36 sc
Round 4 – 14: repeat Rounds 2 – 3
Round 15: ch 1, * sc in next st, skip next dc, (3 dc, picot, 2 dc) in next dc, repeat from * around, sl st in first sc: 60 dc
Finish off.

See? It’s quite simple and won’t take any time at all to work up. If you would like a personal copy of this pattern then you can purchase one at Ravelry or Etsy (just follow the links).

But I am dying to know, what do you think?! Do you like the pattern? the stitch choice? the color? Any ideas or thoughts are greatly coveted, just leave me a comment below!

This is an original pattern created and designed by Amy Yarbrough of Ginger Peachy. You are welcome to copy the pattern for personal use but do not sell the pattern, distribute, or reprint it. Feel free to share a link to the pattern. You can sell products made from this pattern but please credit me, Amy Yarbrough of Ginger Peachy. Do not mass produce or factory manufacture using my pattern. Thanks for respecting the wishes of the designer, and be sure to ask me if you have any questions regarding this copyright.

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