There are some color palettes that just call out to a person, and this stunning combination of deep turquoise and all those earthy browns did just that. Believe it or not, I’ve had this yarn sitting on my shelf for weeks. Each time I started working with it, a voice in my head would say “no, I’d rather save it for this project instead.” And finally, I settled on a use for it, offered to you all as another free crochet pattern: The Middlebury Cowl.
There’s something very fall about these colors: crisp blue skies and changing leaves. I wanted to make a crochet cowl to emphasize this. The Middlebury Cowl is one that drapes and is light enough to wear to an outdoor craft fair or on a hike through the foliage. Double it up, and it’ll keep you warm when the chill gets to be a bit much.
To achieve this, I used a combination of Wide Half Double Crochet and Wide Double Crochet. The first stitch, which makes up the bulk of this free crochet cowl pattern, adds structure while still offering excellent drape. The second stitch adds a touch of visual interest, but mainly exists to emphasize that drape.
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Loops & Threads, Barcelona – 1 ball, Wild Berry
11 sts and 7 rows in 4″ using pattern (blocked)
7″ x 58″
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The Middlebury Cowl is worked using the Wide Half Double Crochet stitch and the Wide Double Crochet stitch.
Wide Half Double Crochet: work as basic half double crochet, but after Row 1 insert the hook between posts and below all horizontal threads.
Wide Double Crochet: work as basic double crochet, but after Row 1 insert the hook between posts and below all horizontal threads.
If you want a good visual guide, Daisy Farm Crafts has an excellent tutorial, as well as several beautiful patterns featuring the Wide Half Double Crochet stitch.
Row 1: 1 hdc into 3rd ch from hook and in each st to end, turn.
Row 2: Ch 2, 1 hdc into each space between sts to last hdc (Wide Half Double Crochet), skip last hdc, 1 hdc into top of tch, turn.
Rows 3-4: Rep Row 2.
Row 5: Ch 3, 1 dc into each space between sts to last dc (Wide Double Crochet), skip last hdc, 1 dc into top of tch, turn.
Row 6: Rep Row 5.
Rows 7-10: Rep Row 2 (Wide Half Double Crochet).
Rows 11-12: Rep Row 5 (Wide Double Crochet).
Repeat Rows 7-12 (4 rows Wide Half Double Crochet, 2 rows Wide Double Crochet) until the piece measures 58″ (~102 rows).
Fold the piece in half so that the two shorter ends are touching, then join these with a Slip Stitch Seam.