Free Crochet Lace Cowl Pattern

Add Flair to Any Outfit With Shimmering Lacy Stitches

Lace handmade crochet with hook and yarn
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Turn to this cowl for a quick lace project that is simpler to make than your friends will guess. Crochet it in the morning and wear it to go out on the town in the evening. Because Misty Morning uses only a small amount of yarn (130 to 150 yards), it is perfect for that single skein of luxury yarn you’ve been saving.

Misty Morning Cowl

Skill Level: Easy + to Intermediate

Yarn: 1 skein Autumn House Farms, Shantung Silk [silk fiber; 150 yards; light worsted weight]

To substitute yarn look for 130 to 150 yards of a light worsted weight in a smooth fiber for producing a similar feel. A mercerized cotton would keep the shiny look of my cowl and be perfect for year-round wear. Wool and some acrylics will produce a softer appearance.​

Crochet Hook: US size I/5.5mm crochet hook. Adjust hook sizes as necessary to achieve gauge listed below.

Extras: 4 buttons measuring 1” diameter. Tapestry needle for weaving ends and applying buttons.

Gauge: 2 scallop clusters = 3.5” using size I/5.5mm hook.

Finished Measurements: Approximately 21 (24.5)” long/circumference and 9” tall.

Crochet Abbreviations Used in This Pattern
* = a repeat in the pattern
[ ] = repeat stitches between brackets as many times as specified
beg = beginning
ch = chain
dc = double crochet
rep = repeat
sc = single crochet
sc2tog = single crochet 2 together
sk = skip
sl st = slip stitch
sp = space
st(s) = stitch(es)

Cowl Pattern
Picot Loop Edging
Ch 71 (86), sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each ch to end -- 70 (85) sc.

Row 1: Ch 1, sk 1st sc, *[sc, ch 5, sl st] in next st, [sc, ch 7, sl st] in next st, [sc, ch 5, sl st] in next st, sc in next 2 sts; rep from * a total of 14 (16) times, end with sc in last st, turn.

Fasten off yarn.

Lacy Scallops
Size 21” only: Attach yarn to one end of original sc row, 2 sc in first st, sc in next 68 sts, 2 sc in last st, turn -- 72 sc sts.

Size 24” only: Sc in 1st st, sc in next 82 sts, sc2tog over last 2 sts, turn -- 84 sc sts.

Row 1: Ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), sk 2 sc, *[2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc] in next st, sk 5 sc; rep from * 11 (13) times total, [2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc] in next st, sk 1, dc in last st, turn -- 12 (14) scallop clusters.

Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), *[2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc] in ch-2 sp; rep from * 12 (14) times, end with dc in top of previous turning ch, turn -- 12 (14) scallop clusters.

*Rep Row 2 another 10 times.

Next Row: Ch 1, sc in 1st dc, sc in each dc across -- 72 (84) sc. Do not turn.

Edge: Rotate piece 90 degrees to the right, sc in same sp, 24 sc down edge (working 2 sc in the side of each row), turn -- 25 sc sts down edge.

Do not work sc in loops of picot border.

Button Loops: Ch 1, sc in next 3 sc, *[sc, ch 8, sl st] in next st, sc in next 5 sts; rep from * twice more, [sc, ch 8, sl st] in next st, sc in last 3 sts -- 4 button loops.

Fasten off.

Thread a tapestry needle with your yarn and sew buttons to edge corresponding with button loops.

Weave in all loose ends.

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