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Monday, January 4, 2016

Double Layered Braided Cowl | Free Crochet Pattern with Video Tutorial | Guest Contributor Post on My Hobby is Crochet Blog


The free pattern for this gorgeous Braided Crochet Cowl is brought to you by our guest, Shehnaaz from Crochet Dreamz Blog. I hope you will love it as much as I do!


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Double Layered Braided Cowl 

The written pattern and pictures are copyright to Crochet Dreamz 2016.
Please do not reprint or repost this pattern, instead link to the pattern, if you would like to share it with others. Thank you!



Materials:
1. Worsted weight yarn in color Linen from Lion Brand Vanna's Choice
2. Hook- H (5 mm)
3. Yarn needle to weave in the ends
4. One 1 inch wooden button

Size: 
One size fits all women and teens.

Gauge: 13 hdc= 4 inches

Yardage: I used about 2 skeins of Vanna's Choice. Around 340 yards.

Stitch Abbreviations:  Pattern is in standard American terms.
sc- single crochet
hdc- half double crochet
sl st- slip stitch
ch- chain
sk- skip
hdc in 3rd loop front and back

UPDATE 02/23/2016
Many of you have asked for a full video tutorial!
I have great news! With permission from the designer, Meladora's Creations for Crochet made  two video tutorials (one right and one left handed) to show you how to make this beautiful cowl.
Many thanks to both Crochet Dreamz and Meladora's Creations!

You can watch the videos below.








Right Handed Video Tutorial: 







Left Handed Video Tutorial:




Pattern:
Row 1: Chain 70, 1 hdc in 3rd ch from hook (beginning ch 2 counts as 1st hdc here and throughout), 1 hdc in each ch across. Turn.------------69 hdc

Row 2: You will not be working in to the regular “V” of the stitches but the third loop you find in front of each st as shown. 


Ch 2, 1 hdc in third loop in the front of next st, 1 hdc in third loop of each st across. Turn. --------69 hdc
This will push the “V” of your stitches to the back of your work, as pictured below. 


Row 3: Ch 2, 1 hdc into 3rd loop at the back of each st as shown below. This will push the “V” of your stitches to the front. Do not fasten off. 


Chain 70 again and repeat rows 1-3 to make the second band. Repeat the process 2 more times till you have 4 bands. Do not fasten off. Now you will have 4 bands joined on one side.

Joining the bands together and Braiding:


Row 1: Continue working along the shorter side of the bands as shown. Ch 1 ( not a st here and throughout), (1sc, sc2tog, 1 sc) across the edge of each of the 4 bands. Turn. ---------------12 sc

Row 2: Ch 1, *1 sc , sc 2tog, repeat from * till end. Turn.--------------8 sc

Row 3: Ch 1, 3 sc, sc2tog, 3 sc. Turn-------7 sc

Row 4- 14
: ch 1, 1 sc in each st across. ------------7 sc
Fasten off after Row 14. The sc part will now be 3 ½ inches long.


BRAIDING:

Step 1: Bring the 4th Strip over the 3rd and the second strip over the first.


Step 2: Cross the 2 strips in the middle now by bringing the one on the left over the one on the right.
Repeat the above two steps till you braid the whole length of the strips.


Arrange the shorter sides of the strips as shown, join yarn at the corner of the first band, and proceed to work a sc band along the sides of the 4 bands, following Rows 1-14 above. Fasten off. One layer of your braided cowl is done now. Thread 1 ½ yards of yarn and sew the braid ( on the back side) to hold it in place. Make sure you don't make the stitches too tight. You only need to stitch at places where the bands cross each other. This will make your cowl hold its shape better.

To make the second layer of braid , Ch 86 and follow the same pattern for the first braid. For the sc bands on either side repeat Row 14 three more times rows. So you will have 17 rows in total and it will measure 4 ½ inches. Fasten off. Thread 1 ½ yards of yarn and sew the braid ( on the back side) to hold it in place. Make sure you don't make the stitches too tight.

Assembling the 2 Layers:


Row 1: Now place the longer braid over the shorter one and align the edges of the sc bands. Start with the sc bands on the left side. Working through both the layers , sl st to the first st, ch 1 (not a st), 1 sc in each st across. Turn. ------7 sc

Row 2- 3
: Ch 1 ( not a st here and throughout) , 1 sc in each st across. Turn.-----7 sc

Row 4: Ch 1, 2 sc, ch 3, 2 sc. Turn.

Row 5
: Ch 1, 2 sc, 3 sc in to ch-3 space, 2 sc. Turn.------------Button hole made.

Row 6: Ch 1, 1 sc in each st across. Turn.-----7 sc

Row 7
: Ch 1, skip next 2 st, 6 dc in next st, sl st to last st. Fasten off.

Work on the sc bands on the right side now!
Row 1: Working through both the layers , sl st to the first st, ch 1 ( not a st), 1 sc in each st across. Turn. ------7 sc

Row 2-6: Ch 1, 1 sc in each st across. Turn.-----7 sc

Row 7: Ch 1, skip next 2 st, 6 dc in next st, sl st to last st. Fasten off. 

Finishing:
Weave in any tails left. Sew on a big button on the right side of the cowl.


I hope you enjoy this pattern. I would love to see your creations! Please share pictures of your braided cowls on  Crochet Dreamz Facebook Page

For all pattern related questions, please ask Shehnaaz on her blog
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I am Shehnaaz Afzar, a self confessed craft addict. 

I have been blogging  at Crochet Dreamz since 2010 and sharing my creative pursuits have brought me immense joy. 
My inspiration comes from eclectic source, it could be a color combination, a yarn texture or a stitch pattern. 
I believe in writing patterns in a way that no questions are left unanswered. 
My boots pattern and my Tutu dress are two of my favorite designs.

You cand find me at the following links:


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