Free Crochet Pattern: Faux-Button Cowl

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Free Crochet Pattern: Faux-Button Cowl

So… About a month ago, I bought this ball of yarn. It was wonderful. It felt great! It looked great. I may have even smelled the thing a time or two. Okay… Yes, I smelled it.

But having no particular plans in mind, this ball of yarn sat lonely and unused, whilst still well-admired.Well today I was trying to come up with a pattern to share with y’all and, BOOM, there it was – the perfect idea!! “I’M USING THE YARN!!” :)

So this is what I came up with… A sweet and simple crocheted cowl with a faux-buttoned appearance. (Big thanks to my little sister for modeling in the cold.)

What You’ll Need:

  • yarn  (I used about 1/3 of a skein of Red Heart with Love in “Blue Hawaii.”)
  • crochet hook of the size indicated by your yarn (I used a size K.)
  • buttons
  • yarn needle
  • regular needle
  • thread or crochet thread

Special Stitches:

FCH – Foundation Chain:

  • Chain 2. Insert hook under the top two loops of the first chain. Yarn over and draw a loop through. Yarn over and draw through two loops on the hook. FIRST FCH COMPLETE!
  • For additional FCHs, insert hook under the top two loops of the previous stitch. Yarn over and draw through. Yarn over and draw through two loops on the hook. ADDITIONAL FCHs COMPLETE!! Repeat until desired number of foundation chains are complete!

Pattern: (This is just the quick and dirty pattern write-up. If you keep scrolling down, you’ll find a photo tutorial with more detailed pattern instructions!!)

  • FCH 80. Do not join.
  • Row 1:  Chain 2 and SC in second stitch from hook. *DC in next stitch, SC in next stitch.* Repeat from * to * across row. You should end with a SC. Chain 2 and turn.
  • Row 2-16:  SC in second stitch from hook. *DC in next stitch, SC in next stitch.* Repeat from * to * across row. You should end with a SC. Chain 2 and turn.
  • Row 17:  SC in second stitch from hook. *DC in next stitch, SC in next stitch.* Repeat from * to * across row. You should end with a SC. Chain 1 and turn.
  • Row 18:  SC in each stitch across.
  • Using yarn needle, weave in ends. Overlap ends of scarf by about 2” and sew together using yarn needle and yarn.

Photo Tutorial!! 

 

Complete 80 foundation chains, but do not join.At this point, your foundation chainshould be about 28.5 inches long.

 

 

 

 

In starting the first row,  you’ll need to chain two (this counts as a double crochet stitch and starts the row). Then, as indicated in the picture above, single crochet into the second stitch from the foundation chain.

 

 

Now you’ve got one double crochet and one single crochet. This is the start of a pattern that you will continue along the length of the foundation chain. Yes, just alternate double crochet and single crochet stitches until you make it to the end of the chain.

 

 

 

Now you may be tempted to complete the row on a double crochet. DON’T. While you may run out of easily identifiable gaps to crochet in, don’t stop. You still have to add a single crochet… Looky here…

 

 

 

So, you’ll run out of spaces, but don’t stop on that double crochet. You’ll just have to pull up a single crochet through the nub of a stitch left from the row below.

 

 

 

 

 

See?

Insert your hook under two loops on the very end and single crochet!! If you don’t do this, your piece will begin to slant on the edges. Not cool. Not cool at all.

 

 

 

Phew… That’s better!! Now that things are even stevens, you’re ready to chain two and turn! After you turn, that chain two will function as a double crochet at the beginning of the next row (just like before). What next? Single crochet into the second stitch just like last time!! And continue that pattern across the row!

 

 

Now that you have the gist of the pattern, I’ll let you go at it for a while. Yep, you just repeat this for as many rows as you want. I did this for 17 rows… Until the piece measured about 6.25 inches.

Here’s the progression… After the 5th row it was about 2 inches wide. After the 10th row, it was about 4 inches wide. After the 15th row, it was about 6 inches wide.

So, like I said, I completed 17 rows of this dc, sc pattern. When you’re satisfied with the width of your scarf, complete by crocheting a row with one single crochet in each stitch across the length of your project. Finish off & weave in the ends.

 

 

Next, you’ll sew together the ends of scarf… Overlapping them by about two inches.

 

 

 

I used a yarn needle & leftover yarn to sew along the line indicated in the picture below.

All that’s really left now is to attach your buttons!! I used some yellow crochet thread and a needle to attach three buttons on the overlapped part of my cowl… And TA-DAH!!

HOPE YOU ENJOY!! PLEASE FEEL FREE TO LEAVE QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS!! I’D ALSO LOVE TO SEE PICTURES OF YOUR PROJECTS!

Take care and God bless!! Love, Mandy 

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