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Crafts for Kids: Sashay Chunky Cowl Crochet Pattern

Hi, guys! I’ve decided to take things in a different direction with my blog feature this year, and use my posts to share some fun craft tutorials — specifically easy crochet patterns — with you. This cute cowl is something kids, teens, and adults will enjoy wearing, and uses only three stitches: chain, single crochet, and slip stitch.

If you know how to crochet (and know the names of the stitches), but are not sure how to read a crochet pattern, I’ve included a quick tutorial below.

If this is your first time looking at a crochet pattern, you may be wondering what all these letters are for. To save space and time when writing down a pattern, designers use abbreviations. The nice thing is that most of these terms make a lot of sense since the first letters of the stitch (i.e. sc = single crochet) are frequently used in patterns written in American English.

Here are a few common stitch abbreviations and their meanings:

  • sl st = slip stitch
  • ch = chain
  • sc = single crochet
  • hdc = half double crochet
  • dc = double crochet
  • tr = treble crochet
  • BLO = back loop only
  • FLO = front loop only

Many patterns also have extra information that will explain special stitches, or additional notes on how to work the pattern. It is important to read all the notes before you start; otherwise, you might have to rip out (undo) all your hard work! In the crochet community this is referred to as “frogging” (“rip it” sounds a bit like “ribbit”). 😉

The way you would interpret terms in a pattern is as follows. (I’ll be using part of the cowl pattern below to explain).

Round 1: ch 30, join with sl st to form a circle
Rounds 2-4: ch 1, sc in each stitch around, join with sl st to first sc (30)

In simple English, Round 1 tells you to make 30 chain stitches, then instructs you to join the ends of the chain with a slip stitch. This will form a circle. Round 2 tells you to make one chain as you start the new round, then to make a single crochet in each chain (these are the chains you made in Round 1). Rounds 3 and 4 will be the same as Round 2. The number 30 in parentheses () at the end tells you how many stitches you should have in your round when you finish it. Proper stitch counts are very important for quality crochet work! One extra item of note: If you see instructions between two asterisks (*), that means you need to repeat what is inside of those asterisks until you reach the end of the round.

Measurements will tell you how big your project is supposed to be when it’s completed, and gauge tells you how big or small your stitches are supposed to be. In this particular cowl pattern, each stitch should take up about an inch. The yarn is very thick, so that shouldn’t be a problem! However, if you crochet tightly, you may want to use a larger hook than the one I used. Everyone’s tension varies, so making a gauge swatch before starting can be helpful, especially if the piece you make will be fitted (gauge is not as important with this cowl as it would be for a hat, for instance).

If the above instructions make sense, let’s move on to making the cowl!

Chunky Cowl crochet pattern for kids

Sashay Chunky Cowl
Materials Needed:

  • 16mm Q hook, or hook needed to obtain gauge
  • 8mm M hook (a smaller hook will work though, since you will only be using it to slip stitch the ruffle on)
  • 1 ball Red Heart Boutique Sashay in the color of your choice (I used the colorway “Mambo”)
  • 25 yards of Super Bulky (#6) yarn in a complementing color of your choice (I used Red Heart Boulevard in “Society”, which is labeled as a #7 “jumbo” yarn, but it is comparable in size to the Sashay and other #6 yarns I’ve worked with)
  • Bow or flower accessory (here is the one I used, but you can use whatever you like)
  • Large-eyed yarn needle
  • Scissors
  • Sewing needle and thread, or hot glue gun

Stitches Used:

  • sl st = slip stitch
  • ch = chain
  • sc = single crochet

Additional Terms:

  • BLO = back loop only. Work all stitches for the round in the back loop.
  • How to find the back loop: look at the top of your stitches, they should look like sideways V’s. The part of the V that’s the closest to you is the front loop, and the other one is the back loop.
  • Working in the back loop will create a small line around the outside of the cowl. You’ll be working in the front loop when slip stitching the ruffle on.

Gauge:
4 stitches in 4″

Measurements:
24″ around by 4.5″ tall

Additional notes:
This cowl will fit pre-teens/teens and adults the way this is written. If you would like to make it to fit kids, reduce your starting chains by two or four stitches. This would give you a starting number of 26 or 28. You could even make it smaller, but you may want to leave off row four or seven, depending on how small the child is. Because of the danger of choking, please do not make this with the glue-on/sew on flower accessory for children ages three and under.
Ch 1 at the beginning of a round does not count as a stitch.

Pattern:
Round 1: ch 30, join with sl st to form a circle


Rounds 2-4: ch 1, sc in each stitch around, join with sl st to first sc (30)


Join next color through last sc stitch of Round 4. Pull the old color forward so the end is hanging out the front of the cowl. Don’t cut it yet! Join the new color with a sl st to first sc of round. Now you’re ready to begin Round 5.


Round 5: ch 1, working in the BLO for this round, sc in each stitch, join with sl st to first sc (30)

Round 6-7: ch 1, sc in each stitch around. Join with sl st to first sc.

Fasten off second color. You can either fasten it off with a slip stitch, or try this invisible join. If done correctly, you won’t be able to tell where you joined the round when you finish.

Go back to Round 4 and pick your first color back up (your cowl should still be upside down). Note: If you have made a typical “Sashay” scarf before, this next part will be very similar to the steps you took to create that project.

Using an 8mm hook, sl st into the front loop and pull up the thick part of the Sashay yarn, move forward an inch or inch and a half, and put your hook through the thick part of the yarn and pull it through your first loop, move to the next stitch *2 sl sts in each front loop only, being sure to move an inch or so up the Sashay yarn each time* repeat * to * in each front loop around, this will create a ruffle around the middle of the cowl.

Fasten off securely, and weave in ends

Ask an adult to use hot glue to attach a bow or flower accessory to the cowl, or use a needle and thread to sew the accessory on. If you use a hair clip bow like I did, you can simply clip it to the cowl. The nice thing about this is that it can be unclipped and worn separately when not wearing the cowl. I love things that have multiple uses!

I hope you have had fun with this tutorial, and I look forward to sharing another one with you in a couple months!

If you enjoyed this, and want to take a look at some more of my patterns, you can check out them out here.

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Kirsten is a stay-at-home mom to three rambunctious — but very sweet — boys. Her days are filled with homeschooling, lots of laundry, and breathtaking moments. She lives with her family in beautiful northwestern Montana. In her spare time (is there really such a thing?) she enjoys crocheting, writing, coloring, and singing.


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