Bulky Stacked Shell Cowl and Shrug
This bulky cowl is super simple to make. Its front post triple crochet and stacked 3dc shells give it a much more intricate look than the pattern really is.
I love the versatility in this pattern. It can be worn as a regular cowl, a hooded cowl or even as a shrug. Another thing I love about this cowl is that it is made with regular worsted weight material, so its not heavy like it would be if it were made with a bulky weight yarn.
I hope you enjoy making and wearing this easy but beautiful bulky cowl
My finished cowl measures 19″x19″ which will fit someone with a shoulder diameter (measure completely around the shoulders) of 35-40″. For directions on how to increase the diameter of the cowl/shrug please see notes.
Machine wash cool/warm
Tumble dry- low heat. Dry to 50-70% complete than lay flat to finish drying
Cost of Materials:
Approx 4.5-5 hours
at approx 10 mins per row
Recommended Retail Price:
- The fptc rounds in this pattern are 100sts. The stacked shells are 99sts. The pattern has one decrease st and one increase st. The will occur in the hdc row between the front post rounds and the shell rounds and are included in the pattern.
- You can easily change the size of the cowl by making the beginning chain longer and then following the same instructions with different stitch counts. The first and last set of rows (front posts rounds) need to be an even number. The middle set of rows (stacked shells) need to be divisible by 3, so you can do 120 or 150 stitches for your beginning chain (which will fit both criteria) or you can decrease or increase as needed between sections.
- A lot of people have asked about keeping the starting chain from twisting. The way I do it is I pull up and make the last loop of the chain a little longer… pull the hook out and then I hold the chain in one had… grab it between the thumb and forefinger with my other hand and follow it all the way down (one side of the chain is “bumpier” than the other so I pay attention to the way it feels. Then I lay the loop (that I made larger, the last st of the chain) and lay it on top of the first st in the chain. I put the hook back in (front to back) and then yarn over and pull through the stitches.
- Pay attention as you crochet around, making sure you are always keeping the “bumpy” side out. Just make sue you are on the right track before you sl st to join the round. A lot of times you can correct it if you are wrong, just twist it BEFORE you do the sl st. Hope this helps.
Red Heart With Love approximately 600 yards- color shown is Celery
6.0 (J) hook
embroidery needle to weave in ends
fdc- foundation double crochet (click here for tutorial) *optional
fpdc- front post double crochet
same as double crochet except instead of crocheting in the normal space you insert hook under post in previous round (from front to back)
fptc- front post triple crochet
same as triple crochet except instead of crocheting in the normal space you insert hook under post in previous round (from front to back)
hdc2tog- hdc two together
yo, insert hook into st, pull through st (3 loops on hook), yo, insert hook into next st, pull through st (5 loops on hook), yo, pull through all 5 loops on hook
- ch100. Join round with sl st to make a ring. Be sure NOT to twist the chain during this step or you will end up with a mobious cowl which will not look quite right with this pattern. *Alternately you can do a fdc round instead of rows 1&2. FDC tutorial –> HERE
- ch2. skip 1. 1dc in the next st and every st around. Last dc will be placed in the st previously left empty. sl st into the 1st dc to join round <100>
- Ch3. 1fptc in next post. *1tc in next st. 1fptc in next post. Repeat from * around. Sl st into the top of the 1st tc to join round. <100>
- Repeat row 3, three more times (for a total of 5 rows NOT including the beginning chain, this includes line 2 which is not a fp row, but since the fp’s of line 3 are stitched into line 2 it becomes part of the fp section)
- in back loops only- ch2. skip 1. hdc2tog in next st. 1hdc in every st around. Last hdc will be placed in the st previously left empty. sl st into the top of the 1st hdc to join round. <99>
- ch2 and 2dc in the same st. *skip 2sts. 3dc in the next st. Repeat from * around. sl st into the top of the ch2 to join round. <33 shells>
- sl st into the next st. (you will end up in the st of the 2nd post) ch2 and 2dc in same st. *skip 2sts. 3dc in the next st. Repeat from * around. sl st into the top of the ch2 to join round. <33 shells)
- Repeat line 7- eighteen more times (for a total of 20 stacked shell rounds).
- ch2. skip 1. 2hdc in next st. 1hdc in every st around. Last hdc will be placed in the st previously left empty. sl st into the 1st hdc to join round. <100>
- in back loops only- ch3. skip 1. 1tc in every st around. last tc will be placed in the st previously left empty. <100>
- ch3. 1fptc in next post. *1tc in next st. 1fptc in next post. Repeat from * around. Sl st into the top of the 1st tc to join round. <100>
- repeat line 11- two more times
- ch2. 1fpdc in next post. *1dc in next st. 1fpdc in next post. Repeat from * around. Sl st into the top of the 1st dc to join round. <100> (5 rows of fp crochet total, this includes line 10 which is not a fp row, but since the fp’s of line 11 are stitched into line 10 it becomes part of the fp section)
- fasten off and weave in ends.
- wear your magnificent cre8tion proudly
Video Tutorial for the Zola Bulky Stacked Shell Cowl/ Shrug
Filmed by Sedie of Yarn Obsession
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