Welcome to our FINAL Scarf of the Month Club 2017 Collection! This month I have designed the Short and Sweet Cowl, a great last minute project for you to crochet and give as a gift. You will need less than 1 ball of Caron Tea Cakes yarn and around 2 hours to crochet this project. The finished cowl is soft, squishy and easy to wear. The fabric allows you to pull it up to cover your nose and ears if you need to and wear it comfortably around your neck when you don’t. This free pattern is a great one to have in your arsenal as you can substitute any super bulky weight yarn and have a gift ready to give in a few short hours.
Here are your December Scarf of the Month Club Scarves!
Short and Sweet Cowl
- Yarn: Caron Tea Cakes Yarn, Super bulky , 80% Acrylic, 20% Wool, 8.5 oz. / 240 g; 204 yd. / 186 m; Color: Hibiscus
- Hook: 9 mm Clover Amour Hook
- Scissors, Yarn Needle, Stitch Marker (optional)
26 inches by 10 inches
3 row sets (row sets = 1 row of 3-dc clusters and 1 row of sc) in 4 inches
8 stitches in 4 inches (measured over a single crochet row)
You can substitute any yarn and hook for this stitch pattern – just remember when you substitute if your gauge is different, the finished size of your project will also be different.
US Terminology used
3-dc cluster – 3 double crochet cluster (see special stitches)
ch – chain
ch1sp – chain 1 space
dc – double crochet
R – row
RS – right side
rem – remaining
rep – repeat
sc – single crochet
sk – skip
st/sts – stitch/stitches
* – Repeat the instructions between the asterisks the number of times indicated. This repeat will contain of multiple instructions.
 – at the end of the row – the total number of stitches
3-dc cluster: this is all worked in the same single crochet stitch – *Yarn over the hook and insert the hook into the sc stitch indicated, yarn over and pull up 1 loop. Yarn over the hook and pull through 2 loops on your hook.** You have 2 loops on your hook. Rep from * to ** 2 more times. You will now have 4 loops on your hook. Yarn over and pull through all 4 loops to complete the 3-dc cluster stitch.
Note: if you are familiar with dc3tog stitches, the 3-dc cluster is the exact same EXCEPT it is being worked in 1 stitch (as a cluster) rather than over 3 stitches (to make a decrease).
Helpful Video Tutorials
- This project is worked flat.
- Chain a multiple of 2+4
- The ch 3 at the beginning of the row counts as 1 dc. You skip the sc at the base of the ch 3 because we are counting the ch 3 as a dc stitch.
- I worked into the ch 1 itself, not the ch1sp when I worked 1 sc in each st across (beginning in R3). If you prefer and it is easier for you you can work into the ch1sp for R3 – it makes only a small difference in the final finished appearance.
- Be careful at the end of R2 because we do not end the repeat with a chain 1 – the last stitch you work in the repeat is the 3-dc cluster – so don’t chain 1! It becomes ‘habit’ to feel like we chain 1 after every 3-dc cluster but we are working the ch 1 before it in the ‘repeat’. The final cluster of the row is directly beside 1 dc stitch – there is no ch 1 between them.
- I like the puffy look of the stitches so I chose to make R1 the RS (right side) of my cowl. If you prefer to have a softer look, make R2 the RS of your project. If you make R2 the RS of your project you may wish to add 1 round of single crochet on the top and bottom edges of your cowl after it has been assembled to give it a more finished look.
Short and Sweet Cowl Pattern Instructions
R1: (RS) Ch 52 stitches, sk 1 ch and work 1 sc in each ch across. Turn. 
R2: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), work 3-dc cluster in the next sc, *ch 1, skip the next sc, work 3-dc cluster in the next sc**. Rep from * to ** across to the last sc of the row. Work 1 dc in the last sc. Turn. [25 3-dc clusters, 24 ch1, 2 dc]
R3: Ch 1 (we do not count this as a stitch), 1 sc in each st and in each ch 1 across. Turn. 
R4-R15: Rep R2 and R3
Finish off leaving a long tail (12 to 15 inches) for assembly.
Assembly: With right sides facing, whip stitch to the side edges together. Finish off and weave in ends.
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