The Dublin Cowl
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So, if you have been following me for awhile - you know I love this design. It truly is a very special pattern for me! I actually designed it 9 months ago, and it was the first pattern I EVER published - I just threw it up on Etsy (there was nothing else in my shop!) and I was totally thinking of how proud I was that I designed something so pretty, that no-one else had ever thought to make! I also had a little blog that I threw it up on for free too. Of course, I was also INSANELY nervous - I mean, I had never done this before - what if nobody likes it? Putting your work out there is a scary thing - and the thought of rejection made me so close to not even sharing this design!
Anyway, it turns out that it was popular then - and it continues to be my best-selling pattern I have ever published!
This is one of the reasons why I am so EXCITED to share this pattern with you as the first pattern in my Signature Collection!
Side note: I named it the Dublin Cowl because of my obsession with all things Celtic and Irish. In fact - my wedding was Celtic themed (we walked down the aisle as husband and wife to a The Blood of Cuchulain - a beautiful Celtic dance song that you might know from The Boondock Saints) and I have a Celtic Trinity Knot tattooed on my neck, and oh! My name is Celtic!:) That is really just the beginning of my love for all things Celtic, and is one of the reasons why I l am so attached to this stitch. I also really want to visit Dublin someday... if you have visited that lovely city, or are from there - please comment below so I can know all about it! :)
Hook Size: 4.5 mm or size needed to achieve gauge
Gauge: 8 SC by 8 SC = 2 inch square
Yarn: Worsted weight yarn - 400 yards. Touch of Alpaca by Lionbrand Yarn in Taupe used in example. It only takes one skein of yarn if you grab the Bonus Bundle! Grab a skein through my affiliate link with the Lionbrand website here (and be sure to grab whatever other yarn you have been eyeing!) -----> TOUCH OF ALPACA
P.S. You can also make it in Heartland by Lionbrand too! It is the same weight as Touch of Alpaca, and it comes in so many colors - its so soft, and happens to be one of my favorite yarns to use for any project! Click on the Picture above to grab your skeins! :)
Other tools required: Tapestry Needle
Stitches used: (and abbreviations)
Half Double Crochet (HDC)
Front Post Treble Crochet (FPTC)
Single Crochet (SC)
Slip Stitch (SS)
Celtic Weave: This pattern uses the Celtic weave stitch as the main texture. You can watch a video tutorial on how to do it here:
The Celtic Weave uses FPTC stitches to make its pattern, when worked in the round.
FPTC written tutorial: When doing a basic treble crochet, think of it as you are doing a double crochet stitch – but with one extra step added. Wrap the yarn around the hook twice. Insert the hook into the stitch, like a double crochet, and wrap the yarn around the hook. Pull through. At this point, you should have 4 loops on your hook. Wrap the yarn around the hook, and pull through two loops so you now have 3 loops on the hook. Wrap yarn around, and pull through the next two loops, so you have 2 loops on your hook. Wrap the yarn around the hook one last time and pull through.
Once we start working the Celtic Weave stitch, there will be a photo tutorial so you can see how to use the FPTC to make the interweaving texture!
HDC in the 3rd Loop:
This is where we start the special technique of HDC in the 3rd loop. A helpful video tutorial from Moogly Blog can be found here: http://www.mooglyblog.com/third-loop-half-double-crochet/.
Written tutorial for HDC in the 3rd loop: First, locate the front and back loop of the stitch. The third loop is the loop beneath the back loop. HDC in this loop – this will push the front and back loop to the front to create a “knitted” or “ribbed” look.
There will also be a photo tutorial once we start using this stitch, so you can see how the stitch makes a ribbing effect.
Row 1: In 2nd chain from hook, single crochet across (10)
Rows 2 – 128: Chain 1 and turn, single crochet in BLO in 2nd stitch from hook and in every SC until the end of the row. (10)
Join the ends of the ribbing for your cowl by using the slip stitch across the seam. Do not fasten off.
The Body of the Cowl:
Round 1: Chain 1 and SC evenly in each row across the ribbing (128). Slip stitch into top of first SC.
At this point your work should look like this:
Round 2: Chain 3. *Skip 2 HDC, and FPTC in the next two. Your work should look like this:
Go back to the 2 HDC you skipped, crossing in FRONT of the FPTC you just made – as shown below:
Make 2 FPTC. Your work should look like this:
*Repeat until end of the row for a total of 32 times. Join to top of first FPTC with slip stitch. At this point your work should look like the photo below:
Round 3: Chain 3. *Skip four stitches and FPTC in the next two, as shown in the photo below:
Go back to the last 2 stitches you just skipped (we will work in the first two stitches you skipped later), and instead of crossing over the stitches you just made, go BEHIND them and make two FPTC. Your work should look like this after 2 stitches:
Repeat from *until end of the round for a total of 32 stitches. Join to top of first FPTC with slip stitch. Note: the very last celtic weave stitch is where we work in the first two skipped stitches from the beginning of the round.
At this point your work should look like the photo below:
Round 4: Chain 3. *Skip 2 FPTC, and FPTC in the next two. Your work should look like this:
Go back to the 2 FPTC you skipped, crossing in FRONT of the FPTC you just made – as shown below:
Make 2 FPTC. Your work should look like this:
Repeat from * until end of the round for a total of 32 stitches. Join to top of first FPTC with slip stitch. Your work should look like this:
Round 5: Repeat Round 3.
Round 6: Chain 1 and HDC all the way around. Join to first HDC with slip stitch. (128).
Rounds 7-9: Chain 1 and HDC in the 3rd loop all the way around. If you can’t find the third loop – this is what it looks like in the photo below: (remember there is a really helpful tutorial at the beginning of this pattern too!)
After a few stitches this is what your work should look like (you can start to see the ribbing effect):
Join to first HDC with a slip stitch (128).
Round 10: Repeat Round 2.
This is how your work should look like at this point:
Round 11: Repeat Round 3.
Round 12: Repeat Round 4.
Round 13: Repeat Round 5.
Round 14: Repeat Round 6.
Rounds 15 -16: Chain 1. HDC in the 3rd loop all the way around. Join to first HDC with a slip stitch. (128)
Round 18: Chain 1. In the 3rd loop, SC all the way around. Join to first SC with a slip stitch(128).
You have now finished your beautiful cowl! Congratulations😊
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