We all need a bit of peace and bliss in our hectic lives, especially this time of year!
This is the perfect project for special yarn and time to yourself to work the soothing and rhythmic pattern.
December is always such a busy time of the year where we typically focus on family, friends and colleagues.
I wanted to make a project that was calming and de-stressing to work, with the right balance of simplicity and interest to keep me motivated.
I envisioned a warm cosy cowl with a rather stiff fabric, like a protective yarny shield against the winter wind and cold.
The pattern was first published in Simply Crochet Issue 63. I was very lucky to receive the softest yarn I’ve ever used, Debbie Bliss Iris which is a single ply blend of 95% wool and 5% cashmere. So luxurious!
You can use any aran or worsted weight yarn and a 5mm (US H/8) crochet hook for this gorgeous single layer cowl to keep you cosy from your chin to your chest.
This design is based on an interlocking diamond shell stitch which creates a warm fabric. Use three colours for contrast, or choose one colour for a simple stunning effect.
The top and bottom bobble edging gives an opulent studded appearance and is finished with optional mini tassels.
Scroll below for the free pattern written in UK terms, or you can purchase a print-ready pdf file (with US terms table) and help support my blog for around £2 (depends on taxes) from my etsy shop or Ravelry.
Let’s Make Diamond Bliss Cowl
You Will Need:
- Yarn: Sample (main photo)-Debbie Bliss Pure Bliss Collection Iris (95% wool, 5% cashmere, 50g/125m)
Yarn A x 1 ball Kite (10)
Yarn B x 1 ball Cardinal (11)
Yarn C x 1 ball Flamingo (12)
- Yarn alternative: Any Aran or Worsted weight yarn, aprox 30g each colour.
- 5mm hook or hook to achieve desired drape and tension
- Stitch markers
- Scissors and tape measure for making tassels
Yarn used crochets as aran to this tension: 3 fan patt reps measure 13cm (6 inches) and 10 rows meas 10cm (4 inches) using a 5mm hook, or size needed to obtain correct tension.
Circumference 58cm x 15cm (23 inches x 6 inches)
UK Abbreviations and Stitches Used
tr Treble crochet
dc Double crochet
ch-sp sp made by 1 or 2 chs
ss slip stitch
yoh yarn over hook
2htr cl: ch2, yrh, (insert hook in st indicated, yrh and pull up a loop) twice, inserting the hook in the same st each time, yrh and draw through all 5 loops on hook
3htr cl: as for 2htr cl working ( ) 3 times
Spike htr: Yrh, insert the hook from front to back in the st indicated, yrh, pull up a loop around the sts in row below, draw up to the current level of work, yrh and draw through all 3 loops on hook
Fan: 9tr in st or sp indicated
V st: (1tr, ch2, 1tr) in st indicated
Bead st: Insert hook in st indicated, yrh, pull up a loop, (yrh and draw through first loop only) three times, yrh and draw through both loops on hook
Please read all Pattern notes, abbreviations and Special Stitches before you start.
Pattern is in UK terms with USA conversion chart provided at the end of the pdf pattern.
After the foundation chain the pattern is worked bottom-up in the round, so do not turn after each row.
With Yarn A, chain 104. Ss to first ch to join, being careful not to twist.
Round 1 (RS): Ch1, dc into same st, (counts as first dc), dc in each st around, ss to first dc to join round. Do not fasten off Yarn A and place a stitch marker in the live loop. [104 sts]
Round 2: Join Yarn C in next st. Ch2, 2htr cl in st at base of ch2, ch1, skip next dc, (3ht rcl, ch1, skip 1dc) around to last st, ending with ss in top of first cluster to join, fasten off. [52 3htr cl]
Round 3: Insert hook in dropped loop of Yarn A at the end of Round , draw up loop level with top if Round 2, ch1 (counts as first htr), (ch1, spike htr in skipped dc from Rnd 1) around, ch1, ss to first htr, fasten off.
Round 4: Join Yarn B in first st, ch1, dc in same st (counts as dc), *skip 3, fan in next st, skip 3 sts, dc in next st, rep from * around, omitting last dc, ss into first dc to join, fasten off. [13 fan sts]
Round 5: Join Yarn C in first dc, (ch 5, 1tr) in first dc (counts as V st), ch5, skip next fan, *V st in next dc, ch5, skip next fan; rep from * around, ss in third ch of beg ch5 to join. [13 V sts]
Round 6: Ss to ch-2 sp of first v st, (ch 3, 8tr) in ch-sp of V st (counts as fan), dc in fifth tr of next fan 2 rows below, incorporating ch5 into st, *fan in ch-sp of next v st, dc in 5th tr of next fan 2 rows below, incorporating ch5 into st, rep from * around, ss in top of beg ch3 to join, fasten off.
Round 7-16: Rep Rounds 5-6 changing colour at the beg of every round using the colour sequence A, B, C, A, B.
Round 17: Join C, rep Round 5.
Round 18: Ss to ch-2 sp of first v st, (ch 3, 8tr) in V st (counts as fan), (1 Bead, ss) in 5th tr of next fan in 2 rounds below incorporating ch5 into st, * fan in ch-sp of next v st, (1 Bead, ss) in 5th tr of next fan in 2 rounds below incorporating ch5 into st ; rep from * around ss in top of beg ch3 to join, fasten off and weave in all ends.
Tassels: Cut 26 lengths of Yarn B each 12cm long. Work on WS of fabric, take 2 strands, fold in half to form a loop, insert hook in front loop of starting chain and into loop, drawing the loop through. Draw yarn ends through the loop and tighten. Skip 7 ch and continue working tassels around the bottom edge, and trim. Block.
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