As someone who grew up and lived by the beach almost my entire life, I have a deep love of the ocean and anything relating to it. Nothing can beat an ocean sunset or the way the waves look crashing on the shore. When I signed up for The Hook Nook Life New Year’s Gift Exchange and found out that my partner loved turquoise and crystals, I had an idea for a cowl pop into my head. I wanted to create a pattern where the stitches would look like crystals, and the yarn I found for the cowl reminded me instantly of the ocean. It was something special that tied things my gift exchange partner and I loved together, and I love how it turned out!
While I had an idea for a cowl in my head, I searched high and low on Pinterest and couldn’t find a stitch pattern that captured the look of crystals that I wanted. I’d find a diamond stitch that would be a diamond shape, but nothing that evoked the thought of gems or crystals. So I set out to create a stitch pattern of my own. I was using a chunky yarn, which meant that I needed to make a pattern that would stand out as a diamond even with the chunky yarn. After much trial and error, I came up with a stitch pattern that uses chain stitches and double crochets to create a gem shape. It provides the look of intricacy with a ton of simple techniques. Similar to the stitch pattern for granny squares, this project can be totally addicting!
If you want a quick and easy crochet pattern then this is the right pattern for you! Sometimes all you want is that satisfying feeling of finishing a project within a day, instead of having to work weeks until you’re finished. By using a chunky yarn the pattern only requires you to do 44 stitches around, which cuts down the time in half. I also made sure to not do any complicated stitches so that it makes it work up fast.
The yarn I chose for this pattern perfectly captures all of the beauty of the ocean, and is super soft! When I walked into Hobby Lobby, I wanted to buy all of the yarn that was in the store. How do they create so much beautiful yarn? I ended up choosing their Fleece Lite yarn in Teals, which has a wonderfully deep turquoise color. You could also use Lionbrand Homespun Thick and Quick for this too, and you’d still be able to capture the texture and look of the Hobby Lobby yarn. All you need is some chunky yarn you love and a crochet hook!
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- 2 skein’s Hobby Lobby Fleece Lite in Teals or 1 skein Lion Brand Homespun
- 9.0 mm crochet hook
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- Ch = Chain stitch
- Rnd = Round
- St = Stitch
- Dc = Double Crochet
- Sk = skip
- sl st = slip stitch
- This pattern is worked in the round with joining.
- This pattern is crocheted using US crochet terminology. UK terminology is included in the stitches used list.
- I suggest reading through the whole pattern before you begin crocheting to make sure that you fully understand the pattern.
Rnd 1: Ch 45, join with sl st to first ch, ch 2, dc 44, join with sl st to ch 2
Rnd 2: Ch 2, *sk 1, dc 4 in next st, ch 1* repeat till last st, dc 3 in last st and sl st to ch 2
Rnd 3: ch 2, dc 3 in first ch 1 space from round 2, *ch 1, sk to next ch 1 space, dc 4 in next chain 1 space* repeat till end, ch 1, sl st into ch 2 from beginning of round
Rnd 4: ch 2, sk to first ch 2 space, *dc 4 in ch 2 space, ch 1, sk to next ch 1 space*, dc 3 in last ch 1 space, and sl st into ch 2 from beginning of round
Rnd 5: ch 2, dc 3 in first ch 2 space from round 2, *ch 1, sk to next ch 1 space, dc 4 in next chain 2 space* repeat till end, ch 1, sl st into ch 2 space from beginning of round
Rnd 6: ch 2, sk to 1st ch 1 space, *dc 4 in ch 1 space, ch 1, sk to next ch 2 space*, dc 3 in last ch 1 space, and sl st into ch 2 space from beginning of round
Rnd 7: Ch 2, sk over ch 1 space to the first dc, *dc dec 2, sk over ch 1 space to next dc* repeat to end of round, sl st into ch 2 space from beginning of round
Fasten off and weave in ends.
Now you’re all done and you have a cozy cowl to keep your warm. I hope you love this pattern as much as I do! I would love to see pictures of your designs, and you can tag me on Instagram using the hashtag @eclairemakery.