Forest Walk Twisted Cowl Crochet Pattern

Take a magical, winter walk on wooded trails. Bare branches sparkle overhead with fresh snow, while frozen leaves crunch under your feet. Stay cozy and warm in the crisp winter air with the Forest Walk twisted cowl crochet pattern!

Forest walk twisted cowl crochet pattern on Stitches n Scraps

A twisted seam pulls the cowl in close, wrapping your neck in clouds of dense, squishy fabric. The pattern is fast and easy, with a 1-row repeat. It makes a great, last-minute gift!


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I designed this twisted cowl crochet pattern for the 2022 Giftstravaganza CAL, hosted by Underground Crafter.

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King Cole Forest Aran Recycled Yarn

King Cole gave me the Forest Aran yarn for this design. This truly unique yarn is made from 100% recycled materials! It’s a blend of wool, acrylic, polyamide, and viscose fibers. The overall mix ends up feeling something like a soft cotton.

Forest Aran yarn in the Red Brae Wood colorway

With so many different types of fibers, the color has a lot of depth to it as well. Each fiber takes dye slightly differently, resulting in a subtle, tonal effect with tiny flecks.

The lovely colors take their names from forests and wooded areas in the UK. The color I chose for this project, #1924 Red Brae Wood, is brand new. It’s a deep, woody red with a bit of plum in it.

See all the lovely colors on the King Cole website, and then use the “Find a Stockist” tool to find this yarn near you!


Forest Walk Twisted Cowl

4-medium
Project Level Easy

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Materials

  • Yarn: 220 yds King Cole Forest Aran worsted weight yarn (35% wool, 20% acrylic, 20% polyamide, 25% viscose. 100 g / 328 yds per skein)
  • Hook: US size J (6 mm) crochet hook or size needed to match gauge
  • Notions:
    • Yarn needle
    • Stitch markers, pins, or clips (for seaming)

Project Level

Easy – Basic stitches, crocheting across sides of rows, twisted seaming.

Size

8″ x 24.5″ before seaming

8″ x 12″ after seaming

Gauge

In pattern, 14 sts x 9 rows = 4″

Use pattern as gauge swatch: After row 9, work should measure approximately 7″ x 4″.

Exact gauge is not critical but will affect yardage needed.

Abbreviations

This pattern uses US crochet terms

ch = chain

dc = double crochet

RS = right side(s)

sc = single crochet

sk = skip

sl st = slip stitch

st(s) = stitch(es)

WS = wrong side(s)

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Instructions

Scroll down for chart.

Cowl

Foundation: Ch 26 (multiple of 3 + 2)

Row 1 (RS): (Sc, 2 dc) in 2nd ch from hook, sk next 2 chs, [(sc, 2 dc) in next ch, sk next 2 chs] across to last ch, sc in last ch. (9 sc, 16 dc)

Row 2: Ch 1, turn, (sc, 2 dc) in first sc, sk next 2 dc, [(sc, 2 dc) in next sc, sk next 2 dc] across to last sc, sc in last sc. (9 sc, 16 dc)

Rows 3-54: Repeat row 2.

Cowl should now measure approximately 24 inches in length. To adjust length, work more or fewer repeats of row 2 as desired, ending after a WS (even numbered) row.

Forest Walk Twisted Cowl before seaming, with a measuring tape on top of it showing a length of 24 inches.

Edging

First short edge: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across. (25 sc)

First long edge: Ch 1, working in sides of rows, skip the short edge row you just worked, [(sc, 2 dc) in next row, sk next row] across. (27 sc, 54 dc)

Edging along long edge

For 2nd short edge, treat each pair of skipped chains as a ch-2 sp.

2nd short edge: Ch 1, working in bottom of foundation ch, sc in first ch, (2 sc in next ch 2 sp, sc in next ch) across. (25 sc).

2nd long edge: Ch 1, working in sides of rows, skip the short edge row you just worked, [(sc, 2 dc) in next row, sk next row] across to first short edge, ch 1, join with a sl st to first st of edging. (27 sc, 54 dc)

Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing.

Weave in starting end.

Cowl and Edging Chart

Twisted Seam

Lay work flat with RS up. On each short edge, pinch the ends together so that the short edge folds in the middle.

Bring the two folded ends together and insert them into each other so that the layers alternate as shown. Make sure the ends are lined up evenly. Secure in place with stitch markers, pins or clips.

Sew across short edge, working through all 4 layers. It is important to make sure the ends of each layer are caught up in the seam, otherwise they will stick out later.

Finishing

Weave in all ends

Turn cowl right side out and pull on the sides of the seam to make it lay nicely.

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