Free Pattern – The Grape Beyond

Get your grape on with this bold, puffy cowl! Cluster stitches “grapes” pop out of a lighter, two-toned background. It’s fast and fun to make, and the size can easily be adjusted. Since it’s worked in the round, the colors can easily be carried from one section to the next, meaning fewer ends to weave in. Try other colors too, and make one for everyone on your gift list!

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I’m breaking through // I’m bending spoons // I’m keeping flowers in full bloom // I’m looking for answers from the great beyond. (R.E.M. – The Great Beyond)

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The Grape Beyond

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Easy – Worked in the round, cluster stitches, color changes.


Adult – one size fits most.


12 dc x 6 rows = 4 inches. Exact gauge is not critical.

Abbreviations used:

  • ch = chain
  • sc = single crochet
  • fsc = foundation single crochet (optional)
  • dc = double crochet
  • yo = yarn over
  • cl = cluster (see special stitches)
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • st(s) = stitch(es)
  • sp(s) = space(s)
  • rnd = round

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 Special Stitch:

Cluster (cl): (Yo, insert hook into specified st and pull up a loop, yo and draw through 2 loops on hook) 4 times, yo and draw through all 5 loops on hook, ch 1 to close.


  • Joining after the first round, rather than joining the foundation chain, makes it easier to join without twisting your round. This will leave a slight gap at the bottom of your cowl, but you can sew that closed when weaving in your tails.
  • You can make the cowl longer or shorter by adjusting the number of stitches on rnd 1, so long as you have a multiple of 3 sts.
  • You can make the cowl taller or shorter by repeating repeating rnds 2-5 more or fewer times.


Note: When joining the first round, be careful not to twist your work. 

Rnd 1 (RS): With A, work 84 fsc, join, changing to B. (84 fsc).


Alternate Row 1 (RS): With A, ch 85 loosely, turn, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, join, changing to B. (84 sc).

Rnd 2: With B, ch 3 (counts as dc), turn, dc in next st and in each st around, join, changing to A.

Rnd 3: With A, ch 1, turn, sc in each st around, join, changing to C.

Rnd 4: With C, ch 2 (does not count as a st), (cl in next st, ch 2, sk next 2 sts) around, join to top of first cl, changing to A. (28 cls)

Note: In next round, be sure to work over the chains in round 4 (not in front of or behind them), so that they get hidden inside the stitches. Front and back of stitch detail - Grape Cowl -

Rnd 5: With A, ch 1, turn, (working around the chs from the previous rnd, dc in 2 skipped sts below next sp; sc in top of next cl) around, join to first dc, changing to B. (84 sts).

Rnds 6 – 14: Repeat rnds 2 – 5 twice, then repeat rnd 2 once more.

Rnd 15: Repeat rnd 3, but do not change colors at the end of the rnd. Fasten off.

Weave in all ends.

I hope you enjoy the pattern. Thanks to rebejones for testing the pattern, and to Erin Morrison for coming up with the awesome name!

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