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A crochet bandana cowl you’ll love to wear

This one piece crochet bandana cowl incorporates the C2C granny stitch. It’s a stylish accessory perfect for fall and winter.

Image of the Cordelia crochet bandana cowl

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Have you ever tried to get the ends of a shawl to balance on your shoulders while the point is draped in front? Every time you bend over, one or both of the ends of the shawl comes undone. You’re constantly trying to keep it on.

The Cordelia Bandana Cowl solves that problem with a one-piece design that combines the look of a shawl with the convenience of a cowl. You’ll be dressed in style with this beautiful crochet bandana cowl when the weather begins to get cool and the seasons begin to change.

This crochet bandana cowl will be your go-to elegant accessory for the transition of seasons. I’m excited to wear mine when cowl weather arrives!

By the way, the Cordelia Bandana Cowl makes a great gift – it’s inexpensive to make, it’s a fairly quick project and the look is lovely.

Design + Construction

Let me tell you a little about what I was thinking when I designed this crochet bandana cowl.

I wanted this cowl to have a slightly different shape from what we traditionally call a cowl. I love the look of a shawl draped with the triangle portion hanging in front. But, as I said, I really hate it when the ends of the shawl fall off my shoulders. The result – the Cordelia Bandana Cowl that combines the look of the shawl with the convenience of a cowl.

I just couldn’t resist incorporating the granny stitch in this new crochet bandana cowl design. It adds a classic look to this modern take on a traditional cowl. In this design, the granny stitch is first worked corner to corner (C2C) to create the bandana portion. It gives the illusion of a shawl draped in front.

Once the front triangle is worked, the top corners of the triangle are joined to become the foundation for the cowl portion of the crochet bandana cowl. Rounds of granny stitch are alternated with half double crochets worked in the 3rd loop. This combination creates a beautiful surface texture and visual interest that brings out the very best in the gorgeous Heatherly yarn.

You’ll love the construction because it’s worked in one piece, eliminating any seams. Except for the beginning, the end, and the joining of a new hank of yarn, you’ll have very few ends to weave in. Those are pluses for me! 

About the yarn

Heatherly is a new yarn offered by KnitPicks/WeCrochet. It’s a sport weight yarn with enough heft to pass as a DK weight yarn. The acrylic/merino wool blend ensures the yarn is soft, easy to care for and has a beautiful drape. It’s an inexpensive alternative to a more expensive merino wool yarns and is a fabulous way to treat yourself to a bit of luxury without breaking the bank.

I love the slight heather look of the yarn because it gives the yarn a comfortable, lived in look and feel while still maintaining a sense of elegance and luxury. The yarn feels so good in the hand and doesn’t tangle while crocheting. It’s the perfect choice for this crochet bandana cowl.

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The specifics for the Crochet Bandana Cowl

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Yarn

WeCrochet “Heatherly” 80% acrylic, 20% merino wool sport weight #2 (328yd/3.5oz; 302m/100g)

    Color #29541 – Atmosphere – 2 hanks

Any sport/lightweight DK will work as long as gauge is met – you’ll need approx. 510yd

Hook

US size G-6 (4mm) or size needed for gauge

Finished measurements

  • Bandana: 30” W x 15” L
  • Cowl: 30” x 11”

Gauge

5 GS x 9 rows = 4”

Skill level: Advanced beginner/Intermediate

Written in English using US crochet terminology

Abbreviations

  • beg – beginning
  • ch – chain
  • dc – double crochet
  • hdc – half double crochet
  • rep – repeat
  • rnd(s) – round(s)
  • sk – skip
  • sp – space
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • YO – yarn over

Special Stitches

Granny stitch (GS) – 3 dc in same sp or st.

Half double crochet in the 3rd loop (hdc 3rd loop) – YO, insert hook in 3rd loop (on backside of st), draw up loop, YO, pull through all 3 loops on hook.

Slip stitch in the 3rd loop (slip st 3rd loop) – a slip st worked in the same loop on the back of the stitch as the hdc 3rd loop.

Stacked single crochet (STsc) – (This stitch is used at the beginning of a row or round to replace the traditional turning ch-3. It has the appearance of a dc.) – Insert hook in same st as loop, YO, draw up loop, YO, pull through 2 loops (bottom sc made), insert hook in left vertical bar of bottom sc, YO, draw up loop, YO, pull through 2 loops (top sc made). 

Cordelia Bandana Cowl Written Instructions

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C2C Granny Stitch Section

Notes

  1. The stitch count for each row is always the same as the row number.
  2. Beginning with Row 2, the first GS of the row is worked in the sp immediately following the STsc and the last GS is worked in the sp immediately before the last st.
  3. Pull up the first and last st of each row taller than usual to prevent the edge from curling.

Ch 4, join with slip st to form ring.

Row 1: STsc, ch 1, GS in ring, ch 1, dc in ring, turn. (1 GS, 2 dc)

Row 2: STsc, GS in sp immediately following the first st, GS in sp before last st, dc in last st, turn. (2 GS 2 dc)

Row 3: STsc, GS in sp immediately following the first st, GS in next sp, GS in sp before last st, dc in last st, turn. (3 GS, 2 dc)

Row 4: STsc, GS in sp immediately following the first st, GS in each sp across to last st, GS in sp before last st, dc in last st, turn. (4 GS, 2 dc)

Rows 5-34: Rep Row 4. (34 GS, 2 dc)

At the end of Row 34, do not fasten off. Join the 2 upper corners with a slip st to form a ring. Proceed to Cowl section.

Cowl Section

Notes

  1. A ‘ch 1’ at the beginning of the round does not count as a st.
  2. Pay close attention to where the first st of a round is worked, either in the same st or the next st.

Rnd 1: Ch 1, hdc in the same st and in each st around, join with slip st to beg st. (104 hdc)

Rnd 2: Rep Rnd 1.

Rnd 3: Hdc 3rd loop in next st and in each st around, join with slip st to beg st. (104 hdc 3rd loop) (Be sure to work the last st of the round; it may be hidden behind the first st.)

Rnd 4: Slip st in next st, (ch 2, 2 dc) in same st, (sk 2 sts, GS in next st) around, join with slip st to beg ch-2. (35 GS)

Rnds 5-24: Rep Rnds 1-4 5 times. (105 hdc/hdc 3rd loop or 35 GS)

Rnds 25-27: Rep Rnds 1-3. (105 hdc or hdc 3rd loop)

Rnds 28-29: Rep Rnd 3. (105 hdc 3rd loop)

Rnd 30: Slip st in 3rd loop around. (105 slip st 3rd loop)

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Block if necessary. All done!


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4 Comments

  1. Just checking : there is no space between the granny threesome, right?
    It’s a lovely pattern. Thank you so much.

  2. I’m trying to start this cowl. Is there a substitute for the stacked single crochet stitch because I cannot figure out how to start the loop made from ch 4, join