Free Crochet Pattern: Southwestern Cinch Cowl

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Crochet Pattern: Southwestern Striped Cowl

Looking for a project with bold color? I’ve long been inspired by Mexican blankets with their bold color and geometric prints, and finally I found a chance to incorporate this beauty into a project with my Southwestern Cinch Cowl.

Worked with 6 different medium weight yarns, this cowl is also an excellent stash buster. It is crocheted with alternating rows of single crochet and single crochet puff stitch, an easy and fun transition with a gentle twist of texture.

It only takes a few hours to make so go ahead and grab some colors from your yarn stash and give it a try!

Skill Level:

Finished Size: 8” (8.5 cm) wide, 14” (35.5cm) long

Medium Weight Yarn (approximately 24 yards each of teal, black, red, orange, beige, brown)
Crochet hook K (6.50 mm)
2 yards of black suede cord
crochet yarn size 4

6 sc = 2’’
5 rows = 2’’
Gauge Swatch: 2’’w x 2’’h (5 cm x 5 cm) ch 7.
Row 1: sc in second ch from hook and in each ch across: 6 sc
Row 2 – 5: ch 1, turn, sc in each sc across: 6 sc
Finish off.

Need help understanding the abbreviations and symbols? Check out the crochet abbreviation chart.

Special Stitches
Single Crochet Puff Stitch (puff): yarn over, insert hook into indicated stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through all 3 loops on the hook.

Color Pattern
Work 2 rounds of each color in this order:
And then repeat once, working Round 25 in taupe as well.

Crochet Pattern: Southwestern Striped Cowl
Round 1: ch 60, sl st in first ch to form a ring, ch 1, sc in each ch around, sl st in first sc: 60 sc
Round 2: ch 1, turn, puff in each sc around, sl st in first st: 60 puff
Round 3: ch 1, turn, sc in each st around, sl st in first sc: 60 sc
Round 4 – 24: repeat Rounds 2 and 3, ending with Round 2
Round 25: ch 1, turn, sl st in each sc around, sl st in first sl st: 60 sl st
Finish off.

Cut about 2 yards of black suede cord. Fold cowl in half by starting at seam to find the front. With yarn needle, weave cord through round 24, every two stitches apart. Start at back seam and stop at the front half, then thread other end of cord and weave through other side.

Tip: if your suede cord is a bit kinked from packaging, use an iron to smooth it out. But be careful not to stretch the cord!

If you have any questions or need any help, just leave me a comment below and I’ll see what I can do!

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