‘Shine like a diamond’ cowl – Free pattern!!

I have been playing around with different Tunisian crochet techniques and here is one that got me very excited. The idea was to use different Tunisian crochet stitches to bring out different colors to make a pattern instead of switching yarn. This cowl is made with only two stitches and the forward pass is made with one color and the reverse pass with another – there is no switching of colors. Yay! I used Tunisian Reverse Stitches and Tunisian Knit Stitches to make this cowl.

This is a very easy pattern if you know how to work in a round. It is very quick and you can memorize the pattern so you won’t have to refer to the instructions all the time!

Pattern

You can find the free pattern in this blog post.You can also add this pattern to your Ravelry queue.  If you would like a PDF version of this pattern with a chart, instructions to adjust the size of the cowl, and additional tips and tricks (or just to support me), you can purchase a print-friendly ad-free version of this pattern from my Ravelry and Etsy shops.

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What you will need 

  1. Yarn: Aran weight yarn in 2 colors (3.2 oz / 90 g / 150 m / 160 yards each).
    • I used Lion Brand Heartland yarn:
      • Kings Canyon: 3.2 oz / 90 g / 150 m / 160 yards (1 skein)
      • Grand Canyon: 3.2 oz / 90 g / 150 m / 160 yards (1 skein)
  2. Hook: 8 mm double ended Tunisian crochet hook
  3. Scissors
  4. Tapestry needle to weave in tails
  5. Stitch markers 

Experience level

Beginner

Dimensions

  1. Height – ~13” (~34 cms)
  2. Circumference – ~26” (~66 cms)

Colors

C1: Kings Canyon
C2: Grand Canyon

Gauge

10 rows of 10 Tunisian Knit stitches is a 3 inch (7.5 cms) square.

You do not have to match my gauge exactly. Depending on your crochet style and tension, the size of your project will be different. 

If your swatch is smaller than mine, you can use a larger hook. If your swatch is larger than mine, you can use a smaller hook but you need to make sure that your hook is large enough to avoid curling. It is possible to fix some curling after the project is complete but it is best to use a hook that is at least 2 sizes larger than the recommended crochet hook for the yarn.

Abbreviations

You can find my stitch guide with all the abbreviations here.

Resources

Photo and video (left and right handed) tutorials for Tunisian crochet stitches and techniques used to make this cowl:

  1. How to make a Foundation Row
  2. Tunisian Knit Stitch
  3. Tunisian Reverse Stitch
  4. Binding off
  5. Working in a round with 2 colors 

All video tutorials that will be helpful in making this cowl can be found here: ‘Shine like a diamond’ cowl playlist on Youtube

Instructions

Foundation Round

FP  With C1, chain 84. Make the foundation stitches in the back loops of the chain. 

RP 
Move all loops on the hook to the other end. Turn the project, join C2, chain 1, (yo, pull through 2 loops on hook) across until a few loops remain on hook. Move all the remaining loops to the other end and turn the project again – the right side of the project will be facing you now. 


Place a stitch marker at the first stitch of this round.


If you need help with working in a round, please see the tutorial for working in a round with 2 colors. You can find a link to it in the RESOURCES section.

Rounds 1 – 2

FP  With C1, continue working over the foundation stitches in a round, 84 ks

RP 
After every repeat move all loops on the hook to the other end and turn the project. With C2, (yo, pull through 2 loops on hook) across until a few loops remains on hook. Move all the remaining loops to the other end and turn the project again – the right side of the project will be facing you now. 

Rounds 3 – 4

FP  With C1, (1 ks, 1 trs, 1 ks, 1 trs) * 21 repeats
RP  Same as RP of Round 1

Rounds 5 – 6

FP  With C1, (1 trs, 3 ks) * 21 repeats
RP Same as RP of Round 1

Rounds 7 – 8

FP  Repeat Round 3
RP  Same as RP of Round 1 

Rounds 9 – 10

FP  With C1, (2 ks, 1 trs, 1 ks) * 21 repeats
RP  Same as RP of Round 1

Rounds 11 – 40

FP  Repeat Rounds 3-10 until you reach Round 40
RP  Same as RP of Round 1

Round 41

FP  Repeat Round 1
RP  Same as RP of Round 1. Cut C2 and weave in ends securely.

Round 43

FP  Repeat Round 1

This is the same as the previous round except that you will make a slip stitch (or a single crochet stitch depending on the bind off method you choose) every time you pick up a loop on your hook.
RP  There is no return pass. Cut C1 and weave in ends securely.

Blocking

I recommend blocking your cowl after you have made it.

You can find the free pattern in this blog post.You can also add this pattern to your Ravelry queue.  If you would like a PDF version of this pattern with a chart, instructions to adjust the size of the cowl, and additional tips and tricks (or just to support me), you can purchase a print-friendly ad-free version of this pattern from my Ravelry and Etsy shops.

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This pattern is for personal use only and you are welcome to make as many of these as you’d like. But if you choose to share or sell them, please credit the design to me and do not make any video tutorials of this pattern without my permission.

Happy crocheting!

~Arunima

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