Iridescent Cowl, a Free Tunisian Crochet Cowl Pattern

Tunisian crochet cowl, featuring Tunisian smock stitch, free crochet pattern by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio

A Tunisian crochet cowl pattern

Hello friends! I’m so happy to share with you today, this lovely Tunisian crochet cowl pattern that I’ve designed! This is Iridescent Cowl.

The cowl is worked flat, and seamed at the end. You’ll start on one long edge, and work up to the other long edge, changing colors and stitch patterns a couple times as you go.

The yarn is Brooks Farm Yarn Solo Silk in colors E13 and NY51, but sadly, I believe these are no longer available. I’ve had them in my stash for years. Bummer.

So, I went looking for a current yarn to recommend for this cowl. The yarn I used is a single ply, sport weight, 50/50 blend of wool and silk. I was not able to find a yarn available today that is exactly like this AND comes in the right colors, but my best recommendation to get similar colors in a sport weight yarn is to use Ancient Arts Fibre Passion 8 in colors Prairie Flower (Water Lily is also close for the multi-color) and Water Lily Blue.

You’ll need about 180 yds of the multi-colored yarn, and about 220 yds of the solid (or semi-solid). Now, on to the pattern!

Tunisian crochet cowl, featuring Tunisian smock stitch, free crochet pattern by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio

Iridescent Cowl, a Tunisian Crochet Cowl Pattern

Designed by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio

Difficulty Level Intermediate

Finished size About 31 inches [78.5 cm] circumference x 11 inches [28 cm] tall.

Yarn used in model (discontinued) Brooks Farm Yarn Solo Silk (50% Fine Wool, 50% Silk; 400 yds [366 m]; 4 oz [113.5 g]; CYCA weight: 2/fine): 1 skein E13, 1 skein NY51.

Recommended yarn Ancient Arts Fibre Passion 8 (80% Superwash Merino Wool, 20% Nylon; 435 yds [400 m]; 4 oz [113 g]; CYCA weight: 2/fine): 1 skein (or 180 yds) Prairie Flower, 1 skein (or 220 yds) Water Lily Blue.

Crochet Hook J/10 [6 mm] Tunisian crochet hook at least 31” [78.5 cm] long, or size needed to obtain gauge.

Notions yarn needle

Gauge 14 sts x 20 rows = about 4 inches in tks

Notes Cowl is worked flat from one long edge to the other, and seamed at the end.

Stitch Guide

Return Pass (RetP): Yo, pull through first loop, *yo, pull through 2 loops, repeat from * until only 1 loop remains on hook.

Reverse yarn over (RevYo): Yarn over in reverse direction, so that the yarn crosses the hook from bottom to top.

Single crochet 2 sts together (sc2tog): Insert hook into first st, yo, pull up a loop, insert hook into second st, yo, pull up a loop, yo, pull through all 3 loops on hook.

Cowl
Knit Stitch Section

Knit stitch tutorial here.

With multi-color, ch 114

Row 1, FwdP: Skip first ch, pull up a loop in each remaining ch. RetP (see Stitch Guide).

Row 2, FwdP: Skip first st, *insert hook between 2 vertical bars of next st, pull up a loop, repeat from * across. RetP.

Rows 3-13: Repeat Row 2.

Row 14: Repeat Row 2 to the last yo, leave a tail and cut yarn, with semi-solid colorway leave a tail and wrap yarn over hook, pull through last 2 loops with semi-solid.

Row 15: Repeat Row 2.

Smock Stitch Section

Smock stitch tutorial here.

Row 16: Skip first st, *RevYo (counts as a st, see Stitch Guide), hold this yo in place**, insert hook through vertical bars of next 2 sts, yo, pull up a loop, repeat from * across, ending last rep at **, insert hook through vertical bar of last st, yo, pull up a loop. RetP.

Row 17: Skip first 2 sts, insert hook through vertical bar of next st, yo, pull up a loop, *RevYo, hold this yo in place**, insert hook through vertical bars of next 2 sts, yo, pull up a loop, repeat from * across to last 2 sts, ending last rep at **, (insert hook through vertical bar of next st, yo, pull up a loop) 2 times. RetP.

Row 18: Skip first 2 sts, *RevYo, hold this yo in place**, insert hook through vertical bars of next 2 sts, yo, pull up a loop, repeat from * across to last st, ending last rep at **, insert hook through vertical bar of last st, yo, pull up a loop. RetP.

Rows 19-38: Alternate repeating Rows 17 and 18, ending with a Row 18 repeat, changing colors back to multi-color at the last yo, just as in Row 14.

Knit Stitch Section

Note: Row 39 will be a little different to work in tks because some of the vertical bars in the previous row are yarn-overs. They have a front vertical bar, but not a back vertical bar. On these sts, just insert your hook through the fabric as usual, just to the right of the front vertical bar.
Row 39, FwdP (back to tks): Skip first 2 sts, *insert hook between 2 vertical bars of next st, pull up a loop, repeat from * across. RetP.

Rows 40-52: Repeat Row 2.

Row 53: Ch 1, skip first st, *sc between 2 vertical bars of next 5 sts, sc2tog (see Stitch Guide) between 2 vertical bars of next 2 sts, repeat from * across to last 5 sts, sc between 2 vertical bars of last 5 sts. Don’t fasten off.

Tunisian crochet cowl, featuring Tunisian smock stitch, free crochet pattern by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio

Seaming

Row 1: Turn cowl so that WS is facing you, line up short edges so they are even, sl st evenly through both thicknesses to seam. Fasten off.

Finishing

Weave in all ends. Block. Don’t skip blocking. Tunisian knit stitch curls badly, as you’ve probably noticed. The blocking will help tremendously!

Tunisian crochet cowl, featuring Tunisian smock stitch, free crochet pattern by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio

I’m hoping that you LOVE this cowl! But, if you’ve never tried Tunisian crochet, you may be feeling frustrated. No worries! I have tutorials for both of the stitch patterns used in this cowl!

How to do Tunisian knit stitch

How to do Tunisian smock stitch

Happy crocheting!

April

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