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Check out the “super-sized” version of this pattern that’s large enough to cover the head and shoulders: The “big hug” hooded cowl scarf.
I’ve recently posted patterns for a triangle shawl scarf in both a lightweight version and a heavier version, but I’ll let you in on a secret: while I absolutely love the look, I realized I don’t like to wear them myself, because I feel like they need to be adjusted all the time. I just don’t like accessories I have to fuss with – I want to be able to put them on and then forget about them while I go about my day.
That’s why I got excited the first time I saw a photo of a bandana cowl. That was the triangle scarf for me! However, the one pictured was done in a chunky granny stitch. It was lovely, but I wanted something different.
I looked at some patterns, but everything I saw either involved making the cowl and bandana separately and then stitching them together, or else the triangle was only in the front, and thus too narrow for my taste. Having just designed a poncho pattern that was crocheted top-down from the neckline, I didn’t see why the same thing couldn’t be done for a bandana cowl.
After a couple of false starts and some frogging, I figured out how to make exactly what I wanted. My version is worked in one piece, in the round, from the top of the cowl down to the bottom edge of the bandana. Like all my patterns so far, it uses only the most elementary of crochet stitches.
The cowl is basically a tube with a diameter slightly smaller than your head, so that it goes over your head with gentle stretching, and a length that allows it to drape around your neck in graceful folds.
Transitioning from the cowl portion to the bandana portion couldn’t be easier. Once you’ve completed the cowl, you simply continue working in the round, but add an increase at the midway point of each round – what will be the center front of your bandana cowl. This forms the point, and allows the front to widen into a triangle.
I provide instructions below to make this in both #4 and #5 weight yarns. For the #4 weight bandana cowl shown below, I used Caron Simply Soft Tweeds yarn in Off White.
For the #5 weight bandana cowl shown below, I used Lion Brand Scarfie yarn in Oxford/Claret. It turned out wonderfully soft and warm.
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