Creations By Courtney

Acorn Cowl

The Acorn Cowl is a free crochet pattern of C2C and front post extended stitches. It's written to fit a wide range of sizes, and fit under outerwear.

The Acorn Cowl is the first Creations By Courtney C2C, corner-to-corner, design… and my first C2C project.

I know! I know! Everyone has been going wild for C2C for a minute, but I follow my own path in the fiber world LOL

Anyways, a fiber friend asked me to check out her new digital crochet magazine, Hook Me Up Crochet Magazine, which has a different theme each month. August’s theme is prehistoric, and I pondered for a while on what I could create that was prehistoric related. I thought about trees and dinosaurs, but I didn’t want to make something with a leaf or create amigurumi.

My original idea was a loin cloth 🤦🏾‍♀️ I’m glad I decided not to go with that idea. After visiting Pinterest and Google search for prehistoric ideas, I was inspired by the amazing creativity of C2C. I dived into my stash to pull out a buy weight, category 5 yarn, that’s been waiting on a project for a while. Since the yarn is a lovely brown color, I was thinking of something tree related, initially, but as it took shape, it became a cowl. And it only required one skein for the Small/Medium! Whoop! Whoop!

Although most cowls are created in one size, I wrote this up with three different sizes so that it sits along the top of your shoulders to fit better under your favorite outerwear.

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MATERIALS

  • Big Twist Yarns Chunky (100% acrylic, 195 yards / 178 meters, 5 ounces / 142 grams): Chunky Gingerbread, 1 (2, 2) skeins
  • Hook US K 10 1/2 / 6.50 mm
  • Yarn Needle
  • Measuring Tape

GAUGE

  • 4 x 4 pattern blocks = 3.75” x 3.75”

SIZES

  • S/M: 14.5” x 14.5” triangle without cowl
  • L/1X: 16” x 16” triangle without cowl
  • 2X/3X: 18” x 18” triangle without cowl
  • 4X/5X: 20” x 20” triangle without cowl

PATTERN KEY

  • Ch: Chain, sl st: slip stitch, sc: single crochet, hdc: half double crochet, dc: double crochet, CSDC: chainless starting double crochet, dc2tog: double crochet 2 together, fpedc: front post extended double crochet, fpedc2tog: front post extended double crochet 2 together, YO: yarn over

SPECIAL STITCHES & TECHNIQUES

  • CSDC: pull up a loop to height of row, holding loop in place and wrap yarn around hook, insert hook in first st, YO, pull up a loop, [YO, pull through 2 loops] twice
  • Fpedc: YO, insert hook front to back to front around next st, YO and pull up a loop (3 loops on hook), YO, pull through 1 loop, [YO, pull through 2 loops] twice 
  • Bpedc: YO, insert hook back to front to back around next st, YO and pull up a loop (3 loops on hook), YO, pull through 1 loop, [YO, pull through 2 loops] twice 
  • Fpedc2tog: *YO, insert hook front to back to front around next st, YO and pull up a loop (3 loops on hook), YO, pull through 1 loop, YO, pull through 2 loops; repeat from * (3 loops on hook), YO, pull through all loops

EXPERIENCE LEVEL

Intermediate

NOTES

  • Pattern is worked in 3 sections: Front and Back, and Cowl.
  • When only one number is listed, it applies to all sizes.
  • Block refers to each group of chain stitches and dc.
  • Adjust rows for the perfect fit around your shoulders by adding or subtracting row(s).

INSTRUCTIONS:

S/M (L/1X, 2X/3X, 4X/5X)

Make 2

Ch 6

Row 1: Dc in 4th ch from hook, dc in next 2 ch, turn – 1 block

Row 2: Ch 6, dc in 4th ch from hook, dc in next 2 ch, (sl st, ch 3, 3 dc) in ch-3 of previous row, turn – 2 blocks

Row 3: Ch 6, dc in 4th ch from hook, dc in next 2 ch, *(sl st, ch 3, 3 dc) in ch-3 of previous row; repeat from * one more time, turn – 3 blocks

Row 4: Ch 6, dc in 4th ch from hook, dc in next 2 ch, *(sl st, ch 3, 3 dc) in ch-3 of previous row; repeat from two more times, turn – 4 blocks

Row 5 – 14 (16, 18, 20): Repeat Row 4 – 14 (16, 18, 20) blocks

Row 15 (17, 19, 21): Ch 3, (dc, hdc) in first st, *(sc, hdc, dc) around next ch-3; repeat from *13 (15, 17, 19) more times – 15 (17, 19, 21) half blocks

Fasten off on the first piece. Do not fasten off on the second piece.

Cowl

Lay Front on top of Back. Using the active loop from the Back piece, sl st to the first st of the last row of the Front piece.

Round 1: CSDC, dc in each around, sl st to join, turn – 90 (102, 114, 126) dc

Round 2: CSDC, dc in next 3 sts, dc2tog, *dc in next 4 sts, dc2tog; repeat from * around, sl st to join, turn – 75 (85, 95, 105) dc

Round 3: CSDC, fpedc around next st, dc in next st, fpedc2tog, *dc in next st, fpedc around next st, dc in next st, fpedc2tog; repeat from * around, sl st to join, turn – 60 (68, 76, 84) sts

Round 4: CSDC, bpedc around next st, *dc in next st, bpedc around next st; repeat from * around, sl st to join, turn – 60 (68, 76, 84) sts

Round 5: CSDC, fpedc around next st, *dc in next st, fpedc around next st – 60 (68, 76, 84) sts

Round 6: Ch 1, sc in first st, sc in next st, sc2tog, *sc in next 2 sts, sc2tog; repeat from * around, sl st to join – 45 (51, 57, 63) sts

Finishing

Weave in all ends, trim excess.

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