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Speed of Light Cowl Crochet Pattern

December 14, 2012

Speed of Light Cowl by Speckless

Dang, it has been crazy ’round here. December is a historically hectic time for us: the holidays (and everything that goes along with them), the traveling, my birthday, and the SNOW. We really got payback for our dry winter last year. Minneapolis was basically a parking lot of inchworm traffic this week. And who doesn’t like to spend hours shoveling and roof-raking, eh?

Despite the December crazies, I really wanted to relax with a project. A fast, easy, mindless, instant-gratification project. So, here it is: the Speed of Light Cowl (yes, another cow-hole). Chunky yarn + big hook × easy stitch = a one hour project (more or less) that you’ll intend as a gift, but is so nice you’ll end up keeping it for yourself. Or maybe that’s just me. I keep making gifts and keeping them for myself . . . I am in trouble. Onward!

Speed of Light Cowl by Speckless

You will need: one skein of soft, chunky yarn (I used Bernat Softee Chunky at 108 yards), a 10mm crochet hook, a large needle for sewing and weaving in ends, and scissors.

Firstly, here is a chart for the pattern repeat:

pattern chart

Let’s go!

Chain 13 (or any multiple of 3 + 4 if you want it wider – mine ended up at about 4.5 inches wide).

  1. Dc in 4th ch from hook. (Sk 2 chs, make 3 dc in next ch) twice. Sk 2 chs, make 2 dc in last ch.
  2. Ch 3, turn. Make dc in same st as beginning ch 3. (Sk 2 sts, make 3 dc in next st) twice. Sk 2 sts, make 2 dc in last ch.

Repeat row 2 until you are almost at the end of your 108 yard skein (I ended up with 53 rows). Finish off, making sure to leave a long yarn tail for sewing.

Weave in your first yarn end (the short one, where you made your foundation chain). Use the long yarn tail to sew the ends of the cowl together. I used a whip stitch. Make a little knot, weave in the end. Dunzo.

Speed of Light Cowl by Speckless

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17 Comments leave one →
  1. December 14, 2012 2:52 pm

    Love it! I’m trying to finish up some projects for a homeless charity before Monday and I’m going to add this pattern to the mix. Thanks so much for sharing!

  2. December 15, 2012 8:02 am

    Lol about keeping your creations :-)

  3. Ashley permalink
    January 19, 2013 12:27 pm

    Ok So I’m new to pattern making and I am trying to learn a lot right now and I was wondering if you would share how you create your crochet stitch charts. I love your pattern it’s a pretty scarf.

    • January 20, 2013 5:04 pm

      Hi, Ashley! I make the stitch charts in Adobe Illustrator. I hope that answers your question — if not, let me know!

  4. graprunner permalink
    December 7, 2013 3:37 pm

    This was the perfect pattern to use up some gorgeous yarn I had. Thank you for sharing! I twisted mine one turn before sewing the ends together, into a Mobius-like scarf. I will be making more, soon!

  5. Brenda permalink
    December 9, 2014 1:54 pm

    How many stitches would I use to male this in the round? I hate sewing the ends together. Thank you.

    • December 11, 2014 7:34 am

      I don’t know — that would be an entirely different pattern! Also, making this in the round will make it look much different — as the pattern is now, the stitches come together just right where they are sewn together. In the round, you’ll have one flat end where your chain would be, and one bumpy end at the top of the v-stitches of the last round.

    • Brenda permalink
      December 11, 2014 6:06 pm

      Thank you

  6. 8456sqin permalink
    December 12, 2014 3:56 pm

    I have thin yarn and using a smaller hook. will my project tun out the same ?

    • December 14, 2014 4:31 pm

      It will definitely look different! But, you can keep adding rows to make the scarf longer.

  7. Dawn Sullivan permalink
    January 13, 2015 4:43 pm

    Oh I love this pattern thank you for sharing.
    One question, Row 1. it says skip 2 chain’s make 3 double crochet In the next chain, twice
    So would that be 6 double crochet or 3 dc in one chain and in the next chain 3 dc?
    I am still learning to read patterns so I apologize if my question is stupid

    • January 14, 2015 6:52 am

      Please see the pattern chart in the post — that will help! You are making a shell (3 dc in same ch), then skip 2 chains, then make a shell, then skip 2 chains:
      (Sk 2 chs, make 3 dc in next ch) twice = skip 2 chs, make 3 dc in next ch, sk 2 chs, make 3 dc in next ch.

      I hope this makes sense!

  8. Anonymous permalink
    January 14, 2015 12:16 pm

    This is soooo cute!!!! I just wish i could read a pattern!!! I”m more of a visual (youtube tutorial) learner.. :S

  9. Anonymous permalink
    January 15, 2015 6:11 am

    After leaving my reply with my question I looked over the pattern again and checked the chart. I figured it out and went OHHHH hahaha So thank you for making this pattern available. I am so excited. This is the first pattern I have read and been able to understand. I am half way through with the scarf and I am loving it.
    I used a N hook but smaller yarn so I double stranded it. Its coming out beautiful. Thank you sooo much!


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