So I’ve been reading a LOT of Game of Thrones lately, and it’s gotten me in the mood to work on thicker, chunky projects. As I’m writing this, it’s the middle of July and we’re in a heat wave, but the descriptions of the cold and the mysterious Others sends shivers up my spine and makes me want to cozy up in something. I found this beautiful marbled yarn in a few days ago and I was immediately inspired. It makes me think of winter storms, the Stark colors and having a giant direwolf around. Whether you’re into GoT or not, this chunky cowl is a such an easy pattern for a soft and squishy scarf that looks edgy and cool, especially with the leather details. Let’s get into the pattern!
When I was designing this cowl pattern, I wanted something to make the traditional crochet scarf to look a little more modern. I loved the marbling in this yarn and I think that does a lot, so to play on the grays mixed throughout the yarn, I used black leather clasps to add some contrast and make it pop. I think that if Daenerys was around in our world, she would totally rock this and a biker jacket. Also, how cool is it that her middle name is Stormborn?
This cowl pattern is super easy to make and you can whip one up in just an hour or two. Unlike my last scarf pattern, this one doesn’t eat up all your yarn. It’s worked entirely in modified double crochets, so it’s a great project for beginners. All I really did was change where I placed my stitches and I created this nice ribbing on the front and a smooth texture on the back. I like how my ribs are not exactly equal, but to are close together, the third is slightly farther away. To me, that adds some interest and makes it feel a little less traditional.
The full free pattern is written out below. For those who’d prefer to print the pattern and take it with you for on-the-go and to markup as you go, you can buy the inexpensive printable PDF from my Etsy and Ravelry shops. The PDF is formatted without ads or comments, so it’s easy to read.
- 2 skeins of #6 super bulky yarn – I used Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in Marble
- 8.00mm crochet hook
- 3 leather snaps – I used these from Joann
- Jumbo tapestry needle
- Skill level: Beginner
- Sizing: 10 x 34 inches
- Gauge: 2 sts/inch x 2 sts/inch
Stormborn Cowl Pattern
Row 1: Skip the first 2 chain spaces and DC in each space across (15 DCs).
Row 2: Chain 2, turn. Insert your hook through the vertical bar of the first stitch in the row and DC as normal. Continue along the row, working each DC through the vertical bar.
Row 3: Chain 2, turn. DC through the third loop of each stitch across. You’ll see this loop just behind the V you usually place your hook in.
Rows 4-34: Repeat rows 2 & 3 until your cowl is the desired size. You can easily make this longer or short if you like, but 34 rows worked perfectly for me.
Row 35: SC into each space along. In the last space, work 2 SC and turn to work along the side of the cowl. Work 2 SC into the side of each DC along the length of the scarf, then 2 SC into the last space, turn and SC along the first row you worked. Then, work 2 SC into the last space, turn and work the same way down the other side. Once you’ve worked your SC all the way around, bind off, weave in the ends and trim the excess yarn.
Attaching the clasps
Decide how you want to wear your cowl. I couldn’t make up my mind about which way I preferred it so I put it to a vote on my Instagram and you guys voted for this triangle position. I love it both ways so just do whichever you like best.
The clasps that I found at Joann had two ends that snap together and 3 holes to sew them on. Once I was happy with how they were positioned, I used a thinner length of yarn and sewed the clasp to the edges of the cowl where they met. It’s easiest to do this with the clasp closed so they don’t spin around and end up the wrong way. You can measure how far apart you space them to get them even but I just eyeballed it. Finally, secure the ends and trim away any excess yarn.
And you’re done!
I absolutely adore how this cowl turned out and I can’t wait for it to be Fall so I can wear this out. I had to try it on and put on my leather jacket to see the finished effect and snap a few pictures, but in 100F, I was burning up! It’s so soft and comfortable, and even with my hijab on, it doesn’t feel like too much around my neck. I tend to stay away from thicker scarves for myself because of that but I loved wearing this cowl. If you made it wider (start with 28 or 30 chains) you could even turn this into a snood and look like you just braved the wilds north of the Wall!
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