Squishtastic Cowl

I’m so excited to be sharing with you my latest design: The Squishtastic Cowl!! The name pretty much sums up the texture from this cuddly cowl. It’s crocheted using the Ladders stitch with Red Heart Yarn’s “Unforgettable” yarn and it’s oh-so-squishy!

The Squishtastic Cowl pattern was inspired while making the tutorial for the Ladders stitch and I just couldn’t help myself – it was calling out to be a cowl! This cowl is pretty generously sized, so it could be also be considered a smaller infinity scarf. The pattern is written for adding buttons, but you can choose to simply seam the two edges together if you prefer not to use the buttons.


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Red Heart’s “Unforgettable” yarn was just begging to be used for this project; The soft hues of the color palette were calling to me, as well as the softness of the yarn. Plus, it’s a worsted weight (#4) yarn, so the project works up quickly; especially with a size I crochet hook!

The buttons allow for multiple ways to wear the Squishtastic Cowl. You can wear it as it’s made, or you can twist it (once, twice or more) to fit.

Squishtastic Cowl by Handmade by Stacy J being modeled by mannequin

The stitch pattern itself is pretty easy, but I’ve made a video tutorial for the stitch and you can access that by scrolling above or clicking HERE. I found the yarn at Michaels a little while back and it appears that they are still carrying it. However, if you prefer to use something else or order online, I’ll have my affiliate link on the materials section for Mary Maxim (they have a great selection of yarns!).

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Gauge

Most yarn labels have the gauge listed for single crochet, but I made a gauge swatch using double crochet.

The yarn label on the “Unforgettable” yarn lists a 4″ x 4″ / 10 cm x 10 cm swatch using single crochet and a J hook as 15 stitches x 18 rows. With the double crochet swatch that I created, I used the I / 5.5 mm hook and worked up 15 stitches x 8 rows to the 4″ x 4″ / 10 cm x 10 cm measurement.

Gauge swatch for Squishtastic cowl from Handmade by Stacy J
 

Gauge isn’t super important with this piece. As long as you have enough yarn to finish the project and you’re happy with the drape, you’ll be good to go.

Materials needed:

Measures:

48″ x 12″ / 122 cm x 30.5 cm Flat & blocked


Stitches / Abbreviations used:

Pattern is written in US terms

BPDC: Back post double crochet

Ch: Chain

Dc: Double crochet

Ea: Each

Fdc: Foundation double crochet

FPDC: Front post double crochet

Hdc: Half double crochet

Rep: Repeat

RS: Right side

Sk: Skip

St (s): Stich (es)

WS: Wrong side

Notes:

  • Ch 2 at beginning of ea row does not count as hdc
  • Cowl can be make wider or narrower by adding or subtracting in increments of 8
  • When working last 3 hdc, sk the last hdc and work final hdc in top of ch-2
  • If you check out the video tutorial, you’ll notice that I don’t work beginning and ending dc on the rows; instead I use hdc – I found that this gives a more even edge

Directions for Squishtastic Cowl:

  1. Work 50 Fdc
  2. RS: Ch 2, turn (does not count as hdc here and throughout); 1 hdc in first st and in ea of the next 2 sts, 1 FPDC around ea of the next 4 sts, * 1 BPDC around ea of the next 4 sts, 1 FPDC around ea of the next 4 sts; rep * across to last 3 sts, 1 hdc in ea of 3 remaining sts. (6 hdc, 24 FPDC, 20 BPDC)
  3. WS: Ch 2, turn; 1 hdc in first st and in ea of the next 2 sts, work 1 BPDC around ea of the next 4 sts, * 1 FPDC around ea of the next 4 sts, 1 BPDC around ea of the next 4 sts; rep * to last 3 sts, 1 hdc in ea of 3 remaining sts. (6 hdc, 20 FPDC, 24 BPDC)
  4. Rep rows 2-3 until piece measures 41″ or desired length.

If you prefer not to use buttons, feel free to fasten off after completing a row 3 repeat and seam the ends together.


Buttonhole

(If you prefer a tighter fit for the button, feel free to omit the ch-2 in the first row. Instead, ch 1 or omit the chain all together. You can also purchase larger buttons, as this is a little bit of a loose fit)

  1. RS: Ch 2, turn; 1 hdc in first st and in ea of next 2 sts, *1 FPDC around next st, ch 2, sk 2, 1 FPDC around next st, 1 BPDC around ea of next 4 sts; rep * across to last 3 sts, omitting the last 4 BPDC, 1 hdc in ea of remaining 3 sts. (6 hdc, 20 BPDC, 12 FPDC, 6 ch-2 spaces)
  2. WS: Ch 2, turn; 1 hdc in first st and in ea of next 2 sts, *1 BPDC around next st, 1 dc in ea of next 2 ch, 1 BPDC around next st, 1 FPDC around ea of next 4 sts; rep * across to last 3 sts, omitting the last FPDC section, 1 hdc in ea of remaining 3 sts. (6 hdc, 12 BPDC, 12 dc, 20 FPDC)
  3. Ch 2, turn; 1 hdc in first st and in ea of the next 2 sts, 1 FPDC around ea of the next 4 sts, * 1 BPDC around ea of the next 4 sts, 1 FPDC around ea of the next 4 sts; rep * across to last 3 sts, 1 hdc in ea of 3 remaining sts. (6 hdc, 24 FPDC, 20 BPDC)
  4. Ch 2, turn; 1 hdc in first st and in ea st across; Fasten off.

Styling

No Twist
One Twist
Two Twists

Above you’ll see three ways that I styled this lovely squishtastic cowl. The left side image has no twist, the middle image has one twist and the image on the right has two twists. Have fun with this and please tag me on social media @handmadebystacyj and #handmadebystacyj. I’d love to see how you wear yours!

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