The Caradhras Cowl
In an age so long ago that it is lost to the mists of time…
OK. I’ll be serious. But I couldn’t resist starting the post like like that. I’ve been waiting for the perfect chance to start a post in an old-fashioned, almost over the top fairy tale style.
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A couple of months ago I finished an extremely comfy cocoon cardigan that I like to call my Hobbit Cardi. Which is something I wear whenever I need to be wrapped up in some cozy, woolen awesomeness. But I was left with a half skein of Lion Brand Fishermen’s Wool at the end of the project. Since I was reading J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of The Rings for what had to be the millionth time when my Hobbit Cardi was finally completed, it seemed only natural that I would do another Tolkien-inspired pattern at the time. And even better, what if it was my own pattern?
So I started crocheting. Working on it slowly whenever the mood struck. It was becoming my own version of climbing Caradhras despite being such a little thing. (See what I did there fellow Tolkien fans?) And that is how the Caradhras Cowl was born.
A 5mm crochet hook.
250 yards/229 meters yarn or more.
Front Post Double Crochet.
Back Post Double Crochet.
I know that the stitches needed for this pattern may as unfamiliar to some as an army of Tolkien’s orcs. So here are some brief explanations for stitches you may or may not know how to do. Please let me know if the explanations are unclear.
Waistcoat Stitch: Enter a single crochet stitch through the front legs of the stitch. Yarn over and pull up a loose loop. Yarn over and pull through two loops.
Front Post Double Crochet: Yarn over and then wrap the front of a double crochet post around your hook. Yarn over and pull up a loop. Yarn over and pull through two loops. Yarn over and pull through the last two loops.
Back Post Double Crochet: Yarn over and then wrap the wrong side of a double crochet around your hook. Yarn over and pull up a loop. Yarn over and pull through two loops. Yarn over and pull through the last two loops.
Chain 102 and join with a slip stitch.
Row 01: Chain 3. Double crochet 102 times. Join with a slip stitch to the third stitch of the chain 3.
Row 02: Chain 3. Front post double crochet one. Back post double crochet once. Repeat till the end of the round and slip stitch into the third stitch of the chain 3.
Row 03: Chain 1. Loosely single crochet 102 times. Slip stitch into the chain 1 space to join round.
R0w 04-23: Chain 1. Waistcoat stitch 102 times. Slip stitch into the chain 1 space to join.
Row 24: Chain 3. Double crochet 102 times in the space between each waistcoat stitch. Slip stitch to join.
Row 25: Chain 3. Front post double crochet one. Back post double crochet once. Repeat till the end of the round and slip stitch into the third stitch of the chain 3.
Fasten off, weave in your ends, and lightly block.
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Enjoy your neck being warm and toasty!