Oceanid Cowl Free Knitting Pattern

A free knitting pattern for a cowl fit for a mermaid! Waves of sea green and turquoise froth around your neck in soothing bands of color.

This lightweight accessory is truly season-spanning. It’s also comfort knitting. The easy-to-remember four-round stitch pattern is meditative and relaxing.

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About the Yarn

Use fingering weight gradient yarn, color-changing yarns, or a tonal pack of mini skeins as shown here. Or make a rainbow version using your sock yarn odds and ends.

Fine Weight Yarn-2 Craft Yarn Council

KnitPicks Stroll Tonal is a fingering weight wool blend. It’s a classic sock yarn made of 75% superwash merino wool and 25% nylon. The Stroll Tonal Mini Packs are available in a variety of beautiful colorways. I chose Aquarium for my cowl, but there are several beautiful color combinations to choose from.

Stroll Tonal Mini Pack in Aquarium colorway

Including the yarn I used for a swatch, I used about 10 g of colors A and E, and a bit less than that for the other colors. That works out to be about 38-48 yds [34-44 m] per each of the five colors.

My math says that you should have enough to make two cowls from one mini pack, as long as you only knit one swatch and you match the pattern gauge.

You do always knit a swatch, right?

About the Knitting

With US size 3 [3.25 mm] 16″ [40 cm] circular needles, cast on loosely and knit in rounds until you are finished. Matching gauge is always important, but it’s not crucial in this project. What could be easier?

I’ll tell you what could be easier: collect up your stitch markers and put a marker between each 11-stitch repeat. That’ll help you keep track of the stitch pattern!

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Oceanid Cowl Pattern

Size & Finished Dimensions

One Size: 26″ [66 cm] diameter x 5″ [12.5 cm] high

Materials

Fingering weight yarn: approximately 48 yds [44 m] each of five colors. Sample used KnitPicks Stroll Tonal Mini Pack (75% superwash merino wool/25% nylon, 3.5 oz [100 g], 462 yd [422 m], colorway Aquarium

US size 3 [3.25 mm] 16″ [40 cm] circular knitting needle or size to obtain correct gauge

17 stitch markers; one in a unique color

Gauge

Two 11-st pattern repeats = about 3″ [7.5 cm]; 48 rounds = 4″ [10 cm] in Wave Pattern

Gauge is not crucial in this pattern, but do match gauge for best results.

Abbreviations

A, B, C, D, E: color designations
k: knit
k2tog: knit 2 stitches together
rep: repeat
rnd(s): round(s)
ssk (slip, slip, knit): slip next 2 stitches one at a time knitwise, insert left needle into the front of these 2 sts and knit them together through the back loops
st(s): stitch(es)
yo: yarn over

Wave Pattern

(multiple of 11)
Rnds 1 & 2: Knit.
Rnd 3: *[Ssk] two times, [yo, k1] 3 times, yo, [k2tog] two times; rep from * around.
Rnd 4: Purl.
Repeat Rnds 1-4 for pattern.

Instructions

With A and circular needle, loosely cast on 187 sts using a long-tail cast-on and placing a marker every 11 sts. Place unique color marker to indicate end of round. Join for working in the round, being careful not to twist sts.

Set-Up Rnd: Purl.

Begin Wave Pattern, working four rounds each of colors A, B, C, D, and E. Work until piece measures about 5″ [12.5 cm] long, ending with color E.

Bind off Rnd: Remove markers as you work this round. With E, *bind off 4 sts, (yo, lift previous st over the yarnover to bind off, bind off next st) 3 times, bind off 4 sts; rep from * around. Fasten off.

Weave in all ends. Block.

Flame Stitch Crochet Stitch Pattern

Show your colors with the Flame Stitch crochet stitch pattern! There are several variations of this stitch, but they are all great ways to use different yarn colors. Try it in vibrant hues, or more subtle gradient shades.

This pattern uses American crochet terminology. You’ll be using single crochet, double crochet, and long double crochet (also know as spike double crochet). Watch the video below for more details.

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You’ll need at least thee colors of yarn, in any weight, and a hook in an appropriate size for the yarn.  The yarn I’m using is Red Heart Chic Sheep by Marly Bird. I’m using a 5.5 mm Clover Amour crochet hook.

Flame Stitch

Flame Stitch stitch chart

Worked in three colors: A, B and C.

With A, chain a multiple of 4 + 2.

Set-Up Row 1 (WS): Working in back bumps of chains, sc in 2nd ch from hook, *ch 3, skip 3 ch, sc in next ch; rep from * across, changing to B on last st, turn.

Set-Up Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as dc throughout), *dc in next ch-space, skip 1 ch of foundation ch, dc in back bump of next foundation ch; dc in same ch-3 space**, ch 1; rep from * to last st, ending last rep at **, dc in last sc, turn.

Row 1 (WS): Ch 1, sc in first dc, ch 1, skip 1 dc, sc in next dc, *ch 3, skip (dc, ch 1, dc), sc in next dc; rep from * to last 2 sts, ch 1, skip 1 dc, sc in last st changing to C, turn.

Row 2: Ch 3, dc in next ch-1 space, *ch 1, skip 1 sc, dc in next ch-3 space, dc in next sc 2 rows below, enclosing the ch-3 and ch-1 spaces, dc in same ch-3 space; rep from * to last 3 sts, ch 1, skip 1 sc, dc in next ch-1 space, dc in last st, turn.

Row 3: Ch 1, sc in first dc, *ch 3, skip (dc, ch 1, dc), sc in next dc; rep from * across, changing to A on last st, turn.

Row 4: Ch 3, *dc in next ch-3 space, dc in next sc 2 rows below, dc in same ch-3 space; rep from * to last st, dc in last st, turn.

Repeat Rows 1-4, continuing in established A, B, C color sequence, for desired length. End with a RS row.

Last row (WS):  Ch 1, [sc in each dc and long dc, and long dc in sc 1 row below each ch-1 space] across. Fasten off. Cut other two colors.

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Free Crochet Pattern: Avery Hat

Avery Hat

Lately I’ve been on a hat-making kick. Grab a ball of yarn, start crocheting or knitting and a couple of TV shows or a movie later, I have a hat.

OK, I’ll admit that sometimes it takes two movies to finish the hat, but they are still pretty quick.

Good news: I’ve been writing down the patterns as I work, so it should be easy to get them into shareable shape.

Bad news: My good intentions fail when it comes to photographing, preparing a stitch chart, and finalizing the pattern. I want things to be Just So, but that takes time and money!

More Good news: In 2017, I’m making a real attempt to shed some of my hang-ups about perfection (that is, not using a professional technical editor for free patterns). Let’s make a deal: I provide some patterns at no charge, and if you find any errors, you’ll let me know in a kind manner, and I’ll get them fixed. OK? Let’s get on with the hat!


Avery Hat

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I’ve long been a fan of Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride, a cozy singles (one-ply) blend of wool and mohair. It’s a heavy worsted weight, but it’s plenty lofty, so it crochets up into a warm hat that’s not too stiff. Work it in exuberant hues or in your favorite solid color. The unisex style will be a hit with everyone! The waffle stitch pattern uses a combination of chains, single and double crochet stitches, and front post stitches to create the texture.


Finished Dimensions

20” [51 cm] circumference to fit 22” [56 cm] head

Stitch Pattern CloseupMaterials

Worsted-weight yarn: 160 yds [146 m] total; approximately 109 yds of MC and 17 yds each of A, B and C

The sample used Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride (85% wool/15% mohair, 4 oz [113 g]/190 yds [173 m]):

1 skein each M-140 Aran (MC), M-149 Hawaiin Teal (A), M-155 Lemon Drop (B), M-157 Orchid Blush (C) for Version A

1 skein M-178 Warm Carmel for Version B

Size I-9 [5.5 mm] crochet hook, or size needed to obtain gauge

Gauge

Rnds 1-4 = 4” [10 cm] diameter
To save time, take time to check gauge. Seriously, gauge matters even for hats.


  
Instructions

With A, ch 4, join with slip st to form a ring.
Rnd 1: Ch 3 (counts as dc throughout), 11 dc in ring, join with sl st in top of beginning ch-3—12 dc.

Rnd 2: Ch 1, sc in first st, (ch 3, skip 1 dc, sc in next dc) 5 times, ch 1, hdc in top of first sc—6 sc and 6 ch-3 spaces.

Rnd 3: Ch 3, dc in space formed by joining hdc, *FPdc in next sc, 3 dc in next ch-space; rep from * around, ending last rep dc in same sp as join, sl st in top of beginning ch-3—6 FPdc and 36 dc.

Rnd 4: Ch 1, sc in first st, *ch 2, skip 1 dc, sc in next st; rep from * around, ending ch 1, sc in first sc—12 sc and 12 ch-2 spaces.

Rnd 5: Ch 3, *FPdc in next sc, 2 dc in next ch-space; rep from * around, ending FPdc in next sc, dc in same space as beginning ch-3, slip st in top of ch-3, slip st in next st—36 sts.

Rnd 6: Ch 1, sc in same st, *ch 2, skip 2 dc, sc in next st; rep from * around, ending ch 1, sc in first sc—12 sc and 12 ch-spaces.


Rnd 7:
Ch 3, dc in space formed by joining sc, *FPdc in next sc, 3 dc in next ch-space; rep from * around, ending FPdc in next sc, dc in same space as beginning ch-3, slip st in top of ch-3—48 sts.

Rnd 8: Ch 1, sc in first st, *ch 2, skip 1 st, sc in next st; rep from * around, ending ch 1, sc in top of first sc—24 sc and 24 ch-2 spaces.

Rnds 9, 11 and 13: Rep Rnd 5—72 sts.

Rnds 10 and 12: Rep Rnd 6.

Note: Do not change colors for solid color hat.

Rnd 14: Rep Rnd 6, changing to B on the last st.

Rnd 15: With B, rep Rnd 5 changing to A on the last st. Cut B.

Rnd 16: With A, rep Rnd 6 changing to C on the last st.

Rnd 17: With C, rep Rnd 5 changing to A on the last st. Cut C.

Rnd 18: With A, rep Rnd 6 changing to D on the last st.

Rnd 19: With D, rep Rnd 5 changing to A on the last st. Cut D.

Rnds 20-22: With A, work even in pattern.

Rnd 23: Ch 1, sc in each sc and 2 sc in each space around, slip st in first sc—72 sc.

Rnd 24: Ch 1, sc in each sc around, slip st in first sc. Fasten off.
Weave in ends.

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