We are so excited to share this gorgeous crochet pattern for the Chunky Cluster Lace Cowl designed by Jessica Bowman of Psychedelic Doilies. Jessica is a wife, mother, southerner, and incurable creative. She designs unique and colorful crochet patterns. Be sure to check her blog out and follow along with all of her crochet adventures!
Chunky Cluster Lace Cowl by Jessica Bowman
Do you ever throw a skein of yarn in your cart simply because it’s speaking to you? I know I’m not the only one.
That’s what happened to me with this Caron Chunky Cake. Normally I don’t work with a lot of chunky yarns or lean towards purple colorways but when the yarn speaks, it speaks! I brought home this variegated beauty and within a few days this cluster lace cowl had manifested itself.
Writing it up was much more of a challenge (ain’t that always the way?) but I’ve taken great care to make sure this cluster lace cowl will flow from your hook as easily as it did mine. The pattern uses a 4 round repeat that you’ll have mastered in no time.
To really see the beautiful stitch work in this scarf it’s important to either use a long changing variegated yarn or switch between two colors as noted in the pattern. If you use a solid color all the lovely lace work details will be lost.
We can’t wait to see your finished cowls!
Caron Chunky Cakes
Super Bulky 6 Weight (100% acrylic)
Color (Plum Perfect), 1 skein
US 11L 8mm
- ch – chain
- sl st – slip stitch
- sc – single crochet
- sp(s) – space(s)
- dc – double crochet
- v st – v stitch
- tr – treble crochet
- dtr – double treble crochet
- dtrCL – double treble cluster
V stitch – Dc, ch 1, dc, all in same stitch.
Double treble crochet (dtr) video tutorial here
Yarn over 3 times, draw up a loop in specified stitch, (yarn over and draw through two loops on hook) 4 times.
Double treble cluster (dtrCL)
Dtr in next dc leaving last 2 loops on hook, skip next sc, dtr in next dc, yarn over and draw through all 3 loops on hook.
Tips and Other Ideas
- Gauge swatch instructions are worked in rows while cowl instructions are worked in the round.
- Ignore instructions to change colors in pattern if using a long color changing variegated yarn like the one suggested.
- If you would like to use a worsted weight yarn in place of super bulky, chain a multiple of 12 until your desired circumference and then work pattern, repeating rounds 2-5 until desired height.
Gauge Swatch Instructions
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in next ch; *ch 1, sk next ch, sc in next ch; repeat from * across to last ch; sc in last ch; ch 1, turn. (20 sc, 17 ch-1 sps)
Row 2: Sc in first sc, ch 1, sk next sc, sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, sk next ch-1 sp, in next ch-1 sp work (tr, ch 1) 4 times; *sk next ch-1 sp, work (sc, ch-1) in next 3 ch-1 sps; sk next ch-1 sp, in next ch-1 sp work (tr, ch 1) 4 times; repeat from * across to last 2 ch-1 sps; sk next ch-1 sp, sc in last ch-1 sp, ch 1, sk next sc, sc in last sc; ch 1, turn. (10 sc, 12 tr, 21 ch-1 sps)
Row 3: Sc in first sc; * dc in next sc, ch 1, dc in next tr, ch 1, in each of next two tr work (v st, ch 1); dc in next tr, ch 1, dc in next sc, sc in next sc; rep from * across; ch 4 (counts as dtr in dtrCL in next row), turn. (4 sc, 6 v sts, 12 dc, 15 ch-1 sps)
Row 4: Sk first sc, dtr in next dc, *tr in next dc, ch 1, dc in next dc, ch 1, in next 2 dc work (sc, ch 1); dc in next dc, ch 1, tr in next dc; over next 3 sts work dtrCL (see notes); repeat from * across working dtrCL in last two sts; ch 1, turn. (4 dtrCL, 6 tr, 6 dc, 6 sc, 15 ch-1 sps)
Row 5: Sc in first st and in next tr, ch 1; skipping all ch-1 sps and dtrCLs, work (sc, ch 1) in each st across until last two sts; sc in next st and in top of turning ch 4. (20 sc, 17 ch-1 sps)
(Repeat rows 2 through 5) twice.
Chunky Cluster Lace Cowl Pattern
Yardage – Approx 226 yards
Gauge Swatch – 15.75″ x 9.5″;
Size – 19.5” x 12.25” (laid flat)
(In color A) Ch 96, sl st to first ch to join.
Round 1: Ch 1, sc in next st, *ch 1, sk next st, sc in next st; repeat from * around; sl st to join. (48 sc, 48 ch-1 sps)
Round 2: Sl st into 1st ch-1 sp, ch 1, sc in same sp, ch 1, sk next ch-1 sp, in next ch-1 sp work (tr, ch 1) 4 times; *sk next ch-1 sp, work (sc, ch-1) in next 3 ch-1 sps; sk next ch-1 sp, in next ch-1 sp work (tr, ch 1) 4 times; rep from * around to last 2 ch-1 sps; (sc, ch 1) in last two ch-1 sps, sl st to first sc to join. (24 sc, 32 tr, 56 ch-1 sps)
Round 3: Ch 3 (counts as dc + ch 1), *dc in next tr, ch 1, work (v st, ch 1) in next 2 tr; dc in next tr, ch 1, dc in next sc, sc in next sc, dc in next sc, ch 1; rep from * around to last 2 sc; dc in next sc, sc in next sc, sl to 2nd ch of beginning ch-3 to join. Finish off color A. (16 v sts, 32 dc, 8 sc, 40 ch-1 sps)
Round 4: (In color B) Ch 4 (half of dtrCL at end of round), *tr in next dc, ch 1, dc in next dc, ch 1, in next 2 dc work (sc, ch 1); dc in next dc, ch 1, tr in next dc, over next 3 sts work dtrCL (see notes); rep from * around until last 2 sts; leaving last 2 loops on hook, work dtr in next dc, sl st to top of beginning ch 4, pulling yarn through all loops on hook. (8 dtrCL, 16 tr, 16 dc, 16 sc, 40 ch-1 sps)
Round 5: Sl st to next tr, ch 1, sc in same st, ch 1; skipping all ch-1 sps and dtrCLs, (sc, ch 1) in each st around; sl st to starting sc to join. Finish off color B. (48 sc, 48 ch-1 sps)
(Repeat rounds 2 through 5) three times. Begin round 2 with color A if changing colors.
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