Turning a Crochet Wrap into a Crochet Cowl

Will the thermometer be able to claw its way above zero today? It's a dicey bet, but the snow is beautiful, and this is, I think, the perfect weather for crocheting. So what am I crocheting on this blustery day? Well, I should be working on holiday gifts, but I've been distracted by a fabulous crochet cowl pattern.

To be honest, the Foxglove Wrap by Robyn Chachula is not actually a cowl pattern. Like all wraps, it has two separate ends, but the photo at left gives the optical illusion that it is one continuous loop. Creating a loop for my cowl is a simple endeavor. Just seam the ends together. I don't wear many wraps but I love cowls, and I think this pattern will look lovely looped double around my neck. I also have the perfect material to make a matching skirt. Something like the Pleated Midi Skirt (below right) would be fabulous.

You can modify almost any wrap pattern into a cowl pattern. If the wrap is worked from end to end, it's simple to turn the wrap into a cowl by seaming the ends together. When you are modifying a wrap into a cowl, pay attention to the length of the piece. The wrap may be too long or too short, but most patterns are easy to work to your desired length.

If the wrap is worked along the length, it's even simpler. Work the piece in the round instead of in rows. You will need to decide whether you can work the piece from the right side exclusively or whether you will need to join the round and turn so that you can work right and wrong side rounds.

I feel like a whole new world of crochet cowl patterns has been opened.  Here are a few more crochet wraps that I think would make fabulous cowls.

Best wishes,

Flurry Wrap by Jill Wright   Rosalie Wrap by April Garwood   Inspiration Stole by Lisa Naskrent

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Toni Rexroat

About Toni Rexroat

Toni Rexroat is the Online Editor of Crochet Me. Outfitted with several crochet hooks and surrounded by bins of yarn, she has been the assistant editor for Interweave Crochet magazine as well as PieceWork, Interweave Crochet’s sister magazine. She was born and raised in a little town in Wyoming where she was exposed to wool and other fibers at an early age, and began crocheting in her early teens. Enjoying a wide variety of fibery hobbies from crochet and knitting to sewing, she is determined to learn to spin so she can crochet with her own yarn.