Crochet Cables add great texture to your projects. They use what is called “post stitches” because you work around the ‘stem‘ of the next stitch, not into the top loops as usual. It takes a little getting used to but once you get the hang of it, you’ll be making beautiful cables in no time.
This crochet cowl project, the Triple Braided Cowl, uses post stitches but just has a 2-row repeat. And across each row there are 3 sets of 9 stitches. So, once you figure out the first 9 stitches, you will be repeating them 2 more times across each row.
There are 2 versions of this project – a burgundy color which is thicker yarn (so the braids are tighter) with sparkly buttons. The other version (light blue) is with a yarn that feels like butter in your hands and has more stretch so the braids look looser and the cowl sits down around your shoulders. There is also a pretty fringe added to this one.
**UPDATE: Now there is a video tutorial for this project – scroll down to watch – Yay! 🙂 **
So, which one would you like to make and/or wear?
Skill Level: Intermediate
6″ wide x 40″ long (light blue)
6″ wide x 34″ long (burgundy)
Light Blue Version: Red Heart Amore (100% Polyester; 198 yards [181 meters]/100 grams): #6638 Restful, 3 balls
I/9 (5.5mm) crochet hook
Burgundy Version: Yarn Bee Soft and Sleek (100% Low Pill Acrylic; 257 yards [235 meters]/142 grams): 605 Burgundy, 2 balls
H/8 (5mm) crochet hook
(You could use any medium weight yarn for this project)
Three (25 mm) buttons
FPtr – Front Post Treble Crochet – YO twice, working on side of project facing, insert hook around post from front to back and then to front again, YO, pull up a lp, (YO, pull through 2 lps on hook) 3 times.
BPtr – Back Post Treble Crochet – YO twice, working on side of project on the back of working row, insert hook around post from back to front and then to back again; YO, pull up a lp, (YO, pull through 2 lps on hook) 3 times.
Pattern is worked back and forth in rows as for a scarf and then one short end is joined to the side of other short end. Fringe and buttons are added last.
Gauge: 6 rows and 21 sts = 4”
(Gauge is really not important for this project – your cowl will be the width of your 3 braided sections and then however many rows you need to reach the desired length – 34″ or 40″)
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Now on to the pattern 🙂
Need help figuring out how to do the post stitches? Now there is a complete video tutorial to help you along the way including a few tips on how these braids are structured to help you understand how it all comes together.
Row 1: Dc in 3rd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn – 29 dc.
Row 2 (Right Side): Ch 3, (sk next 3 sts, FPtr (in Special Stitches) in next 3 sts, working in front of post sts just made, FPtr around 3 skipped sts, FPtr in next 3 sts) 3 times across, dc in turning ch, turn.
Row 3: Ch 3, (sk next 3 sts, BPtr (see Special Stitches) around next 3 sts, working behind post sts just made so sts cross on RS of Cowl, BPtr around 3 skipped sts, BPtr in next 3 sts) 3 times across, dc in turning ch, turn.
Rep Rows 2-3 until piece meas 34″(burgundy version) or 40” long (light blue version)
Last Row: Ch 1, (sc in next 2 sts, sk next st) across, ending with sc in last 2 sts. Fasten off.
Weave in all ends.
Using photos as a guide and with tapestry needle, sew last row to side of first 10 rows of Cowl.
Attach buttons in center of each braid along seam (to help hide seam).
Cut approximately 100 lengths of yarn that are each 12” long
Tip: Find a hard cover book that is 12” long (or cut a piece of cardboard to this measurement) and wrap yarn around length of book 50 times; Then cut at top and bottom to create the 100 twelve inch lengths
For each piece of fringe: Fold yarn length in half; insert hook into stitch or loop along edge of cowl; Pull folded end (loop) of yarn length through the stitch/loop; Wrap cut ends of yarn length around hook and pull through loop of folded end; Pull cut ends to tighten knot
Repeat all the way around the cowl for the fullness desired; Trim yarn lengths so even
Now your Triple Braided Cowl is complete! Don’t you just love how the braids look side-by-side? Please send along a photo of your finished project to: firstname.lastname@example.org – I always love to see what you make!
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