I bike or walk to work, and on recent winter mornings, my internal monologue has been going something like this:
It’s so cold, I should’ve worn a hat, but that would flatten my hair. A hood could work, but wearing a hood with a scarf would be too much going on in the neck and head region, not to mention more things to keep track of.
Did I turn the coffee pot off?
Oh, I know! I could really benefit from a hood and scarf combo that would keep my ears nice and warm while loose enough to not flatten my hair. Oh man, it’s so cold, I regret everything.
Thus, I present to you: The Superchunk Hooded Cowl.
Selfie stick for the win. Ugh, I’m such a millennial sometimes.
Superchunk Hooded Cowl Pattern
- super bulky yarn, about 450 yards (I used 3 1/2 skeins of Isaac Mizrahi Craft in Roosevelt)
- 9mm crochet hook
- large tapestry needle
- stitch markers
Stitches & abbreviations:
- ch = chain
- sl st = slip st
- sc = single crochet
- esc = extended sc (Insert hook into st, yarn over, pull loop through. You should have 2 loops on the hook. Yo and pull through only 1 loop on the hook, yo and pull through both loops.) Look for tutorials on YouTube and the World Wide Web.
- hdc = half double crochet
- sk = skip
Row 1: Foundation sc 20…or ch 21 and sc in the second ch from hook and each ch across (20).
Rows 2-50: Turn work, ch 2 (does not count as a st), hdc in back-loop only all the way across (20).
Place the first and last rows together. Ch 1 then sl st the two rows together (you should have 20 sl st).
You will have a tube/circle with a top and bottom edge now. Place the bottom and top edges together by folding the bottom to meet the top all the way around (like a turtle neck collar). Make sure the edges are aligned evenly because you will be sc’ing through both sides. I recommend using stitch markers/holders to keep the two sides even as you work. Make sure the sl st used to join the first and last rows are hidden on the inside of the work.
Edit: I have added the following two photos with yarn in a different color, to clarify what I mean by folding the work to place the bottom and top edges together. I hope this helps.
Round 1: Ch 1 and sc evenly all the way around, going through both edges/sides. I had 88 sc stitches. It is okay if you have a few stitches more or less than me, as long as it is an even number. Sl st into the first sc to join the round.
Rounds 3-31: Ch 3, esc into the first esc from the previous round, ch 1, *sk ch 1 space and esc into the next esc from the previous round, ch 1* repeat to the end. Sl st into the ch 2 of the beginning ch 3 (44 esc)
Rnd 32: Ch 1, sc around in each ch 1 space and esc (89). Join the round, fasten off and weave in all the ends.
So…maybe it’s really not that cold and my blood has thinned-out considerably since living in Phoenix. Do I look silly wearing such a thick item in the desert?