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Silverstone Argyle Cowl Using Tapestry Crochet

by | Accessories, All Designs, Crochet, Free Patterns

I don’t know why, but I’ve always been a fan of argyle patterns. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you might remember an argyle logo once upon a time. I’ve changed things up since then, but there’s just something about an argyle that I like, which is why I made this Argyle Cowl using tapestry crochet, and I’m thrilled to be able to check this off my list!

Silverstone Argyle Cowl - free tapestry crochet + video tutorial | www.1dogwoof.com

This project is sponsored by Lion Brand Yarn as part of an ongoing collaboration. All opinions, instructions and photos are 100% my own.

If you do an image search on argyle patterns, you’ll notice that argyle comes in a billion different colors. They also come in 2 color combos, 3 color combos, or even ombre patterns. Since I knew I wanted to do a cowl and I wanted to use tapestry crochet, the thought of weaving in ends was already making my heart thump and not in a good way. I figured that the more colors I had, the more ends I would have, so that’s what prompted my decision to stick to as few colors as possible. Plus, a cowl is small. Too many colors would get too crazy too easily!

Side note, I didn’t fully avoid all the loose ends, but it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be.

Silverstone Argyle Cowl

For this project, I used Lion Brand’s New Basic Yarn in soft wisteria colors. I think the argyles that turn me off are the ones that get too garish and too loud, so I kept my color palette really neutral and soft. The New Basic Yarn is an untwisted yarn that’s a bit like roving yarn I guess, although I found it to be stronger than some of the untwisted yarns I’ve used. I have to pull pretty hard for it to come apart. The yarn is fuzzy and does shed a bit, but it’s incredibly soft and not at all scratchy, which is what you want if you’re going to wrap your neck in it.

Working the argyle cowl is pretty straightforward, as it’s single crochet stitches worked in the round. The color changes get a little exciting, but the trick here is to not look at the big picture. The big picture is messy and will stress you out, as it did me. You look at the yarn and the tangles and you start to panic. Don’t panic! Keep your eyes focused on the color you’re working on, and then the color you’re switching to. Keep doing that and you’ll finish a whole round before you know it!

argyle cowl in progress

I think this might be the first tapestry crochet project I worked in the round, so figuring out the bobbin situation took some time. With other projects, especially corner to corner crochet, I like using my Modular Bobbin Holder to keep all my different colored yarns separate. When you work in rows, the bobbin holder works great, since you just flip it when you flip your work. But when working in rounds, I got stuck. After some experimentation, I finally landed on a workable solution: create the bobbins by wrapping your yarn around clothespins, and then clipping the clothespins to the bottom of the cowl. As you work upwards, you can unwind more yarn only from the bobbin in front of you, and keep the others in their place. This helped me keep my focus on just one color and one bobbin at a time, and I never had to untangle bobbins from each other. Below is a video (see it on YouTube) showing how I worked:

tapestry crochet bobbins

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The instructions below include the graph for a single argyle, as well as written instructions to match. The single argyle pattern is repeated 5 times around the cowl.

Supplies:

Pattern Notes:

  • Skill level 3, Intermediate
  • Exact pattern gauge is not required
  • Approximate gauge is 14 stitches, 15 rows in 4” square.
  • Project dimension is 12” x 10.5”, laid flat.
  • First stitch is worked into same stitch as join.
  • Color A is carried all the way around until Round 15, after which yarn is worked from 5 individual bobbins until Round 28, when it switches back to carrying one strand of yarn from the main ball all the way around.
  • Color B is worked off 5 individual bobbins and not carried around.
  • Color C is worked off 10 individual bobbins, one for each line, and is not carried around.
  • Graph motif is worked 5 times around.

Silverstone Argyle Cowl Instructions:

Round 1: Work 80 foundational single crochet stitches. Join to first sc with sl st. (80)

Round 2: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st around. Join to first sc with sl st. (80)

Round 3-8: Repeat Round 2.

Round 9-33: Follow attached graph and switch yarn colors as indicated. Pattern is repeated 5 times for each row. Written instructions below.

Silverstone Argyle Cowl graph pattern

Round 9: Work [Color A: Ch 1, work 7 sc. Color B: 1 sc. Color A: 7 sc. Color C: 1 sc.] 5x. Join to first sc with sl st.

Round 10-11: Work [C: Ch 1, 1 sc. A: 5 sc. B: 3 sc. A: 5 sc. C: 1 sc. A: 1 sc.] 5x. Join to first sc with sl st.

Round 12: Work [A: Ch 1, 1 sc. C: 1 sc. A: 3 sc. B: 5 sc. A: 3 sc. C: 1 sc. A: 2 sc.] 5x. Join to first sc with sl st.

Round 13-14: Work [A: Ch 1, 2 sc. C 1 sc. A: 1 sc. B: 7 sc. A: 1 sc. C: 1 sc. A: 3 sc.] 5x. Join to first sc with sl st.

Round 15: Work [A: Ch 1, 3 sc. C: 1 sc. B: 7 sc. C: 1 sc. A: 4 sc.] 5x. Join to first sc with sl st.

Round 16-17: Work [A: Ch 1, 2 sc. B: 2 sc. C: 1 sc. B: 5 sc. C: 1 sc. B: 2 sc. A: 3 sc.] 5x. Join to first sc with sl st.

Round 18: Work [A: Ch 1, 1 sc. B: 4 sc. C: 1 sc. B: 3 sc. C: 1 sc. B: 4 sc. A: 2 sc.] 5x. Join to first sc with sl st.

Round 19-20: Work [B: Ch 1, 6 sc. C: 1 sc. B: 1 sc. C: 1 sc. B: 6 sc. A: 1 sc.] 5x. Join to first sc with sl st.

Round 21: Work [B: Ch 1, 7 sc. C: 1 sc. B: 8 sc.] 5x. Join to first sc with sl st.

Round 22: Work [B: Ch 1, 6 sc. C: 1 sc. B: 1 sc. C: 1 sc. B: 6 sc. A: 1 sc.] 5x. Join to first sc with sl st.

Round 23: Work [B: Ch 1, 6 sc. C: 1 sc. B: 1 sc. C: 1 sc. B: 6 sc. A: 1 sc.] 5x. Join to first sc with sl st.

Round 24: Work [A: Ch 1, 1 sc. B: 4 sc. C: 1 sc. B: 3 sc. C: 1 sc. B: 4 sc. A: 2 sc.] 5x. Join to first sc with sl st.

Round 25-26: Work [A: Ch 1, 2 sc. B: 2 sc. C: 1 sc. B: 5 sc. C: 1 sc. B: 2 sc. A: 3 sc.] 5x. Join to first sc with sl st.

Round 27: Work [A: Ch 1, 3 sc. C: 1 sc. B: 7 sc. C: 1 sc. A: 4 sc.] 5x. Join to first sc with sl st.

Round 28-29: Work [A: Ch 1, 2 sc. C 1 sc. A: 1 sc. B: 7 sc. A: 1 sc. C: 1 sc. A: 3 sc.] 5x. Join to first sc with sl st.

Round 30: Work [A: Ch 1, 1 sc. C: 1 sc. A: 3 sc. B: 5 sc. A: 3 sc. C: 1 sc. A: 2 sc.] 5x. Join to first sc with sl st.

Round 31-32: Work [C: Ch 1, 1 sc. A: 5 sc. B: 3 sc. A: 5 sc. C: 1 sc. A: 1 sc.] 5x. Join to first sc with sl st.

Round 33: Work [Color A: Ch 1, work 7 sc. Color B: 1 sc. Color A: 7 sc. Color C: 1 sc.] 5x. Join to first sc with sl st. Fasten off.

Cut all bobbins and weave in all ends.

Round 34-41: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st around. Join to first sc with sl st. (80)

Silverstone Argyle Cowl

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3 Comments

  1. Susan B

    Thank you! I love Argyle too, and it kills me I can’t do color pooling. I would love to see this cowl expanded to blanket size.

    Reply
  2. Judy

    I love argyle and I love the simplicity of this pattern. My problem, though, is knowing how much yarn to wrap around the bobbins/clothespins. How did you determine that? Would love any advice you can offer. Thank you so much for the pattern!

    Reply
  3. TamiLou

    This is awesome! Thank you for the video and I’m excited to try this!!!

    Reply

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