Lace Gradient Cowl

Gradient yarns are great, but you can achieve a similar look using your own color combinations for a result that’s unique and stylish. This Lace Gradient Cowl is created your own gradient by combining shades of the same color family to make this fun lace cowl.

Skill Level: Easy

Size: 25 (41½)” circumference x 14” tall

Shown in 25” circumference

Gauge: 24 sts and 12 rows = 5” [12.7 cm] in Lace Arch Pattern after wet blocking.

Materials

Yarn:

Fine Weight Yarn Knit Picks Paragon (50% Fine Merino Wool, 25% Baby Alpaca, 25% Mulberry Silk; 123 yards [112 meters]/50 grams): 26968 Sagebrush (C1), 1 (2) balls; 26966 Kenai (C2), 1 (2) balls; 26969 Ivy (C3), 1 (2) balls.

Hook: US size F/5 (3.75 mm)

Notions: Tapestry needle

Special Stitches

Foundation Double Crochet (Fdc)

Ch 3, yo, insert hook into 3rd ch from hook, yo, pull up loop (3 loops on hook), yo, draw through 1 loop (1 ch made), (yo, draw through 2 loops) twice (foundation double crochet made). *YO, insert hook under 2 loops of ch at bottom of st just made, yo, pull up loop (3 loops on hook), yo, draw through 1 loop (1 chain made), (yo, draw through 2 loops) twice; rep from * for desired number of sts.

 

Lace Arch Pattern 

Row 1: Ch 4, sk first dc, sc in 2nd ch of next ch-3 sp, ch 3, sk sc, sc in 2nd ch of next ch-3 sp, ch 1, *dc in next dc, ch 1, sc in 2nd ch of next ch-3 sp, ch 3, sk sc, sc in 2nd ch of next ch-3 sp, ch 1; rep from * across row, ending with dc in next 4th ch of tch, turn.

Row 2: Ch 3, sk first dc, *work 7 dc in ch-3 sp, dc in next dc; rep from * across row, ending with last dc in 2nd ch of tch, turn.

Row 3: Ch 6, sk first dc, *sk next 3 dc, work sc in next dc (center dc of 7-dc cluster), ch 3, sk next 3 dc (last 3 dc of 7-dc cluster), dc in next dc; rep from * across row, ending with last dc in 3rd ch of tch, turn.

Rep Rows 1-3 for patt.

Pattern Notes

The cowl is worked flat from the bottom up, beginning and ending with ribbing, and seamed in the round. The cowl transitions from the light shade to dark.

Pattern

With C1, fdc 120 (200).

Ribbing

Row 1: Ch 3, *(FPdc around leg of dc on row below) twice, (BPdc around leg of dc on the row below) twice; rep from * across row, turn.

Row 2: Ch 3, *(FPdc around post of FPdc on row below) twice, (BPdc around post of BPdc on row below) twice; rep from * across row, turn.

Cowl

Set-up Row: With C1, ch 6 (counts as dc, ch 3), *sk next 3 sts, sc in next st, ch 3, sk next 3 sts, dc in next st; rep from * across row, turn.

Work Rows 1-3 of Lace Arch Pattern, end after working 3 total pattern repeats.

Break yarn leaving a tail long enough to seam this color section of cowl.

Switch to C2.

Work Rows 1-3 of Lace Arch Pattern, end after working 4 total pattern repeats.

Break yarn leaving a tail long enough to seam this color section of cowl.

Switch to C3.

Work Rows 1-3 of Lace Arch Pattern, end after working 3 total pattern repeats.

Ribbing

Row 1: With C3, ch 3, dc across row in each ch-sp, dc, and sc sts, ending with dc in 4 ch of tch, turn.

Row 2: Ch 3, *(FPdc around leg of dc on row below) twice, (BPdc around leg of dc on the row below) twice; rep from * across row, turn.

Row 3: Ch 3, *(FPdc around post of FPdc on row below) twice, (BPdc around post of BPdc on row below) twice; rep from * across row.

Fasten off.

Finishing

Block piece. Decide which side of the work will be the RS and which will be the WS. With WS facing, sew short ends together with the yarn tail matching the color section of the cowl.

Weave in all ends. yarn ball

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