Part 1 Mystery Crochet Heirloom Cowl

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Welcome to Knit & Knot Yarn Shop’s Mystery Crochet Cowl! This cowl is meant to be a companion piece to Michele Hunter’s Progressive KAL, since she does not offer an option for crocheters. As a slight disclaimer, I have no idea what her finished knit piece will look like, so my design is also a shot in the dark.

Here are some things I CAN tell you about how this crochet-along is going to work:

-Each Thursday morning in October for four consecutive weeks I will release a “clue,” which is the next part of the pattern

-Every clue is supported by links to helpful videos and tutorials

-You can leave any comments or questions on this post or through our comment box on the website, and I will answer them as promptly as I am able

-There will be a special workshop on October 18th from 1-3pm in store to help with problem spots

-As long as you submit a photo of the finished product (or bring it in for us to see!) you will be entered into our monthly drawing for $25

Part One, Heirloom Cowl: this week’s post is a basic chain st for the beginning of the cowl, joining to work in the round, and a basic starburst st pattern.

If you’d like to download the more basic pdf file, here it is: HeirloomCrochetCowlPart1


20″ (40″, 60″) finished circumference. The 20″ cowl will be snug over your head and will hug your neck pretty cozily. If you’re claustrophobic, I would suggest either the 40″ cowl, which will hang to a medium-bust length, or the 60″ cowl, which is usually long enough to double and wrap for a super warm and chic wear.


-1 (2, 3) skeins of HiKoo Simplinatural, or a comparable Aran weight yarn with 180 yds/ 100g
-Size J hook, or hook needed to obtain gauge. This is important!
-a removable marker


Approximately 6 starburst stitches in 4″

Special Note:

Each Star Cluster stitch is worked mostly in the side of the sitches before it: 3 stitches are worked in the side of the previous stitch, and only 2 are worked “fresh” in the row below. This is why, for 64 stitches, you should have 32 star clusters and so on. If this is confusing, I have a video tutorial here demonstrating joining in the round, checking for twist, and working the star cluster.



Make a slip knot and chain 64 (128, 192) sts. Slip stitch to first chain made in order to join your work in the round, making sure that stitches are not twisted. Place marker to mark beginning/end of round. Note: When using a removable marker, I find it is most helpful to place it in the very last stitch of the round as the first stitch always seems obvious to me. However, if it is the opposite for you, you need to place it where it will make sense to you and help you!

Row 1- Ch 3. Pick up one stitch in the second chain just made. Pick up one stitch in the first chain just made. Pick up one stitch in the same ch space of join just completed. Then pick up one stitch in each of the next ch 2, YO and draw through all 6 loops. Ch 1. *Pick up one stitch in hole made by the ch just completed , pick up one stitch in the side of the last of the 6-st-cluster, pick up one stitch in the same ch the last of the 6 sts was picked up in, one stitch in each of the next 2 ch = 6 sts on hook. YO and pull through all 6 loops. Ch 1.* Repeat from *to* until you reach the beginning marker. Join with slip st. 32(64, 128) stars made.

Row 2-  Ch 2. 2 hdc in every “star hole” until the next marker. One hdc in last hole, join with sl st to top of beginning ch 2.

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Here is what your piece should look like right now (except longer!)

Row 3- Repeat Row 1

Row 4- Repeat Row 2.

And here is a brief picture tutorial for the starburst stitch:

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After you slip a stitch to join the previous round, you chain 3, just like row 1.
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Here is where you pick up the first stitch: YO in the second ch from your hook. You can also see the next ch (below where the hook is), which is the second YO.
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Here is the third YO: into the base of the ch 3.
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Still the 3rd YO, just thought I’d show a picture where the YO is on my hook now.
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Here are the next 2 YOs, in the first 2 stitches of the row.
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And finally, pulling your last YO through all 6 loops and ch 1! Beautiful! It should line up exactly with the one below.

That’s it for now! See you next week for some crochet cables! Woohoo!