Crochet Greus Asymmetric Cowl

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My new free crochet Greus Cowl pattern is a fun and fast compromise between a cowl and a shawl. Perfect for keeping your neck warm without worrying about the ends of a shawl coming loose.

Find the full free pattern below or purchase the ad-free, printable PDF  crochet pattern with stitch chart HERE on ETSY or HERE on Ravelry.

Crochet Greus Cowl - modern, asymmetrical free crochet cowl pattern by mycrochetory.com

The Inspiration and construction

If you’re familiar with my designs you may have noticed that my last few patterns have been quite complex – like the Despina Shawl, the ZygZak Shawl and the Kalinda Blanket. It was high time to make something quick but still engaging and super wearable accessory.

This design has been floating around my head for many weeks and crocheting this cowl was pure joy. As the vision popped into my head, everything just worked. At first look you may think this neck warmer is a shawl, but take a closer look — there are no dangling tips! The Greus Cowl combines the shape of triangle shawl with a casual cowl. It’s worked back and forth on bias and then seamed to form a cowl. Three sections of increases and decreases form the shape of this shawl-cowl hybrid and once you get the rhythm of the pattern it becomes pretty mindless. The combination of crochet moss stitch and simple stripe sequence in diagonal style gives this crochet cowl a sophisticated yet casual look.

Crochet Greus Cowl - modern, asymmetrical free crochet cowl pattern by mycrochetory.com

Crochet Greus Cowl - modern, asymmetrical free crochet cowl pattern by mycrochetory.com

The Stitch

The difficulty level of this crochet pattern is rated as Intermediate (increases and decreases, crochet moss stitch and simple seaming) but I would say it is aimed to adventurous beginner crocheters. The whole cowl is crocheted in moss stitch (aka granite stitch or linen stitch) which is really beginner-friendly crochet stitch. If you are not familiar with this crochet stitch or need a refresher, check out my simple tutorial HERE.

I like the way this stitch creates a fabulous texture that looks like knit. It’s super easy to work and every project grows up so fast. If you liked my crochet Greus Cowl you might also like my other patterns using the crochet moss stitch.

  1. Ombre Moss Stitch Beanie / 2. Triangle Moss Stitch Shawl / 3. Ombre Moss Stitch Cowl

The Yarn

The Greus Cowl is a reversible and modern design. The pattern is written for DK/worsted weight yarn in two colours, but you can use just one solid colur, gradient or more colours than specified. For my sample I chose to use Merino Extra Fine from Drops Design which gives to the cowl a luxurious touch and a great color and stitch definition.

Using DK/worsted weight yarn makes this crochet cowl a perfect piece for keeping your neck warm in those transitional colder seasons coming on.

Crochet Greus Cowl - modern, asymmetrical free crochet cowl pattern by mycrochetory.com

Crochet Greus Cowl - modern, asymmetrical free crochet cowl pattern by mycrochetory.com

GREUS COWL FREE PATTERN

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The cowl you make following this pattern is yours you are free to sell it, as long as you credit MyCrochetory as original designer. For more information, please, read Terms Page.

Crochet Greus Cowl - modern, asymmetrical free crochet cowl pattern by mycrochetory.com

As a bonus in the ad-free, printable PDF, I’ve provided stitch chart. If you’re a visual learner or if you just want to support my work you can purchase this crochet pattern HERE on ETSY or HERE on Ravelry. Thank you and I hope you find it useful!

Crochet Greus Cowl - modern, asymmetrical free crochet cowl pattern by mycrochetory.com

Materials & Tools:
  1. Yarn Drops Merino Extra Fine (100% wool – 50g/105m) in 2 different colors:

2 skeins of Yarn A light grey (05),

2 skeins of Yarn B black (02),

  1. Hook size 4mm. Adjust  hook size if necessary to obtain correct gauge,
  2. Tapestry needle (to weave and hide yarn ends and to seam),
  3. Scissors.
Level:

Intermediate – crochet moss stitch, increases and decreases, simple sewing

Size after blocking:

Circumference – 66cm (26”)

Center Depth – 58cm (22.84”)

Back Neck Depth – 23.5cm (9.25”)

Gauge after blocking:

After row 12 side of the triangle measures 10cm (4’’).

Gauge is not crucial for this project. However, changes might result in different yardage requirements and finished size.

 Notes:
  • The pattern uses US crochet terminology.
  • Cowl is worked in rows back and forth then seamed together to turn into a cowl.
  • Instructions in square brackets […] are worked as many times as indicated.
  • You can also use yarn in different weights, but just know that the width will be different depending on your gauge.
  • Ch2 in the beginning of the row doesn’t count as a stitch.
  • Crochet over your ends as you go along to minimize finishing.
  • You can follow color scheme below or use your own color combination.
  • The stitch chart is included in the ad-free printable PDF here on ETSY or here on Ravelry.
Stitches & Abbreviations (US terms):

 ch(s) – chain(s) stitch

st(s) – stitch(es)

sc – single crochet

hdc – half double crochet

yo – yarn over

 

sp – space

sk – skip

Crochet Greus Cowl - modern, asymmetrical free crochet cowl pattern by mycrochetory.com

Construction

PART 1: Increase on both sides

PART 2: Increase on one side

PART 3: Decrease on one side

Crochet Greus Cowl - modern, asymmetrical free crochet cowl pattern by mycrochetory.com

COLOR SCHEME

Crochet Greus Cowl - modern, asymmetrical free crochet cowl pattern by mycrochetory.com

PATTERN

Ch3

PART 1: Increase on both sides

Row 1: (hdc, sc, hdc) in 3rd ch from hook. Turn.

Row 2: ch2 (doesn’t count as a hdc here and throughout), hdc in first hdc, (sc, ch1, sc, ch1, sc) in next sc, hdc in last hdc. Turn.

Row 3: ch2, hdc in first hdc, sc in next sc, ch1, sc in next ch-1 sp, [ch1, sk next sc, sc in next ch-1 sp] rep until last ch-1 sp, ch1, sc in next sc, hdc in last hdc. Turn.

Repeat row 3 until row 29 or until the side of the triangle measures 23.5cm (9.25’’).

PART 2: Increase on one side

Row 30: ch2, hdc in first hdc, sc in next sc, ch1, sc in next ch-1 sp, [ch1, sk next sc, sc in next ch-1 sp] rep until last ch-1 sp, sc in next sc, hdc in last hdc. Turn.

Row 31: ch2, hdc in first hdc, sc in next sc, [ch1, sk next sc, sc in next ch-1 sp] rep until last ch-1 sp, ch1, sc in next sc, hdc in last hdc. Turn.

Repeat Rows 30 – 31 until row 77 or until the increased side measures 66cm (26’’).

PART 3: Decrease on one side

Row 78: ch2, hdc in first hdc, sc in next sc, ch1, sk next ch-1 sp and sk next sc, sc in next ch-1 sp, [ch1, sk next sc, sc in next ch-1 sp] rep until last ch-1 sp, sc in next sc, hdc in last hdc. Turn.

Row 79: ch2, hdc in first hdc, sc in next sc, [ch1, sk next sc, sc in next ch-1 sp] rep until second last ch-1 sp, ch1, sk next sc and sk next ch-1 sp, sc in next sc, hdc in last hdc. Turn.

Repeat Rows 78 – 79 until row 106 or until the decreased side measures 23.5cm (9.25’).

Row 107: ch2, hdc in first hdc, sc in every sc and ch-1 sp until last st, hdc in last hdc.

Fasten off yarn, weave in all ends and block your cowl.

After blocking seam both short ends of cowl together to form cowl (using mattress stitch or your favorite method)

Crochet Greus Cowl - modern, asymmetrical free crochet cowl pattern by mycrochetory.com

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