If you follow me on Instagram, you probably already knew, but surprise!…the Great Star Beanie has some matching accessories! First in the lineup is the Great Star Cowl. This star stitch cowl is a fabulously, textured addition to your winter accessories.
If you would like the purchase the concise, ad-free PDF, you will receive the original Color Made Easy stitch counts, as well as the printable pattern for any other yarn weight. You can purchase the PDF pattern in my Ravelry or Etsy shops.
About the Scarf
So it goes without saying that this scarf is going to use the same stitch combos as the Great Star Pumpkins and the Great Star Beanie. And like the beanie, you’ll also have the ability to use any yarn weight and make it in any size. As with the beanie, I wrote this for Lion Brand Color Made Easy, but this yarn has since been discontinued. It can made it adjustable to accommodate other yarns based on your own gauge measurements, but some other suggestions for bulky 5 yarn are Brava Bulky from WeCrochet or Hue + Me from Lion Brand yarn.
When you’re choosing the yarn for the star stitch cowl, one this to keep in mind is drape. If you want a thick, cozy cowl that holds it’s shape, you’ll want to pick a bulkier yarn. If you want something a bit softer and drapey-er, I would go with a lighter weight yarn. A great option for a lighter weight yarn is Lion Brand Jeans. I made the Pineapple & Pine Cowl in this and the drape was just perfect!
Getting the Right Fit
The major difference between the scarf and the beanie is really the measurement. Because it is a scarf, there’s a lot more personal preference that goes into the fit. I highly recommend you get a measuring tape and get some rough measurements on how you want it to fit you.
When I was deciding how big to make my scarf, I took two measurements:
- The approximate space I wanted covered between my chin and chest (Desired Scarf Height)
- The approximate size loop I wanted around my neck (Desired Scarf Length)
Once I had these two measurements, it was smooth sailing. The scarf I’m wearing is 10″ high and 24″ long. I wanted a nice snug cowl, that I could hide in a bit during cold weather.
Choosing Your Style
Now, I’ve name this lovely a cowl, because I closed it at the end with a mattress stitch. I like wearing my scarves in a nice, tidy loop that can be easily tucked in a jacket. However, with a little extra length, this could definitely be an infinity scarf. And if you skip joining and add a bit of fringe, you could have a classic style scarf. Just a few things to keep in mind when making your own.
About the Gauge
The gauge is going to be the same as the beanie. And just like the beanie, there’s a little bit of math involved. If you decide to purchase the PDF, I included a simple worksheet to help you out. But here I’m just going to walk you through it.
UPDATE: So after creating the Great Star Square for a blanket CAL, I realized there’s an even easier math-free, gauge-less approach to this stitch combo. You just need a measuring tape! I’ve updated the pattern here for you guys…enjoy!
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Ch – Chain
SC in BLO – Single Crochet in Back Loops Only
SC in FLO – Single Crochet in Front Loops Only
HDC – Half Double Crochet
Using Hook recommended by yarn label.
Ch until foundation chain measures Desired Scarf Height from measurements, being sure to have an even number of total chains.
Foundation Row: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across. (Foundation Chain – 1)
Row 1: Ch 1 and turn. Sc in FLO in each stitch across. (Foundation Chain – 1)
Row 2: Complete a row of star stitches doing the following:
Ch 3. Insert hook in 2nd ch from hook, pull up a loop. Repeat by inserting hook into next ch, pull up a loop. Insert hook and pull up a loop over next 3 st. (6 loops on hook) Yarn over and pull through all loops on hook. Ch 1 to close star stitch (eye of star stitch).
Insert hook into eye of star stitch, pull up a loop. Repeat by inserting hook between the last two spikes of the previous star stitch, pull up a loop. Insert hook in the same stitch as the last spike of the previous star stitch, pull up a loop. Insert hook and pull up a loop over next 2 stitches. (6 loops on hook) Yarn over and pull through all loops on hook. Ch 1 to close star stitch.
Repeat from * across until you finish the last star stitch. Hdc in last stitch (same stitch as last star stitch).
Row 3: Ch 1 and turn. 2 Hdc in the eye of each star stitch across. Hdc in top of last star stitch. (Foundation Chain – 1)
Row 4: Ch 1 and turn. Sc in BLO in each stitch across. (Foundation Chain -1)
Repeat Rows 1-4 until scarf reaches Desired Scarf Length. Then move on to Assembly.
- Tie off leaving a long end, approx. 18-24”
- Fold the work in half so that the short ends meet. Using a tapestry needle and the long tail, sew the two ends together using the mattress stitch. Weave in ends.
This star stitch cowl is a lot of fun to make and can work up pretty quick in bulkier yarns. And now with the beanie, mitts, and earwarmer available, you can make a whole set! I’d love to see your work, so be sure to tag me on Instagram @craftingforweeks and use the hashtag #greatstarcowl.