Free chevron cowl and skirt crochet pattern
This free skirt crochet pattern also doubles up as a free cowl crochet pattern, but whichever you make you'll look stylish in cool chevrons!
Is it a skirt, or is it a cowl - in fact, it can be both! This fantastic chevron crochet design by Carol Meldrum can be worn as a simple cowl, or you can easily transform it into a fab crochet skirt by simply adding on some rows of dc stitches around the top edge to make a waistband (or to make it super secure make some belt loops with some simple chains). This free crochet skirt pattern goes brilliantly over a pair of jeans or leggings, and if you're new to crochet chevrons - prepare to fall in love with them, it's such a fun and satisfying stitch technique!
Make sure to check the abbreviations and notes for this pattern carefully, as there's some decrease stitches used that you may not have come across before, and the notes include some important measurement information.
You will need
Novita 7 VELJESTÄ Aran Wool Yarn (100g/200m), or alternative Aran yarn, 1 ball of each (2 balls of each for size 16-18)Yarn A - Navy (or a similar denim Blue shade)
Yarn B - Stone (or a similar greyish blue shade)
Yarn C - Ice (or a similar light blue shade)
Please note - this design was originally made in Rowan Creative Focus Worsted yarn (100g/200m, 75% wool/25% alpaca) but this unfortunately has been discontinued. We have suggested an alternative Aran yarn, but if you are using an alternative yarn please be sure to check the yarn weight/length and check your tension to ensure you have enough yarn.
Stitch tension: the htr section of stitches measures approx 10cm with a 6mm hook.
Row tension: 5.8 rows measures 10cm over the htr section with a 6mm hook.
Htr4tog (yarn over, insert hook in next stitch, yarn over and pull up loop) 4 times, yarn over and draw through all loops on hook.
Tr4tog (Yarn over, insert hook in next st, yarn over and pull up loop, yarn over and draw through 2 loops) 4 times, yarn over and draw through all loops on hook.
Dtr4tog (yarn over) twice, insert hook in next stitch, yarn over and pull up loop, [yarn over and draw through 2 loops] twice) 4 times, yarn over and draw through all loops on hook.
You can find a full list of all abbreviations we use in our abbreviations and conversions guide. This crochet pattern is written in UK terminology but you can easily convert it to US terms using the guide.
3 balls of yarn may only just be enough for size 12-14, depending on tension. The waist measurement will be larger than needed. To wear as a skirt, add belt loops or work rows of dc around the edge as a waistband.
Free chevron skirt and cowl crochet pattern
Using Yarn A and 6mm hook, ch65.
Row 1: 1htr into 3rd ch from hook (missed ch count as htr), 3htr into next ch, 1htr into each of next 5 ch, htr4tog over next 4 ch, 1htr into each of next 5 ch, work (2htr and 2tr) into next ch, *1tr into each of next 5 ch, tr4tog over next 4ch, 1tr into each of next 5ch **, 4tr into next ch, rep from * to ** once more, work (2tr and 2dtr) into next ch, 1dtr into each of next 5 ch, dtr4tog over next 4 ch, 1dtr into each of next 5 ch, 2dtr into next ch, 1dtr into last ch, turn. [64 sts]
Row 2: Ch4 (count as dtr), 1dtr into st at base of ch, 2dtr into next st, 1dtr into each of next 5 sts, dtr4tog over next 4 sts, 1dtr into each of next
5 sts, work (2dtr and 2tr) into next st, *1tr into each of next 5 sts, tr4tog over next 4 sts, 1tr into each of next 5 sts**, 4tr into next st, rep from* to ** once more , work (2tr and 2htr into next st), 1htr into each of next 5 sts, htr4tog over next 4sts, 1htr into next 5sts, 3htr into next st, 1htr into last st, do not work in top of turning ch, turn. (64 sts). Change to Yarn B
Row 3: Ch2 (count as htr), 1htr into st at base of ch, 3htr into next st, 1htr into each of next 5 sts, htr4tog over next 4 sts, 1htr into each of next 5sts, work (2htr and 2tr) into next st, *1tr into next 5 sts, tr4tog over next 4 sts, 1tr into next 5 sts **, 4tr into next st, rep from * to ** once more, work (2tr and 2dtr) into next st, 1dtr into next 5 sts, dtr4tog over next 4 sts, 1dtr into next 5 sts, 2dtr into next st, 1dtr into last st, do not work in top of turning ch, turn.
Rows 2-3 form pattern.
Complete the colour sequence by working one more row of Yarn B (2 rows in total), then 2 rows of Yarn C.
Continue working patt in 2 rows of each colour, and repeat stripes in the same sequence. For an extra small skirt, or to wear as a cowl, work a total of 42 rows, or 7 complete patt reps. For size 8-10 (12-14: 16-18) work a total of 48 (54: 60) rows, or 8 (9: 10) complete patt reps. Fasten off.
To make up
Sew in loose ends. Block and press. Sew first and last rows together, matching up zig zag patterns. If you're making as a skirt, rejoin any yarn on one side of your zigzag tube and work a row of dc stitches evenly around - this will naturally bring the tube in so that it fits better. Work a few more rows of dc stitches to make a waistband. If you want to make belt loops, measure your belt thickness and make some chain lengths to match (to make them sure secure you could turn and dc stitch into these lengths too) then sew evenly around the waistband.
We hope you've enjoyed this free crochet skirt pattern. If you're looking for more fab crochet patterns to update your wardrobe with, check out our pick of the top Summer Top crochet patterns or top Autumn/Winter Top crochet patterns.
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