Hi friends! I’m so excited to share another free pattern with you – The Chasing Bubbles Cowl. This pattern idea came from my first garment design, The Chasing Bubbles Top. It started out as a cute, kids tank top and now comes in adult sizing as well. It seemed like a fun idea to create a cowl pattern with the bobbles and bulky weight yarn.
You may notice the bobbles look a bit different than other knit bobbles. My favorite part of this pattern is that they are actually made with a crochet hook! I not only love how these bobbles look, but the method is quick and easier than knit bobbles. I have recorded a tutorial for you so you can learn how to make these bobbles! You’ll find this video in the pattern below.
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Needles & Notions
- US 10 (6.0mm) circulars for the ribbing, US 10.5 (6.5mm) circulars for the body, and a 24″ (61cm) cable.
- J/10-6.00 crochet hook for the bobbles
- Stitch marker, scissors, tapestry needle
Bulky weight yarn – I used 1.5 skeins of KnitPicks Swish Bulky, a 100% merino in the color Nutmeg Heather. Click here to find it online! Feel free to use any Bulky weight yarn that matches the gauge for this pattern. My testers used the following yarn: Malabrigo Mecha, Audine Wools Haze, Loops & Threads Charisma, Drops Andes, Alpaca Warehouse Balance Alpaca Yarn, Lion Brand Color Made Easy, Lion Brand Hue & Me, Red Heart Hygge Bulky, Cestari 3 Ply Bulky Weight, Lion Brand Scarfie.
Yards: appox. 190
Meters: approx. 175
Keep in mind that if you add extra length to your cowl, you will need more yarn.
This pattern is written in US terms.
BOR – beginning of round
k – knit
p – purl
st(s) – stitch(es)
bob – bobble
k2tog – knit two together
14 sts x 16 rounds in stockinette stitch on US 10.5 (6.5mm) needles = 4×4″ (10x10cm), knit in the round and unblocked.
The finished cowl measures approx. 12″ wide x 11″ tall
The bobbles for this pattern are made with a crochet hook. Click here for a video tutorial! If you feel uncomfortable using a crochet hook, or prefer the look of regular knitted bobbles, you may substitute the crochet hook bobbles for knitted bobbles using your own method. Here is a video that may help you.
To create a bobble with a crochet hook, follow these steps:
Insert hook into the stitch on the left needle, leaving the loop on the needle for now. Yarn under and pull up a loop, yarn over and insert hook back into the same stitch. Yarn under and pull up another loop. Repeat two more times. You should have 7 loops on your crochet hook. Yarn over and pull through all 7 loops. Now slip the stitch off the left needle. Insert your crochet hook into the first bar behind the bobble. Yarn over and pull through all remaining loops on your hook. Place the final loop on the right needle, pull it tight and then continue knitting. If you are a visual learner, please watch the video linked here!
There is a chart on the last page for the body of the cowl. The dot symbol indicates where to work a bobble and the blank squares are knit stitches. I have also included an X to help you remember to close to gap on the next round.
Using the US 10 (6.0mm) needles, cast on 88 sts. Making sure that the cast on edge is not twisted, join to knit in the round and place a st marker on the right needle to mark the BOR.
Work 4 rounds of k1, p1 ribbing. Change to the US 10.5 (6.5mm) needles and continue to the body section.
(see chart or follow written instructions below)
Rounds 1-5: k even in stockinette.
Round 6: k2, bob, *k7, bob* until 5 sts remain, k5.
Round 7: k until the bob st, pick up the bar between the sts from back to front with the left needle and k2tog with the bob st to close the gap. Keep doing this for the entire round. Watch the bobble tutorial video again if you need help with this row.
Rounds 8-11: k even in stockinette.
Round 12: k6, bob, *k7, bob* until 1 st remains, k1.
Round 13: repeat Round 7.
Rounds 14-17: k even in stockinette.
Keep repeating Rounds 6-17 until the cowl measures approx. 10″ (25.5cm) from the cast on edge. You will want to make sure you finish after a round 11 or 17.
Change to the US 10 (6.0mm) needles.
Work 4 rounds of k1, p1 ribbing, then bind off in a k1, p1 pattern.
Fasten off and weave in all ends.
The black dots in the chart represent a bobble, and the X represents where you pick up a stitch and k2tog to close the gap.
I hope you enjoy this pattern! Leave a comment letting me know if you made one, and be sure to tag me in any photos on Instagram @kneedlesandlife 🙂
Interested in a free crochet cowl pattern? Click here!