FREE Winter Trees Hooded Cowl CAL; Part 1

I announced this CAL (Crochet-A-Long) just a few days ago. This is my first CAL of the year! Last year I did a couple, so I couldn’t believe it when I realized it was already October and I hadn’t done any!

This is a smaller project than my other CALs have been; I usually do blankets. I wanted to give people the opportunity to get something done before the holidays get too busy.

The FREE pattern online will be published in 3 sections (see the schedule below). You also have the option of purchasing the FULL PATTERN and CHARTS on Ravelry or Etsy. The free online version does not include the charts.

Links to all my tutorials can be found in the menu bar or by going back to the introduction page.


Follow this pattern for FREE here on my website!

I will have both the interlocking crochet pattern AND the overlay mosaic crochet pattern for this square here online. Charts are not included, only the written portion. Charts are available in the purchased pattern.

For the duration of the CAL, you’ll get an automatic 40% discount. on the purchase of “Winter Trees Hooded Cowl”. Regular price applies on November 10, 2022.

Or, you can forever view both the interlocking pattern and the mosaic pattern here on my website!


Interlocking Crochet Pattern

The introduction teased you with the first 5 rows. I am repeating them here just to have everything all together. When I publish part 2 I will link back to this page for the KEY and yardage (hopefully by that time you won’t need to refer to them anymore anyway).

For yardage and other important details, click here.

KEY

AC = Accent Color. Second color used. The background / sky.
MC = Main Color. First color used. The trees.
RS = right side: the side of your work that will show the finished design
WS = wrong side: the back of your project
Front = the side currently facing you
Back = the side not facing you
Ch = chain
Sp = space
Sk = skip a stitch
SC = single crochet
DC = double crochet
F = DC in front, then CH 1
B = DC behind, then CH 1
ES = DC into the last window space
EF = end stitch in front: using AC, DC into the last AC window, working in front of MC
EB = end stitch in back: using AC, DC into the last AC window, working behind MC
ACF = bring the AC yarn to the side facing you
ACB = put AC yarn to the side facing away from you

  • If you chain tighter than me you may need to Ch 4 where I Ch 3
  • Don’t confuse RS / WS with Front / Back
  • Remember, each color is worked into itself only and there is a chain space between each DC

KEY for the Cowl portion:

BPDC = back post double crochet: yarn over, insert hook from the back around the front of the stitch and to the back again (go around the post), pull up a loop, *yarn over, pull through two loops* twice

FPDC = front post double crochet: as above, except insert hook from the front of the stitch and go around the back of the post coming out the front again.

Foundation Rows (54 MC stitches, 53 AC stitches)

STEP 1

Using MC (white in my sample, the trees) create 53 windows.

I prefer the chainless technique (chain 5, dc into first stitch, chain 1, tr into same space, *chain 1, tr into 2nd part of the previous tr* repeat as many times as needed).

Alternatively, to create 53 windows you can chain 110, then DC in 5th chain from your hook. *Ch 1, Sk 1, DC* repeat until the end. Place stitch marker so your work doesn’t unravel.

STEP 2

With your AC (teal in my sample, the sky), chain 108. Place MC windows on top of this chain (make sure the end with the stitch marker is at your left) then pull the tail of your AC through the window on the right end (see picture BELOW). DC through the back of the next window into the 5th chain from your hook.

Short sample showing how to put the gold AC tail through the dark purple MC trellis

STEP 3

Using your AC, *Ch 1, Sk 1, DC through the back* repeat to end. Place stitch marker so your work doesn’t unravel. Both stitch markers should be on the same end.

Turn your work and continue at row 4.

WS – ACB (wrong side facing you, AC to back)  

4 MC – Ch3, 1B, *25F*, 1B, ES

5 AC – Ch3 in back, 1B, *2B, 1F, 14B, 3F, 5B*, EB

RS – ACF (right side facing you, AC to front)

6 MC – Ch3, 1F, *2B, 3F, 14B, 3F, 3B*, 1F, ES

7 AC – Ch3 in front, *5B, 14F, 3B, 3F*, 1B, EF

WS – ACB

8 MC – Ch3, 1B, *1F, 2B, 3F, 4B, 15F*, 1B, ES

9 AC – Ch3 in back, 1B, *4F, 2B, 4F, 8B, 1F, 6B*, EB

RS – ACF

10 MC – Ch3, 1F, *6B, 3F, 5B, 1F, 9B, 1F*, 1F, ES

11 AC – Ch3 in front, *2B, 5F, 3B, 4F, 1B, 10F*, 1B, EF

WS – ACB

12 MC – Ch3, 1B, *12F, 4B, 5F, 3B, 1F*, 1B, ES

13 AC – Ch3 in back, 1B, *12B, 3F, 5B, 3F, 2B*, EB

RS – ACF

14 MC – Ch3, 1F, *1F, 3B, 4F, 4B, 13F*, 1F, ES

15 AC – Ch3 in front, *2B, 3F, 4B, 4F, 12B*, 1B, EF

WS – ACB

16 MC – Ch3, 1B, *11B, 1F, 5B, 4F, 4B*, 1B, ES

17 AC – Ch3 in back, 1F, *10F, 2B, 13F*, EB

RS – ACF

18 MC – Ch3, 1F, *1B, 10F, 6B, 2F, 6B*, 1F, ES

19 AC – Ch3 in front, *2F, 9B, 4F, (1B, 2F) x2, 1B, 3F*, 1F, EF

WS – ACB

20 MC – Ch3, 1B, *3F, (2B, 1F) x2, (2B, 6F) x2*, 1B, ES

21 AC – Ch3 in back, 1B, *3B, 7F, 3B, 2F, 2B, 1F, 1B, 2F, 4B*, EB

RS – ACF

22 MC – Ch3, 1F, *3B, 5F, 1B, 3F, 2B, 7F, 4B*, 1F, ES

23 AC – Ch3 in front, *2F, 1B, 1F, 8B, 1F, 1B, 1F, 6B, 4F*, 1F, EF

WS – ACB

24 MC – Ch3, 1B, *5F, 5B, 1F, 2B, 1F, 7B, 1F, 2B, 1F*, 1B, ES

25 AC – Ch3 in back, 1B, *(1F, 2B, 6F, 2B) x2, 1F, 2B*, EB

RS – ACF

26 MC – Ch3, 1F, *5B, 5F, 6B, 6F, 1B, 2F*, 1F, ES

27 AC – Ch3 in front, *4F, 1B, 1F, 4B, 1F, 1B, 4F, 6B, 2F, 1B*, 1F, EF

WS – ACB

28 MC – Ch3, 1B, *4F, 6B, 3F, 2B, 1F, 3B, 1F, 2B, 3F*, 1B, ES

29 AC – Ch3 in back, 1B, *4B, 5F, 4B, 8F, 4B*, EB

Rows 30 – 58 (the end of the hood) will be published in section 2 on October 31, 2022.

Click here to jump to list of CAL sections


Overlay Mosaic Crochet Pattern

If you began with the introduction you will have already seen the first 5 rows. I am repeating them here just to have everything all together. When I publish part 2 I will link back to this page for the KEY and yardage (hopefully by that time you won’t need to refer to them anymore anyway).

The x-marked chart can be found in the paid PDF only. Charts are not included in the free version online.

View important details like yardage and finished size by clicking here.

KEY for Mosaic Crochet

MC = Main Color: first color used, white in my sample, the sky
CC = Contrasting Color: second color used, green in my sample, the trees
Sp = space
Sk = skip a stitch
CH = chain
SC = single crochet
sc = SC into Back Loop only
FSC = foundation single crochet: chain 2, insert hook in first chain, yarn over and pull a loop through, yarn over and pull through one loop (chain made), yarn over and pull through remaining 2 loops (SC made); to make the next stitch insert your hook into the chain made previously
DC = double crochet
dc = DC into Front Loop of stitch, 2 rows below
JS = Joining Stitch: insert hook under both loops, pull up a loop, slip stitch, SC in same space
ES = End Stitch: SC under both loops, CH 1, cut yarn and pull through tightly

KEY for the Cowl portion

BPDC = back post double crochet: yarn over, insert hook from the back around the front of the stitch and to the back again (go around the post), pull up a loop, *yarn over, pull through two loops* twice

FPDC = front post double crochet: as above, except insert hook from the front of the stitch and go around the back of the post coming out the front again.

Mosaic Crochet Technique

  • Remember to skip the same number of stitch(es) behind your dc(s) before doing your next sc
  • The front of your work is always facing you (this is the right side, the side showing the design)
  • You are always working from the right to the left
  • You tie on a new yarn at the beginning of each row and cut it at the end
    • Tails don’t need to be longer than an inch and a half
  • Yarn colors can be anything you like. They need to contrast well and be the same weight (size / thickness)
  • I prefer using a Foundation Single Crochet to create my foundation row because then I have tails on both sides of my work just like all my other rows will have
  • Even-numbered rows use MC; odd-numbered rows use CC

Foundation Row (Row 0): use Main Color (MC) – this will be your background / sky

Use a foundation SC technique to create 102 FSC. Or chain 103, SC in 2nd chain from hook and SC all the way back across. Cut and tie off.

Switch to Contrasting Color (CC) {Even- rows use MC; odd-numbered rows use CC}

Repeat between the asterisks (*) twice.

1 CC – JS, *sc50*, ES

2 MC – JS, *dc4, (sc1, dc1) x2, sc7, dc23, (sc1, dc1) x2, sc3, dc5*, ES

3 CC – JS, *sc4, (dc1, sc1) x2, dc1, sc29, (dc1, sc1) x2, dc1, sc7*, ES

4 MC – JS, *sc9, dc21, (sc1, dc1) x3, sc7, (dc1, sc1) x2, dc1, sc2*, ES

5 CC – JS, *sc30, (dc1, sc1) x3, dc1, sc7, dc1, sc1, dc1, sc3*, ES

6 MC – JS, *dc10, sc3, (dc1, sc1) x2, dc11, sc9, dc3, sc9, dc1*, ES

7 CC – JS, *sc12, (dc1, sc1) x2, dc1, sc11, dc1, sc19, dc1, sc1*, ES

8 MC – JS, *sc3, (dc1, sc1) x2, dc5, sc7, (dc1, sc1) x3, dc1, sc3, dc19, sc2*, ES

9 CC – JS, *sc2, (dc1, sc1) x2, dc1, sc11, (dc1, sc1) x3, dc1, sc25*, ES

10 MC – JS, *sc1, dc1, sc7, (dc1, sc1) x3, dc3, sc7, (dc1, sc1) x12, dc1*, ES

11 CC – JS, *dc1, sc7, (dc1, sc1) x3, dc1, sc9, (dc1, sc1) x13*, ES

12 MC – JS, *sc3, (dc1, sc1) x2, dc1, sc9, (dc1, sc1) x3, dc1, sc26*, ES

13 CC – JS, *(dc1, sc1) x3, dc1, sc9, (dc1, sc1) x4, dc1, sc3, (dc1, sc1) x11*, ES

14 MC – JS, *sc25, dc3, sc22*, ES

15 CC – JS, *sc2, (dc1, sc1) x9, dc1, sc13, dc3, sc13*, ES

16 MC – JS, *dc2, sc19, dc7, (sc3, dc3) x2, sc3, dc7*, ES

17 CC – JS, *sc12, dc3, sc13, (dc3, sc3) x2, dc3, sc7*, ES

18 MC – JS, *dc6, sc5, dc1, sc3, dc3, sc5, dc5, sc15, dc7*, ES

19 CC – JS, *sc6, dc5, sc1, dc3, sc3, dc5, sc5, dc13, sc9*, ES

20 MC – JS, *dc2, sc3, dc1, sc17, dc1, sc3, dc1, sc13, dc9*, ES

21 CC – JS, *sc2, dc3, sc3, dc13, sc3, dc3, sc3, dc9, sc11*, ES

22 MC – JS, *dc2, (sc3, dc3, sc13, dc3) x2, sc3, dc1*, ES

23 CC – JS, *sc10, dc9, sc13, dc11, sc3, dc3, sc1*, ES

24 MC – JS, *dc6, sc3, dc1, sc9, dc1, sc3, dc7, sc13, dc3, sc3, dc1*, ES

25 CC – JS, *sc6, dc3, sc3, dc5, sc3, dc3, sc7, dc11, sc9*, ES

26 MC – JS, *dc6, sc17, dc7, sc11, dc9*, ES

27 CC – JS, *sc8, dc13, sc11, dc7, sc11*, ES

28 MC – JS, *dc8, sc13, dc9, sc9, dc1, sc3, dc7*, ES

29 CC – JS, *sc10, dc9, sc11, dc9, sc1, dc3, sc7*, ES

Rows 30 – 52 (the end of the hood) will be published in section 2 on October 31, 2022.

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Get the Pattern

For the duration of the CAL, you’ll get an automatic 40% discount on the purchase of “Winter Trees Hooded Cowl”. Regular price applies on Nov 10, 2022.

For Interlocking Crochet

  • Chart is 57 x 59 (repeat it twice)
  • Folded hood is about 17” / 44cm tall by 14” / 36cm deep, plus a 5” / 13cm cowl
  • Gauge: 16 DC x 8 rows = 4”
  • 5 mm hook (H-8)
  • Worsted weight yarn (700-740 yards total)
    • Hood Main color (MC) (black on chart, white in sample above, the trees) – 250 yards plus 40 for optional border
    • Hood Accent color (AC) (teal in sample, the sky) – 250 yards
    • Cowl (teal in sample) – 200 yards

    For Mosaic Crochet

    • Chart for hood is 50 x 53 (repeat it twice)
    • Folded hood, including envelope border brim is about 12” / 30cm square, plus a 5” / 13cm cowl
    • Gauge: 16 sc blo stitches x 15 rows = 4”
    • 5 mm hook (H-8)
    • Worsted weight yarn (655 yards total)
      • Hood Main Color (White) – 250 yards
      • Hood Contrasting Color (Green) – 180 yards
      • Hood Envelope Border (white) – 75 yards
      • Cowl (Green) – 150 yards

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