Free Pattern: Chinese Lantern Cowl

Folded Chinese Lantern Cowl

When you fold the cowl, it looks like a Chinese Lantern

During my exploration of big hooks and loose stitches, the Chinese Lantern Cowl was created. It uses a smaller hook for the edge rows and very long stitches made with a larger hook for the center rows.

Chinese Lantern Cowl


2 skeins Loops and Threads’ Charisma (215 yards bulky yarn)

6.5mm crochet hook (K hook)

10mm crochet hook (N hook)

Yarn needle

Abbreviations (US terms used):

Ch: Chain

SS: Slip Stitch

SC: Single Crochet

FSC: Foundation Single Crochet

TTR: Triple Treble Crochet (Yo 4x, insert hook in next stitch, Yo, pull up a loop, *Yo, pull through 2 loops on hook* 5x)

dSC: Dropped Single Crochet (Insert hook below 3 loops instead of 2 when you are making your Single Crochet. For this pattern, you will put your hook under the top of the TTR instead of into it.)

Chinese Lantern Cowl Pattern:

You will work in the round for the entire pattern, do not turn.

Row 1: With the 6.5mm/K hook, Ch 2, 100 FSC, join with the last stitch so that you join at the chain, then SS to join the top of the stitch. When you start the last stitch, insert the hook under the chain as usual, but also under the chain of the first stitch, then make your FSC stitch. If you have a problem joining the chain of the FSC, you can join them together when you weave in your ends. (100)

(The easier alternative for Row 1 if you are afraid of FSC: Ch 101, join with SS, Ch 1, SC 100, join with SS)

Row 2: Ch 1, 100 SC, join with SS (100)

Row 3-4: Repeat Row 2

Row 5: Switch to 10mm/N hook. Ch 6 (counts as first TTR), 99TTR, join with SS (100)

Row 6: Ch 1, 100 dSC, join with SS (100)

Row 7: Ch 1, 100 SC, join with SS (100)

Row 8: Ch 6 (counts as first TTR), 99TTR, join with SS (100)

Row 9: Switch to 6.5mm/K hook. Ch 1, 100 dSC, join with SS (100)

Row 10: Ch 1, 100 SC, join with SS (100)

Row 11-12: Repeat Row 10

Finish off and weave in ends.

Full Chinese Lantern CowlChinese Lantern Cowl 2Cowl Closeup


5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ruthie Kraxberger
    Jan 13, 2012 @ 05:13:22

    Funny how a bulky looking stich can produce so much warmth…LOVE the pattern 🙂


  2. sister727
    Oct 03, 2012 @ 16:16:16

    I just completed this cowl & I totally love it!


  3. angela
    Jan 29, 2013 @ 12:52:27

    I am trying to make this scarf but I don’t undrestand the dsc instructions. Please explain or illustrate. thanks.


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