Balsam Alpine Cowl

November 2020
Aran (8 wpi) ?
11 stitches and 8 rows = 4 inches
in Alpine Stitch
6.5 mm (K)
450 - 575 yards (411 - 526 m)
XS (S, M, L, XL, 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X)
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Purchase an ad free pdf of this pattern or use the pattern for FREE on the Cre8tion Crochet blog ~ With contrasting texture of raised stitches in the main body and edging, this textured triangle cowl is a striking accessory that will complement your wardrobe. The illusion of peaks and valleys made by the Alpine stitch give this cowl a distinct and fashionable design.

The Balsam Alpine Cowl includes directions for sizes XS-5X and includes instructions on how to customize for any fit preference.

Finished Measurements
19.5” tall from center tip to top- all sizes
18” wide at top of triangle (before adding cowl neck)- all sizes

Cowl Neck
10” tall/ 5” when folded- all sizes
10 (11, 11, 11.5, 11.5, 12, 12, 12.5, 12.5)” wide
20 (22, 22, 23, 23, 24, 24, 25, 25)” circumference
Sample Shown in Medium

450 (470, 470, 500, 500, 540, 540, 575, 575) yards of worsted weight yarn
Either Brava Worsted (100% Premium Acrylic- 218 yards/100 grams) or Mighty Stitch Worsted (80% Acrylic 20% Superwash Wool, 208 yds/100 g) would work wonderfully

K/6.5mm hook- I love the Odyssey style for this design

Tapestry Needle

Stitch Abbreviations
blo - back loop only, dc - double crochet, RS - right side, sc - single crochet, sl st - slip stitch, st(s) - stitch(es), WS - wrong side

Special Stitches

CSDC- Chainless Starting Double Crochet - Tutorial
If working in rows, turn work. If working in rounds spin hook completely around, making a twist in the loop. Pull up a loop to the height of a normal dc. YO with the loop so that the hook is behind the loop. Insert the hook into the first st of row. Complete a normal dc (YO and draw through st (3 loops on hook). YO and draw through first two loops on hook. YO and draw through last two loops on hook).

Ex-fpdc- Extended Front Post Double Crochet
Yarn over (YO), insert hook from front to back around the post of the indicated st, st, YO and pull through st (3 loops on hook), YO and draw through one loop, YO and draw through two loops 2x.

Fsc- Foundation Single Crochet (working off of the top edging) – Tutorial (fsc only)
Ch 2, insert hook into the side of the last st you made on the triangle, yarn over (YO) and pull up loop (2 loops on hook), YO and pull through one loop, creating a chain, (this is an important step but easy to forget). YO and pull through two remaining loops on hook. This completes the first fsc. To stitch the next fsc insert the hook into the chain made in the first fsc and repeat from to desired length or until the desired amount of sts are achieved.

Skill Level
Adventurous beginner- Intermediate

Stitch Information
This design uses the Alpine Stitch. It is performed differently in the pattern, to create the V shape, but if you are unfamiliar with this stitch you can learn the basics in this video by Furls. The only differences are that I prefer to use a foundation row to begin (you will not use a foundation row for the cowl pattern, only if you need to practice the stitch or gauge). I also use a CSDC instead of a ch-3 and I use an extended st (ex-fpdc) for the textured post stitches. See ‘Special Stitches’ below for detailed stitch descriptions.

11st and 8 rows = 4” in pattern
Gauge is not imperative with this design, as you will be able to adjust according for different yarns used.


  • Triangle portion of the pattern is made in turned rows. The post stitches are worked on right side rows only. The cowl portion of the pattern is worked in turned ribbed rows that are seamed to finish.
  • The pattern is written in size XS with changes for S, M, L, 1x, 2x, 3x, 4x and 5x. If there are only one set of directions, or one number listed, it pertains to all sizes.
  • Ch 3 counts as the first dc, you can also use the alternate CSDC (see special stitches).
  • Ch 1 does not count as the first sc.

The triangle portion of the cowl is made in turned rows, starting at the bottom ‘V’. Each dc row is increased on the sides to add width to the triangle. The decorative post sts are added on the right side of the work.
Once the triangle portion is the desired height the edging is added, working around the the two bottom sides only, in turned rows.

Next the top is edged and width is added to the cowl neck by spanning the distance between the top two corners. The cowl neck is then worked perpendicular to the edging you just completed, in turned rows working in the back loop only.
After the cowl portion is completed it is finished with a mattress seam.

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