Doppelgänger cowl – Free Tunisian crochet pattern

Hello everyone!

I’m Arunima Goel and I am the designer behind KnitterKnotter. I am a software engineer and have been crocheting for over 10 years. I discovered Tunisian crochet last year and I am hooked to it! There is so much it has to offer and I am learning something new every day. I also have a toddler who keeps me on my toes 🙂

In this post, I am going to share the pattern of a Tunisian crochet cowl that I designed for beginners. It does require some knowledge of working with 2 colors but I have photo and video tutorials to help you with everything! I hope you will enjoy making yours and please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at knitterknotter@gmail.com if you have any questions.

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What you will need 
  1. Yarn: Worsted weight yarn in two colors
    • I used Lily Sugar’n Cream – Yellow and Mod Green – 80 yards each
  2. Hook: 8 mm Tunisian crochet hook
  3. Scissors
  4. Tapestry needle to weave in tails
Experience level

Advanced beginner

Dimensions
  1. Height – ~7” (~17.5 cms)
  2. Circumference – ~27” (~68 cms)
Colors

C1: Mod Green
C2: Yellow

Abbreviations
  1. tssTunisian simple stitch – Insert hook in the vertical bar, yarn over, pull through the vertical bar into a loop on the hook.
  2. tks Tunisian knit stitch – Insert hook in between the two vertical bars of the next stitch, yarn over, pull through into a loop on the hook.
  3. txs Tunisian X stitch – Insert hook into the vertical bar of the second stitch from the hook, yarn over, pull through the vertical bar into a loop on the hook. Insert hook into the vertical bar of the skipped stitch, yarn over, pull through the vertical bar into a loop on the hook.
  4. lslast stitch – Pick up the two vertical bars of the last stitch of the previous row, yarn over, pull through both the vertical bars into a loop on the hook.
  5. yo – yarn over
  6. ch – chain
  7. FP – forward pass
  8. RP – reverse pass
Resources

Photo and video (left and right handed) tutorials for Tunisian crochet stitches and techniques used to make this shawl:

  1. How to make a Foundation Row 
  2. Tunisian Simple Stitch 
  3. Tunisian Knit Stitch
  4. Tunisian X Stitch
  5. Binding off
  6. Changing color at the beginning of a reverse pass

All video tutorials that will be helpful in making this shawl can be found here: Doppelgänger Cowl Playlist on Youtube

Gauge

Stitch used: Tunisian Simple Stitch

5 stitches = 1.5” (4 cms)
4 rows = 1.75” (6.5 cms)
* Make sure to block your gauge swatch before measuring

You do not have to match my gauge exactly. Depending on your crochet style and tension, the size of your project will be different.

If your swatch is smaller than mine, you can use a larger hook. If your swatch is larger than mine, you can use a smaller hook but you need to make sure that your hook is large enough to avoid curling. It is possible to fix some curling after the project is complete but it is best to use a hook that is at least 2 sizes larger than the recommended crochet hook for the yarn.

How to read repeats in the pattern
  • (…) * across 

Forward pass: Repeat the instruction in the brackets until you reach the end of the row (excluding the last stitch).

Reverse pass: Repeat the instruction in the brackets until you reach the end of the row (one loop will remain on the hook).

  • stitch * across

Repeat the stitch until you reach the end of the row (excluding the last stitch).

  • stitch * 2 times  

Repeat the given stitch twice. e.g. tss * 2 times = tss, tss 

Instructions

Notes:
1. This pattern is written in US terms.
2. At the end of every FP, there will be 80 loops on the hook.
3. At the beginning of the forward pass, the loop on the hook is considered as the first stitch. For this reason, you need to skip the first vertical bar for all rows.

Row 1
FPWith C1, chain 80. Make the foundation row stitches in the back loops of the chain.

You can add more or reduce the number of stitches (in multiples of 2) to adjust the size of your cowl. 
RPWith C1, ch 1, (yo, pull through 2 loops on hook) * across
Rows 2 and 3
FPWith C1, tss across, ls
RPWith C1, ch 1, (yo, pull through 2 loops on hook) across
Row 4
FPJoin C2, tss across, ls
RPWith C2, ch 1, (yo, pull through 2 loops on hook) across
Row 5
FPJoin C1, tks * 78 times, ls
RPWith C1, ch 1, (yo, pull through 2 loops on hook) across
Row 6
FPWith C1, tss across, ls
RPWith C1, ch 1, (yo, pull through 2 loops on hook) across
Row 7
FPWith C1, tss across, ls
RPJoin C2, ch 1, (yo, pull through 2 loops on hook) across
Row 8 
FPWith C2, tss across, ls
RPJoin C1, ch 1, (yo, pull through 2 loops on hook) across
Row 9
FPWith C1, tss across, ls
RPJoin C2, ch 1, (yo, pull through 2 loops on hook) across
Row 10
FPWith C2, tss across, ls
RPJoin C1, ch 1, (yo, pull through 2 loops on hook) across
Row 11
FPWith C1, txs * 39 times, ls
RPJoin C2, ch 1, (yo, pull through 2 loops on hook) across
Row 12
FPWith C2, txs * 39 times, ls
RPJoin C1, ch 1, (yo, pull through 2 loops on hook) across
Row 13
FPWith C1, tss across, ls
RPJoin C2, ch 1, (yo, pull through 2 loops on hook) across
Row 14
FPWith C2, tss across, ls
RPJoin C1, ch 1, (yo, pull through 2 loops on hook) across
Rows 15 and 16
FPWith C2, tss across, ls
RPWith C2, ch 1, (yo, pull through 2 loops on hook) across
Row 17
FPWith C1, tss across, ls
RPWith C1, ch 1, (yo, pull through 2 loops on hook) across
Row 18
FPJoin C2, tks * 78 times, ls
RPWith C2, ch 1, (yo, pull through 2 loops on hook) across
Rows 19 and 20
FPWith C2, tss across, ls
RPWith C2, ch 1, (yo, pull through 2 loops on hook) across
Row 21
FPBinding off

With C2, tss across, ls. Cut yarn and weave in all ends.
RPThere is no reverse pass.
Blocking

I wet blocked my cowl by pinning it to a blocking mat and spraying water on it. If you are using acrylic yarn, it will be better to steam block instead.

Finishing

Seam the two short edges together to make a cowl.

That’s it! Your Doppelgänger cowl is now ready 🙂 I hope you enjoyed making it as much as I did!

You can read about my journey of making this cowl here. You can also head over to my blog to see my other work. I would love to see your finished cowl(s). Please share your pictures and tag them with @knitterknotter, #knitterknotter and #doppelgangercowl on Instagram so that I can find them!

You can add this pattern to your Ravelry queue.  If you would like a printable version of this pattern (or just to support me), you can purchase a print-friendly ad-free PDF from my Ravelry and Etsy shops.

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Happy crocheting!

Arunima

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