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Bright Red Shimmer Cowl

By: Kimberly K. McAlindin from Red Heart Yarn

If you're looking for that fabulous bright red shimmer cowl for the winter season then you have found it. This free crochet pattern from Red Heart Yarn is beautiful with its shimmer yarn from Red Heart Yarn.

Circumference at bottom edge above border: 35”
Circumference at top edge below border: 24”


  • Red Heart® “Shimmer”: 2 balls 1929 Red
  • Crochet Hook: 5.5mm [US I-9]
  • Stitch marker, yarn needle.

Abbreviations: ch = chain; mm = millimeters, sc = single crochet; st(s) = stitch(es); * or ** = repeat whatever follows the * or ** as indicated.

GAUGE: 14 sts = 4”; 13 rounds = 4” in pattern stitch (see below). CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size hook to obtain the gauge.
Special Stitches
fsc (foundation single crochet) = Ch 2, insert hook in 2nd chain from hook and draw up a loop (ch stitch made) * yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook (sc made), insert hook in ch stitch and draw up a loop; repeat from * for as many fsc as called for in pattern.
sc2tog = [draw up a loop in next sc] twice, yarn over and draw through all 3 loops on hook.
Note: Bottom border is worked back and forth first, then stitches are picked up from the foundation and worked in the round to the neck.
Pattern Stitch (worked in the round on a multiple of 2 sts)
To make gauge swatch, ch 22, join with slip st to first ch.
Round 1: Ch 1, sc in first ch, *ch 1, skip 1 ch, sc in next ch; repeat from * around—12 sc.
Rounds 2-13: Sc in first sc, *ch 1, skip ch-1 space, sc in next sc; repeat from * around. Piece should measure 6¼” around and 4” tall.
Leaving a long tail for seaming, fsc 127; turn.
Row 1 (right side): Ch 1, dc in first fsc, *ch 1, skip 1 fsc, dc in next fsc; repeat from * across; turn.
Row 2: Ch 1, sc in first dc, *sc in next ch-space, ch 4, skip next 2 chain spaces, [2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc] in next chain space, ch 4, skip next 2 ch-spaces, sc in next ch-space and in next dc; repeat from * across, turn.
Row 3: Ch 1, sc in first sc, sc in next sc, *sc in ch-4 space, *ch 3, skip 2 dc, [3 dc, ch 4, 3 dc] in ch-3 space, ch 3, sc in next ch-4 space, sc in next 3 sc; repeat from * across, omitting last sc; turn.
Row 4: Ch 1, sc in first 2 sc, *ch 4, skip [sc, ch 3, 3 dc], [dc, (ch 1, dc) 6 times] in ch-4 space, ch 4, skip [3 dc, ch 3, sc], sc in next 3 sc; repeat from * across, omitting last sc; turn.
Row 5: Ch 1, sc in first sc, *ch 4, skip [ch-4 space, 1 dc] [sc, ch 2] in each of next 5 ch-1 spaces, sc in next ch-1 space, ch 4, skip [1 dc, ch-4 space, 1 sc], sc in next sc;
repeat from * across. Fasten off.
With right side facing and holding border so that the fsc row is on top, rejoin yarn in third chain space of the foundation row.
Row 1: Ch 1, sc in first fsc, ch 1, *skip 1 fsc, sc in next fsc,= ch 1; repeat from * across, leaving last 2 fsc unworked—62 sc. Being careful not to twist, join in the round with a slip stitch to first sc. Place marker to designate first stitch.
Round 1: Ch 1, sc in first sc, *ch 1, skip ch-1 space, sc in next sc; repeat from * around. Move marker up as you work in same sc. Repeat Round 1 for 38 more rounds.
Decrease Rounds
Round 40: Sc in first sc, ch 1, sc in next sc, *ch 1, sc2tog, [ch 1, sc in next sc] 3 times; repeat from * around—50 sc.
Round 41: Work even.
Round 42: Sc in first sc of round, ch 1, sc in next sc, *ch 1, sc2tog, [ch 1, sc in next sc] 4 times; repeat from * around—42 sc.
Round 43: Ch 1, sc in marked sc, *skip 2 ch-spaces, ch 2, [dc, (ch 1, dc) 6 times] in next ch-space, ch 2, skip next 2 ch-spaces, sc in next ch-space, sc in next sc and in next ch-space; repeat from * around.
Round 44: *Ch 2, [sc, ch 2] in each of the next 6 ch-1 spaces of shell, skip 1 sc, sc in next sc; repeat from * around, ending with slip stitch in center sc. Fasten off.
Sew seam. Weave in ends.


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First things first, I cannot say enough about the Red Heart Shimmer yarn. I haven't seen this yarn at Michael's in at least a few years. I think it is discontinued! Now, this pattern idea with this red shimmer yarn looks similar to something I made many years ago and was selling for profit. It has a great drape and softness to it, and that was an attribute that was loved by all my buyers. I love cowls! I think I'm going to try this one for myself.

beautiful but I think a tutorial is needed to help me complete this one. PLEASE do a tutorial. This looks too good to pass.

Once I figured out the foundation stitch casdt on, the rest of the cowl went quickly, and came out very lovely.

Instructions are not correct. I have reworked and reworked and just can't get it right. I have torn out three times at the decrease rounds??

After the 38 rounds when you chain one sc three times, the scarf gets bigger and bigger. It ended up after the trim in the beginning at 35 inches like it should and then it just started growing and growing. I have torn it out three times and can't get it right. Any help out there????

I yest love this beautiful cowl is simple but diferent

I yest love this beautiful cowl is simple but diferent


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