Nordic Snowflake Cowl

I’m not sure how many of you know but I teach crochet classes down at my LYS (local yarn shop) Lisa’s Sew Crafty. We started with a basic dc infinity scarf and have just finished up a bunch of snowflakes. I wasn’t entirely sure what I wanted to do next. It was then that R from Sit n Stitch mentioned she’s never done color work and would be interested. LIGHT-BULB!! What if we did a tapestry style cowl?? What if it was winter themed?? Off to Ravelry I went!


But I wasn’t happy with what I was finding. Off to Excel I went! After fiddling with those pesky squares for what seemed like hours (ok it was probably only one in reality) I had ended up with my Nordic Snowflake design! All that was left to do was grab some yarn and figure out a gauge. I used Ella Rae Cozy Soft Chunky in Forest Turtle and White Rocking Sheep with a 5.5mm hook. After a little math and some re-configuring my graph, I came up with a finished dimension of 25″ around by 7.5″ high. Perfect!


So without further ado, here is my very own Nordic Snowflake Cowl!! I hope you all have fun making this and feel free to share your finished projects here or on Ravelry!


  • 5mm (US-I) crochet hook
  • Any aran weight yarn in two colors (I used Ella Rae Cozy Soft Chunky)
    • Color A (main color): 150 yards / 115 grams
    • Color B (accent color): 65 yards / 50 grams
  • Tapestry / yarn needle


  • 16.5 sc x 4 rounds in BLO = 4” x 1”

Terms Used:

  • St = stitch
  • Ch = chain
  • Sl st = slip stitch
  • Sc = single crochet
  • BLO = back loop only


  • This pattern is worked one round at a time with a slip stitch join to the beginning of every round
  • The ch 1 at the beginning of each round does not count as a stitch
  • After round 1, every round is worked into the back loop only
  • Rather than changing, cutting, using bobbins, and weaving all the ends, the yarn is carried throughout the cowl. The active yarn is worked over the inactive yarn. This technique is called tapestry crochet
  • Graph is started at the bottom right corner. It is then read right to left and down to up. This is so that as you crochet your finished project will look like the graph
  • Each row of the graph is done twice in order to achieve proper circumference

Finished dimensions:

  • Circumference – 25 inches
  • Height – 7.5 inches


Color A: ch 104, sl st to form a ring. Be careful not to twist the ch!

Round1: Color A: ch1, sc in each ch around, sl st to first sc – 104sts

Round2-30: Working in BLO, read chart switching colors when needed – 104sts



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