Learn a Stitch, Make a Drop Stitch Crochet Cowl

Welcome to the fourth entry in our ongoing series Learn a Stitch, Make a Cowl! Each month in 2015 we will teach you a new crochet or knit stitch. You can then use the stitch when you make the featured cowl. This month our stitch is drop stitch crochet, and the cowl is the Drop Stitch Crochet Cowl in Medley. Keep reading to learn the stitch and enter to win! Use the hashtag #learnstitches to talk about the series.

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LW4673 Drop Stitch Crochet Cowl


Drop-stitch crochet creates bands of regular stitches interspersed with loose loops. It looks similar to dropped stitches in knitting. You will need your yarn, crochet hook, and a very large knitting needle. This cowl is made in Medley, but the examples are done in Soft so you can more easily see the stitches. The real cowl will also be wider than the example photos.

You’ll start with a row of half-double crochet (hdc).

SOTM April 1

At the end of the row, do NOT turn. Instead, chain 1. Make the loop of the chain 1 very large, and put it on the needle.

SOTM April 2

Note: Make sure you put all of the loops onto the straight part of the needle (orange in this example) and not on the tapered point (red in this example) and pull them snug but not tight. Placing them like this will ensure that all of the loops are the same size.

Skip the first hdc, then put your hook into the second hdc, yarn over and pull up a loop. Do a chain 1, elongate the loop of the ch-1, and place it on the needle. By doing the chain 1 instead of just pulling the loop through you are “locking” the bottom the loop at the row of regular crochet so it will not change size when you remove the needle later.

SOTM April 3

Continue working from left to right across the row making the drop stitches and placing them on the needle.

SOTM April 4

Carefully slide the needle out, holding the last loop you made (on the far right) so it does not change size.

SOTM April 5

Working at the top of the most recent loop, on the right, insert hook into loop, yarn over and pull up a loop, chain 1, then hdc into that loop. Continue to hdc across. Treat the loops as if they were regular stitches you are working into.

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SOTM April 7

Turn the work for the first time, ch 1, and hdc across as normal.

SOTM April 8

You’ll continue to work the pattern of drop stitches then two rows of hdc to make the cowl. See the pattern for the number of repeats and how to finish the cowl.

SOTM April 9


Marly Bird teaches how to do the drop stitch crochet as she makes this Month’s Drop Stitch Crochet Cowl

To see the other stitches and cowls in this series, visit the Learn a Stitch, Make a Cowl page.


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9 thoughts on “Learn a Stitch, Make a Drop Stitch Crochet Cowl

  1. Beverly Graham

    This is going to be made for Christmas this year. Love it. Going to teach my 8 year old g-granddaughter to make it also. Something for her mother.

  2. Arl Olster

    Thank you!
    I do know this stitch- along with what feels like thousands of others, but having this reminder is perfect as I’ve been thinking about making things with more open spaces to suit the coming season.
    Thank you also for the clear tutorial. It’s nice to have a good site to recommend as refreshers when I am teaching.

  3. Goins Deborah Thompson

    I would love to make this cowl! Thank you so much for the tutorial! I think I can do this!

  4. K Turner

    This is a terrific pattern. So many other such products these days have become a bit run-of-the-mill, but this pattern offers a design that is new and different. It’s refreshing to have something a bit ‘different’ to work on, and it catches the eye. Thanks for the great pattern!

  5. jean potter

    Lov to win !! my friends make me sweaters!

  6. Susan Kasmiskie

    I would love to make this. The yarn is beautiful and makes a lovely cowl. Thank you for the chance to win,

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