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Tenement Cowl crochet pattern 4ply or DK



Tenement Cowl was inspired by the bright contrast colours and brick bond pattern of Victorian tiles.

Tiles were laid in communal stairwells of tenement buildings in cities such as Glasgow in Scotland. The patterns often had stripes of contrast colours and helped to brighten up the otherwise dreary flights of stairs.

The cowl is worked flat in rows, and sewn together after blocking to create a cowl. Yarns are carried up the side, so there are only four ends to weave in.

The pattern and charts are set up for right-handed users. I place my yarn over the hook (not under) as I create stitches throughout this pattern.


Yarn & hook: 

4ply weight - RiverKnits Nene 4ply; 100g/ 400m/ 437yds; 100% British Bluefaced Leicester. Sample used 100g each of shades Kiefernwald and Bienenwabe.

3mm hook (US C/2 or D/3) for 4ply version

DK weight - RiverKnits Nene DK; 100g/ 225m/ 246yds; 100% British Bluefaced Leicester. Sample used 100g each of shades Erntedank and Sommerlicher Nachthimmel.

4mm hook (US G/6) for DK version

Terminology: UK terminology


12 x place markers for 4ply version & 9 x place markers for DK version

1 x stitch marker (to secure stitch when putting project aside)

2 x tapestry needles 

Blocking equipment


Blocked Tension/Gauge: 

4ply weight - 23 sts over 10cm/ 4" and Rows 1-26 over 10cm/ 4"

DK weight - 18 sts over 10cm/ 4" and Rows 1-18 over 10cm/4"


Cowl Dimensions:

4ply weight - 78cm circumference x 40.5cm high/ 30.75" circumference x 16" high

DK weight - 70cm circumference x 30cm high/ 27.5" circumference x 11.75" high


Stitches used

BLO - back loop only

ch - chain cm - centimetre   

dbl ss - double slip stitch

dc - double crochet (US single crochet)   

dc2tog - double crochet two together (US single crochet two together)

FPqtr - front post quadruple treble (US front post triple treble) 

HBhtr - herringbone half treble crochet (US herringbone half double crochet)

htr - half treble crochet (US half double crochet)    

ss - slip stitch

Yarn Substitutes: Any 4ply or DK weight yarn of the same meterage per 100g and similar blend. If you use a different blend, your tension/gauge may vary, and you may not have enough yarn to complete all of the rows.

Pattern format: Tenement Cowl pattern is a six-page, A4 document with large, clear text and a chart.

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Pattern Pricing

I now operate a ‘pay what you can’ scale for my electronic/downloadable single patterns.  I usually charge £5 for these patterns and to encourage access for all crafters, these are now available on a scale of £3 - £7 and you chose what you can afford within that scale. 

Please note that this doesn’t apply to my hard copy patterns, which remain priced at £5 and come with an automatic digital download.


Product materials, sourcing and PoM Rating

This product was originated by me at Fay Dashper-Hughes Designs.  This pattern is printed on paper that is manufactured using wind power,100% recycled post-consumer fibre and carbon neutral and printed by me.

Postage and Packaging

You can read all about P&P here.

The P&P costs applied are very transparent.  No additional costs are added on, you simply pay for the cost of packaging and the cost of postage.  I don't offer free P&P because what that usually means is that the cost of P&P has been added to the cost of goods.  I think it is better to assume that my customers aren't daft and would rather have transparent P&P costs than the pretence of 'Free P&P' with inflated prices on the items that they are buying.  


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