Tunisian Basket Weave Cowl

Tunisian Basket Weave Cowl Pattern
Tunisian Basket Weave Cowl Pattern
Tunisian Basket Weave Cowl Pattern

Tunisian Basket Weave Cowl

Introducing Mikey’s pattern called the Tunisian Basket Weave Cowl. This cowl is a mix of stitches that include the Tunisian Knit Stitch and Tunisian Pearl Stitch.

Download Yarnspirations Pattern
Free Pattern: Crochet Basketweave Cowl

The Basket Weave portion is a result of doing the same stitches over top of each other for 4 rows and then changing to the opposite stitch over top for another 4 rows. You keep alternating in the same fashion.

The colour of this yarn is amazing and it’s 100% Wool as part of the Patons ColorWul Yarn Line. Colour you see is called Creek.

The only way I know how to describe the colours of the entire yarn line for this brand is that it feels and looks very artistically. I see independent women in New York wearing something like this, possibly walking on her way to the book store or sipping a coffee with a friend.

If I were to comment to one thing about my design, I love this yarn but it’s hard to see the stitchwork very clearly. So if you wanted to showcase your stitch work, I would recommend a more solid colour or less busy yarn to use. For me, I was more looking for the artistic approach.

Pattern Concept and Stitches Used

Tunisian Basket Weave Cowl Pattern
Tunisian Basket Weave Cowl Pattern. Look carefully as you can see the basket weave.

Inside this cowl are two different Tunisian Stitches. There are two knit stitches in a row, followed by two purl stitches. This is creating the generous looking ribs you see within the cowl.

You will start at the bottom of the cowl and do this as a large rectangular panel. Once you get to panel, there are two regular double crochet rows added to the top and bottom edges. These additional rows are used to fold over and secure to the inside of the cowl to provide a beautiful rolled edge look. The circular look is done by sewing the two ends together as the very last step.

Pattern Concept

This pattern concept was inspired by the Tunisian Fair Isle Cowl. It’s a free pattern on Yarnspirations.

I learned with this pattern how to do rolled over edges to make the cowl sit properly. Free tutorial is also available on how to do that concept.


  • 10″ Diameter x 7″ Tall
  • When the panel is laying flat before the two sides are sewn together, it will measure approximately 24″

Materials Needed

  • 2 Skeins of Yarnspirations ColorWul
  • Colour used is called Creek.
  • 9 mm or M Afghan Hook. My hook was a Tunisian Hook that was 13″ long. I was able to get all of the stitches onto this without having to use a Flexible Cord Afghan Hook.
  • Tapestry Needle


Tips: Work into horizontal bumps at back of foundation chain for 1st row.

  1. Ch 74. The first and last chain is consider the edge stitches.
  2. Forward pass (Right to Left): Insert hook into 2nd ch from hook. Yoh, draw loop through and leave on hook. *Insert hook in next ch. Yoh, draw loop through and leave on hook. Rep from * to end of chain. Do not turn. 70 sts on hook.
  3. Return pass (Left to right): Yoh and draw through first loop on hook for selvedge st. *Yoh and draw through 2 loops on hook. Rep from * until 1 loop rem on hook. Do not turn.  Loop rem on hook becomes first st of next row.

The return pass is always the same throughout the entire Tunisian Stitchwork in this project. Refer to the above Return Pass instructions if you need to remind yourself on how to this. This is always shown in the Knit and Purl Stitch Tutorial Videos listed above in this article.

Tunisian Basket Weave Cowl Pattern
Tunisian Basket Weave Cowl Pattern

Knit and Purl Ribbing

  1. * Tunisian Knit Stitch 4, Tunisian Purl Stitch 4. Repeat * across to selvedge stitch. Return Pass.
  2. Repeat Steps 1 – 3 more times. There are 4 rows that are identical that are creating the basket weave look.
  3. * Tunisian Purl Stitch 4, Tunisian Knit Stitch 4, Repeat * across to selvedge stitch. Return pass.
  4. Repeat Step 4 – 3 more times.
  5. Repeat Steps 1 to 2
  6. Tunisian Knit Stitch in each stitch across. Return pass.
  7. Repeat Step 6 – 3 more times.

Tunisian Knit Stitch Next

The top cowl is straight Tunisian Knit Stitch across. Instead of doing the Knit and Purl Ribbing configuration, simply just Tunisian Knit Stitch stitch across.

  1. Tunisian Knit Stitch across. Return Pass.
  2. Repeat Step 1 – 3 More Times.

Cast Off

You will now cast off on the final row but DO NOT CUT YARN at the end of the row.

  1. Cast off using Tunisian Knit Stitch cast off. This technique is shown in the above video tutorial listing. Do not cut yarn.

Upper and Lower Fold Over Edges

We will now begin to make the fold over rows. To do the fold over, we need to ensure we use the proper loop in the stitch to get the material to fold over consistently across.

Upper Fold Over

  1. Picking back up from the cast off section. Turn your project to the wrong side (so you can see the back side of the cowl).
  2. Ch 3, 1 DC in each Front Loop across the top edge. Turn.
  3. Ch 3, 1 DC in each stitch across.
  4. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Bottom Fold Over

  1. Turn project to the wrong side so you can see the back side of the cowl when looking at it.
  2. Fasten on to the 1st front loop. Ch 3, 1 DC in each Front Loop across the edge. Turn.
  3. Ch 3, 1 DC in each stitch across.
  4. Fasten off and weave in ends.
Tunisian Basket Weave Cowl Pattern
Tunisian Basket Weave Cowl Pattern


  1. You will fold the double crochet rows over to the backside of the cowl.
  2. Using your tapestry needle, sew the top edge to the inside of the cowl where the top edge stops. Ensure your tapestry needle doesn’t pass to the good side of the project as it will ruin your look. Use your needle to secure the edge by slipping your needle behind some strands of your stitchwork but never through the project itself.
  3. Repeat for the fold over for the bottom edge.
  4. Fold cowl in half with the back side of the cowl facing up in the width direction so the two shorter edges are overlapping . Whip stitch the two edges together. Project is now inside out.
  5. Flip the cowl so the good side is out.
  6. Shape and wear your cowl.


  1. Nancy I Sanchez

    no blue button

  2. Julia Smith

    No blue button

  3. I really LOVE this cowel ! I don’t know all these different stitches. So, I’m going to try to make this with just double crochet stitches. I think I can do it…I HOPE I can do it ! Wish me luck !!

  4. Jeanie Rouse

    you were bang on…..I love your tutorials.

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