Crochet · Design

Two Contrasting Cowl Patterns

Recently I’ve started a new challenge with Micheal Neill called ‘Creating the Impossible’. It’s a 90 day programme that aims to achieve what it says in the title. Create something impossible. I’m not really sure what my impossible project is going to be, but I’m fairly certain it will be of a crafting, creative nature.

This week’s challenge is to create something new every day. So I have created two crochet cowl patterns. One which I finished a while ago and never quite got around to writing the pattern, and one that I have finished this week. I thought that this could be my creative project for the day. To write the patterns and upload them onto Ravelry and write a blog post about them.

Simple Jewelspun Snood

I loved this yarn the minute I saw it. The colours certainly do resemble jewels and I wanted to make something with it. At the moment I am quite enjoying making smaller, quicker projects.

I went around the houses a little in creating this cowl, trying all manner of stitch designs. In the end, I decided to just stick with good old treble crochet and let the colours in the yarn become the centre of the design. I think it worked really well.

Materials:

1 ball of Sirdar Jewelspun Aran 200g

5.50mm crochet hook

Tension:

No specific tension is required for this project.

Abbreviations:

Ch:  Chain tr:  Treble crochet st/s:  Stitch/es slst:  slip stitch

To work:

Ch 38

Row 1:  1tr into 4th ch from hook.  1tr in each ch across, turn

Row 2: 2ch (counts as 1tr), 1tr into next and each st across, working last st into top of turning ch, turn. 

Rep Row 2 until ball of yarn has been used, leaving enough yarn for joining.

To join:

Place the two ends of the scarf together.

Working from right to left , slst through base of initial chain.

Using slst, continue to work across the row, matching 1tr to ch sp.

Fasten off and tie in loose ends.

Peephole Chevron Cowl

I found the yarn for this project in my local haberdashery shop in Albufeira. It’s like stepping back in time and it’s a real Aladdin’s cave of crafting wonders!

I’d gone in to buy some ribbon to finish a sewing project and this yarn was on display next to the till. It’s not the sort of colours I would normally pick, but I just loved it. This cowl is much smaller and is really useful for the winter days in the Algarve which can change from really very chilly to quite warm very quickly. It provides a sense of warmth, whilst not being too hot.

Materials:

1 ball of Rosarios 4 Sobe e Desce 200g

5.00mm crochet hook

Tension:

No specific tension is required for this project.

Abbreviations:

Ch:  Chain              tr:  Treble crochet st/s:  Stitch/es

slst:  slip stitch sp:  space tch:  turning chain

To work:

Ch 22

Row 1:  1tr into 3rd ch from hook.  1tr into each of next 4ch, *miss 2ch, 1tr into each of next 4ch, 2ch, 1tr into  each of next 4ch, repf rom *to last 6ch, miss 2ch, 1tr into each of next 3ch, 2tr into last ch, turn

Row 2: 3ch (counts as 1tr), 1tr into st at base of 3ch, 1tr into each of next 3 sts, *miss 2 sts, 1 tr into each of next 3 sts, [1tr, 2ch, 1tr] into 2ch sp, 1tr into each of next 3 sts; rep from * to last 6 sts, miss 2 sts, 1 tr into each of next 3 sts, 2 tr into top of tch, turn

Rep Row 2 until ball of yarn has been used, leaving enough yarn for joining.

To join:

Place the two ends of the scarf together.

Working from right to left , slst through base of initial chain.

Using slst, continue to work across the row, matching 1tr to ch sp.

Fasten off and tie in loose ends.

I really hope you enjoy trying these two cowls as much as I enjoyed designing them and making them.

It’s also nice for me to finally get the patterns out into the world for others to enjoy.

Happy Crocheting

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