My Newest Crochet Cowl

by Kathryn on October 5, 2012 · 14 comments

in My crochet work

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I went through this phase awhile back where I got obsessed with crocheting cowls. Here in San Francisco it is often chilly and I almost always wear layers to account for temperature changes in the different microclimates between neighborhoods so cowls are great. They take up less room than scarves, so if I take it off I can easily throw it in my purse, but they’re just as warm and cozy.

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It had been awhile since I’d gone through that cowl phase and I hadn’t made a crochet cowl since then. But I kept eyeing this yarn that was sitting in a glass bowl on my fireplace mantle and trying to figure out what I wanted to make with it. I started a hairpin lace scarf but for some reason that didn’t feel right for this yarn. And I considered making it a portion of a blanket (I had a skine of about 300 yards) but then decided I didn’t need yet another half-done blanket around here. So then it came to me that it would be a lovely yarn for a new crochet cowl.

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I made this cowl the way I make a lot of them, which is to make a long rectangle, starting with a chain that’s the length I want to wrap around my neck. I crochet rows until I have the height of cowl that I want. In this case I did a lot of hdc crochet rows (because I really love that stitch) and then perodically I would do a row of longer stitches (there are some dc, tc and double treble rows).

crochet cowl detail My Newest Crochet Cowl

Once I have the height I want, I put the two short ends together and seam it up. Usually I use shells to create a decorative seam; this time I chose to use clusters – either way it has a textured effect sort of like buttons. The cowl is super comfy. That’s thanks to the terrific yarn that I used. It’s a hand-dyed yarn from a local company called Sincere Sheep, which I purchased from their great booth at a craft fair last winter. The yarn type is called Luminous and it’s a DK weight yarn made of 85% Polwarth Wool and 15% Tussah Silk. So yummy. The color I got is called Winter’s Night, which is a warm purple-grey shade that feels very sophisticated.

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I like the color and it’s going to go with many different things that I have in my wardrobe so I have a feeling I am going to get a lot of wear out of this new crochet piece. Now I just need to decide what to crochet next …

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14 comments
Mheintz
Mheintz

I really like this cowl. How do I get this pattern?

Michelle
Michelle

How do I get the pattern for this cowl?

dmarkey
dmarkey

Hi Kathryn... Love, love, love your new cowl! The color is beautiful and it look so soft and comfy. I'm going to try one like it and hope it comes out as nicely!

I am currently on a cowl jag and never would have thought to use the shell, cluster or bobble to join the seams. Very clever and soooo cute. Just love it. Thanks for all the work you do to gather information.

carolmckayau
carolmckayau

I was like, what are they? buttons? they really do look like buttons those bobble stitches, nice touch! nice cowl :) All those colours are lovely, the grey is very nice, but I would have trouble making a choice for sure. I made a cowl with the twist the other day in light blue and red (squares joined together) and then promply spilled some dinner on it, grrr.

RudiO
RudiO

Looks like a great cowl! Love the color & it sounds yummy!!

Soxymamma
Soxymamma

@CrochetBlogger Like your new cowl very much. Color and silk blend yarn are yummy!

pasmonauta
pasmonauta

@CrochetBlogger Looks very snuggly. Really beautiful.

dlyrs
dlyrs

It's very nice - I can tell the yarn is soft from the way it drapes around your neck. The shells on the seam was a good choice. Have a good day. :)

CrochetBlogger
CrochetBlogger moderator

@Mheintz Thanks for your interest in my crochet cowl. This was actually just a cowl that I made myself using whatever stitches I felt like at the time so there's no particular pattern for it.

I made this cowl the way I make a lot of them, which is to make a long rectangle, starting with a chain that’s the length I want to wrap around my neck. I crochet rows until I have the height of cowl that I want. In this case I did a lot of hdc crochet rows (because I really love that stitch) and then perodically I would do a row of longer stitches (there are some dc, tc and double treble rows).

Have fun with it!

CrochetBlogger
CrochetBlogger moderator

@carolmckayau Thanks! I love making cowls this way where I work it as a rectangle and then put them two ends together and make a decorative row of "buttons" using bobbles, clusters, or even shell stitch. It's a favorite of mine that you'll see on a lot of my cowls if you look closely. :)

CrochetBlogger
CrochetBlogger

@pasmonauta Thanks so much!!! It's really cozy :)

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