Thursday, January 3, 2013

Earth Tone Cowl

Yes! Another cowl under my belt *ehrm* for around my neck! 

This one is done up in all earth tones, specifically browns or shades thereof. The edging is very simple and makes a great addition to cowls, hats, scarves, skirts, etc.

One thing I love about this one is the look of face-up chains along the body of the work. (I think it might be called a crochet stockinette stitch, but I'm not sure, and you have to use a Tunisian hook for it anyway) There are simple steps to make them stand out in such a way. In the above photo, the face-up chain stitching is very obvious in the row of Ivory colored yarn at the bottom of the picture.

Let's get to it, shall we?

  • 3 skeins of color-coordinating yarn, or colors of your choice, make it rainbow if you want - it is yours after all - I used I Love This Yarn in Brown, Ivory and Toasted Almond
  • size P 10MM and K 6.5MM crochet hooks
  • Embroidery Needle
  • Scissors
Gauge: Gauge is not important to this project, as long as it fits over your head, it'll work.

Stitches Used:
  • Chain
  • Single Crochet (SC)
  • Half-Double Crochet (HDC)
For a refresher on these stitches: HDC - SC 

  • Read the entire pattern before beginning. Experiment with the stitches and finding the extra strand of yarn at the back of the HDC stitch. 
  • JOIN at the end of every row, unless instructed to do otherwise.
  • Do Not turn your work. 
  • I did not carry my yarn throughout this project, you are most certainly welcome to do so if you wish, but the large weave of the stitching will show the carried colors.
  • This pattern can be adapted to make a hooded cowl; just repeat the rows until it's the desired length and provides adequate coverage for your head and neck.
  • Make the pattern in any combination of row-repeats; bearing in mind that the face-up chain stitch will only show up in the rows using HDC.
  • Change colors as you wish. Tie off and weave in ends after color changes <or> leave them loose til the end of your project and weave them in at that time.

Earth Tone Cowl Pattern

With color A and size P hook (color A being whichever you choose to use first - I used Toasted Almond) chain 60. Join with a slip stitch to make a circle; try not to twist it or you will lose a few stitches in your count.

Row 1:  Chain 1, SC in same stitch and in each stitch around. Join to first SC (not the chain 1).

Row 2: Chain 1, HDC in same stitch and in each stitch around. Join to first HDC (not the chain 1).

This next row will be the first row to show the face-up chain stitch; this stitch is created by crocheting in the extra strand of yarn at the back of your work; instructions for this are under each pic below. Remember: DO NOT turn your work, that extra strand can easily be picked up with your hook by looking down the back.

Row 3: Chain 1, HDC in same stitch. HDC in the back extra strand of the next HDC and around. Join to first HDC (not in the chain 1). [It sounds harder than it actually is, don't give up too soon!]

This picture is showing you the location of where to anchor the next row. The HDC stitch has an extra strand of yarn that the SC lacks, this extra strand of yarn can be found on the back of your work. In the above picture, the small pink oval is circling the front, the pink arrow indicates this part will be raised to be the face-up chain. The red arrow indicates the extra strand of yarn on the back of your work. *next pic*

Once again, trying to make things clear, this shows the back of your work and the red arrow indicates where the extra strand of yarn can be found.
Row 4: Repeat Row 2.

Row 5: Repeat Row 3.

Rows 6 - 20: Repeat Rows 4 and 5, respectively.

If you wish to add more space between the face-up chain stitches do a row of SC.
If making a hooded cowl, repeat Rows 4 and 5 until the cowl is as long as you desire. When finished, tie off and weave in loose ends to secure.

Using a size K hook, and crocheting loosely,  {*SC, Chain 3, SC} in one stitch, skip next stitch and repeat {*} around, joining in the top of the first SC.

Once you get the hang of it, it really is simple! Good luck!

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