[I’m having a bit of trouble with this post – my SAD has been truly horrific since the clocks went back, and I’m very tired and grumpy today. Hopefully I’ve managed to edit any grumpiness out, but if I look like I’ve been crying in the picture, it’s just that my eyes are puffy from my cold and lack of sleep. No weeping over the cowl, I promise, although if I sound dazed and confused, it’s probably because I am!]
Well, it took me a lot longer than expected, but I’ve finally finished a cowl that I’m happy with. Are you ready?
Pattern: Improvised by me, based on the Blossom Stitch Pattern from The Crochet Stitch Bible.
Yarn: Fyberspates Scrumptious DK Solid, 1 skein silver, 1 skein red.
Notions: 8mm crochet hook, 3 toggles.
All materials bought at Darn it and Stitch in Oxford
Made for the Cowl-along at Luvinthemommyhood
Although everyone (including me!) was very fond of the previous cowl I made with this yarn, it just didn’t work for me, and it took me a couple of false starts to get this one to work as well. I knew I wanted this colour combination, I knew I wanted something flexible, and I knew I wanted something snuggly. After spending far too much time searching through Ravelry, I eventually decided that the only way to get what I wanted was to make it up for myself. The stitch pattern is fairly lacy, but with the 2 yarns held together, it forms a fabulously drapey, lofty fabric. One of the misconceptions about crochet that drives me nuts is that it makes a stiff fabric, so I tend to go out of my way to prove that wrong. Does this look stiff to anyone else?
The key is to use the right hook size for your yarn and stitch. I took a few attempts to find the perfect combination, but I think it was worth the effort. The stitch pattern doesn’t really show up because of the variegation in the yarn colours, but I think it shows off the variegations really well, if you see what I mean. A solid fabric would have given it a completely different look.
Overall, I’m chuffed to bits with my cowl, and have spent the morning wearing it at my desk! It needs blocking, which I’m also hoping will smooth the fibres a bit and stop them making me itch, but for now, I’m just enjoying being warm and snuggly in my new cowl 🙂
To see what other people have finished this week, head over to Tami’s here or click the picture below.