But then it needed something more and I couldn't decide what, I dithered and dithered and ended up in danger of missing the last posting date for Christmas, so I sent her something else instead. The cowl has since then sat in my pile of items that need a final touch - not technically a WIP as it was finished, just not quite finished
The piece was worked in a rectangle and then seamed along the short edges to make a cowl. I decided to sew a row of buttons along the seam - just for decamaration (as my Gran used to say - Norn-Irn-Gran for decoration).
This Rico yarn is 4-ply-ish, very lightweight, and is a colour-changing yarn. One of the strands is a sparkly silvery thread and adds a lovely light shimmer to the finished piece, so I'm calling it the Shimmer Cowl.
The finished cowl looks very smart I think, I'm really really pleased with how it's turned out :) And I'm going to send it to sis-in-law for her birthday. Which was last week. And no I haven't sent it yet.
Anyway here is the pattern, I'm writing it up from memory - it's fairly simple, and I've read and reread it a thousand times so hopefully it will be right!
Shimmer Cowl Pattern.
1 skein (50g) Rico Creative Reflection Print
4mm crochet hook
Please note UK terminology is used throughout, US conversion is shown below.
ch .... chain
dc .... double-crochet (single-crochet in American terminology)
tr ..... treble-crochet(double-crochet in US terminology)
sk .... skip
Chain 200 (or any even number of stitches depending on how long you want your cowl to be).
R1. Ch4 (counts as tr plus 1ch). Tr in 6th ch from hook, *sk next ch, ch 1, tr in next ch. Repeat from * to end.
R2. Ch3. Tr in next ch-space, * ch1, tr in next ch-space, Repeat from * to last ch-space. Finish with tr in 3rd chain of the ch-4 at start of previous row.
R3. Ch3. Tr in next ch-space, * ch1, tr in next ch-space, Repeat from * to last ch-space. Finish with tr in 3rd chain of the ch-3 at start of previous row.
R4-22. Repeat R3.
R23. Ch1, dc in tr, *dc in ch-space, dc in tr. Repeat from * to end. Do not fasten off.
Turn piece to work along short edge.
Ch 3, then 2-tr in the side of every treble/ch-3 along the short edge. Fasten off.
Rejoin yarn on other short edge.
Ch 3, then 2-tr in the side of every treble/ch3 along the short edge. Do not fasten off.
Join the short edges together, I used slip-stitch, you could also use dc or just sew them together.
Finished cowl measures approx 20 cm x 100cm (before joining).
** Please feel free to make and/or sell items made from my patterns, but please do not reproduce the pattern, and if you want to include a link back to me that would be lovely :)