Well, I am currently in Belfast, and because I flew with no hold baggage I wasn’t able to take my knitting with me. So I brought a couple of crochet hooks instead. That’s why you’re seeing so much crochet on this blog at the moment! I also find that having crochet with me gets rid of any flying nerves I might be having, and the only reason I actually took up crochet is because I fly quite often!
Anyway, another place I flew to recently was America, and when I was there I decided I would get a ‘typical’ American yarn I’m always hearing about on the internet, as a souvenir. I looked at Red Heart, and Peaches and Cream, but finally decided on a ball of Caron Simply Soft, in a really nice peacock blue. I intended to knit a cowl, but since I was flying thought I might as well crochet it instead. And I am really pleased with the results! I started off attempting to make a moebius openwork cowl from a pattern (and I’m really sorry, but I can’t remember where that pattern was from), but, well I am a very novice crocheter and it didn’t go well. So I set out to make a cowl I knew I could make. It was also supposed to be a moebius, but I was in the car and couldn’t be bothered working out how to crochet into the bottom of the chain so I didn’t (how lazy) and so it has a double twist instead, which I think I like better, actually.
Apparently it can also be worn as a hood… but I don’t think I will. I’m not sure I’m a hood person, I prefer hats.
Does it look like I’m in the jungle? I’m actually in my boyfriend’s parent’s back garden. His Mum is a brilliant gardener! Anyway, here is a close-up of the cowl.
Anyway, so here is the recipe (probably more of a recipe than a pattern – as I said, I am no expert at crochet!)
All directions are in American, I learnt from American books and websites. And the yarn is American so that’s fine!
sc = single crochet
dc = double crochet
trc = triple crochet
Hook size: 6mm
Yarn: 300m Aran weight
Sc into 2nd ch from hook, sc to end.
Twist sc chain and join in round. Join so that you will crochet into top of sc if you want a double twist, or into bottom of starting chain if you want a moebius (make sure you have only twisted it once, however!)
Round 2: dc
Round 3: sc
Round 4: trc
Round 5: sc
I alternated the dc and trc rounds, with an sc round between each. I finished with a dc round and then a sc round to make a firm edge, and then I did a crab stitch edging around both edges of the cowl. Hope this all makes sense!
I have two days left without my needles and about 50g of DK acrylic so I’m off to find something else to crochet now!