Tuesday, 12 August 2014

The Hook Never Gets to Cool Down

Hot off the hook today is this lovely, scrummy, cosy and soft chunky Cowl.

Oversized and warm as toast, you can wear it buttoned up or as a normal scarf/wrap - it's up to you.

With a strong but delicate fan and shell pattern, and a roll-down neckline, this will keep you warm in the coldest of weathers, and keep you looking great too!

Chunky Autumn Cowl

You cannot beat being cosy on a cold Autumn or Winter day!  If you are looking for something that you can simply throw over your head as a buttoned cowl, or hang around your neck as a scarf/wrap, you have found it!  With the roll down neckline and buttons to keep it in place, this chunky cowl is guaranteed to keep the draughts away.

Materials:  2 Skeins Chunky (Bulky/ 5) Yarn of any sort; and an 8mm hook.  3 or 4 Large buttons.  I used 25mm.  You can use three along the edge, but I found it was a lot cosier with an extra one just below the neckline.

Gauge is really not important with this item, but here is how mine worked out:  Each 7 st Shell pattern measured 3” across, and I got 5 rows of shells to 4”.

Abbreviations:  sc = single crochet; dc = double crochet; sk = skip; beg = beginning; rep = repeat.

Pattern is written in US terms; a chart to convert from US to UK terms is included at the end.


Row 1: With 8mm hook; chain 32.  Double crochet in 4th chain from hook, *sk 2 chain, (3dc, ch1, 3dc) in next chain; sk 2 chain;  dc in each of next 2 chain*; rep from * to * to end.  Turn.

Row 2: Ch3, dc in next st; *sk 3 dc; (2dc, ch3, 2dc) in space between the two 3dc clusters; sk the next 3dc; dc in each of next 2 dc*.  Rep from * to * to end.

Row 3:  Ch3; dc in next st; *sk 2 dc, (3dc, ch1, 3dc) in ch3 space between the 2dc clusters; sk 2dc;  dc in each of next 2 sts*; rep from * to * to end.  Turn.

Repeat Rows 2 and 3 until you reach the desired length. I made mine nice and big and it turned out at 53” x 13”.  If you want it smaller, use a smaller hook to cut down on the width, and work less rows accordingly.

Once you reach the desired length, fasten off.  Attach yarn to opposite end, so that you are now working on the other side of the starting chain.  Ch3, dc in next st; *sk 2 ch; (3dc, ch1, 3dc) into next st; sk 2 ch; dc into each of next 2 sts*;  rep from * to * to end.  Fasten off.

Cross the scarf over as if wearing it, and lay the end of the scarf over sideways onto the left hand edge of the other end.  (As in the picture). Mark where you need to place 3 buttons evenly spaced along that left hand edge.  Mine were roughly 6” apart.  Sew on 3 buttons onto the left hand edge. 

Sew another button about 6” in to the centre of the scarf, in a line with the 3rd button from the bottom.  (the top one.)  This will enable you to button it also at the neckline to keep it snug.

Now you can either simply slip the buttoned up cowl over your head, or you can undo it and wear it as a normal scarf.

©AG Handmades

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