Sunday, 21 July 2013

autumnal cowl

My eldest son starts his new school in September - he's growing up so fast!  He also needs some more grown-up winter woolies and as I spend Autumn and Winter making hats for a local company I have to get in early with projects for the family or I inevitably run out of time to get everything finished in time.  Which is how I ended up writing up this pattern in the middle of a heatwave!

I used a 4.5mm hook and Manos del Uruguay silk blend yarn (or a dk alternative).  This project used 33g left over from another project but it could be made bigger or smaller, just make sure your starting chain is an even number!  This version incidentally also works as an ear warmer although I'm not sure my son will wear it that way!

1. Ch 100, sc in bottom bump of 2nd ch from hook and in each st across (99)

(this could be worked in the round by joining the foundation ch with a sl. st and working in a continuous spiral, but as I like to work into the bottom bump for the sake of neatness I always end up with a twisted ch that I can never rectify no matter how many times I rip out my work and re-try!)

2. Ch1, and without turning, check your work is not twisted and join to form a circle by working a sc in 2nd sc of row one (skip the first).  You may want to mark the first ch sp...  *ch1, sk1, sc* around, moving st marker up each row.

Continue *ch1, sk1, sc* for as many rows as you'd like, I worked 22 rows.

Final Row: sc in each sc and ch sp around, when you reach marked st, sl st in marked st and next 2, break yarn and fasten off.

Weave in ends and wear :)