Craft Hope is amazing – they have collected and distributed over 100,000 handmade items to folks in need around the world, and I love participating whenever I can. For Project 25, they are collecting various sewn, crocheted, and knitted items for We Are Kenya, which will provide over 200 students with the necessities to thrive in school. The cut-off for projects to be received at the US collection point is Nov. 15, so if you finish something this weekend, you can totally make it. My mom and I made three scarves that we hope will be warm and cuddly for the kiddos that receive them.
Making the orange and white one on the right reminded me of my favorite quick cowl pattern, which is great for the holidays. The pattern is easy and mindless, so it’s perfect for beginners or last minute presents. It’s also not as bulky as other patterns, so it’s a lot more wearable (think bosses, mothers-in-law, teens). Because the pattern is simple, it’s a great option for a variegated or novelty yarn.
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QUICK CROCHET COWL
Supplies 250-280 yds worsted weight yarn (I used Red Heart Unforgettable because it’s pretty and acrylic, so it’s perfect for us wool allergic crocheters) “I” hook Yarn needle Scissors Abbreviations ch = chain dc = double crochet sl st = slip stitch sk = skip Instructions Ch 38 row 1. Dc in 6th ch from hook, (ch 1, sk 1 ch, dc in next ch) 16 times, ch 4, turn. You’ll see 17 “squares” (aka, ch 1 spaces) across the row. row 2. Sk 1, dc in dc, (ch 1, sk 1, dc in dc) 15 times, ch 1, sk 1 ch, dc in next ch, ch 4, turn Repeat row 2 until you have about 1 yard (from your fingertips to the middle of your chest) of yarn left, or until the scarf is as tall as your intended recipient (I’m 5’6″, and this is almost exactly my height. If you’re making this for a kid, you’ll want to stop sooner so it’s not overwhelming). Do not cut yarn. Finishing Holding right sides together and being careful not to twist, match top and bottom ends together. Sl st ends together by inserting hook through corner last dc (on end) and corner chain (from foundation chain), pull up a loop, then pull it through loop on hook. Continue for each ch or dc. After last stitch, fasten off and weave in ends. Turn cowl inside out and wrap it around your neck. Resist urge to keep it for yourself. Bonus Points – replicate woven scarf Instead of joining cowl, lay scarf flat. Thread yarn onto needle, and using a double thickness, weave yarn through first vertical row. Cut yarn, leaving a long tail at top and bottom. Weave using opposite start (if you went over the first row, go under) for next row. Continue until entire scarf is woven. Tie yarn for each row at top and bottom to secure. Trim fringe evenly.
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PSST: I’ll be giving away a pretty blue version of the cowl this Tuesday – follow me on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest for all the details Tuesday on how to win. I’ll share the winner in my post Wednesday.
Bye, Jenny Brown