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Craft Time and a Crochet Pattern

A free crochet cowl pattern.

I’ve been working diligently on my crocheted Christmas gifts.  Well, I’ve been working diligently on two samples that I plan on keeping for myself.    I figure the first ones are just the testers and aren’t worthy of gifts.  In reality, they both turned out to be really cute and I wanted to keep my first ones because I’m all sentimental like that.  But now that I’m done with the first ones I’ve started on the gifts!

I originally intended to make infinity scarves for my sisters-in-law {I have four, three sisters of my husband and one wife of my brother-in-law} and my mother and mother-in-law.  So I made the first one and I think it turned out really well.  But it took two skeins of yarn and took longer than I had anticipated.  So I went in search of another pattern to make something similar that only took one skein of yarn and maybe an hour to make.  I had to look no further than the label of the yarn I was using.  There was a very simple cowl pattern on the reverse side of the label that I was able to modify for my purposes.  I uploaded some photos above.  What do you think?

I am obviously not adept at bathroom mirror selfies.  Complete doofus, I am one.  But don’t focus on me.  Focus on the COWL.  Want to know how to make it?  Here’s what I did.  I’ve never written a pattern before so I’ll just type it the way I do it.

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You’ll need:

One skein of Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick yarn {I used Wood for that one}

One size P crochet hook {I like Susan Bates Crystalites acrylic hooks for larger yarn}

Slip knot your yarn on the hook and chain 37-40, depending on how loose or tight you want your cowl to fit.  I did 40 for that one because, well, look at the size of that melon.  Don’t worry if it looks small at first, it will grow as you work your way around.  Make sure your chain is not twisted, then join the chain to form a loop using a slip stitch.  Chain three to begin the first row of double crochet.

Round 1:  Double crochet into the foundation chain all the way around.  Join with a slip stitch.  Chain three to begin the next row.

Round 2:  Double crochet all the way around, join with a slip stitch. Chain three to begin your next row.

Repeat Round 2 until you run out of yarn.  I ran out of yarn halfway through a row, so I just pulled it out to the last complete row and tied it off.

Weave in your ends.  You’re done!

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There are a lot of different ways to put your own spin on this cowl.  You could experiment with different stitches and widths.  Just get some yarn and a hook and play around.

I’ll have to take a better photo of the infinity scarf for another post and pattern.  It is really cute and versatile.  Do you have any plans for giving handmade gifts this year?  I’d love to hear about what you’re making!

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