Thursday, July 19, 2018

A cowl for Blais


I've just finished making a quick crocheted cowl for our neighbor, Blais, who helps look after our hens when we're away from home, as we will be from tomorrow for a few days while we go camping again. Blais is eleven years old and is friendly with our GB; in addition to living right up the street, the girls attend the same dance school. We pay Blais a little when she helps us, but I still wanted to make her something. I thought a simple wearable item would be a good idea; we don't often need hats or mittens, but a cowl can be a nice addition on a chilly morning.


My design is very basic. I chained 250 to start, then did single-crochet stitches in every chain for the first row. Through the body of the cowl, I mixed solid SC rows like this with rows consisting of double-crochet stitches alternated with chains (a DC in every other SC, with chains between each DC), to give a lacy, open look. I finished the top edge with another row of SC in the same color I started with, for a finished effect. I like the way the mixed rows look; it's interesting, and the solid SC rows give a little bit of structure in between the lacier DC-chain rows. Above, the cowl is wrapped twice around the hanger; it should fall at mid-chest level this way.


She can wear it straight too, it's up to her. Unwrapped, it should reach hip-level on a girl her size.


I joined the ends with slip stitches. I'm not thrilled with the center yellow and green rows where they're joined; I think I dropped a stitch at the same end of both of those rows, so I had to catch those rows a little clumsily in my slip-stitching. It's okay, though. I think this made a generally neat join and unless you flatten it out this way, it's barely noticeable.


All the yarns are Stylecraft Special DK (see color names below). I used a small amount of each in my cowl, probably about 10-15 grams depending on the color. Miss GB was a big help to me in choosing the colors and they were a lot of fun to work with. We think of them as juicy colors! They remind me of Fruit Stripe Gum - do you remember that? Yipes! Stripes! :)

Blais's Cowl
Yarn: Stylecraft Special DK in the following colors: Candyfloss, Fondant, Fuchsia Purple, Shrimp, Saffron, Lime
Hook: Clover Amour G/6 (4.00mm)
Length: about 58 inches (29 inches joined)
Width: about 6 inches
Made: July 2018

18 comments:

  1. That is a lovely gift. I thought you had made it from self striping yarn so well done on joining the different colours. Have a good week end camping. Jo xx

    ReplyDelete
  2. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
  3. This is such a pretty gift for a little girl - or a big girl! I love your selection of colours, Jennifer, you have a real talent for it. Blais will love it.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Lovely cowl and sure she will love it, great colours too

    ReplyDelete
  5. It's very cute and I bet she will love those colors!

    ReplyDelete
  6. It's a gorgeous cowl and the colours are fabulous. I'm sure she'll be thrilled with it. X

    ReplyDelete
  7. That is beautiful and I’m sure Blais will love it. The colors are perfect.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

    ReplyDelete
  8. How sweet! The colours are perfect for an 11 year old girl. Have a wonderful camping weekend. xx

    ReplyDelete
  9. Have a wonderful trip away. Such a beautiful and thoughtful gift. The wonderful array of colour is stunning.

    ReplyDelete
  10. It's so pretty, and perfect for an 11 year old, she'll love it. It's so nice to receive a handmade gift as well, very thoughtful. I hope you have a fantastic time camping. CJ xx

    ReplyDelete
  11. I love it! The colors are gorgeous! How nice of you, good Jennifer.

    ReplyDelete
  12. So pretty! I love the bright colors. I hope you and your family have a fabulous time camping this weekend!

    ReplyDelete
  13. Oh, that's cute, and the colors are delicious. What a cool gift.

    I loved Fruit Stripe gum when I was younger! Cherry was my favorite. :)

    ReplyDelete
  14. oh that's so lovely! well done, a perfect gift!

    ReplyDelete
  15. This is gorgeous! I love the colours.

    ReplyDelete
  16. Hi please can you tell me if you are planning on writing all of the pattern down please

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi, I wasn't planning to, because I was winging this more than anything, but if you'd like to discuss it in more detail, you can email me and I'll try to help. :)

      Delete
  17. Love those colours! They are poptastic :) xxx

    ReplyDelete

Thank you for leaving a comment. It's so good to hear from you! I don't always have time to reply but I try to answer questions when I can.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...