I had a deliciously sloppy day on Sunday. I stayed in my pyjamas all day and crocheted a cowl. (I'm nothing if not imaginative when it comes to naming my makes!)
It was so simple and enjoyable to make that I thought I'd share the details with you so that you might have a go at crocheting one too.
Before we begin, let's have a little chat about the stitch used. I crocheted it using half trebles (or half doubles US) in the third loop/back bump. I think its grown-up name is camel stitch. It creates a gorgeous drape and very much appeals to my love of the 'knitted look'. The reverse is actually just as attractive - almost like a knitted moss stitch. Sadly, this stitch only works when crocheting in the round. :-(
Instead of working your half trebles (half doubles US) in either/both of the two normal loops, you insert your hook through the loop that sits at the back of the stitch, just underneath. If you tip your work slightly towards you, you should see it. Be careful not to miss the first one of each round - it can be slightly more tricky to push your hook through than the rest.
As you progress, it gets easier as the 'normal' two loops are pushed forward and the back loops increasingly offer themselves to you.
I used Drops Big Merino (how lovely is that yarn?!) and a 6mm hook.
Chain 100. Join last and first chain with a slip stitch, taking care not to twist your chain, to create a round.
Chain 2 and work a htr (hdc US) in the same stitch, and then in every stitch in the round. Slip stitch AROUND the first chain 2 to close your round. (I think this results in a nice and neat join with no gapes.)
*Chain 2. Work half trebles (half doubles US) in the third loops, all the way around. Close the round with a slip stitch around the first chain 2.*
Repeat ** until your cowl is the required height.
To join a new colour, complete your slip stitch at the end of the round and pass a loop of the new colour through the loop on your hook. Remove hook and place it through the new loop, chain 2 and proceed.
Each colour stripe consisted of five rounds and used approximately half a 50g ball of Drops Big Merino yarn. I am currently making a second cowl with less colours and anticipate that it will use the best part of four 50g balls in total.
Do let me know if I've forgotten to include anything.
If you choose to make your own cowl and you're on Instagram or Facebook, I'd love it if you linked to me or hashtagged your photo (do hash tags work on Facebook?) with 'sloppysunday' so I can pop by and admire your creation.