At last year’s Knit and Crochet Show, I picked up one of Bagsmith’s size U/25mm crochet hooks and I’d been dying to try it ever since. The inspiration to pick it up came from having just received one of Karen Whooley’s shawl designs, which used a great color combination. I then remembered my hook and put together some of the colors of Karen’s shawl, added a fourth and brought them all home. I am not one of those super-fast crocheters, but I did want to time myself, so, using a super-simple stitch, all 4 strands of yarn held together and my oh-so-smooth hook, I made the above cowl in 90 minutes. No, actually 85 minutes. The pattern is below. Just think how many of these you could make for gift-giving – and each one different by just changing one of the 4 colors. I went in a spiral to be even more of a no-brainer, but you could make a wrap or throw just going back-and-forth. And every color I used (and, of course, more) can be found and ordered at buy.caron.com.
SKILL LEVEL: Easy
TECHNIQUE USED: Crochet
Cowl measures approximately 30″/76cm around x 15″/38cm high.
Caron International’s Simply Soft Party (99% Acrylic/1% Polyester; 3oz/85g, 171yds/156m):
#0004 Teal Sparkle (A): 1 skein
#0006 Purple Sparkle (B): 1 skein
Caron International’s Simply Soft (100% Acrylic; 6oz/170g, 315yds/288m):
#0011 Celestial (C): 1 skein
Caron International’s Simply Soft prints (100% Acrylic; 4oz/113g, 200yds/182m):
#0006 Oceana (D): 1 skein
One size US U (25mm)
Stitch marker (optional)
Gauge is not critical for this project.
Chain (ch), single crochet (sc), slip stitch (sl st)
Piece is worked in continuous rounds (spirals). Do not join and do not turn at ends of rounds. If desired, place a marker for beginning of round and move marker up as work progresses.
With 1 strand each of A, B, C, and D held together, ch 22; join with sl st in first ch to from a ring. Take care not to twist ch.
Round 1: *Ch 1, skip next ch, sc in next ch; repeat from * around; do not join, work in continuous rounds (spiral).
Round 2: *Ch 1, sc in next ch-1 sp; repeat from * around.
Repeat Round 2 until you run out of one of the skeins of yarn. Fasten off.
Using yarn needle, weave in all ends. Block lightly, if desired.