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Monday, 27 July 2015

OH SO EASY COWL


OH SO EASY COWL

This cowl is not a new one – it’s a freely shared one by Moogly and it’s one that you will surely make again and again.. and this blog is proof of that. 
I’d made this lovely cowl for my daughter and on her return to India, her friend loved it so much she requested for one ; and I’ve made it several times in the middle without writing about it too. The yarn I’d used originally is way too warm for India, so I thought I’d use one of our locally available yarns.

The reason I am writing this all out is that I’ve found we are unable (sometimes) to visualize what a particular project will look like with locally available yarns.  In India, we do not get all the yarns that are suggested on the pattern sheet(s), but this one made with our locally available Vardhaman Millenium shows us that hey! We can make this one too J

The word infinity means boundless, limitless, unending.. and this truly applies to this cowl.  The possibilities for what you can do with this cowl are endless – limited only by your creativity and yarn availability.

Materials used : Today I’ve used our Indian Vardhaman Millenium ; holding three strands together for the whole project, with a 6.5 mm crochet hook.

Pattern :   I’ve used the Artfully Simple Infinity Scarf pattern by Tamara Kelly available at http://www.mooglyblog.com/artfully-simple-infinity-scarf/

However, I’d like to add a few of my notes to this.

In this creation, I’ve used three strands of Vardhaman millennium – two strands of this lovely peach and one of smoky dark grey.  When I saw the colours, I thought they would blend well, and I am so happy with the final finish.

In each of my creations, I try something different, so in this one, I decided to change the number of stitches between joins.  Not that much of a tweak, but worth a mention.  

Instead of 10 ch between 2 joins, I used 8 large chain.

With a larger hook and a looser tension, I feel this just makes this all look so much lacier and lighter – but still affords warmth.

In the original pattern, the designer has used a nice button tie at one end – but I have decided make a tie-up finish at one end (over which one can embellish and then bring that bit to the front, or as I suggested to the recipient, keep behind the neck so that there is no hair tangling).

So for this, after reaching the width needed, and fastening off, do not cut off yarn.  Just hold the end of the project together (i.e the start end where you will have some loose yarn that you can now neatly hide), and then pass the yarn ball over and around this start bit of cowl.  You’ll notice that it really scrunches up nicely – so depending on how tight you want this bit, increase tension – and continue wrapping till you have a rope-like finish.  
Once done, cut off yarn , fasten off and then neatly pull the yarn through the centre of this rope bit.. so that you hide that end (so weave it into this rope like finish).. and c’est tout.. your project is done!

If you keep this tied up bit along the side of the neck, it changes the whole appearance, or so I think – and of course, this same tied up portion can be well hidden under your hair at the back of your neck.


I also feel that the looser you make your chains, the more your yarn will stretch, so it will be that much longer – and can thus be wound around the neck better.



Right , enough chatting..  off you go.  Oh pattern? Well, the link for that is http://www.mooglyblog.com/artfully-simple-infinity-scarf/


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