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Wednesday, 27 January 2016

TRIAD COWL



TRIAD COWL

This is yet another lovely pattern from my must-make Pinterest list, made for my good friend Kay.  This is a quick two line repeat, which does require an Intermediate crochet skill level, mainly as we work back and forth.  However, I am also hoping that the instructions and chart make this easy enough for a determined crocheter to try.. so do come along, and let's work on this together.



Materials used : Oswal Cashmilon Acrylic yarn with a 4.5 mm hook.
This is a nice chunky pattern, so if you're using a chunky yarn, I'd suggest you do a quick swatch. 

Skill level : Intermediate to advanced

Abbreviations used :
lp(s) : Loop(s)                                                                  sc : Single crochet
dc : Double crochet                                                      ch : Chain
sp : Space                                                                           sl-st : Slip stitch
st(s) : Stitch(es)                                                               hk : Hook
yo : Yarn Over                                                        
fsc : Foundation Single Crochet          

Stitches used :
fsc : Foundation Single Crochet : To refresh your skill on the fsc, please view this superb video by Tamara Kelly at the link  http://www.mooglyblog.com/foundation-single-crochet-fsc/

dc 2-tog : Double crochet 2-tog : [yo, insert hk in st or ch-sp, yo and pull up a lp ; yo and draw through 2 lps] 2 times (3 lps on hk) ; yo, draw through all lps on hk.  One dc 2-tog made.
                                                           
Our pattern repeat here is 4 + 1.

Start with fsc in multiples of 4 + 1 for the width that you want for your scarf / cowl.

Now let’s quickly talk about this pattern.  
So we work two pairs of dc 2-tog first, and then we work 2 dc along the horizontal which means that we will turn our work 90˚ counter clockwise (or in the direction that we’re working), and then work a ch 3, followed by a dc in the dc 2-tog, which will make this our horizontal dc 2-tog.

Row 1 : dc in the 1st fsc ; ch 1, dc 2-tog in the same 1st fsc ; sk next 3 fsc, dc 2-tog in the next dc ;  
(dc 2-tog in the next fsc ; sk next 3 fsc, dc 2-tog in the next dc) ;  
ch 3, and turn 90˚, 
dc in the top of the dc 2-tog just made ; 
*(dc 2-tog in the same last fsc ; sk next 3 fsc, dc 2-tog in the next fsc) ; 
ch 3, and turn 90˚, 
dc in the top of the dc 2-tog just made* ; 
rep *to* till the end, dc 2-tog in the last fsc ; ch 1, dc in the same last fsc.  Turn.

So in this row, we will be working the tops of the little dc 2-tog flowers.  So imagine this as you work this row, and you’ll see what I mean.

So we have two vertical dc 2-tog and one horizontal dc 2-tog. 
This pattern creates a flower with two sets of these dc 2-tog, so we will get a six petaled flower.  
Now keep this image in mind while working this next row.

Finally, we have two dc 2-togs one after the other, so choose any one of them for the centre of our ‘flower’.

Row 2 : dc in the 1stdc ; dc 2-tog in the nextdc 2-tog ; 
ch 3, and turn 90˚, dc in the top of the dc 2-tog just made ; dc 2-tog in the same 1st dc 2-tog ;
*sk the horizontal dc 2-tog, dc 2-tog in the next dc 2-tog ; 
ch 3, and turn 90˚, dc in the top of the dc 2-tog just made ; 
dc 2-tog in the same last dc 2-tog* ; 
rep *to* till end ; sk the last dc 2-tog, dc in the same last dc.  Turn.

Row 3 : dc in the 1stdc ; ch 1, dc 2-tog in the same 1stdc ; 
*sk the horizontal dc 2-tog, dc 2-tog in the next dc 2-tog ; 
ch 3, and turn 90˚, dc in the top of the dc 2-tog just made ; 
dc 2-tog in the same last dc 2-tog* ; 
rep *to* till the last horizontal dc 2-tog, sk the horizontal dc 2-tog, dc 2-tog in the last dc 2-tog ; ch 1, dc in the same last dc.  Turn.




Complicated as it seems, we’ve finished one pattern repeat.. and now that you know what you’re doing, it’s going to get simpler.

Rep Rows 2 & 3 till you get the length you need for your scarf.  At the end of both ends of the scarf, you could add a length of tassels to .. well, jazz it up.

If you’re making a cowl (as I have), well, then all I’ve done is join the two ends, and that’s it.. we’ve got a superb cowl made.

For a wrap, well, I’d just increase the first fsc row till I had it wide enough for a wrap, and to add to the lovely lacy effect, I’d ensure I worked with a lighter yarn and a larger hook (than specified), so that it looked nice and lacy.

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Here are links for earlier neckwear I've made
































































 

 http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/crocheting/accessory/diagonal-shells-cowl/79371