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Off the Hook: Crocheted Cowl

I know that I’m a slow stitcher, but this is one of those rare times where I actually started and completed a project in time to wear it in the current season! Woo-hoo! Also, it had been a very looooong time since I last crocheted. I figured it was time to dust off my crochet hooks.

I saw this free crochet pattern on Purl Bee’s blog last fall and immediately added it to my Ravelry queue. This is how easy it is…The only stitch you make is a single crochet. That’s it! OK, so it’s a slightly altered single crochet stitch, but still. Instead of inserting the hook under both loops of the previous row’s stitches, you insert the hook through the back loop only. The Purl Bee does a great job illustrating how to do this in their instructions. Essentially what it does is flatten the stitch so the cowl appears as a rib.

For this project, these are the materials I used:

  • Yarn: Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice
  • Color: Silver Heather
  • Fiber: 100% acrylic
  • Skeins: 3 (only needed 2-1/2 though)
  • Hook: Size P (biggest I’ve ever used!)

I first cast on in January and this is one of those projects you can easily complete in a week. Not that I did that mind you, but if I had focused on it, it would have been doable. The truth is, I kind of forgot about it, but when I was looking for a project to work on during a flight to San Francisco last week, I remembered this portable project. I think somewhere over Colorado I finished it!

The cowl is a snug fit–you only need to twist it once around your neck. But trust me, you won’t be feeling any cold air around your neck with this cowl scarf. At this point in March, I HOPE I will only need to wear this cowl for another two weeks. Spring cannot come fast enough!


Purl Bee Crocheted Rib Cowl pattern here.


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Super Bowl Scarves for Volunteers

I wish I had had heard of this sooner: for the 2012 Super Bowl in Indianapolis, there was a Super Scarves program where knitters and crocheters made scarves for the volunteers and hospitality employees working at the big game. I’m sure they’ll appreciate it – it looks like it will be a cold night.  The current forecast for Super Bowl Sunday is expected to be in the 30’s. And although Lucas Oil Stadium is indoors, volunteers will likely welcome the wooly protection as they are going to and fro the facility. The scarves were due at the end of November, but crafters from all over the country (and the world!) donated scarves. Initially the program was looking for 8,000 scarves, but they received more than 13,000. Continue reading

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