Wednesday, March 9, 2011

In which I finally post that update about the cowl...

For the cowl I started last week I am using the Convertable Cowl pattern from The Crimson Owl. It's pretty easy, except I had to make mine a bit bigger - like 70 to 80 stitches long instead of 55 - and I keep loosing track of how many stitches I've done (and that's even with using the County app I found on the android market) However, the cowl is staying the same basic shape as I progress, so I must not be that far off from the original stitch count.

My only complaint about the pattern is that she says to chain two before doing a row of double crochet, and to chain 1 before doing a row of half double crochet - per what my Mom taught me, and the handy dandy little Red Heart 'Teach Yourself Crochet' guide I bought when I decided to pick up crocheting again, you are supposed to chain three before starting a row of double crochet and chain 2 before doing a row of half double crochet. As a result the first stitch in those rows looks wonky, and it's a bit tight when you're trying to join the rounds together.

I'm using Lion Brand Homespun in Noveau - it's a pain in the butt to crochet with because it's so fluffy that the stitches will occasionally blend in with each other, but it has such amazing colors in it; brown fades into a turquoise blue, which fades into a purple color, which fades into a green. The pictures don't do it justice.


  1. I've given up on trying to crochet with Bouclé, eyelash or any other really obnoxious novelty-type yarn. I've never managed to figure out how people even do that.
    Knitting is a more reasonable thing to do, but not by much. ;) (I'm knitting a keyhole scarf with this beautiful mess as a matter of fact.)

    As far as the turning chain goes, I'm with what your mom (and the crochet guide) told you. Ch3 for a row of dc and ch2 for hdc. Is it too late to start over and try it that way? :\

  2. You would think after crocheting three scarves with this stuff I would learn better and just give up! Apparently I am a glutton for punishment.

    That certainly is a beautiful mess! How in the world can you see what you're doing when you knit with that?

    It is a bit too late for me to go back and redo it, so I just started doing it properly about half way through the scarf - it hasn't made much of a difference in the look (no weird bulges or anything like that) but it's made it easier to join the rounds together. Frankly I'm not too concerned with doing it perfectly since this is purely for me :)

  3. Well after I swore off scarves and anything of the like, here I am. . . doing more scarves. I understand the glutton for punishment thing.

    When that mess is on the needles, it's actually a bit easier to see the stitches than it seems like it would be. I'll have to show you when you come over. Can I find any stitches actually *in* the scarf? Not so much. :p

    I'm glad to hear that it's working out. At least you didn't have to redo it and you were able to 'remedy' the issue without it looking obvious in the cowl!