Not one to linger over any craft in particular, I have suddenly had the desire to move from my recent embroidery and pick up my crochet hooks again.
It's been a wee while since I've crocheted, but I did get quite a buzz at the start of winter from being able to wear some of the crochet items that I made. As the weather got cooler, it was great to get out my cowl and wrist warmers. But suddenly, via the power of Instagram, there was a new 'must have' cowl on the block. The 'Granny Stripe Cowl' (tutorial by Kath on her blog Inverleith) was this seasons latest fashion item!
I'd seen a few made by Lisa (Kandipandi) - you can see a glimpse of it here, and Heather at The Patchwork Heart here and decided I'd like to make one for myself.
So, I ordered some wool online and got started as soon as it arrived!
As you can see, I chose a dark denim blue, a dark plum purple and a deep pink. It crocheted up really quickly, this was my first go at granny stripes and I was pleased at how easy they were! This used up almost all 3 balls of the wool I bought (Rico baby cotton soft DK), and I felt it needed to be just a little wider, so I used a cream cotton that I already had and added a border edge.
It didn't take long before I was finished. The cowl was worked in rows so I just used a double crochet to join up the ends. And ta-da! Here it is -
I'm really pleased with it. I also got some lovely pastel shades to try another one, I haven't started that yet though as I ended up finishing a WIP (more of that in my next post) and starting a new (big) project!