Sunday, 20 January 2013

Crochet granny stripe cowl

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!

 Here's a little pic of me modelling my cowl on it's first outing :)

6 comments:

  1. Lovely work and I love the colours of it :D I'm just starting to branch out... believe it or not, I'm looking on ebay for some embroidery :D

    Take care

    Bundana x

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  2. I love the colours of your cowl, looks really warm and soft. The cream border sets it off really well. Looking forward to reading about your finished WIP. I've already crossed three WIP's off my list, just lots more to go!

    Take care and keep warm!

    Nicola x

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  3. Love it! I started making this in a lovely lonely skein of Malabrigo but ended up running out and having to make it smaller. I think I *need* to make another one!!

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  4. What a lovely scarf! It looks very warm and cosy! :-)
    Keep warm!
    Carly
    x

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  5. It's gorgeous and I love your colours. I was suprised at how quickly it made up, I might make another a little shorter if my new wool order ever arrives. xx

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  6. I'm loving all these lovely snuggly crochet cowls at the moment and yours looks great! I love the colours you've chosen and the cream border works really well to add definition when you're wearing it.
    Alex xx

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