HOW TO MAKE A CROCHET COWL
MATERIALS King Cole Cotswold Chunky, 80% acrylic, 20% wool, 130m/142yd per 100g, four balls in Broadway (2381) 5.5mm (UK 5, US I/9) crochet hook Yarn needle
Four blocks to measure 10cm (4") in C2C using a 5.5mm hook
st(s) stitch(es) ch chain ch-sp chain space ss slip stitch dc double crochet tr treble yrh yarn round hook rep repeat crab st crab stitch – insert hook into next st on the right from front to back, yrh and draw loop through (2 loops on hook), yrh and draw through both loops on hook
Approx. 43cm (17") deep by 80cm (32") around Undisturbed crochet time? That’s sacred. You can focus the mind and cultivate calm with the simplest of projects, and as this cowl is worked in corner-to-corner stitch, it’s the ideal make to relax with. Get a brew on, find a cosy nook and take a breather as the variegated pastel colours gently unwind themselves in sequence.
Although it may look tricky, the corner-to-corner stitch (or C2C) is actually really simple. Essentially you’re just building blocks one at a time. As the name suggests, you start in one corner, increase row by row until you're happy with the size, then you decrease to a point in the opposite corner. The pattern is built up by ‘blocks’, with each block made up of three chains and three trebles. The first block of a row is an increase: ch6 and work into the ch to create the first new block for the row. Each subsequent block is anchored to the previous row by slip stitching into a 3ch-sp from the previous row. Once you have the width needed in the pattern you must balance each block increase at one side by reducing by a block at the other side – this turns the work into a rectangle. So you continue increasing on just one side but decrease at the other side. For the decrease, you finish one block before the end of the row, then slip stitch up the end block to a new starting position.
The cowl is made as a long rectangle, worked diagonally from corner to corner. It is then edged along each long side and the ends are sewn together to create the cowl. Remember: one block = 3ch and 3tr
Row 1 ch6, 1tr in 4th ch from hook, 1tr in each of next 2 sts, turn [beginning block made] Row 2 ch6, 1tr in 4th ch from hook, 1tr in each of next 2 sts, ss into the 3ch-sp of previous row, ch3, 3tr into same 3ch-sp, turn [2 blocks made] Row 3 ch6, 1tr into 4th ch from hook, 1tr in each of next 2 sts, *ss into next 3ch-sp of previous row, ch3, 3tr in same 3ch-sp; rep from * to end, turn [3 blocks made] Rows 4-18 Rep Row 3 [18 blocks made in Row 18] Row 19 ss along the first 3 sts and into the first 3ch-sp, 3ch, 3tr in 3ch-sp, continue making blocks in each 3ch-sp to the end, turn [18 blocks] Row 20 rep Row 3, ending with 1ss in the last 3ch-sp (i.e. do not make the last block), turn Rep Rows 19 and 20 6 times more Row 33 ss along the next 3 sts and into the first 3ch-sp, 3ch, 3tr in 3ch-sp, continue making blocks, end with 1ss into the last 3ch-sp, turn [17 blocks] Rows 34-49 rep Row 33 (reducing by 1 block at the end of each row) Row 50 ss into each of the last 3 sts and into the corner, turn to work along the long edge
Row 1 ch1 (does not count as a st), work dc along this edge as follows, 2dc in horizontal bars of tr, 1dc in each of the 3 vertical tr, do not turn at the end [80dc] Row 2 ch1 (does not count as a st), crab st along to end, fasten off Reattach yarn to the other long edge and Rep Rows 1 and 2
Pin out and steam block before sewing. Using mattress stitch, sew the short ends together.