HOW TO MAKE A CRO­CHET COWL

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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

TEN­SION

Four blocks to mea­sure 10cm (4") in C2C us­ing a 5.5mm hook

AB­BRE­VI­A­TIONS (UK)

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

FIN­ISHED SIZE

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.

Cor­ner-to-cor­ner stitch

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.

In­struc­tions

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

Edg­ing

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

Fin­ish­ing

Pin out and steam block be­fore sewing. Us­ing mat­tress stitch, sew the short ends to­gether.

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