Almost Random Cowl
Using one beautifully colored and textured yarn for inspiration, this cowl relies on color changes to determine where to place the textured bobbles and long half double crochet stitches. Deceptively easy to stitch, you’ll find yourself looking for unique skeins of yarn so you can make more than one!
9 inches long x 25 inches in circumference, blocked
• Universal Yarn Bamboo Bloom Handpaints bulky (chunky) weight bamboo/ wool/ acrylic yarn ( 31/2 oz/ 154 yds/ 100g per skein):
1 skein # 1B325 Steven Belious • Size I/ 9/ 5.5mm crochet hook or size
needed to obtain gauge • Tapestry needle • Locking stitch marker
13 sts = 4 inches; 9 hdc rows = 4 inches
Yarn is comprised of thick and thin sections in multi- and solid- color strands. Stitching varies in each round by thickness and color of stitches of previous round. Weave in loose ends as work progresses. Join with slip stitch as indicated unless otherwise stated. Beginning in round 2, work in continuous rounds. Do not join unless otherwise stated. Place stitch marker on first stitch of round and move up as each round is completed.
Double crochet cluster ( dc cl): Yo, insert hook in indicated st, yo, pull up a lp, draw through 2 lps on hook ( 2 lps on hook), yo, insert hook in same st, yo, pull up a lp, draw through 2 lps on hook ( 3 lps on hook), yo, draw through all 3 lps on hook. Spike half double crochet ( shdc): Yo, insert hook in next st 2 rows below, yo, pull up a lp to height of current row, yo, draw through all 3 lps on hook.
Foundation rnd: Leaving a 6- inch tail, ch 77; hdc in 3rd ch from hook ( first 2 chs count as first hdc); hdc in each ch, being careful not to twist, join ( see Pattern Notes) in top of beg ch- 2. Place marker ( see Pattern Notes) on first st. ( 75 hdc) Rnd 1: Hdc in each st around. Rnds 2–19: Hdc in each st around working Special Stitches ( see Pattern Notes) as follows: A. Dc cl ( see Special Stitches) in each hdc
worked in thickest, fluffiest yarn; B. shdc ( see Special Stitches) in each multicolored st around to next solidcolored st; C. hdc in each dc cl and shdc. Rnd 20: Hdc in each st around to marked st, sc in next st, join ( see Pattern Notes) in next st. Fasten off.
Use the beg tail to close the gap at the bottom of the first rnd. Block to finished measurements.