The Cowl is finished and my manic expression doesn’t indicate that it was a hard pattern more that I was trying to take a photo of myself using an iPad and discovered it really was quite hard to do plus I hate having my photo taken so I shall stick to things I don’t have to model in future!
Anyway, I really enjoyed crocheting the Cowl. The pattern was very simple just double crochet with a chain in between and then on the following row you double crochet into the chain gap etc. I had to do some shaping which was new for me but I think it went OK and the cowl bit itself was simple as with crochet it is easy to go round and round and make a tube, much easier than with knitting I think.
The pattern for those interested was from Simply Crochet and by Sara Huntington, I decided to omit the teddy bear ears. The wool is Rico Basic Super Big Aran in stone grey.
Now to find another project which I won’t have to model!
I have been plodding along with my Throw for some weeks now but recently my enthusiasm has been tried and I decided I needed a diversion and a new project. I have been teaching myself to crochet from the Art of Crochet but so far I have only crocheted straight things – a couple of scarves and a bag made up of rectangles. I have been intimidated by shaping and also avoided all the patterns in the magazine which weren’t for beginners.
However, I discovered recently that one of my work colleagues, Mellie Moo Crochet ,is a skilled crocheter and she recommended Simply Crochet so I thought I would give it a go. Strangely I struggled to find a copy in any of the local news agents or supermarkets so I have been waiting for the new edition to come out but still no sign of it – I found it on the way to Plymouth in a motorway service station! Anyway I was rather impressed with it and the clear instructions included along with how to guides. I was particularly taken with the cowl on the cover and having read and understood, I think, the pattern I decided to give it a go. It took some doing to find the wool, Rico Basic Super Big Aran, but I finally tracked it down via the internet – I don’t think I have ever had such a large ball of wool, it caused much consternation in my house.
I started the other evening with enthusiasm casting on (is that the right term in crochet?) 120 stitches. The pattern is a simple chain and double crochet into the chain gap below – easy. Well not if you get cocky and carried away and somehow start crocheting into the double crochet below as well as the chain gap. I have redone the third and fourth rows more times than I care to remember but I think I have got it cracked now. I also think the fleck on the wool is making it harder for me to see the gaps. Hopefully now I can crack on, well until I get to the shaping bit.
I’m not going to do the teddy bear ears as I am hoping to achieve a more Dr Zhivago or French Lieutenant’s Woman’s look than Winnie the Pooh!