We’ve had a lot of snow lately and I’ve noticed myself starting to groan about how cold it is, fussing about the roads and complaining that I have to scrape the windshield. But today, when I was sitting inside, I looked up and noticed it was snowing. Big, huge, beautiful, fluffy flakes.
And then wonderfully, a meeting I was supposed to attend was cancelled and my entire afternoon was suddenly open. (Yea!!!)
“Honey” I said, “Bundle up. We’re going outside.” And we did and we played in the snow and felt like kids.
First, a couple notes about this new and unusual yarn. It is the softest and squishiest yarn I’ve ever felt. And the construction is very unusual. The center is comprised of very long wispy like fibers which are held together by a thin tube around the outside, much like i-cord. It’s soft like pantyhose without the annoying snagging characteristics. The fiber content is 65% Viscose and 35% Polyamide so it’s great for anyone with wool allergies. Today – it kept me toasty warm, without all of that sort of yeck there is after you’ve been playing outside and start sweating and realize the wet wool scarf around your neck is sort of gross.
- 2 balls Filara by Schachenmayr (48 yards per ball)
- size Q crochet hook (Although if you are good at crochet – you can use your finger. It’s about the same gauge.)
- sewing needle and matching thread
- tapestry needle
Instructions for Chunky Crochet Cowl
The full instructions are listed first with additional photos below. This is a really quick cowl to make and if you have crochet experience you will probably get it done in two hours or less. After it stretched quite a bit the finished size was 40″ x 6″. It was long enough to wrap around my neck twice, but I crochet really, really loose, so your gauge might be different.
Foundation row: Chain 13.
First row: Skipping the chain nearest the hook, single crochet in each remaining 12 stitches entering through the back half of each chain. Chain one. Turn your work.
Second row and all following rows: Skipping the chain nearest the hook, single crochet in all 12 stitches entering through the back half of each stitch. Chain one. Turn your work.
Finishing: Using a tapestry needle, sew the ends together. Using a needle and a thread, hand sew the ends of the yarn into the scarf, hiding the ends under a knot when possible.
To chain, first tie a slip knot. Step one: with the hook in the slip knot, yarn over.
Pull the yarn through the loop on the hook and repeat step one.
Starting the single crochet rows
Skip the stitch nearest the hook and insert your hook through the back half of the stitch and yarn over.
Pull the yarn through just the first loop on the hook
yarn over again
and then pull the yarn through both loops on the hook.
After you’ve crocheted a few rows you will start to see the alternating ridges between rows.
Sewing the ends together
Using a tapestry needle with a large eye, hand sew the ends together.
Finishing the loose ends
Because of the squishiness and slickness of this yarn, I’m pretty sure just weaving in the ends will not keep them in place. Instead, cut the end of the yarn off near a loop or under a knot and use a needle and thread to sew the ends in place.