Monday, January 18, 2016

Quickie Cowl: an antidote for the sudden onset of Winter

 

Here's me looking skeptically out at the barren wasteland of our yard. Look at that face. That is the face of someone who is trying really hard to appreciate something bleak and colorless, and failing a little bit, but not giving up. Also, my neck got cold, and since a person can only have so many turtlenecks, I made this little cowl-ish thing last night--wow, crochet is such instant gratification. Using my usual metric, I'd calculate this cowl took me something like 1 1/2 episodes of Outlander, including having to rip back once and start over. I think it will be perfect over a little dress with a cardigan and tights--actually, it will probably go well over anything. It'll make all my warm weather clothes into cold weather clothes. How's that for results? Snap! What took me so long to make one of these? It's the accessory I needed the most, without knowing I needed it.

I started with this pattern, but had to modify it to accommodate my larger gauge and lack of yardage, and I used my leftovers from this--I had two balls of Ella Rae Latte in the stash, in the best, most pearly gray ever. This yarn is glossy and soft and pretty unbeatable. I want to wear this cowl every day, with everything. I think I will.

 

52 comments:

  1. Makes me wish I knew how to crochet (well, how to crochet more than granny squares). That final photo is especially lovely.

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  2. It's beautiful! I think I need to start wearing cowls. :-)
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  3. It looks great! It lightens up your beautiful face!

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  4. Definitely an assessor that is a must have. Love the colour and the beautiful drape.

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    1. I know, right? I didn't know how much I needed it until it was on me. :)

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  5. That is beautiful and looks so good on you.

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  6. I like it! It looks really nice and I bet it is warm under a nice cozy coat :0) ah, winter... it makes you dream :D mari

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  7. It's beautiful! You have beautiful hair, by the way! A friend of mine has naturally curly hair that is very similar to yours, and I always admire it on her!

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    1. Amber, thank you so much. My hair has been a lifelong battle, but I am determined to beat it! :)

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  8. I love the color and the pattern. Outlander is a fun show. I fell in love with the books years ago :) :) :)

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    1. Anything with kilts, really, and I am sold. :)

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  9. I'll have to try that one. I whipped up a quick cowl out of some MadTosh Home I bought a bit ago...I made it up as I went along...but yes, I wanted quick and for me that's crochet, as I've been doing it so much longer...

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    1. Oooh, MadTosh! Bet that one turned out lovely. :)

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  10. I really like this. it's a great colour and I can see it's the sort of cowl that works for indoors and outdoors, especially in this colour with black. I'm often looking for something to lift the black I'm wearing. I wonder if it would be something a beginner could attempt. By the way your hair, colour and style, is lovely.

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    1. Thank you very much, Sally. My hair has been such a source of consternation over the years, but I seem to be getting the hang of it. I do think making this cowl would be do-able for someone with a few crochet skills in her kit. If you can chain, dc, and tc, you can do it! :)

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  11. I have just book marked that pattern because I don't like cowls that sag at the top so that is a perfect shape. Nice yarn too. I have some 50% silk and 50% merino to use. Jo x

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  12. Love it! How long it took me would depend on which episodes of Outlander I was watching and how distracted I got!!!!!
    Liz

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    1. Lol, me too! Some are more distracting than others, for sure. :)

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  13. This looks lovely and something I'd like to try. I've had a look at the pattern but it looks a lot bigger than yours, which I prefer. Would you be able to share the adjustments you made to the pattern?

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    1. I'm sorry not be able to give any exact numbers, but what I did was this: I chained the number given in the pattern and worked a couple rounds, realized it was going to be huge (and that I would run out of yarn) so I just calculated how many shell motifs would make it the size I wanted it to be (I did this by holding it up to my neck and guessing wildly) and then ripped back to that. Mine has eleven shells, around. Then I worked it according to the pattern until I ran out of yarn. I hope that helps a little! :)

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  14. Cowls are great and the colour and style of yours is lovely. I knitted my first cowl last year following a Rowan pattern that came free with the Rowan "Lima" wool I bought from my LYS. Super to see Alicia's ABC crewel work sampler on your wall. I started this last year but it has taken a back seat lately as we're renovating an 18th century farm labourer's cottage that sits in an old orchard.

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    1. Gosh, that last sentence has so many magic words in it! Renovations are always a nightmare, but the end result will be so worth it, right? And when you're all done with it, the ABC sampler will be waiting. :)

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  15. I think you should wear it every day - it's glamourous on you!

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  16. You do look nice, and the cowl is lovely. I prefer your moderations to the original. I have recently discovered cowls and having recently crocheted one am now knitting one. They look so nice with indoor clothes and take the chill off. I can't bear having a draught around my neck so it works as an accessory while keeping me warm.

    Your hair is lovely - it must be said! And yes, you look very glam.
    Sara

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    1. Sara, thank you so much. My hair has always been a challenge, but I think it's finally getting whipped into shape. :) And cowls are my new favorite thing--I am quite late to the party on this, I fear. lol!

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  17. Great cowl Kristen, I like your version better than the original. I was so inspired I went and printed off the pattern directly. You wear it well missus :)

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  18. Love it! good show :) and Yeah! on Outlander. I read the books, but I don't have Starz, so I am just now seeing the dvd's, got the first season ordered and I'm watching now.

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    1. That's where I am too, watching on DVD. :)

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  19. By chance do you sell any of your homemade things on etsy?

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    1. Not as yet I don't, but maybe someday. Thank you for asking! :)

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  20. The cowl is wonderful on you and as several of the other comments have stated , YOUR HAIR is just gorgeous and charming and so fits you! thank you for stating above how you sized this pattern down so I can try and make something comparable.

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  21. The cowl is wonderful on you and as several of the other comments have stated , YOUR HAIR is just gorgeous and charming and so fits you! thank you for stating above how you sized this pattern down so I can try and make something comparable.

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  22. so pretty ~ love the shade wool you've chosen.

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  23. It's beautiful and so are you. I love your hair.

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  24. I really like what you have made x

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  25. Lovely pics. You look as if you have just stepped out of Downton Abbey. :) The cowl is pretty too.

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  26. Oh what a pretty cowl! Suits you very well :-). Sunny greetings & happy 2016! xxx

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  27. Love your cowl and your new hair ... Looks gorgeous my dar friend 👍🏻😍

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  28. That's really cute (am wondering if I could wear something like that to work to help combat the lack of proper heating...?)

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