Friday, May 23, 2014

Free Pattern: Deca-stitch Lacy Cowl


  A light, lacy cowl can be a great accessory for your Spring and Summer wardrobe. Made with cotton crochet thread, this light and breezy cowl could be a bright addition to a blouse and jacket, or worn to dress up a simple tank.

  Using the "deca-stitch", an extended stitch, this pattern creates a uniquely lacy fabric while simply working in straight rows. A few turns and a twist change a rectangle into an infinity cowl while adding the border. 

  Pattern before joining is about 37 inches (94 cm) wide, 4 inches (10 cm) tall, as worked. Finished size after joining, as worn is 17 1/2 inches (44.5 cm) long, 4 inches (10 cm) wide. Simply add more rows to the pattern for a bulkier cowl.




Skill level:





   


Materials:
DMC Traditions size 10 crochet thread color 5109, or any size 10 crochet thread in your choice of color.
Steel crochet hook size  7 US (4 UK)
Needle or smaller hook to weave in ends



Gauge:

4" x 4" (10 cm x 10 cm) = 4 rows, 16 sts



Notes:

Need help with the deca-stitch? Click here for step-by-step photos.

Stitches:

Chain (ch)
Single crochet (sc)
Deca-stitch - Yarn over 8 times, insert hook into stitch, pull up a loop.(Yarn over, pull through 2 loops) 9 times.


Directions:

To begin, chain 140.


Row 1:

Yarn over 8 times, complete deca-stitch in 11th ch from hook. 1 deca-stitch in each of remaining 128 chs. (130 deca-stitches)

Row 2:

Ch 10, turn. 1 deca-stitch in each of next 129 sts. (130 deca-stitches)

Rows 3 and 4:

Repeat row 2. Do not bind off.

Border:

Sl st into post sp after last st, turn. Ch 2 (counts as 1 sc, ch-1). (1 sc, ch 1) in each of next 128 post spaces. With work flat, flip 1 time. (1 sc, ch 1) in each of next 129 bottom post spaces. Bind off, leaving enough tail to weave gap closed. Weave in ends.

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