Sunday, June 8, 2014

Free Pattern: Deca-Stitch Lacy Cowl 2.0


  When I made the original Deca-stitch Lacy Cowl, I noted a few minor difficulties in the pattern. First, being made with thread, it took longer to make than I thought it would. Next, it was slightly difficult to work the extended stitches into the beginning chain with even tension. Lastly, every row seemed to take forever to complete, because the extended stitches require more time to form.


  I wanted to recreate the project to make the beginning chain easier, and speed up the process of creating the cowl. By changing to a worsted weight yarn and adding a few rows of double crochet, I completed the new cowl in a few spare hours over the weekend.


  The result is a bulkier, satiny version of the original pattern that makes a bold statement without overpowering. The large open spaces created by the Deca-stitch produce an airy fabric still suitable for a summer accessory.


  Size before joining is 34" (86 cm) wide, 5 3/4" (14.5 cm) tall. Finished size is 6" (15 cm) wide, 16" (40.5 cm) long, as worn.






Skill level:








Materials:

Hook size H/8 - 5.00MM

Needle or smaller hook to weave in ends


Caron Simply Soft acrylic yarn, less than half a skein

  I used color Limelight, in honor of my good friend Don, may he rest in peace. His favorite color was Grabber Green. They don't sell yarn in engine paint colors, so it was as close as I could find. Hope you like it, Pops.



Gauge:
In 4" x 4" (10 cm x 10 cm)
2 rows of 10 deca-stitch, or 8 rows of 10 double crochet





Notes:
Pattern is worked in rows and joined into an infinity cowl when adding the border.
Use yarn tail to weave closed gap left when joining.

Click the stitch description for a step-by-step tutorial if you need any help.


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

Directions:

To begin, ch 88.

Row 1:
1 dc in 4th ch from hook, 1 dc in each of remaining 83 chs. (85 dc)

Row 2:
Ch 10 (counts as 1 deca-stitch), turn. 1 deca-stitch in each of remaining 84 dc. (85 deca-stitch)

Row 3:
Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), turn. 1 dc in each of remaining 84 deca-stitch. (85 dc)

Row 4:
Repeat Row 2.

Row 5:
Repeat Row 3

To make border and join:
Turn, sl st into space directly after st (post sp), ch 2 (counts as 1 sc, ch-1). (1 sc, ch 1) in next 83 post sps. Bring work around to join, flip 1 time. (1 sc, ch 1) in each of next 84 bottom post spaces. Join with a sl st to beg ch-1. Bind off, leave enough tail to weave gap shut, weave in ends.

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