Friday, October 17, 2014

Free Pattern: Scalloped Cowl







  Recently I was lucky enough to find some Starbella yarn at half-price, which is an awesome deal. So, as many yarn hoarders will understand, I had to buy some. I didn't have a project planned, but I just...had...to buy...yarn! This is my first time designing a pattern using mesh yarn. Click here if you would like to read my review of Starbella. The review has some better photos of the color of this yarn. It was difficult to capture the true beauty of the blues and greens in Canyon Sunrise.






  This cowl is the result of messing around with different ways to work with mesh yarn. With the large variety of colors available in Starbella, you can make one in an elegant shade for evenings out, or make one in fun, bright colors to accent a cute daytime outfit (or, make one of each). Alternating between working with this yarn as a tape and into the mesh creates chic scallops that add texture without a ton a ruffles. The stitches might be a bit tricky for beginners to work, but you don't need advanced skills to complete this project. Simply lift the loops up with your finger while you work, and you'll have this beauty finished in no time.





Finished size is 25" (63.5) around, 4" (10 cm) tall. To make a bulkier cowl, you can repeat Rounds 2 - 4, but this will require an additional skein of yarn.







Skill Level:






Materials:
1 skein Starbella yarn - I used Canyon Sunrise
Crochet hook size P/15 - 10MM or size needed to obtain gauge
Smaller hook to weave in ends
Stitch marker



Gauge:
With yarn as tape,
3 rows of 7 dc = 4" (10 cm)

1 drop scallop = 1 3/4" by 1 3/4" (4.5 cm by 4.5 cm)





Notes:
When making a drop scallop, skip to the next mesh space if the first entire space is not available after opening yarn.



Stitches and Abbreviations:
Chain (ch)
Slip stitch (sl st)
Double crochet (dc)

Drop scallop - Open yarn as a mesh. Y/o back to front 3 times (4 loops on hook), y/o with yarn as a tape, pull through all 4 loops (1 drop scallop made).

Begin/beginning (beg)
Skip (sk)
Yarn over (y/o)


Directions:

Beg with yarn held together as a tape. Make a slip knot, place on hook.

Round 1:
Ch 55. Join with a dc in beg ch.


Round 2:
*Ch 1, open yarn as a mesh. Y/o back to front 3 times (4 loops on hook), y/o with yarn as a tape, pull through all 4 loops (1 drop scallop made). Ch 2, sk 4, 1 dc.* Repeat from * to * 9 more times.


Round 3:
*Ch 3 , open yarn as a mesh, make drop scallop. Sk 4, 1 dc.* Repeat from * to * 9 more times.


Round 4:
*Ch 2, make drop scallop. Ch 1, sk 4**, 1 dc.* Repeat from * to * 8 more times. Repeat from * to ** once. Mark st after sk 4.


Finishing Join:
Bring beg ch (bottom of 1st dc) up from behind work, insert hook, turn. Insert hook in marked st. Y/o, pull through both sts. Bind off, weave in ends.

The pattern can be worn with the ruffles inside or out. It's a bit warmer with the ruffles in, and it's a bit funky with the ruffles out.






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