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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Autumn Möbius Cowl

Hello friends!

This is my February pattern in the "Pattern a Month" challenge I have set myself. I know, I know, I'm cutting it fine this month, the only reason I made it in time this month is because it's a leap year and I got an extra day :-)

This pattern for a simple cowl is great for beginners (and more experienced crocheters :-), it works up quickly, with a small amount of yarn, so it's a good stash buster :-) It also makes a great last minute gift.

I've included instructions at the end of the pattern on how you can easily modify the size of the cowl to make it as long or as short as you like.

You can find this pattern on Ravelry HERE

Have fun!



Autumn Möbius Cowl


This pattern is written using British/Australian crochet terms, with U.S. terms in parenthesis.


Abbreviations:

ch : chain

sl st: slip stitch

tr: treble (U.S. dc: double crochet)

Materials:

4.5mm crochet hook.

Approx. 105m (115yds) DK or 8 ply yarn

Scissors

Yarn needle for weaving in ends.


Tension/Gauge:

14 sts & 10 rows in tr = 10cm x 10cm

Although tension is not essential in this project if you have less stitches across 10cm, your cowl will be larger and require more yarn and if you have less stitches across 10cm, your cowl will be smaller and may require less yarn :-)


Finished size: 66cm around, and 13.5cm high.

Pattern:

Ch 92, join with a sl st in first ch to form a ring, taking care not to twist your chain.


Round 1: 3ch [to count as 1tr (1dc), here and through out pattern], 1tr in each ch to end, DO NOT join with a sl st as you normally would when working in the round. Now you will flip the beginning of your work forwards and down, as shown in the picture below:

Now you will be working into the other side of the foundation chain, as shown in the picture below. Work 1 tr into each st to the end, join with a sl st in 3rd ch at beginning of round.


Round 2: 3ch, 1tr into each st to end, join with sl st in 3rd ch at beginning of round.

You will notice here that each Round is essentially 2 whole Rounds (this might not make much sense unless you're looking at your work :-)


Rounds 3-5: As Round 2.


Fasten off, weave in ends. Finished!


You can easily make this cowl larger or small by using more or less chain at the beginning, and by completing more or less rounds. You could make a smaller one for a child, a cowl like this is great for kids as it doesn't have any long bits hanging down, like a scarf, getting your way while you're playing :-) Or you could make yourself a longer one, more like an infinity scarf rather than a cowl. Below are instructions on how to adjust the length of your cowl, and how to work out how many stitches you'll need to make a cowl if you want to use a different weight yarn & different size hook :-)



To work out how many chain stitches you will need to start with to get a particular length cowl/scarf you can use the following method:

Make a tension/gauge square with yarn and hook you are using, count how many stitches fit into 10cm. Then divide the desired finished length of the cowl/scarf by 10, then multiply that number by the number of stitches that fit into 10cm, according to the tension/gauge you have. This will give you the number of chain stitches you need to start with. Sound confusing? Here's an example:

The finished length of the cowl in the pictures is 66cm, the tension/gauge using this yarn and hook is 14 sts in 10cm. 66 divided by 10 = 6.6. Then, 6.6 multiplied by 14 = 92.4, so I started with 92 stitches. I hope that helps!!


If you have any questions, queries, need assistance to complete your cowl or find an error, please don't hesitate to leave a comment and I'll gladly help where I can :-)


Copyright is held by the author (SharaLambethDesigns). Copyright remains that of the author at all times. The pattern is for personal use only. Reproduction of this pattern in anyway (electronic, email, photocopying, transcribing etc) is strictly prohibited, except with the explicit permission of the author. Please do not sell the pattern or the finished product that is made using this pattern without permission of the author, as this is a direct infringement of the copyright laws protecting this pattern. Also please be aware that copyright laws vary from country to country (sometimes even from state to state), I am Australian, in Australia, therefore my patterns are protected by Australian copyright laws. This copyright protection still stands no matter what country the item is made in or who makes it. Thank you!!

If you do want to sell the cowls you make using this pattern at a market, craft fair or in your online store please do ask, as in most cases I will give permission :-)

And please feel free to make as many cowls as you can, to donate to your local charities.

4 comments:

Chris said...

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Amber Branconier said...

great pattern thanks for sharing!

Jacky {The Sweetest Petunia} said...

I really like this! A fun twist on a simple cowl. :) Thanks so much for sharing!

Sharron Bell said...

This was a very easy pattern to follow. Thanks for the pictures and post.