Crocheted Cowl of many colours. (two colours really but who’s counting?)

I’m embracing the cowl neckline! And getting crochet involved in this revolution.

Crocheted CowlAfter years of convincing myself I shouldn’t wear them, I’ve given in. It’s also taken me 12-odd years of living in the UK to finally accept that, yes, winter does last that long. I needed something bright and warm to get me through February and came across this pattern on Ravelry. Really easy to follow and quick to make, it’s a series of V-stitches worked in rows. The wool was just too heavy so I changed it a bit, I made it much shorter and narrower, added a reverse crab-stitch around the edges and fastened it at the back with a button.

Crocheted Cowl

A trip across London to Clapham (for yet another great haircut) involved a little time snooping round charity shops and yielded this haul of wool.

I must have lost my mind for a moment because this kind of colour palette is definitely not something I’d normally choose. I’m usually stuck in a black and white loop when sewing but this just doesn’t seem to be the case when I crochet. Maybe I’m just yearning for a break in the relentlessness grey of the London sky.

I had originally tried to use  this pattern  but then frogged it after taking this picture and started making it in a different weight in green/black. It’s going OK and with any luck it’ll be done soon. The pattern is lovely  but it was just too, too heavy. See?

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I’m really grateful for all the free resources, patterns and tutorials available on the internet. It’s really a beautiful thing to see so much knowledge and skill shared so freely.

I also like how this makes me look a little like the world’s most conspicuous bank robber.

Crocheted Cowl

Now I feel much warmer and if I can just sit out winter on the sofa with tea, biscuits and the cats on rotation, I’d be happy. Like Jack.

Jack. MyE3Cats

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About Vanessa

Sewing and assorted nonsense. For reasons that escape me, I left the sunshine and beaches of Australia for the crisps and glitter of London in 2001. I now live in the middle of some kind of feline drop-in centre in East London battling for space to make costumes and clothes. Over on twitter and instagram as @smittenness Email over here ------> smittenness@gmail.com
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2 Responses to Crocheted Cowl of many colours. (two colours really but who’s counting?)

  1. Rachel says:

    Your cowl looks super cozy. Great job! Why did you think you shouldn’t wear them?

    Also, I want to rub that cat belly. So cute!

    • smittenness says:

      I think it’s more a cowl neckline on tops and dresses. I used to think it just made me look wider – no idea why! That cat is very sweet-natured, one of those rare cats that likes getting his belly rubbed. I’d lose my hand if I tried it on RocknRoll!

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