However, enough was enough and I went into my craft room to find some yarn and put it to good use.
I've had some pastel mint green 'Debbie Bliss' for a while and decided that today was going to be it's lucky day. I sat down, knitting needles in hand to start a cowl.
The pattern that jumped out at me though, was not a knitting pattern. It was the 'Star Stitch' (also called Marguerite stitch) crochet pattern. Knitting is my first love. I am comfortable with attempting new techniques & new stitches but crochet is a bit wobbly. I decided to give it a go and I'm really happy I did. It's a lovely stitch and comes together easily.
2 balls of 'Debbie Bliss DK cotton'
Size 4 crochet hook
I found the best way to learn this stitch was to watch it being done, rather than trying to read the instructions. This you-tube video from Moogly Blog is great - very easy to follow.
Chain an even number - in my case 116.
Following the Marguerite/Star stitch instructions, continue until you have completed 9 rows - front and back.
It becomes very therapeutic after a while (I guess like all fibre arts).
Chain 4 and then single crochet into the chain stitch row between the stars. Continue making the loops all the way down the side.
The ribbon is laced through these loops - a bit like a corset.
Rather than cut the yarn and rejoin for the other side, I slip stitched all along the bottom of the cowl to the other side and Chained 4 to make the other set of loops.
For a bit of detail, I used a fancy bead rather than just tie the ribbon.
So there you have it - a new stitch and a new cowl.
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