Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Cyclone Cook Cowl

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I recently had the pleasure for visiting New Zealand for the first time and it unfortunately coincided with the path of a cyclone.  What was I to do, but Google the nearest wool shop (the delightful Holland Road Yarn Company) and pick up enough supplies to see us through the eventful weather.

The cyclone thankfully turned out to be a bit of a non event in Wellington although that wasn't the case in the North, where there was widespread flooding and evacuations.  For the less affected though, it did gives a chance to take it easy and start crocheting.

The cowl that I came up with while we were bunkered down consists of a simple trellis stitch using beautiful 100% wool from New Zealand.

You will need:

1 x  3.75mm crochet hook (an odd size I know, but the yarn shop was out of 4mm, so feel free to substitute a different hook size)
3 x balls 50g Vintage New Zealand 8ply 100% wool (approx 104mts/114yds per 50g) in Porcelain.


Foundation Chain:  Chain 51

Row 1 - 1 x  single crochet into 6th chain from hook, *5 x chain, skip 3 chains in the foundation chain, 1 x single crochet into next chain.  Repeat from * to end and turn work.

Row 2 - * 5 x chain, 1 single crochet into the five chain arch of the previous row.  Repeat from * to end.  Turn

Repeat row 2  until work measures approx 170cm/66 inches.

Final row to join work:  *5x chain, 1 single crochet into five arch chain of Row 1 (first row of project) ensuring work is not twisted.  Repeat from * to end.  Weave in ends.

I managed to all but finish the cowl during our short stay in the land of the long white cloud, so it's definitely something that could be made in a weekend...hopefully you'll have better weather then our recent experience!

Happy crocheting


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