We have a local home called The Russell Home [for Atypical Children] which houses special needs children (and some who have grown up in the home). The Russell Home is a private, not-for-profit home that provides around the clock care and love to those living there, and make it feel just like home for them.
To maintain an even side, in Row 2, work the last single crochet into the 2nd chain of the foundation turning chain.
I worked all double crochet clusters into the chain 3 space, not the actual chains, because I liked the look better.
The piece also took on a slight ripple. If you don’t like this, you could block the cowl, but I thought it went really well with the project at hand and the look of the yarn once crocheted.
I worked my piece until I ran out of yarn (with enough to sew closed), which was at 57 rows. To close, I laid my right sides together, threaded my #18 needle and whipstitched it closed, working two whipstitches per stitch. This produced a slight seam, which can be seen in the photo above – mainly because the ripples were in the same places on both sides as opposed to staggered.
Alternatively, you could fold so right sides face, and then slip stitch through both layers to create a seam as well – this does produce a larger seam though.
This would be a good pattern to twist the cowl before sewing. It would lay flat better, and emphasize the pretty color blocks – which are each about 2.75″ tall.
Overall, this was a really easy pattern to work and memorize, and the yarn is a great pair for this cowl. I would like to work some additional cowls in this manner, as well as some other projects in the pattern, and try out this yarn a little more.
Upon completion, I gave this cowl to Sheila to add to the gifts going to The Russell Home, and have a matching hat in the works. Will you/have you donated any items to a local charity or home for the holidays? Would love to hear your stories 🙂
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