Thursday, 16 January 2014

Crochet cowl

Last week I posted about my (thankfully averted) crochet crisis and hinted that I wondered if you knew what the items were.  I said that I thought one might be more obvious than the other, which was kind of true.  Only kind of true (ahem!).

One, looked like a scarf, but now it is actually finished I can reveal that it is actually this cowl.


I used some of the rest of the lovely Rowan wool that I bought years ago but hadn't used for anything, no pattern, I just fiddled around until I was happy with the width and kept going until I was happy with the length.  I wanted it to wrap twice around my neck, or be the right length to just wear in a long loop.


After I got the right length and joined the ends, I decided that a border was needed and after some more fiddling and testing I added this border, which I think is sort of a shell border, but heck, what do I know, I made it up!


I am happy with it considering that I used what I had, made it up as I went along, and had to rescue it halfway through from the spill!



Now, moving on to the other item. I thought you might guess it as the start of a blanket. However, I am really not sure what to do with this. Years ago I bought the yarn when I was having bash (failed!) at trying to knit and I started to make a scarf. Then I used it to start a blanket which went all wibbly, so I frogged it and started again and this is where I am now.


I am not really overly keen on this yarn and I have had mixed reviews about it from other people, which has put me off a little.  As I said yesterday I am now swithering over what to do as my next project and this isn't really helping me decide!

I have thought about making it into a sort of envelope bag, but I have no use for it then.  A knitting needle case - for the non knitter! - isn't much use either.

So probably I will keep going until I have a blanket of some size or other and the darned thing will last forever because it is acrylic!

Any suggestions?

I am linking up with Chrissy and Marianne for the Crochet a Long today.

Amy

79 comments:

  1. Love, love, love your cowl - well done, and the little scalloped border is just perfect - as is the pretty blue. Enjoy wearing it. xx

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    1. Thank you Gilly! Glad you like the border. xx

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  2. Hi Amy,

    Made up or not you've done a great job on your cowl. No offers of inspiration on the to be or not to be blanket though. Can't say the colour does it for me, it's funny isn't it when it's all rolled up in it's little ball I bet you fell in love with it and had lots of ideas flowing as to what to make with it. I had a 400grm ball like that recently that was forever being tried and put back on the shelf. I'm ashamed to say I did end up making a blanket for the 4 paws to sit on in the end. Still they appreciate it.

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    1. As you said Mitzi, great in the ball - in the article not so much!! Even now the balls look great! Oh well. Live and learn hey. xx

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  3. Hi Amy, I love your cowl! It's such a beautiful length and the most gorgeous colour.... What about a cushion cover for the other item? Mel x

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  4. Your cowl is lovely - and perfect for the time of year!
    I have yarn that I loved when I bought it - or was a bargain, but then it doesn't quite live up to expectations when I've come to use it. I've decided to make some granny squares as a portable project,(5 rounds) and then turn them in to lap blankets to give to a home / charity. It makes me feel that I am doing something worthwhile, it is reducing my stash a little, for a worthwhile cause, and will hopefully bring someone else some warmth and pleasure. Just an idea! xx

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    1. I like your idea Sara, just because I don't like it doesn't mean that someone else won't! Thanks for such a great suggestion. Hope that you get some enjoyment from sorting out your squares! xx

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  5. Hey you...what a beautiful Cowl!!!!! and great job on making up the border. I've never used that type of yarn before but it looks so dreamy where ever can I find it??
    On the other...make a pillow cover out of it or add another color to it like a cream color...that would be pretty too!
    good luck on your decision!
    xx Shari

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    1. Thank you Shari. The yarn is Rowan Aran, not sure if it is sold in the US, but I am sure that if you look online you will be able to find it. Otherwise you could try one of the UK companies that ship to the US, but might be expensive. Wool Warehouse and Deramores ship overseas. Hope that you find some! xx

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  6. The cowl is so pretty! Lovely colour...why not something useful for that other yarn, like a simple bag? That way even if it's not perfectly beautiful it is still useful! Chrissie x

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    1. I have tried folding and pinning it into bag shapes, but somehow it's not me! I think that I have just gone off all the multicolouredness of it! Thanks for the suggestion though Chrissie. xx

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  7. Fantastic cowl, very pretty and a lovely colour. How about making a bag that could be used for storage hanging on a door handle. A nice statement piece as well as useful.

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  8. You make the crochet really beautiful! I love it!
    I knew crochet with my grand mom and love it!!
    xx

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    1. Perhaps you will make something sometime Gloria - then you can show me what you made!! xx

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  9. Oh Amy that cowl looks so soft and snuggly! Perfect with a double wrap too... It's just the perfect colour! I would maybe make a throw cushion with that yarn... It's look super in my Dolly's room but maybe you have someplace it could go. But I also like the idea of a blanket, but them a I do like a crochet blanket and just crochet until it's gone!. It could be one just to throw over your feet after a long day... not a special one but a useful one! Hazel x

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    1. It is nice and snuggly Hazel, I have to say! I have thought of it as a "foot blanket" as you suggested, not sure how big it will end up, but it will probably only be foot sized! xx

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  10. Amy the cowl is just gorgeous! You have done a fantastic job there. I love the colour and the little scalloped border. Enjoy wearing it!
    Marianne x

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  11. Now this is just what I'd like to have a go at making - your cowl is beautiful! I love the simplicity of it, the colour is gorgeous and the shell edging makes it just perfect - well done you!
    Gill xx

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    1. Thanks Gill for your lovely comments! I love hearing from you. xx

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  12. Love your cowl Amy, great job.

    Hugs diane

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    1. Thank you so much Diane, and welcome to my blog. I hope that I will see you again. I will pop over and visit at your blog very soon! xx

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  13. Just found your sweet blog, love it! the colour blue you have used is just gorgeous and I love the edging :)

    Bee happy x

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    1. Thank you Deborah for your lovely comment and for visiting. I hope to see you again! xx

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  14. What a gorgeous cowl. I have only ever made short ones but a long one you can double over would be extra cosy. i like the edging you used very much. x

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    1. Thanks Gillian. I don't like tight things round my neck, so this was great for me as it is nice and loose! Very cosy too. xx

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  15. Your cowl is beautiful Amy and the colour is so pretty. I'm not really a crocheter but today I've been crocheting a dishcloth of all things. I often wondered why anyone would want to make or use a handmade one. Well I received one at Christmas from Kimberley at Creative Chaos in a swap and I absolutely love it. Her's was knitted but I thought I'd have a go at crocheting one, and am pleased at how quickly its growing. xx

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    1. Thank you Patricia, dishcloth crocheting seems to be quite the thing at the moment! I am sure that if you can do that you could make a simple scarf or something to being with! It is really lots of fun. xx

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  16. The cowl is so pretty Amy! Great work in figuring out the pattern for the entire thing. The scalloped border adds a nice delicate touch to it too. I don't know how big the second "non-project" is, but sitting there it looks like a good cushion cover. You could either repeat the square for the back, or sew it onto an envelope back. If you really don't like the yarn though, why don't you deposit it in the goodwill bag and maybe someone else would love it. I don't mind the colours, but maybe it wouldn't go with your living room or bedroom. Good luck in deciding! Wendy x

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    1. Thank you Wendy for your lovely comments! The "other" item is about cushion sized, I think that I may well either make it as a blanket that can go outside and that I won't worry about, or if I don't like it when it is made up I may well just donate it to a good cause as someone else will like it! I have probably just lived with the yarn staring at me for too long, and the colours don't really go with anything in my house either! Oh well!! xx

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  17. Your cowl is beautiful, it looks so soft and snuggly!!

    As for your granny blanket, I've heard that mixing it up with a solid coloured yarn can help tone down its bright noisy colours in projects...if that makes sense?

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    1. I know what you mean about the plain colour Hazel. I will see how I get on! Thank you for the suggestion though. xx

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  18. A cowl is very useful and yours is pretty. I received a hand-knitted one from our daughter no 1 for Christmas as she's been knitting presents for family and friends recently as a form of relaxation after work. She also reminded me how to crochet, but as yet I haven't made anything special, just done some practice squares.

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    1. It is nice that your daughter is enjoying her knitting projects Linda, it is good to have a hobby isn't it. I hope that you are enjoying your crochet work, perhaps you will share something sometime? Hope you enjoy wearing your cowl!! xx

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  19. Hi Amy, the cowl's lovely, i wear a similar one and it's so warm, it's like wrapping blanket around my neck! Maybe with the square you could continue in just a neutral off-white colour and make it into a small lap blanket, perhaps with some colour at the border?! Heather x

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    1. I haven't had a cowl before I made this one, but I have worn it every day since I finished it I think Heather, you are right, they are so snuggly!! xx

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    2. Opps, sorry Heather, forgot to say, thank you for stopping by to visit my blog! Hope to see you again. xx

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  20. Your cowl is so pretty, Amy. I love the colour and the shell edging. It also looks soft, warm and cosy:)

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    1. Thank you Rosie. So very kind! It is lovely and cosy, I have to say. xx

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  21. Hi Amy, Just found your blog via Meredith. Love your blog and especially your cowl. The color is one of my favorites. Great job!
    xoRobin

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    1. Hi Robin, welcome to my blog, lovely to see you. Thank you for your lovely comments about my cowl, so kind. Hope to see you again! xx

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  22. Hi Amy

    Oh that is pretty . We call them neck warmers here and that one looks cozy . Thanks for sharing your wonderful work . Another snow storm is on it's way here tonight and for tomorrow , I hope most of it misses us . Have a good day !

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    1. Well you really do need your necks and all the rest of your bodies keeping warm with your weather don't you!! I hope that the storms miss you too Elaine, not nice weather! Keep safe and warm. xx

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  23. Your cowl came out great! I love the edging. It looks very warm too. With the square, I'd keep going until you have a small lap blanket. I can never have enough little blankets to throw on while reading or using my laptop. In fact, I'm using one right now! :)

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    1. Thank you Jennifer. So very kind of you. I agree about not having enough blankets, I have one wrapped round my shoulders and one on my lap right now! We are definately fans of the crochet blanket you and I!! xx

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  24. Hello Amy gosh isn't that a beautiful colour. I love it so pretty and ever so neat x

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    1. Thank you for your lovely comment, so kind! xx

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  25. That is great, I am playing with an infinity scarf pattern but can't quite get the length right. How many chains did you do to start? it is always good to use up spare stash, so satisfying. Jo x

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    1. Hi Jo, I did 30 chains to start and then worked rows of double crochet back and forth, turning after each rown into the whole top of each stitch as you might do with a scarf. Then I joined the two ends (no twist, but you could), and then added the shell edging. I used three balls of Rowan Aran. Hope that is of some help to you - I should probably include this information shouldn't I in my post! I look foward to seeing your scarf in due course. xx

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    2. Forgot to say Jo - and very important! - size of crochet hook was 6mm UK sizes. xx

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  26. I have just discovered your blog, it's a really lovely place. Your cowl looks nice, the edging gives it a pretty touch.

    Lluisa xx
    http://bitsofmydays.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank you for stopping by Lluisa and for your lovely comment. I hope to see you again! xx

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  27. What a gorgeous cowl, it looks so soft and yummy.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  28. Goodness Amy!! You are so very creative friend! That cowl turned out beautiful! The perfect color and the perfect length! I agree to have it wrap twice...it gives you options! And your second project is so fun! I can see using that for many things!!! We need so many bags here so I thought pouch right away! A wish you the best in the weekend ahead friend!!! Nicole xoxo

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    1. Thank you lovely Nicole, you are always so kind and so enthusiastic!!!!!! I love your cheery comments so much. One of the nice things about making things for yourself is that you can adjust them and make them fit as you like can't you. Hope that you have a great weekend. xx

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  29. Amy, the cowl is beautiful. I especially like the border you added.

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  30. beautiful! we call those infinity scarves!

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  31. Lovely cowl, pretty colour too, perfect for your weather at the moment, the edging just finishes it off nicely. We have just had a cold snap here in spain, could have done with a nice cowl too. I too had a ball of mixed colours and began a blanket when it ran out I picked out some of the colours and just kept going, I'm still going lol xx

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    1. Thanks Chrissie. Cold in Spain, that doesn't sound good!!! Keep snuggled up and warm! xx

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  32. Your cowl is lovely, such a pretty colour and the shell border finishes it off beautifully.

    ukcitycrafter@live.co.uk

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    1. Thank you for your lovely comment and for stopping by my blog, hope to see you again. xx

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  33. Beautiful cowl, Amy!! And, I have complete faith that you will find the perfect purpose for second project. blessings ~ tanna

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    1. Thank you lovely Tanna, I think that I have an idea for the other item now! xx

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  34. The cowl is beautiful such a lovely colour, wow you did a wonderful job making it up as you went along !!
    Clare x

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  35. Your cowl looks super cosy Amy, I love the baby blue colour. A lovely addition to your Winter accessories xox Penny

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    1. Thank you Penny! It is very cosy and snug! xx

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  36. The cowl looks gorgeous Amy! Very cosy, pretty and snuggly!
    Maria x

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    1. Thank you Maria! It is snuggly, it has to be said! xx

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  37. Your cowl is beautiful Amy. I love the border. You have done a great job.

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    1. Thank you, thank you and thank you Bonnie!! You are so kind, I really appreciate it. xx

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  38. Hi Amy - Your cowl is beautiful - made perfectly for you! The simplicity of the colour and stitches is so effective.
    I think your other project is hooked using the same wool as I have used recently for a granny bag! I must admit I am drawn to colours and in particular multi colours- so I love the effect of all the zingyness. However I usually indulge in small projects - so I have small doses! Perhaps you could add a calming background behind the lacy granny pattern...for a cushion or an envelope bag? Isn't it great how we are all different?!
    Thanks for following my blog - I'm off to explore yours some more!
    Ali

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  39. Your cowl turned out beautifully. It is a gorgeous color and so cool that you just went with it until you had something you liked. I love being able to do that. I had some multi-color yarn like in your last photo. I tried a bunch of different ways to use it also. I ended up using it as just a center and did 5 rounds of solid white to break up the craziness. I added a single stitch around the edge in the multi-color yarn as a border and it turned out really cute. Really helped break up the yarn and let you see all the pretty colors that were there.

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    1. Thanks Robbie! Glad that you worked things out with the multi colour yarn, it can be harder to use than you think it will be can't it! xx

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