Simply Crochet: Twist Cowl
Simply Crochet has many contributors (myself included) and each project was designed with budget in mind. The projects are grouped into chapters by number of skeins used–one, two to three, and four to five balls of yarn. Yes, of course some of the yarns chosen have generous yardage–but comparing prices while considering yardage is an important thing for any cost-conscious crocheter to do. When customers balk at the price of certain yarns, I often encourage them to notice the price-per-yard–it’s often less or similar to the “cheap” stuff. Food for thought next time you’re shopping!
My first project in the book, the Twist Cowl/Wrap, uses just one skein of Brown Sheep Legacy Lace (doubled. And you can probably get three cowls out of it!). I originally designed this for a sport weight yarn, but I really think the project would work in any weight from worsted on down, making it a great stash buster. The piece is worked flat and seamed with a twist, and the lacy, stretchy, squishy fabric created by Solomon’s knot is so warm around your neck. It’s a great way to showcase a yarn you love, and I especially like this stitch for variegated yarns that tend to look very patchy when worked in traditional crochet stitches. Of course, Solomon’s Knot also gives you a lot of bang for your buck, as it doesn’t take as much yarn as a solid stitch would.
My favorite part about this looped cowl/wrap is that you can wear it a number of different ways. Above is my sister Mary modelling it before I shipped it off. Cowl, wrap, super chunky necklace or snood–it’s up to you. It’s easy to stuff in a suitcase and use for a number of different temperatures. As you probably know, I’m in Texas, and we don’t always need super warm scarves here. This is a nice, decorative alternative, but it’s surprisingly warm, too!
I made my version (before the book version) with a single skein of Aslan Trends Class, a drapy cotton/rayon blend in variegated colors. I wanted to design something with just one skein of it, and around the same time Robyn had asked me to submit projects for her book. Here’s me wearing that one, to give you an idea of what it looks like if you want to use a thicker yarn, and skip doubling it. It could also be fun to hold a few yarns together, for a more textured look. If you make it, I’d love to see you post it on Ravelry.
Be sure to follow the other projects in Simply Crochet with Robyn’s Countdown to fun blog tour, and come back on the 7th, when I’ll talk about my other project in the book. Hint: there’s something in it for you.