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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Dynamite Cowl

Cowls are awesome.  It's like all of the warmth of a scarf, combined with the funky look of a crochet turtleneck sweater (but with, like, 1/10th of the work), AND it also counts as your jewelry, ya know, if you do it right.  

I didn't realize how much I needed one, until my friend Darlene asked me for some cowl suggestions.  And while I was inspired by the round-up of cowls that I did last week, none of them exactly spoke to my personal crazy style and I wanted to make one just for me.  I really liked THIS as a cowl idea (not a pattern, but definitely an inspiration source), but I wanted one that would button.


So this is my Dynamite Cowl.  I used the moss stitch, which made it go crazy fast, since you crochet into the ch spaces, not the stitches.  Awesome, right?  If you want to make one too, read on!

Dynamite Cowl
approximately 5"x 26.5"
Supplies:
Worsted weight yarn (I used a variety of colors from my stash, but they were all 100% cotton, which is warm enough for Southern California.  If you live in an area that snows, you will probably want to use wool...)
Size J crochet hook
Two 1 1/8" buttons

ch 82
R1: sc in 2nd ch from hook, (ch 1, skip 1 ch, sc in next ch) 39 times, sc in last ch (80 stitches)
R2-16: change color, ch 1, sc in first st, (ch 1, sc in next ch space) 39 times, sc in last st (80 st)
Fasten off.  Weave in ends.

Button Flap:
R1: Using the color you like the most, sc 17 stitches across one of the short ends.  (Women's clothing normally buttons on the left hand side.  This picture looks backwards, but it's just upside down.  Yikes!)
R2: ch 1, sc across all st (17 st)
R3: ch 1, 3 sc, ch 3, skip 3 st, 5 sc, ch 3, skip 3 st, 3 sc (17 st)
R4: ch 1, 3 sc, 3 sc in ch space, 5 sc, 3 sc in ch space, 3 sc (17 st)
R5: ch 1, sc across all st (17 st)
Fasten off.  Weave in ends.

Sew buttons on to the other short side, being careful to match them to the button holes on the button flap.


Button it up and enjoy!!


And, in a pinch, you can use it as an earwarmer/headband.  You'll be the cutest ski bunny or Shred Betty on the block!


I also made one in less-wild colors, because I realize that not everyone likes to dress hippy-bohemian.  I used a dark chocolate brown, and two colors of aqua.  This version makes me think more of classic Channel, herringbone and tweeds...  Way more appropriate for the office... 


So, which do you like better?  Would you wear the crazy multi-colored cowl, or would the more sophisticated colors make you happier?

xoxo

18 comments:

  1. CUTE! I like it on you as head band, looks adorable...

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    1. Thanks Renee! It's surprisingly warm! LOL!!
      xo Jaime

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  2. Te ha quedado preciosa la diadema. Feliz año2013 besos

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    1. Muchas gracias. Feliz año nuevo para ti también!
      xo Jaime

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  3. Fabulous pattern! Great way for me to use my scrap yarn stash from other cowl projects. Thanks!

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    1. YES!!! It wouldn't even matter if you used your little scraps, and switched colors mid-row. Perfect scrap project!!
      xo Jaime

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  4. I'd definitely wear the multi-colored one :) Fantastic. I love that it can double for a headband/earwarmer. I need to make myself of few of these to wear outside in the winter. LOVE IT! Thank you :)

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  5. I love this stitch! I made two cowls, one with various shades of purple and another, because I hate color changing and end weaving, with a colorful variegated yarn. Both came out beautifully, and I might have plans for a third :)

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    1. Hi Lauren! I know, right?! I'm lovin' the moss stitch right now. I agree with you about the color changing and end weaving. It's a pain... LOL!!!
      Holy Schmow, kid, you've been busy! I'm so glad that they turned out so well!!
      xo Jaime

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  6. I would definitely wear the bold one!! I love your style, matches me a bit, I think. I am enjoying browsing your blog, just found it today :-)

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    1. Hi Deanne! I'm so glad you found me! I hope to see you around lots more!!
      With Tutes and Giggles, xo Jaime

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  7. I like them both, but I love the funky-colored one the best -- makes me happy! I think I will try one with my leftover "crazy-lady bag" yarn, now that I'm off vacation, back to work, and commuting again (the only time I have for knitting/crocheting, when it's my carpool-partner's turn to drive).
    Will email you later this week about getting together -- I've had "the plague"! :( but getting better :)
    xoxo!
    etf

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    1. OOh! Crazy Lady Cowl!!! It needs ruffles on the edges! LOL!!!
      Yes! Get over the plague and come over!!! And bring that cute kid of yours!
      xo Jaime

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  8. Boa noite, parabéns, você faz peças maravilhosas,lindas e muito bel elaboradas, gostei muito, obrigada pelas receitas free que nos forneceu, abraços téka

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  9. Boa noite, parabéns, você faz peças maravilhosas,lindas e muito bel elaboradas, gostei muito, obrigada pelas receitas free que nos forneceu, abraços téka

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