Thursday, 23 March 2017

Stripy Crochet Cowl

I am totally in love with our exclusive range of Triskelion yarn and in particular the gorgeous Gofannon 4 ply, which is 100% Peruvian Baby Alpaca and is hand dyed in Wales by the very talented Caerthan Wrack.

I am so in love with this yarn that I struggle to stop myself from winding off yet another skein in order to start a new project. I have just started work on the Happenstance shawl by Romi Hill having seen my friend Miranda wearing her own really beautiful version at the Unravel show in Farnham recently and have chosen 3 of the Gofannon shades to make this striking shawl - pictured below. The project is from the Kate Davies Book of Haps which features patterns for 13 shawls and a fascinating insight into the history of Shetland Haps along with gorgeous photography and brilliantly written pattern instructions. there are at least 5 projects I want to make from this book!

© Romi Hill

It took me more than 2 years to make my last knitted shawl (Leftie by Martina Behm) so hopefully this one will be quicker!

Anyway - the reason for this post is really to share with you a free pattern I have written for a stripy crochet cowl I completed just before we whisked off to Edinburgh Yarn Festival. To make the cowl you will need 2 shades of 4ply (approximately 400m of each yarn) although of course you could use as many shades as you like. I used Gofannon 4ply of course!

I would love to see some pics if anyone chooses to make the project. You can send them to

Janie x

© Janie Crow

Stripy Crochet Cowl

Yarn used: Triskelion Gofannon 4ply
100% Peruvian Baby Alpaca 100g - 400m (437yds) x 2 skeins

3.5mm (US E/4) crochet hook (see tension notes)
Knitters sewing needle

Blocked Measurement: approx. 180cm round x 26cm deep (71 x 10¼in)

Pattern Notes:
This pattern is written using UK terminology.
All rounds are Right Side facing.

Tension: You need to check that your crochet is not coming up any bigger or a lot smaller than mine. A big difference in tension could mean that your project is different to mine in terms of shape, size and drape, and if you achieve a tension looser than me this could also mean that you may need more yarn.
If you think you tend to have a tight chain stitch, make the foundation ch on a size larger hook and change to the smaller hook for the rest of the project.

Blocked Tension: 20sts & 11.5 rows to 10cm measured over treble crochet.
(pre blocked tension will be a few stitches tighter)

Unwind yarn from the skein into a ball. Draw yarn from the centre of the ball as you work.
Using 3.5mm hook and first yarn choice, make 349ch, ss to join
Foundation Round (RS): 3ch (counts as 1tr), 1tr into each ch to end, ss to join changing yarn shade to second yarn choice as you work the ss. (349sts)
Round 1: Using second yarn choice 3ch (counts as 1tr), 1tr into each st to end, ss to join changing yarn shade to first yarn choice as you work the ss. (349sts)
Round 2: work as Round 1.

The last 2 rows set the pattern – repeat until a total of 30 rows are complete or you have run out of yarn, ss to join at end of final round, fasten off
Sew in yarn ends.
Block and press.