22 March 2011

Cowlin' Around

When KnitPicks came out with its new Chroma fingering yarn, a less-expensive Noro/Mini Mochi knock-off, I was about 30th or 40th (or 300th or 400th...) in the online shopping line, anxious to test it out.

I've tried four different colorways so far, and I like them. I definitely would wear this stuff. The yarn is soft, the colors look close to what you see on the KnitPicks website, and the long color repeats are fun to work with, very inspiring, never boring. The most popular colors can be difficult to get your hands on (such as Midwinter!), but are worth the wait if you've got the time. I've heard the yarn felts well, but I haven't tried felting yet. The urge hasn't bit me.

This cowl was the second test piece I've made with Chroma. MadCrocheter on Ravelry asked if I am going to write the pattern. I hadn't planned to because I've been so busy with other things, but the cowl wasn't difficult to make, so here goes.

The stitch used in this pattern coordinates with Fall Blaze Hat, Susie Socks and Spring Stripes fingerless gloves.

You may do whatever you'd like with the cowls you make from this pattern, but you may not sell the pattern. Thanks, and enjoy!

Rainbow Cowl detail
Size: 30 inches around; 10.5 inches high
Materials: 1 100-gram ball of Chroma fingering yarn or other desired fingering yarn (I used Chroma in the Prism colorway), size B crochet hook

Instructions

This project is worked in the round, with right side toward you.

Ch 200 (or desired length in multiples of 8). Taking care not to twist chain, sl st in starting ch.

Round 1: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in each ch around for total of 200 (including starting ch 2). Sl st into 2nd ch of starting ch 2.
Round 2: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc and ch 1), *sk 1 ch, 1 dc in next dc, ch 1; repeat from * around; sl st into 2nd ch of starting ch 3.
Round 3: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), *sk 1 dc, 3 dc in next dc, ch 2, 3 dc in same dc, sk 1 dc, 1 dc in next dc; repeat from * around, ending with sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2 instead of ending 1 dc of final repeat.
Round 4: Ch 5 (counts as 1 dc and ch 3), 1 sc in next ch 2 sp, ch 3, *sk 3 dc, 1 dc in next 1 dc, ch 3, 1 sc in next ch 2 sp, ch 3; repeat from * around; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 5.
Round 5: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc and ch 1), *1 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 1, 1 dc in next sc, ch 1, 1 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 1, 1 dc in next dc, ch 1; repeat from * around; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 3.
Round 6: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in next ch 1 sp, *1 dc in next dc, 1 dc in next ch 1 sp; repeat from * around; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2.
Rounds 7-31: Repeat Rounds 2-6 five times or desired length; bind off; weave in ends.

Rainbow Cowl

17 comments :

  1. Oh, nice! I like how it changes color every round. Very pretty!

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  2. I could so see a baby chicken in that cowl.

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  3. Found my way here from ravelry and wanted to say thank you for sharing your pattern. It's perfect for Chroma. :o)

    I just finished the first pattern repeat and couldn't help but notice: Unless I'm missing something (which is perfectly possible, mind you) Round 2 should read: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc and ch 1), *sk 1 dc, 1 dc in next dc, ch 1; repeat from * around; sl st into 2nd ch of starting ch 3.

    And Round 5 should maybe read: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc and ch 1), *1 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 1, 1 dc in next sc, ch 1, 1 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 1, 1 dc in next dc, ch 1; repeat from * around; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 3.

    I use 3 ch to replace the first dc, but that might simply be a personal preference.

    Again, thanks for sharing.Hth.

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  4. Thank you, Hth, for catching those typos! What an eagle eye you've got! The pattern has been fixed.

    You're right; ch 3 or ch 2 for a first dc is personal preference. I crochet tightly, so the ch 2 works better visually for me.

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  5. Love the cowl on the Siberian Tiger! Perfect model for the beautiful colors.

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  6. Beautiful! You should submit your design on Vashti's cowl blog: http://crochetcowls.blogspot.com/

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  7. I dragged my dusty words from under the rug so you could hear them. :) It is a beautiful Cow..l.

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  8. Cowls just look so cool on and your rainbow of colors is so cheerful!

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  9. Thank you for sharing this wonderfully pretty cowl!! Could you do more along this line?

    Sherry Buenrostro

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  10. This is absolutely gorgeous... love how you have rainbowed the yarn too...
    Great Job...

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  11. Wow that is beautiful. Nice job....

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  12. I love this cowl! This will be my next project. You mention a glove pattern also... is there a pattern that goes along with this that I'm missing somewhere in our blog? I've looked everywhere and can't find it.
    Lovely design and wonderful color choice!

    Dawn

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  13. Thanks, Dawn! The fingerless gloves are located here.

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  14. I really love your blog & patterns.

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    1. Thank you, MesaBear! I love keeping the website going!

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