We are still in the depths of winter here in Australia, so I've been working on a pretty pastel cowl for myself on and off over the last three months. My hands are slowly getting back to normal (well, by that I mean my normal, they are still pretty numb but I am used to do that) - so I have been able to crochet again and get this cowl finished before winter ended!
I got the inspiration for this from one of my favourite crochet bloggers, Heather from Pink Milk. She made one for herself and kindly shared her method and measurements in this blog post, so it was very easy to replicate.
The stitch is called camel stitch and I love the knitted effect it creates. It produces such a lovely drape as well! I used Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino in an array of pastel colours - if ever I decided to engage in a monogamous relationship with a brand of yarn, this would be it. It comes in a large selection of pastel and bright colours, and is just so soft to touch and beautiful to work with. Love love love. I may have stashed away an obscene number of balls when there was a sale on a few months ago (for which I also blame Heather entirely - read this post from her blog and you will know why).
Like Heather's cowl I used 7 colours, but as this is a lower ply yarn I used a smaller size hook (4 mm) and more stitches to achieve the required width (14"), also I made 6 rows of each colour rather than 5 to get the right height (10").
There's been a lot happening here at Down Grapevine Lane headquarters. My lovely hubby just installed floor to ceiling bookcases in my sewing room so I've been doing some major stash re-organisation to get all the fabric chaos under control. I am also working on my next fabric collection for Riley Blake (squee!), making a big quilt with Posy Garden, and doing some secret sewing on the side. And several blog tours coming up (including my own for Sweet Orchard!) so I am planning ahead for those, and playing with new designs. It never ends! But I wouldn't have it any other way! :-)
Thanks for visiting and have a lovely day, wherever you are in the world!