Author: @crochetstyles4u

I started crocheting again after many years. Back then when I thought of the word crochet a granny square comes to mind first. No one was wearing crocheted clothes and the fad of crocheting died. I picked up a hook and some yarn and I was on my way. No more granny square blankets for me. Thanks to the internet you can learn anything you want and if you search just a little bit further you will find people who share your passion. I immediately I became enthralled in Pinterest, Ravelry and Facebook crochet groups. If I ran into a snag there was YouTube, I can learn a new stitch from a live person. So two years later here I am, a certified crochet addict and lover of yarn. If you are a die hard crocheter you will understand. I have so many WIP’s going on at one time until I confuse myself. The attack of the yarn has made it to my home. Yarn has found it’s way from my computer room, bedroom, and now it rests in the family room. Pretty funny having my son’s friends over and they are moving yarn to sit down and I provide the entertainment of showing them my finished work. I think that’s the real reason why they want to come by so much. To combat the many unfinished projects I decided to keep an online presence of what I do, make and find on the web.

Pocketed Hooded Cowl

Old man winter is finally here.  It’s about 26 degrees here in Fredericksburg, VA.  There is no better time to crochet especially when it’s freezing out, brrrrrrr!  With that being said, let’s get moving on the Pocketed Hooded Cowl.  Since I’m always looking for something small to make in between projects I purchased In a Weekend – Crochet Calendar 2017.

“In the spirit of full disclosure, this is an affiliate link or post, which means that I may get a commissions if you decide to purchase anything from said business. I only recommend products that I use and love myself at no additional cost to you.”I like adding my own flare and I didn’t not use the yarn recommended.  I used 2.5 skeins of Mega Brushed yarn from Premier Yarns.  This is a fuzzy type of worsted weight yarn and it can be troublesome when frogging, so be careful.  It is still soft to the touch and versatile.

 

Worn up it’s a hooded cowl.  I would wear it either inside or outside my coat.

Roll that hooded cowl down and now your have a cowl.

I’m thinking about adding a wooden button on the pocket bands.

Now it’s a full cowl.

As we draw near to 2017 I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

CYA in 2017 and Happy Hooking!

Check out my Projects in Motions page to see what I’m currently working on or what is next on the hook.

Star Burst Shawl – Review

Shawls are not for grannies anymore.  Any and everyone can wear a shawl not only to keep warm but as a fashion statement.  Shawls don’t have to be boring and you can make one in any length by adding or deleting rows and adding embellishments.

With the Caron Cakes craze check out my post about the yarn here.  I wanted to use one cake because some of the colors are hard to find and I also wanted something short that could be worn as a kerchief.  The actual pattern is on Ravelry by Cre8tion Crochet called Shawl We?  Lorene is one of my favorite top 2 crochet designers.

Caron Cakes are exclusively sold at Michaels.  Premier also has one out now called Sweet Roll in 25 different colors and it’s 100% acrylic yarn unlike Caron Cakes that has some wool in it.  Sweet Roll’s are sold at AC Moore at Joann’s now.  After working with both yarns it’s hard to say which one I like best.  They both serve my crocheting needs.

star-burst-shawl2

Let me know your thoughts on the Caron Cakes and Sweet Roll here and which one is your favorite in the comments.

Happy Hooking.

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This Way That A Way Hooded Cowl

This Way That A Way Hooded Cowl is a quick and easy project using a skein of variegated yarn.  You can use any worsted weight yarn but variegated works the best for giving each hooded cowl and different design.  This designed was created during the craze of pooling that was popping up on my Facebook feed.  If you don’t know exactly what pooling is click here and you will find plenty of information and links that explains it from The Crochet Crowd.

This was made to be worn either as a cowl or as a hooded cowl, the choice is up to you.  It was snug enough to be worn comfortably around your neck.  If snug is not your thing you can easily adjust your starting chains.  This way it’s a cowl.

This Way That A Way Hooded Cowl

Supplies:

Red Heart Super Saver – Zebra or any worsted weight yarn

“L” Hook/8mm

Tapestry Needle

Scissors

Abbreviations: 

ch – chain

dc – double crochet

st – stitch

sk – skip                               

Notes: 

Ch 4 counts as dc and ch1 throughout pattern

Turn at the end of each round

Multiples of 2

Instructions:

Round 1:  Ch 100, join with slip stitch to form a ring, be careful and not twist chain.

Round 2:  Ch 4 (counts as dc and ch1), dc in next st, *ch1, sk next st, dc in next st, repeat from * around, join in dc in 3rd ch of turning ch, turn.

Round 3:  Ch4, *dc in next dc, ch1, repeat from * around, join in dc in 3rd ch of turning ch, turn.

Round 4 – 32:  Repeat Round 3 until the desired length.

I used the entire skein of yarn because I like a snug fit cowl around my neck and it was enough to cover my head like a hood.  To make a shorter or longer hooded cowl increase or decrease rounds.  To make a larger or smaller hooded cowl increase or decrease your starting chains.

This way it’s a hooded cowl.

This Way That A Way Hooded Cowl

Try this hooded cowl with the new Caron Cakes and Sweet Roll yarn and see what you can come up with.

This one was made with Sweet Roll in Wild Cherry Swirl.  I just love the names of these colors.  Makes me so hungry.

This Way That A Way Hooded Cowl - Sweet Roll

I got a little carried away with the graphics and wanted something different.  My model was such a sport when I showed her surrounded by wolves.  This picture got me a few more orders also.  I made this hooded cowl with Homespun yarn by Lionbrand and I made 80 chains instead of 100 since it was bulky yarn and I still wanted a snug fit.  As you can see you can use any type of yarn with a slight modification of your starting chains and a larger hook if necessary.

This Way That A Way Hooded Cowl www.crochetstyles4u.com

 

Two Toned Hooded Cowl

 

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