Ta-da!

DalgadaBlueWrappedCloseI am so excited to share this pattern with you. Sometimes, the most frustrating thing about designing knit and crochet patterns is the gap in time between finishing a sample and getting to really share it with the world. I have been wearing the heck out of this cowl this winter, and I am at least happy that there is still time for each of you to make one for yourself before the hot times are upon us.

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The thing that I have really enjoyed about wearing this pattern around town is getting compliments on it from knitters, seeing their clear disappointment when I tell them that it is crocheted, and then having my own personal moment of excitement when they ask me if the crochet is hard. I am working to convert the knitters into bi-craftual makers one by one! 😉

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Now, about the pattern. I have raved about the lovely yarn from Ross Farm Fibers before, and the yarn from “Kimberly” is no exception. She is a Leicester Longwool in a natural cream. The resulting cowl is light on the neck, but extremely warm. Even with the holes in the wave pattern I never felt like the cold wind was penetrating the cowl when worn doubled.

Whenever I use a local yarn for a smaller project, I also like to make a sample in a commercial yarn. This gives me a basis for comparison and in this case gives me the chance to keep a cowl for myself. It’s going to be hard to give up the cream version for display in the Ross Farm Fibers booth, but I can’t be completely selfish now, can I? The cowl I am keeping is made with Cascade Cloud, a merino and alpaca blend. I was a bit worried while crocheting it that it would be too stiff, but the post stitches relaxed considerably with washing and blocking. It is heavier than the Ross Farm version due to the alpaca content, but the drape is lovely and I know it will keep me warm during whatever winter weather March plans to throw at us.

Without further ado, here is the Dalgada Cowl!

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(For the curious, Dalgada means “in the wave” in Turkish. Someday I’ll do a post about how I name my patterns. There are over 1600 patterns in Ravelry that come up when you search for “wave”…)

Required Skills: The cowl is cast on along the circumference edge and joined to work in the round. The stitch pattern uses chain, single, and double crochet stitches, as well as back post single crochet and crochet through the back loop. The pattern does not include a tutorial for working post stitches. Directions are both written and charted.

Gauge:  18 sts and 16 rows = 4 in (10 cm) in wave stitch after blocking. Gauge is not critical in the pattern, but it is suggested that you swatch to make sure that you like the drape of the fabric.

Finished Measurements: 7 in (18 cm) x 50 in (127 cm) circumference, measured after blocking.

The wave pattern is a 14 stitch repeat, so adjusting the circumference should be easily accomplished by an experienced crocheter.

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Hooks: U.S. Size H (5.0 mm) or size needed to produce noted gauge

Yarn:

Natural Sample – Ross Farm Heritage & Rare Breed Fibers, 100% Leicester Longwool, 4.0 oz/250 yds, 2 skeins, Sample worked in “Kimberly” and used all 500 yds

Teal Sample – Cascade Yarns, Cloud, 70% Merino Wool, 30% Baby Alpaca, 100g/164 yds, 4 skeins, Sample worked in “2124 Como Blue” and used approximately 560 yds

Good substitutions – Any worsted weight yarn. A rounder yarn will provide greater depth of texture for the post  stitches. Other weights of yarn may be substituted as well, although such a change will affect the yardage needed, hook size used and finished dimensions. Swatching is recommended in such a case.

Additional Supplies: Tapestry Needle, Scissors, Lockable Stitch Marker

Tech Editing by cmuralidhara.

Due to the nature of electronic pattern sales, once you have downloaded a pdf file of the pattern, there will be no refunds issued.

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