#75 – CLASSICAL Cowl

When best friends give you their leftover yarn, the only thing left to do is get creative! Since autumn is here now, I thought I would continue to work on designing more accessories to suit the weather.

  • Mystery Yarn! (I think it’s a worsted or bulky weight yarn (4 or 5) though)
  • Size K (6.5 mm) hook

Pattern by tick-tock hobbies

(abbreviations: SC = single crochet; DC = double crochet)

  1. Chain 281 stitches. (281 stitches)
  2. Starting in the fourth stitch from the hook, do two DC. *Skip three stitches, then SC into the next stitch. Chain-three, and without skipping any stitches afterwards, do a DC into each of the next three stitches.* Repeat from * to * until there are only four stitches left. Skip three of them, and do a SC into the last stitch. (280 stitches)
  3. Chain-three and turn. Do two DC into the last SC from the previous row. *Skip three stitches. SC into the first chain stitch of the previous row. Chain-three, and without skipping any stitches afterwards, do a DC into each of the next three stitches.* Repeat from * to * until there are only two stitches and the previous row’s turning chain. Skip the two stitches and SC into the top of the chain. (280 stitches)
  4. Repeat step 3 as many times as desired.

Part of the fun of receiving second-hand yarn is not really knowing much about it, and having to use your best judgement to figure out what works! It took me a couple of tries with different sized hooks and various stitches to see what would show up well with this yarn, and I’m pretty happy with the end result. This is the Crosshatch Stitch!

When I was in LA, an employee at one of the local yarn stores told me how one of the local business would go to thrift shops, find old woolen sweaters and unravel them and make something new with that yarn! I found that fascinating, as it would give every piece made another story to go along with it. I also like the idea of giving old items new life, especially in a time where we create a lot of waste without even really thinking about it. Upcycling is a wonderful part of the DIY world, and I would love to get deeper into it.

Until next time, happy crafting!

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