It’s been forever since I last posted! To be honest, I just wasn’t feeling creative and hadn’t crocheted or crafted in ages. I lamented this lack of creative energy to my Gramz, and she said it was because my body was preoccupied with creating a baby. A month into my second trimester, though, finds me full of energy and wanting to use my hands again.
My first project is the “V stitch Puffs Buttoned Cowl.” It is inspired by cooler weather and experimentation with different stitches I’ve been learning from “The Complete Photo Guide to Crochet.” I love the chunky and simple texture of the ‘V Stitch Puffs’ and thought it would make a nice unisex cowl.
From beginning to end, this project took just over an hour to complete, making it perfect for holiday giving. I’ve already started a second cowl using a different weight yarn and hook size. For anyone wanting to make their own, I’ve included the very easy pattern I created.
(1 ball) Lion Brand Thick and Quick (Super Bulky) in Oatmeal
10mm Crochet Hook
2 large buttons (I used 1.5 inch buttons)
Stitches Used: (US Terminology)
ch – chain
sc- single crochet
dc – double crochet
puff st – puff stitch
Puff Stitch [Yo hook, draw up a loop in designated stitch] x3, yo through all 7 loops on hook
Ch 47 (see Pattern Notes below)
Foundation Row: [puff st, ch 2, puff st] in 6th ch from hook, *ch 1, skip 2 ch, [puff st, ch 2, puff st] in next ch, rep from * across to within last 2 ch, ch 1, skip next ch, 1 dc in last ch, turn.
Row 1: Ch1 (counts as first sc), sc in next ch-1space, * 3 sc in the ch-2 space, 1 sc in next ch-1 space, rep from * across, sc in top of the turn ch, turn.
Row 2: Ch 4 (counts as dc, ch 1), skip first 3 sc, [puff st, ch 2, puff st] in next sc, *ch 1, skip 3 sc, [puff st, ch 2, puff st] in next sc, rep from * across to within last 3 sts, ch1, skip 2 sc, dc in top of turning ch, turn.
[Repeat rows 1 and 2] 4 more times. Tie off and weave in ends.
Try the cowl on and decide where you want to add your buttons. I sewed mine onto each corner of one end of the cowl.
The cowl pictured (above) ended up being a little bigger than I had planned (27 inches), so it didn’t fit me very well but fit Panther Jones just fine. To make a smaller cowl (pictured below), I decreased the number of starting chains to 41, making the finished cowl 23.5 inches in length. This fit me perfectly! When deciding what size to make your own cowl, make sure that you Ch a multiple of 3 and then add 2 more.