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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

My hands can do this --- Comfy Cowl Top


During cold weather season, keeping our body warm is very important. Our head and neck are important parts of our body that need to be covered and protected.  This simple, easy-to-make project is designed to suit this purpose.  It’s an all-in-one project, combined as a scarf and hood as well, to elegantly cover your head and neck.  It stays on your neck without any hassle of falling off. It can easily be put  on your head to keep it from getting wet and keep your ears warm, too.  Try it on (-.-)



Comfy Cowl Top (a)


*COMFY COWL TOP

Materials:
(1) Home Spun, 6oz/170g/185yd/169m, Edwardian #312
      straight knitting needles, size 11
      crochet hook, size  F5/3.75mm

Level of Difficultyeasy

Stitch Abbreviations:
(K)            knit
(yo)           yarn over
(st) / (sts)  stitch / stitches
(WYIB)    with yarn in back
(tog)          together
(ch)           chain
(sl st)         slip stitch
(sc)            single crochet

Instructions:
Making a slip knot
1)  Pull a 120 inches length of yarn from the skein.  Make a circle 
     and place the yarn coming from the skein under the circle.  The 
     excess yarn (the longer one) will be used to bind off both sides
     at the end.  Roll it up and tie it temporarily with a rubber band to
     keep it from getting tangled while you knit.
2)  Insert the needle under the bar just made and pull on both ends 
     of the yarn to complete the slip knot. The slip knot counts as
     your first cast on (st).

Making a slingshot cast on
3)  Hold the  needle with the slip knot in your right hand with your
      index finger resting on the slip knot.
4)  Place the short end of yarn over your left thumb, and bring the
     working yarn up and over left index finger.  Hold both yarn ends
     in your left palm with your 3 remaining fingers.
5)  Insert tip of the needle under first strand of yarn on left thumb.
6)  Bring needle over and around the first strand on your index   
      finger.
7)  Pull the yarn and needle down through loop on thumb.
8)  Slip your thumb out of the loop, then bring thumb toward you,
     catching yarn end to form new loop on thumb and gently pulling
     to tighten new (st) on needle.
9)  Repeat steps 5 to 8 to cast on another 38 (sts). Practice until you  feel comfortable doing it.


Knit Stitch
10) Hold the needle with the first cast on (st) in your left hand.  Hold the empty needle in your right    hand.
11) (WYIB) of the needles, insert the right needle into the loop of the first (st) closest to the tip of the  left needle.
12) Hold the right and left needles with your right thumb and index  finger while you bring the yarn  beneath the right needle on top    of the right needle with your left hand.
13) With your right hand, bring the right needle with the loop of  yarn toward you and through the (st)  slipping the old (st) off  the left needle.  Tighten the new (sts) on the shaft of the right  needle.
14) Repeat steps 11 to 13 across the row until you feel comfortable  doing it.  Remember, there should be only 40 (sts) in a row.
15) To begin the next row, turn the needle with the (sts) to your left    hand and the empty needle to your right hand.  Repeat steps 11   to 15 until it measures 27 inches long.  Don’t stretch it. To  make variations in its size, I based the measurement not by the  number of rounds these (sts) are made, but by the actual size  when it is put around your neck and head up to your chin.   (Note: The actual size of your neck and head up to your chin  vary individually.  It means that you have to try it on first and  see if it can already cover your neck and head up to your chin.  There should be an allowance provided to ensure that you can  easily take it off and put it on when both sides are already bind  off together.
     
Binding off loosely
16) (K) 2 (sts).
17) With the left needle,  insert it to the first (st) on the right needle
      and bring the right needle with the second (st) through the loop
      of the first (st)  and then off the needle.
18) (K) the next (st).
19) Repeat steps 17 to 18 until one (st) remains on the right needle.
20) To lock the last (st), cut the yarn leaving 20 inches long (the
       shorter one) and bring it up through the last (st). Don’t tighten
       it yet. Don’t cut the excess yarn yet.

Binding both sides
21) Bring (tog) both sides. Tie a temporary knot using the excess
      yarn (the shorter one) to hold one end of both sides together.
      This will help you to evenly connect the (sts) of both sides
      together until you reach the end.   With the other excess yarn
      (the longer one) on the other end, use your crochet hook to (sl
      st) through the first (sts) of both sides.  Make (ch).  Make (sc)
      on the first (sts) of both sides. (Sc) on  succeeding (sts) of both
      sides until you reach the end. Loosen up the last loop a little bit.
      Don’t cut it yet. Set the project aside.

Making a braid
22) Make 8 yarn strands of 40 inches long.  Tie a knot on each end
      of the strands to keep it from loosening up. 
23) Get the project again. Insert 4 yarn strands into one loop end of
      the excess yarn (the longer one) and make each end of the  
      strands meet together to balance its length.  Pull the excess yarn
      (the longer one)  to tighten the 4 yarn strands .  Fasten off twice
      to hold all the strands.      
24) Loosen up the tie of the other excess yarn (the shorter one) a
      little bit. Insert the remaining  4 strands into its loop. Pull the
      excess yarn (the shorter one) to tighten the 4 yarn strands. 
      Fasten off twice to hold all the strands.
25) Braid them and tie both ends well. Trim both ends.  Tie a
       ribbon. This will serve as the lower, front side of the project.


Comfy Cowl Top (b)


Comfy Cowl Top (c)


*This project was featured in my knit designer profile at All Free Knitting as "Cozy Cowl Hood".  Posted # 2 in What’s Hot – Top Cowls Projects at All Free Knitting (Nov. 30, 2013).   Please note this ranking is not permanent.  Thank you very much to all viewers.                                            

*This project was featured also in my crochet designer profile at All Free Crochet as "Cozy Hooded Cowl." It is listed as one among my Top Knit Projects.  




Happy Crocheting and Knitting to All (-.-)


6 comments :

  1. I am impressed with your greeting. How true...how true. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. I'm very glad to hear that compliment. Thank you, too.

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  3. I luv this scarf. But when I click for the Crochet pattern it keeps bringing up the knitting instructions. How do I get the Crochet instructions. Thank you!

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  4. Hello Lad,
    I'm very sorry for the delayed response to you. Actually, this is a combination of knitting and crochet patterns. Kindly send me your email address and I will send you the full instructions for this project. Thank you very much for your comment. Have a great day

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  5. I do not knit but would love to know if there is a pattern for just doing this in crochet only. Thank you!
    cougardances@gmail.com

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    1. Hello Sassi,
      I'm very glad that you get interested in this project. I will try to make another cowl project by crocheting. Please just give me time to do this and I will email you back. Thank you very much for visiting. maymonasusanhamilton@yahoo.com

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