We’re doing a “Secret Santa” gift exchange at work, and I drew a female coworker. I was having trouble coming up with ideas, so I decided to crochet a cowl for her out of some pretty yarn that has some Seahawks-type coloring to it (she’s a fan). Crocheting progress goes incredibly faster than knitting – even a row of single crochet is the same height of two or three rows of knitting with the same yarn. Three nights, an “I” size crochet hook, and three skeins of Red Heart Boutique yarn later, I had a cowl!
I used Suzana Davidovic’s Calm Cowl pattern from Ravelry, but tweaked it slightly to have the top edge of the scarf match the bottom edge (odd that I’m all for symmetry when it comes to knitting and crochet, but it can drive me batty on quilts). Just for kicks, I decided to try blocking it, to see if the yarn would relax a bit, and it’s a good thing I did – the water in my bowl turned bright blue! Whoops! I ended up rinsing it several times until the water was a much fainter blue, and I’ll make sure to include a note that says to wash separately.
Laid flat, the cowl is about 26 inches long, and 9.5 inches high, and is nice and soft. It did turn out pretty, I think!