Saturday, December 3, 2011

Two New Slip Stitch Cowl Crochet Patterns

Thaxton Hooded Cowl in thermal Slip Stitch Crochet
The roasty-toastiest cowl I've ever crocheted is also my first cape-like hooded crochet cowl ("snood" by recent definition). It's for practical reasons: the Thaxton Hooded Cowl design came to mind after a bitter cold front last winter made my favorite Orbit Cowl feel like mere springtime lace

Undaria: one of many ways of wearing 

The Thaxton downloadable crochet pattern is $5.99. The pattern includes two ways to seam it, and two sizes for using less yarn if desired. 

It's still in a tech-edited early release version in Ravelry. When I hear back from my pattern tester (the holidays slowed things down!), I'll revise with her always-valuable feedback and release the final pattern version. If you buy the early release version, you'll be automatically alerted by email when the updated version of the pattern is available for you to download. I love this built-in feature of Ravelry!

Thaxton seamed 2nd way: tall cowl quadruple-rolled

Thaxton is so warm because it's: 
  • densely ribbed, and 
  • stretchy-snug, and 
  • half alpaca fiber. The alpaca content of the yarn I used piles on even more warmth, much like angora would. (Alpaca and angora are both warmer than wool.) 
Isn't the raspberry color delicious?

Undaria as 2-skein long twirl scarf
The other cowl, Undaria FlutterScarf, is a one-skein neckwarmer, and also a two-skein project if you prefer a standard-length long twirl scarf. Scroll down for more views of this versatile draping-fluttering-thing!

Draping Undaria 1-skein
Wondering where the name comes from? Well, I saw a softly rippling knitted scarf, and thought of how fun it would be to use slip stitch crochet in short rows to create that look. 

One of many ways to drape
Undaria 1-skein
With the gentle sea-green color shifts of the Mini-Mochi yarn--which I enjoyed buying at my friend Sheryl Means' yarn shop Yarntopia--I kept thinking of the soft ripples of Wakame seaweed in miso soup. Undaria is the botanical name for a type of seaweed. I also like that "Undaria" sounds similar to "undulating."

When the final Thaxton version is available, both of these cowl scarves will also show on the DesigningVashti pattern page where you can see all Slip Stitch Crochet designs so far. Slip stitches are so fun to design with.