Our mom taught Tomiko and me to crochet way back when we were kids. I was just seven or so and I wanted to crochet a blanket for one of my dolls. I was just trying to make a rectangle in single crochet stitches, but I was having issues – what I made instead was a triangle! I’ve come a long way since I first learned to crochet about twenty years ago.
I never appreciated how difficult it is to make a crochet pattern from scratch. This is a lacy cowl I crocheted with thin, fingering yarn. It is reminiscent of Austentatious Crochet by Melissa Horozewski, which is a collection of Jane Austen-inspired outfit pieces all rendered in crochet. Although I doubt that Englishwomen in the 1700s wore cowls like this, I like to imagine that their shawls had similar patterns!
This was crocheted using soft dove grey alpaca yarn that Donatello brought back from Colombia. Despite the lacy look of the cowl, it’s quite simple to make – all single, double, and triple crochet stitches.
Crochet Hook: 3.00 mm
Yarn: 2 skeins grey alpaca, fingering/sock weight
Ch 130; connect to ch 1 with slip stitch; ch 3 to form first dc
Row 1) dc around; join with slip st; ch 1
Row 2) sc around; join with slip st; ch 4
Row 3) tc around; join with slip st; ch 1
Row 4) sc around; join with slip st; ch 3 to form first dc
Row 5) *dc 1, ch 1, skip next st; repeat all the way around; join with slip st in beginning ch 3. Ch 1
Row 6) sc around; join with slip st; ch 3
Rows 7 – 30) repeat rows 1-5 six more times
Row 31) dc around; join with slip st and ch 1
Row 32) sc around; join with slip st; ch 4
Row 33) tc around; join with slip st; ch 1
Row 34) sc around; join with slip st to finish. Tie off and weave in ends. You’re done!
Ch – chain
Sc – single crochet
Dc – double crochet
Tc – triple crochet
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