|Cosmic Garden Cowl in Cascade Yarns Heritage Dark Plum.|
It hasn't taken me very long to become completely enraptured with using hand-dyed yarns, and I have Laurinda's Hooked on Hand-Dyed series to thank. The Cosmic Garden Cowl is a perfect entry into this series, though it was the second pattern she released for the project.
I've made two versions of this cowl with two different types of yarn: Heritage in dark plum by Cascade Yarns and an Alpaca-Bamboo space-dyed by Sheared Delights. Both turned out lovely.
The pattern itself is simple to follow and would be good for crocheters who have a working knowledge of basic stitches. The most difficult part of the pattern is creating a loop out of the beginning chain at the beginning. It took my several tries to get a loop without a twist, at one time not realizing I had a twist until at the end of the second round.
The method I finally used, and which has served me since, is to fold the chain in the middle to match up the sides all the way down to the ends, then connect them. This has worked for me on the first try several times since.
|Sheared Delights space-dyed Alpaca-Bamboo. Love the pattern in created!|
|Lattice pattern with the cowl doubled-over.|