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New Pattern: Sybil Cowl

So this happened yesterday. Sometimes you need to double up an already deliciously bulky yarn, dig out your gigantic 16mm hook, and make yourself or someone you love a wicked warm cowl.

The stitching on this is incredibly simple, and a round of foundation stitches – which I explain in the pattern – ensures the first round and last round look the same.

I made this baby in less time than it took me to watch three episodes of Downton Abbey, so I named it after one of my favourite characters (for the love of gods, if you used the powers of the internet to watch the third season like I did, no spoilers!).

I know of at least one person who’s getting one of these for Christmas this year, and it’s quite possible I’ll make myself another, simply because I want MOAR COWLS.

I used Debbie Bliss Paloma yarn held double throughout, and it’s deliciously soft.

The Details

Yarn: About 200 yards of super bulky yarn. Shown here: Debbie Bliss Paloma (60% baby alpaca, 40% merino wool; 65 m [71 yd] per 50 g), 0014 purple, 6 skeins (yarn held double throughout).

Hook: 16 mm (Q).

Gauge: 5 1/2 sts and 4 rows = 10 cm (4″) in pattern.

Finished size: 32″ circumference, 10″ high.

By it on Ravelry or Craftsy, and go make many holiday gifts!


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This is beautiful, and with a daughter who wants to crochet it may be the thing that gets her truly hooked (no pun intended). (well maybe I did intend it, a little).

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