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Monday, August 31, 2015

Easy zig-zag crochet cowl - with instructions

Hi everyone. I'm back from our (always too short) vacation and my head is spinning with all the new projects I want to tackle. I'm sure that as as soon as I'm back at work, time will be so scarce again that half of them will stay on the shelves indefinitely, but at least the good news is that while on vacation I managed to finish my new cowl.

easy zig zag crochet cowl with instructions



This is my fist autumn/winter project after the summer (well, if you discount the Christmas ornaments I made in July), and, as every single one of the handmade things we make, there's a story behind it. To avoid boring you with the details, let's just say that last winter, during a business trip, I lost a pink scarf that had been a gift from my mother a long time ago, and I decided that the best way to replace it would be to make a new one myself. 

When I saw this yarn at at craft store, I new I had hit the jackpot.

easy zig zag crochet cowl with instructions

It is soft and warm, but the little bits of color make it look almost flowery. Which is perfect, since I'll be wearing a bit of spring and summer all winter long!

easy zig zag crochet cowl with instructions

In case anyone wants to make a similar cowl, I've worked up the instructions below. I don't have a lot of practice in writing down crochet instructions, so if you find anything amiss, please let me know and I'll try to correct it or clarify it better.

Oh, and I used the American designations for stitches because those are the ones I'm familiar with, so if you're used to British crochet instead, google around and you will find lots of conversion charts to help you.

easy zig zag crochet cowl with instructions


Round 1: chain 210 (I used a size 4 hook)

Round 2: start with a double crochet (DC) on the 3rd chain from hook
                work 8 DC on each of the next 8 chain stitches
                then on the next chain work 1 DC, chain 2, 1 DC again
                9 DC over each of the next 9 chain stitches
                skip two chains and *work 9 DC over each of the next 9 chain stitches
                then on the next chain work 1 DC, chain 2, 1 DC again
                9 DC over each of the next 9 chain stitches
                skip two chains*
                Repeat from * until the end

You will have the zig-zag pattern in sets of 10 double crochets. Your last set over the chain should be 10 DC after skipping 2 chains from the previous round.

Round 3: chain 2
                *work 9 DC over each of the following 9 DC in the previous round
                skip 2 DC (over the 2 chains you skipped in the previous round)
                work 9 DC over each of the following 9 DC in the previous round
                then over the next DC from previous row work 1 DC, chain 2, 1 DC again*
                repeat from * until the end

Rounds 4 to 16: repeats rounds 2 and 3 so that each 2 chain and each two skipped stitches overlap with the same from the previous round. 
(add more rows if you feel your cowl is not large enough yet)

easy zig zag crochet cowl with instructions

Finish off and weave in ends. Right now you will have a zip-zag scarf. To turn it into a cowl, just sew the short ends together, preferably with the same yard (though to do that I had to remove the colourful lumps of thread first, otherwise I couldn't get the yarn through a needle, much less sew with it...).

easy zig zag crochet cowl with instructions

And here it is, the perfect winter cowl, easy and fast to make (I finished it in three days in between a lot of pool and beach time), to warm you during the colder months with the promise of spring which is to come.

easy zig zag crochet cowl with instructions

Have a great week,





                

Oui Crochet


22 comments:

  1. How pretty!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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  2. What a pretty scarf you crocheted and thanks for the tutorial on how to make one.
    Thank for sharing at Cooking and Crafting with J & J.

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  3. Thanks so much for the pattern! I've been pondering the idea of a cowl for winter, and this zigzag pattern is right up my alley! :D

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    1. Thank you for stopping by Jessica! I hope you can make that cowl for yourself!

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    1. Good luck! Thank you for stopping by Antonia!

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  5. Thank you for sharing and thank you so much for linking up with us over at the OMHHWW! Have a wonderful long weekend!!

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  6. Very cute!! Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty - hope to see you again next week!

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    1. Thank you Chelsea! I love the name of your blog, by the way!

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  7. What a fun cowl! I love the color and your yarn choice!
    Thanks for linking to #FiberTuesdays! You aren't going to want to miss this week's party! Trust me! ;)
    Susie
    www.ouicrochet.com

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    1. I've seen it and linked up already! Thank you for the feature!

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  8. Looks so pretty, I'm sure it will brighten up the winter months! Thanks for sharing with the #BlogFair.

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  9. From one crocheter to another - I love it :) Thanks for linking up to Pin Worthy Wednesday, I have pinned your post to the Pin Worthy Wednesday Pinterest Board.

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    1. Thank you Amber! It's always nice to meet fellow crocheters!

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  10. Great tutorial!! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday!! Hope to see you tomorrow!! Pinned!

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  11. The yarn is so fun and I love the colors! You need to share a photo of you modeling it. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Thank you Jann! I tried to take a picture of myself, but I couldn't get it right. I'll have to ask my husband to take one for me though.

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