Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby learned to love yarn at a very young age. He was only 3 years old when his grandmother and great-aunts taught him to crochet “curly bookmarks” and ornaments. Fast-forward forty years and Shannon has had six books and over 200 published patterns credited to his name. His designs have been featured in and on the covers of both US and international publications. Shannon and his husband Jason are the co-founders of Shibaguyz.com, a Seattle design studio focusing on crochet and knitwear. More about Shannon, and all of his books, can be found at www.Shibaguyz.com.
“I love yarn because of the freedom yarn allows me as a designer. Unlike cut and sew designers who are often constrained by what fabric they can purchase, as a knit and crochet designer I am able to use yarn to create the exact fabric I want. I am only limited by my imagination.”
I Love Yarn Day Cowl
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What You’ll Need
RED HEART With Love, 7oz/198g per skein, each approx 370yds/338m (100% acrylic)
• 1 skein #1907 Boysenberry (A)
• 1 skein #1401 Pewter (B)
CROCHET HOOK Size J/10 (6mm) or any size to obtain correct gauge
• Drawstring cord, 0.25 x 72"/0.6 x 183cm
• Dritz double cord stops for 0.25"/6mm drawstring cord
• Yarn needle
One pattern repeat (15 sts) = 3.5"/9cm
Rounds 1-15 = 4"/10cm tall
Gauge is not critical for this project.
ch = chain
ch-2 sp = chain-2 space
sc = single croshet
sl st = slip stitch
st(s) = stitch(es)
Fsc (foundation single crochet)
step 1 Ch 2, insert hook in 2nd ch from hook, yarn over and draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through one loop on hook (base-ch made); yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook (Fsc made)
step 2 Insert hook in base-ch of last Fsc made (be sure to insert hook under 2 loops of the basech, the loop at the front of face of base-ch and the loop on the bottom side of the base-ch), yarn over and draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through one loop on hook (base-ch made), yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook (Fsc made).
Repeat step 2 for desired number of Fsc.
spike-sc (spike single crochet)
Insert hook in indicated stitch, 2 or more rows below current row, yarn over and draw up a loop to height of current row, yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook. Leave corresponding st on current row unworked.
spike-wedge (spike single crochet wedge) Spike-sc in next st 6 rows below, spike-sc in next st 5 rows below, spike-sc in next st 4 rows below, spike-sc in next st 3 rows below, spike-sc in next st 2 rows below.
1. This stitch pattern is reversible and, therefore, should look the same on both sides of the fabric.
2. Cowl is worked in joined rounds; do not turn unless otherwise indicated.
I Love Yarn Day Cowl
With A, fsc 130; join with sl st infirst st to form ring—130 sts.
Round 1 Ch 1, sc in each st around; join with sl st to first st.
Round 2–6 Repeat Round 1, changing to B in last st of Round 6.
Round 7 W ith B, ch 1, sc in first 5 sts, spike-wedge over next 5 sts, *sc in next 5 sts, spike-wedge over next 5 sts; repeat from * around; join with sl st in first st.
Round 8–12 Repeat Round 1, changing to A in last st of Round 12.
Round 13 With A, ch 1, spikewedge over first 5 sts, sc in next 5 sts, *spike-wedge over next 5 sts, sc in next 5 sts; repeat from * around; join with sl st in first st.
Round 14–18 Repeat Round 1.
Round 19–42 Repeat Rounds 7–18.
Round 43 Ch 1, sc in first st, ch 2, sk next 2 sts, [sc in next st] twice, ch 2, sk next 2 sts, sc in next st and in each remaining st around; join with sl st in first st.
Round 44 Ch 1, sc in first st, 2 sc in next ch-2 sp, [sc in next st] twice, 2 sc in next ch-2 sp, sc in next st and in each remaining st around; join with sl st in first st.
Round 45-48 Repeat Round 1. Fasten off.
Block piece to finished measurements.
Fold Drawstring Channel Round 48 over and sew to the back loops of Cowl Round 41. Thread drawstring through Drawstring Channel and secure ends through Double Cord Stops. Tie knots in ends of drawstring.
Weave in ends.