This one skein cowl uses raised stitches to create fantastic texture and a dense fabric, perfect to keep you warm as the temperatures begin to drop. It is a perfect project for beginners, using simple stitches to produce a complex looking design.
It is named the News Steps cowl as it was inspired by a steep staircase in the center of Edinburgh where the stairs twist round and seem to go on forever, but afford a fabulous view once at the top, just as a beautiful design is created at the end of the rows of this diagonal rib stitch.
24 inches (26cm) circumference x 7 inches (14 cm) height (unblocked)
Valley Yarns Northfield in Strawberry Milkshake (70% Merino Wool/20% Baby Alpaca/10% Silk, 248 yards [227 meters]/100 grams): 1 ball
Size US G (4 mm)
20 sts and 17 rows = 4” [10 cm] in stitch pattern.
Please see our standard abbreviations.
- The pattern is worked in the round and joined at the end of each round; do not turn your work at the end of a round.
- Starting chains at the beginning of each round do not count as a stitch throughout.
- Pattern is written in US terms.
Rnd 1: 100 Fdc. Sl st to first Fdc, making sure not to twist the stitches.
Rnd 2: Ch 2, *2 FPdc, 2 BPdc; rep from * to end. Sl st to first FPdc.
Rnd 3: Ch 2, *1 FPdc, 2 BPdc, 1 FPdc; rep from * to end. Sl st to first FPdc.
Rnd 4: Ch 2, *2 BPdc, 2 FPdc; rep from * to end. Sl st to first BPdc.
Rnd 5: Ch 2, *1BPdc, 2FPdc, 1BPdc; rep from * to end. Sl st to first BPdc.
Rnds 6-21: Rep rnds 2-5 four more times.
Rnds 22-24: Rep rnds 2-4.
Use the tail end from the first Fdc in round 1 to join the base of the first Fdc to the last Fdc in the round. Weave in ends. Block if desired.
About the Designer: Anna Hooker
Anna lives with her husband and young daughters in Scotland. She is a keen crocheter who draws inspiration from around her to design items that are both beautiful and practical.
Find Anna on Ravelry as Anna Hooker (patterns) or lilyrosepetal (personal) and on Instagram as @thecrochetninja.