...And a GIVEAWAY!
We'll start with probably the simplest design in the book, the Malvern Cowl. Its a lovely soft cowl, very easy to make and to wear and worked in just one stitch all the way. Yes, it is all double crochet (US single crochet) worked in a spiral around and around. Crochet doesn't get more relaxing than this! (To paraphrase the Masterchef judges) Even the pretty colour work effect is created using spike stitches which are just double crochet worked a few rows below - don't worry, its all explained in the pattern!
I think this Cowl in my mind will always have fond memories of the delicious meringue I was scoffing in the shoot and the lovely doggy friend I made!
I was particularly pleased with this pattern on a technical level though because I worked out how to do the crochet equivalent of Kitchener stitch ( a sewn reproduction of the stitch to make an invisible join) in order to graft the cowl closed. You can try out my instructions in the pattern (or just sew a seam if you prefer.)
And should you wish to make the cowl here are all the technical information you might need before you start:
Finished width: 15cm/6in
1 50g skein Socks Yeah in Danburite (105) - Col A
1 50g skein Socks Yeah in Chryso (108) - Col B
1 50g skein Socks Yeah in Iolite (109) - Col C
4mm (US G) hook
28 sts and 28 rows in double crochet to 10 cm/4 in using 4mm hook (or size needed to achieve tension)
Note: while this item doesn’t need to fit anywhere, not working to specified tension may make the fabric different to the picture and yarn quantities will vary.
Basic crochet stitches, working in continuous rounds, spike stitches (explained).
Worked in rounds in a continuous spiral without turning or turning chains. Ends are then sewn or grafted together to form cowl.
Rachel Coopey of Coop Knits tells me that as soon as the cowl pattern details were put up on Ravelry she started getting orders for the three colours together!
With that in mind she has very kindly given us three skeins of beautiful Socks Yeah yarn to give away! They come in the Malvern Colours but you could always use them to make a Bromsgrove hat or add an extra colour to the Tenbury hat and mitts or make a stripey version of Worcester or Evesham.
Want to get your hands on the yarn? Its easy. Just go take a look at the patterns in the book and comment below to let us know which you'd make first and why.
The competition is open worldwide and we will pick a winner at noon GMT on Wednesday 9th March 2016. Make sure you leave your Ravelry name or email address so we can get in touch with you!