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Puff stitch cowl

You can tell fall is here!! That fresh air early in the morning, the even chillier nights, the warm cup of tea that makes you good company on your sofa while watching a movie, maybe with a blanket on your legs. All that makes the perfect combination to start playing with yarn again after the summer break. My welcome to the new fall season, is this beautiful puff stitch cowl. To make this cowl, I have used 3 skeins of KATIA MERINO ARAN yarn (100 gr each), in the shade number 11. I love this neutral color, it is so versatile and I love even more the fact that the yarn is washable in a washing machine, which is really useful and reassuring, since I am always scared when it comes to wash my yarn items.My best ally, my 6mm crochet hook, helped me to make the job done!

The pattern for this cowl is very easy, it is worked in rounds and it uses the crochet puff stitch. Let’s begin by chaining 90 as your foundation chain. Then slip stitch into the very first chain, creating a loop and being sure your work doesn’t twist.

To create your first puff stitch, extend the loop it creates on your hook

To work a puff stitch yarn over, insert the hook into the same stitch below and draw up a loop (you have 3 loops on your hook), yarn over insert the hook into the same stitch and draw up a loop 2 times more. Now you should have 7 loops on your hook

Yarn over and draw the yarn through all loops on the hook. Then chain 1. Skip the very next stitch and work the second puff stitch into the next stitch

Keep repeating this pattern, until you reach the end of your round, when you’ll slip stitch to the top of the first puff stitchNow slip stitch to the chain one space

Extend the loop on your hook as you did before and work the first puff stitch of your second round. Once worked the puff stitch, chain one, skip the very next stitch below and work a puff stitch into the chain one spaceI repeated this pattern for 33 rounds in total and here is what I got in the end

I love the clean and elegant texture the puff stitches give to my cowl. I am also really satisfed with the size it came out, since I wanted it to wrap cozily but also quite tight around my neck. For a looser fitting around your neck, just increase the initial number of chains, remembering that the pattern is multiple of two.

This cowl is so versatile, see how nice it looks on a denim jacket!!

Last weekend the weather was quite windy here in Trieste then what a better occasion to wear my new cowl? It kept me super warm and it looks amazing with my everyday outfit! I also love how it drapes around my neck.

I really love how my puff stitch cowl turned out . It is such a unique piece and I am sure I will wear it almost everyday with the colder weather. I hope you guys liked that pattern too and let me know on social (facebook, twitter, instagram) if you’ll give it a try. Meanwhile I wish you a happy crocheting time and stay tuned for more patterns coming soon!! Byeeee !!!!!

Wheat & Cookie beanies

I call it ‘pom pom mania’ and it affects me everytime I crochet a hat. I can’t help it, I have to put a pom pom on it and this is what I did for my latest winter beanies as well. I made two beanies with two different patterns, one more elaborated and luxurious, the other one easier, quicker and achievable by any crocheter newbies in a flash.   

crochet-beaniesI simply adore how the puff stitch and the front post double crochet combine together to create this beautiful, rich and sophisticated pattern. I also think that the monochrome yarn really helps this stitch to stand out. I decided to call this project thewheat beanie, don’t you think this pattern resembles wheat stalks?

wheat-beanie

To make this beanie I have used a little bit more than 2 balls of Regina yarn in this neutral grey color and my 3.5 mm hook. Actually even if the recommended size for this yarn was a 4.5 mm crochet hook, I used a smaller size so that the stitches didn’t look too loose and the pattern less compact and less visible.

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I started off by chaining 12 for the band. To give it a ribbed look I followed the pattern below.

row 1: ch1 , sc in the back loop of each stitch along

row 2-84: ch1 and turn your work. Sc in the back loop of each stitch along

Once you are happy with the fitting of your band, join the first and last row with slip stitches and start the body of your beanie.

round 1: chain 2 (building chains) , 88 dc evenly spaced all around the stitches below. Sl st into the first dc.  

From round 2 until your beanie measures approximately 25 – 26 cm keep repeating the pattern in chart.

crochet-weat-patternTo close up the beanie, fasten off your yarn being sure to leave a long tale. Using a yarn needle, go in and out of the last round stitches , and pull it tightly at the end. Here you can watch a useful video about this closing hat technique.

pic2pic3While I was making my second beanie, the more I went on, the more it made me think about a giant cookie with delicious drops of chocolate inside. This is why I called this project the cookie beanie.

cookie-beanieFor it I wanted a more relaxed pattern, the kind you can follow while sipping a warm cup of tea or watching a movie with your family. At the same time I didn’t want it to be trivial, so I went for the easy double crochet stitch alternated here and there with puff stitches.

stitch-2For this beanie I used pure ecological yarn in these beautiful neutral shades of creme-beige which I think make the simple pattern more intriguing. I played with contrast for the puff stitches , making them in a standing out brown color.

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I started off by chaining 10 for the band.

row 1: ch1 , sc in the back loop of each stitch along

row 2-76: ch1 and turn your work. Sc in the back loop of each stitch along

Join the first and last row with slip stitch and check the fitting of your band.

round 1: chain 2 (building chains) , 81 dc evenly spaced all around the stitches below. Sl st into the first dc. 

round 2: chain 2 (building chains), dc in each stitch around. Sl st into the first dc.

round 3: chain 2 (building chains) , *dc into the next 9 stitches below, then switch color and do 1 puff stitch into the 10th stitch*. Repeat from * to * untile the end of the row. Sl st into the first dc.

round 4: chain 2 (building chains) , *dc into the next 4 stitches below, then switch color and do 1 puff stitch into the 5th stitch*. Repeat from * to * untile the end of the row. Sl st into the first dc.

Keep repeating alternatively rounds 3-4 until your beanie measures 25-26 cm and then close it.

For the beautiful pom pom on top, I used my Clover pom pom maker. In this post you can follow my step by step tutorial on how to use it. It’s ridiculously easy!!

pic5I really love how these two beanies turned out and I must say, they have become my essentials during these days since the weather here in Italy is getting polar..brrrr!!! And what about the weather in your country? Which pattern would you pick for your personal beanie? I can't wait to know and in the meantime I wish you happy and warm crocheting times!!! See you to the next post…byeeee!!!