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Pumpkin crochet cowl

Few weeks ago I went to my usual yarn store looking for something warm both in colors and texture and I found this beautiful yarn that matches so well the shades of this time of the year. The red and yellow nuances are indeed the same you can see in the leaves falling down and the orange tints, don’t they make you think about the so popular Halloween pumpkins?

So, right on time for fall season, I was inspired to crochet a big and warm cowl to ward off these first chilly and windy days.

Since I love infinity scarves and the way they look once worn, I tried to recreate the same effect on my cowl. I am not a big fan of  ‘choker-style’ cowls, this is why I went for a loose fitting to let my cowl beautifully fall around my neckline in a soft and comfy way.

The yarn I used is the shade 207 of ‘Gomitolo 200’ (yarn ball 200) even if you will need less than 200 gr of yarn to end this project. You are also going to need a 5 mm crochet hook, a yarn needle and some stitch markers, very helpful during the final assembly step.

Let’s begin by making an initial number of chains multiple of 6. Keep in mind that this number will determine the loosiness of the cowl around your neckline. I chained 102.

The pattern I used is  a variation of the very easy and popular V-stitch and it is called ‘no space double crochet V-stitch’ pattern. You might know that usually a V-stitch is made by working 1dc, 1ch and 1 dc all in the same stitch. Well, in the ‘no space V stitch’ there is no chain between one dc and the other, because the V-stitch is worked in the space between the two double crochet of the row below.

row 1 : 2 dc in the 4th chain from the hook (this create the V-stitch). *Sk 1 chain and make 2 dc in the next chain*. Keep repeating from *to* until there are two chains left. At this point, skip the next chain and make 1 dc in the very last stitch.

row 2 – 38 : ch3 and turn your work. 2 dc in the space between the 2 dc (V-stitch) of the row below. Repeat all across the V-stitches below. Then 1dc in the last stitch.

At the end of row 38 you will have a long rectangle. Fold it in half along the longest side of it and sew the ends along the shortest sides. You may use stitch markers to help keep the two ends together.

I am crazy in love with my cowl. I adore it, it came out just the way I had it in my mind. I put it on for a relaxing walk through a beautiful, wild path only few minutes away from our home and I had so much fun when I noticed I was perfectly in tune with the nature background. Don’t you think the same?

I am sure I’ll use this pattern again, it’s so easy and quick that will be perfect to make Christmas presents. I am already thinking about using different shades of this yarn and I can’t wait to try it and show you the result. I hope you like this pattern too and till the next post I wish you every good and a happy crocheting time. Love you all !

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