Friday, April 19, 2013

Adapting a Scarf Pattern into a Cowl Pattern


When I am working on a new design, I always keep my mind open to ways I could adapt the pattern to give it maximum versatility. I think the Ruffles Scarf pattern I designed for Interweave Crochet's Fall issue, is one of my most versatile patterns to date. When I sent the finished sample to Interweave, I included photos of a dozen ways the scarf could be worn. It really looks very different depending on the way it is wrapped! 

Later, I got the idea to shorten the scarf to make it into a cowl, and I just had to make one! I love how the cowl turned out, and that it looks different enough from the scarf, but still has the same flavor. Chances are if you like the scarf pattern, you will like this too!

I have given instructions on my blog as to the alterations that need to be made to the original scarf pattern to make a cowl, and another version that includes some surface crochet embellishment.

I am now curious about how other scarf patterns might transform into cowls!

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Wintergreen Cowl CAL

Ellen Gormley's Go Crochet Ravelry group is doing a CAL of the Wintergreen Cowl. It officially starts in March but some have already jumped ahead.  Here's the link to the thread to join us!


The pattern is available either a la carte here.
or as part of "The Snowflake Story" ebook... here.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Introducing the Natalie Cowl

Photo by Harper Point for Interweave Crochet

It is great to be posting on the Crochet Cowls blog again! I designed the Natalie Cowl for Interweave Crochet's latest Accessories issue, and I am thrilled to be able to share it with you. It is crocheted in 3 pieces, and then the 3 pieces are crocheted together simultaneously. It helps you to place the motif perfectly and securely. It looks a little different depending on how it is worn. In the above photo from the magazine, the lower band has been pulled down flat. You can also let it roll over more, as in the photo I took before sending the cowl sample to Interweave.

If you would like to read more about my design process for this cowl, I have done a blog post on my own blog as well. I would love to have you visit me there!





Friday, October 12, 2012

I Love Yarn Day!

Celebrate 'I Love Yarn Day' with me!  Here's a FREE Cowl pattern. Well, find the pattern at ILoveYarnDay.org


Monday, August 13, 2012

Bruges Lace Cowl!

Hi, Ellen Gormley here! In my new book, Learn Bruges Lace, there is one cowl shown 2 ways!  One is Red Heart Shimmer and the other is Universal Swiss Mohair. The exact same symbol diagrams and written instructions, with very different results! 


The book is 8 projects, 56 pages for $9.95 from Annie's Catalog. It also includes 2 scarves, 3 hats, 1 blanket, 1 bracelet and 19 pages of practice swatches/exercises to learn this fun and easy technique!

Read more about it on my blog www.GoCrochet.com


Sunday, February 5, 2012

Wintergreen Cowl

Designed by Ellen Gormley, and made in the Bruges Lace style, the easy "Wintergreen cowl" is made in the Fiber Company's Luxurious "Road to China" yarn. It is a Baby Alpaca, Silk, Camel, Cashmere blend. The project is one of 4 accessory projects in a new Interweave e-book "A Snowflake Story".  I hope you like it!


Saturday, January 7, 2012

A New Year, A New Crochet Cowl Free Pattern

Ravelry Project Page
Everyone, especially beginning crocheters, should know about Judi's Building Block Cowl. It's a lovely and warm new crochet cowl scarf designed by crochet teacher Judith Weingarden. As she explains below, she had crochet beginners in mind as she designed this mobius cowl. 
Ravelry Project Page


It's an instantly downloadable crochet pattern at her new Crocheted Jewels website. You can also see it in different yarns in Ravelry and its photo set.


Here's what Judi told me the other day about her mobius cowl design: 


     Because many of my students are beginners, I wanted a cowl pattern that would use only single crochet and chain stitches. I teach crocheting at 2 locations in Avon, CT - Michaels and Yarnover.
Ravelry Project Page

     The pattern is a mobius, and can be worked up quickly.


     I am offering it as a free download on my new website, and thought this crochet cowl design blog would be another great place to offer it. I am thrilled to be dipping my hook into the world of design! I love teaching and crocheting, and am really excited to be combining the two!  



Thanks Judi for letting us know about your new free crochet pattern!
Here is the direct download link to the pattern.