- - Free Crochet Pattern Alert! see below - -
|Slip Tectonics Cowl combines two kinds of slip stitches so that it|
is self-shaping. This gives it easy-chic looks and comfort.
|Thaxton Hood Cowl, pattern coming soon|
I'm in love with my new cowls made with the super stretchy, warm, soft, snug, and stylish crochet slip stitch rib short rows. So, I've created a free crochet pattern called "Slip Slope Scarf" to help introduce this technique, see below.
I have to specify each of those words in bold because short rows and slipped stitches are both much more common in knitting than crochet.
|Slip Slope Scarf (free pattern)|
Pattern includes guidelines for
making a loop scarf and
moebius-style infinity scarf.
Not only that, in crochet, combining slip stitches and short rows is rare. When I do see crochet short rows, it's more often for "soakers" (diaper covers) in regular crochet, and for Tunisian crochet.
The few short-rowed slip stitch designs I've found so far have been for hats--and I can see why! What a fabulous fabric for toasty hats that keep ears covered!
|Side view of the self-shaping |
Slip Tectonics Cowl
(For some examples of these non-cowl short row designs, see my Crochet Inspirations Newsletter Issue #29.)
|Slip Slope Scarf|
Personally I prefer to wear cowls as hats when I need them. Also, right now I'm loving the new textures and color patterning I can do with crochet slip stitch rib short rows worked flat, rather than in the round as hats usually are. That's where I'm at in my crochetin' journey.
Below is a photo from my free online tutorial. It shows the slip stitch short rows in progress.
More at this DesigningVashti blog post.