It isn’t often I have the urge, or have the time, to make something for myself from someone else’s pattern. But once in a while I see something I just have to make. Last year it was a hat. This year it was a crocheted scarf.
I only saw it because I know the designer, Elly Doyle. And I just LOVED the way the leaves ‘hang’ on the mesh!
But living on an island where the wind is a constant companion, scarves are not really practical – they just blow off your shoulders. So I decided I would make a cowl instead. Those do not have ends to blow away!
And being me, I wanted to play with the colours. I hadn’t used Brown Sheep yarn before, but from Elly’s website I could see it came in loads of saturated colours. I knew I wanted it to go with both my caramel coat and my black coat, and also with as many of my everyday sweaters as possible, so I could wear it as a collar. I spent a good while trying to decide what to use, and finally came up with this combination:
The yarn is Nature Spun, a sports weight (about DK) wool, which turned out to be lovely to work with, although the names of the colours were a tad fanciful!
The pattern was easy to follow and fun to knit. The design is clever, as you are effectively knitting both a mesh background and the leaves on the mesh at the same time. As always with crochet, I find I have to really concentrate on the pattern first time through – unlike knitting, it is difficult to ‘see’ the result in your mind, and so many of the actions take far longer to read than to do – but once I had sussed out how it all worked, it was easy to do.
In wear, the mesh is hardly seen, but it makes the piece move well, and when it is seen, it looks as if the leaves are growing on a trellis!
And the final cowl/collar:
If you are on Ravelry, you can buy the pattern here for £3, and see more of Elly’s work here. If you are not on Ravelry you can buy the pattern through The Crochet Project here. Elly sells the Brown Sheep yarn in the UK, and her website is here.