The inspiration for this cowl came while browsing a stitch dictionary. I knew that I wanted to use a pattern with post stitches to explore the depth that I could achieve with the rustic Ross Farm yarn, so I assumed that I should be looking at cabled patterns. But then I happened upon a few pages of stitch patterns that used whole rows of post stitches for a horizontal effect and I was hooked!
Though designed with a “straight from the farm yarn”, I’m hard pressed to imagine any worsted weight yarn that wouldn’t work well with this pattern. A tight handspun or flat 2-ply might not have the same depth of texture as a round, plump yarn, but the wave pattern would still show up well.
The cowl is cast on along the circumference edge and joined to work in the round. The stitch pattern uses chain, single, and double crochet stitches, as well as back post single crochet and crochet through the back loop. The pattern does not include a tutorial for working post stitches. Directions are both written and charted.
18 sts and 16 rows = 4 in (10 cm) in wave stitch after blocking. Gauge is not critical in the pattern, but it is suggested that you swatch to make sure that you like the drape of the fabric.
7 in (18 cm) x 50 in (127 cm) circumference, measured after blocking.
The wave pattern is a 14 stitch repeat, so adjusting the circumference should be easily accomplished by an experienced crocheter.
U.S. Size H (5.0 mm) or size needed to produce noted gauge
Natural Sample – Ross Farm Heritage & Rare Breed Fibers
100% Leicester Longwool, 4.0 oz/250 yds
2 skeins, Sample worked in “Kimberly” and used all 500 yds
Teal Sample – Cascade Yarns, Cloud
70% Merino Wool, 30% Baby Alpaca, 100g/164 yds
4 skeins, Sample worked in “2124 Como Blue” and used approximately 560 yds
Good substitutions – Any worsted weight yarn. A rounder yarn will provide greater depth of texture for the post stitches. Other weights of yarn may be substituted as well, although such a change will affect the yardage needed, hook size used and finished dimensions. Swatching is recommended in such a case.
Tapestry Needle, Scissors, Lockable Stitch Marker
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