Spiky Stars by Kristin Lynn

Spiky Stars

Crochet
February 2019
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
8 stitches and 16 rows = 4 inches
5.0 mm (H)
300 - 550 yards (274 - 503 m)
Extra small (neck warmer); small; medium; long
US
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This is a dense, plush, eye-catching cowl designed to work with two contrasting colors of the same yarn. The design showcases a variation on the star stitch worked in a main color, with hints of a contrasting color peeking through and setting off the stars.

The cowl is worked in a worsted-weight merino wool (Malabrigo Rios), but other weights of yarn can be substituted. Four sizes are included, and the size is easily customizable by changing the length of the foundation and/or the number of pattern reps (taking into account that yardage requirements will differ).

The bottom edging is worked first; the remainder of the cowl is then worked from the bottom-up in joined, unturned rounds, with the unused color carried up the back join.

Skill Level: Intermediate; some focus is needed when working the joins at the ends of rounds.

Finished Sizes
Extra small (neckwarmer): 22” circumference by 7 1/2” tall
Small: 25” circumference by 7 1/2” tall
Medium: 32” circumference by 6 1/2” tall (shown in top photo)
Long: 50” circumference by 6 1/2” tall

Instructions are written for the Extra small (neckwarmer) size; instructions for the additional sizes are in parentheses ().

Yarn: Malabrigo Rios - main color: 1 (1, 1, 2) skein/s; contrasting color: 1 skein (less than one full skein used for the contrasting color for all sizes shown). Note: the 32” (Medium) cowl uses almost a full skein of the main color; consider having a second skein on hand if making this size.

Gauge: 8 stars = 4”; 16 rounds in pattern = 4”.

This pattern uses American crochet terminology.

Tech editing by Amy Curtin (amerz on Ravelry)

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