Cowls are neat-o! I didn't own any, so I thought to remedy this unfortunate situation.
A girl at my work has been wearing some spiff cowls done in a shell stitch long ways. Does that make sense?
I couldn't find a pattern to match, so I made one up! Shell stitch is pretty basic, so any nerd can do it.
Some yarn. duh.
I used 2 skeins of King Cole Riot in "Dude". Kinda wishing I'd chosen one of the other colourways. Oh well.
I used a 6mm hook,
Make a chain the desired length of your cowl. OR if you're really clever make a foundation single crochet chain instead. This is what I did, because it gives you a bit more stretch. Your chain should be a multiple of 6, plus 3. Thats the length of the pattern, plus an extra bit to join the pattern together (see the image below).
I wanted mine so I would get two loops around my head, but not too tight. Just hold the chain together and test it out.
I was a bit off with my count, but I'm a big fan of fudging to get the result you want :) If you're getting to the end of your chain and your numbers are off, just fudge it by skipping 1 ch instead of 2 as required so you can join your pattern.
Join your chain with a slip stitch to make a loop.
Then its just *dc, sk 2 ch, 5tr, sk 2 ch* and repeat from * to * until you come back to where you started from.
Here is a chart of the stitch pattern:
My join is not very neat, here is kinda what I did:
The most important thing, when you finish your first row of shell stitch and are going onto the next row, make sure your work is not twisted. I learnt this the hard way and had to frog about 4 rows before I realised.
I did about 14 rows, then ended off and did 14 rows on the bottom of the chain, to make the cowl symmetrical.
I steam blocked my cowl, but it still wanted to curl. I think it looks spiff anyway :) It's about 140cm around. Ravelled here.
And wah-lah! Very snuggly, stays in place beautifully, unlike a scarf which can flap around all over the place.
I have another (possibly daggy) cowl on the hook now. I hope to have it finished by the weekend!