It seems as if I’ve only been going to crochet parties lately. Not that there’s anything wrong with this, or something to complain about: ‘au contraire’, it’s absolutely wonderful spending time with people that are passionate about the same things that you put your heart into. And besides, life’s too short to not grab every chance you have to celebrate and have fun, right?
Sunday September 10, 2017 three lovely ladies – Heleen, Jacqueline & Lotte – organized their first “Haken & Plukken-feest”.
The location where the party was held – pluktuin “Pluk”, in Haalderen – and its setting was so beautiful: a huge garden of wildflowers, sitting next to a festively decorated and equally delightfully styled greenhouse, where we, a bunch of about 20 crochet-loving ladies, were treated to delicious cakes and a lunch buffet, yummie yarns, and gorgeous flowers, that we could all handpick ourselves.
The girls really outdid themselves in every possible way!
Jacqueline designed, especially for this occasion, a very nice cowl, the “Big Bobble Cowl”, and graciously allowed me to translate the pattern for you in English and post it here on my blog.
The Dutch pattern – called “The Big Bobble Col” – can be found on Lisanne’s blog / Draad & Praat (link here).
Immediately at the beginning of the party we were gifted two balls of LangYarns “Mila” – such a fab name 😉 – with which one cowl can be crocheted.
In the generous goodie bag we were sent home with I also found – amongst all kinds of lovely gifts – a ball of LangYarns “Mille Colori Big”, and I fell head over heals in love with its colors. I couldn’t wait to sink my hook into that awesome “thousand colors”-ball and crochet my cowl with it.And I love-love-love how it turned out!
To tell you the truth, I not always like variegated yarn when it is crocheted up (usually it is prettier when knitted with, imho), but this combination of yarn&pattern is just perfect! And so soft … I’m very happy with my “Big Bobble Cowl”! Oh, and how’s that cute label by Mez11?
The “Mille Colori Big” is a 50% virgin wool and a 50% polyacryl, 200 gramms, about 190 metres, suggested hook/needles size 9 mm.
I used a 10 mm hook for the cowl, and a 8 mm hook for the border.
So with a big “thank you” to Jacqueline, here’s her “Big Bobble Cowl” in English:
- 2 balls LangYarns “Mila Color Superwash” (or, 1 ball of the “Mille Colori Big”)
- 8 mm hook
- yarn/darning needle
Jacqueline used a crochet hook 2 sizes bigger than the one suggested for the “Mila”. The cowl is crocheted lengthwise in the bobble stitch pattern as described.
This way it is easy to adapt to maybe even a version that goes around your neck twice (in which case you’ll obviously need more yarn).
Stitches (US terms used):
chain | turning chain | single crochet | treble crochet | bobble stitch (a cluster of 6 treble crochet stitches, also referred to as: 6-trtog: 6 trebles crocheted together) | *…** repeat the instructions between * and **
How to crochet the bobble stitch/6 trebles, crocheted together:
* yarn over hook twice, insert hook in stitch or space indicated and pull up a loop (four loops on your hook). Yarn over and pull yarn through two loops (three loops remain on your hook). Again, make a yarn over and pull yarn through two loops (two loops remain on your hook **; repeat from * to ** 5 more times (7 loops on your hook); yarn over and pull through all 7 loops (1 6-tr-bobble / 6-trtog made).
Chain 22 (multiple of 4 + 1 + 1 turning chain).
Crochet a single crochet in the 2nd chain from your hook; * chain 1, skip 1 stitch, 1 bobble stitch (= 6 trebles together), chain 1, skip 1 stitch, 1 single crochet **; repeat from * to ** four more times.
Chain 4; * 1 single crochet in the stitch sitting on top of the bobble stitch from the previous row, chain 1, 1 bobble stitch in the single crochet stitch from the previous row, chain 1 **; repeat three more times from * to **; end this row with a treble crochet in the 1 single crochet stitch made in the previous row.
1 turning chain; 1 single crochet in the treble crochet of the previous row; * chain 1, 1 bobble stitch in the single crochet stitch made in the previous row, chain 1, 1 single crochet in the bobble stitch made in the previous row **; repeat four times, and crochet the last single crochet stitch in the 3rd chain of the chain-4 from the previous row.
Repeat rows 2 and 3 until your cowl fits comfortably around your neck.
Fasten off, leaving a long end with which you can sew your piece of crochet into a cowl Sew in all ends, and single crochet all around the top and bottom of your cowl for a nice finishing touch. Add your own (leather) label to personalize your wonderfully warm & cozy cowl, and enjoy wearing it!Love,