Friday, August 1, 2014

De-Stash / FO Challenge - FO #2

I started this cowl right after getting back from our road trip.  It worked up really fast but I've been putting off making the clasp for it.  This challenge encouraged me to finally get it done!  Yay!

I've had this yarn in my stash for years.  I won it in a yarn shop drawing.  I've started several projects with it and they either didn't work out or didn't seem like a good match for this yarn.  Then, I found the "Artfully Simple Infinity Cowl" pattern on Ravelry.  It was love at first sight and I knew this was the perfect match for this yarn!  I even had this turquoise bead thingy in my jewelry stash.  So, this might count as a double de-stash! 

I'm in love with this pattern and can't wait to make another one!
I love the open, airy stitch pattern and the versatility of ways it can be worn.

It's super simple and I like how it makes a slanted mesh grid.

I used one ball of Berroco Comfort Sock yarn in the colorway, Beach House.
I love all the colors in this yarn.  This turquoise bead is a great accent.

To make the clasp...I used a double strand and the same, size "G" crochet hook to make a chain long enough to go around the bead when looped (the button hole on the right) and slip stitched it closed.  Next, I continued to chain until I had enough length to loop through the bead, wrap around the cowl (when doubled) and reach back to where I slip stitched the button hole loop.  I wove in the ends, looped it through the center of the bead and back around itself and voila!  A custom clasp!  I simply wrap it around the doubled cowl and slip the loop over the bead.

Unfortunately, it's way too hot to wear it right now...111'!  Ugh!  But, Southern California has plenty of slightly chilly days that this would work great for.  It'll be a great pop of color and texture for an outfit too.  I can't wait for cooler days!

UPDATE 8/10/2014 - I'm joining in on Linda's Crafty Corner, Stash-Buster Link party.
If you'd like to join in on the fun, hop on over to her blog.


mamasmercantile said...

A double wow, a great de-stash and a great end result the cowl is delightful. I love the colours in the yarn. Have a great weekend.

Cindie said...

Wow you're off to a great start on your destashing project. Love the clasp idea.

Wish I could join in but all my UFO's are big projects and I just don't have the time for them. But I will be trying to knit on some holiday gifts........

Susan said...

I love the colors! It IS perfect for this cowl. As a matter of fact, I rather like yours best of all the examples. Too bad I don't know how to crochet. I have just GOT to learn. A winter project, perhaps?

Neesie said... that's a first for me ;D
Gorgeous colours and that clasp just finishes it off perfectly.
The stitch looks very involved to say the least.
Have a wonderful weekend.

Roxie said...

Crochet is so fast, isn't it? And yes, this is the perfect pattern for that yarn! And your clasp is the idea finishing touch. Tres chic!!

Delighted Hands said...

I am going to make one-very pretty! I'll have to blow the dust off my crocheting hooks!

Delighted Hands said...

I linked my FO Friday project post back to your blog!

Lorilee said...

Beautiful! The bead is a perfect accent! I am working on my second scarf with that pattern!

Mereknits said...

Okay this is Amazing!!!!! I love it, such a great pattern, the texture is so beautiful with the clasp on or just worn long.

benita said...

Beautiful colors!!

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Beautiful colors. And I love the way you did the clasp. :) Best wishes, Tammy