Friday, September 26, 2014

FO Friday - Artful Flower Cowl

Whew!  I finished a project for FO Friday just in the nick of time!

I started this project at the beginning of our trip and completed the cowl part pretty quickly.  I made the flower part yesterday and got it all sewn together and finished up this afternoon.

I used the "Artfully Simple Infinity Cowl" pattern for the cowl part.  It's a free pattern on Ravelry and the second one I've made.  It's simple, quick, fun and I love the results.  This one is made with a skein of Cascade Ultra Pima Cotton in the Buff colorway (#3719).  I used a size G hook to make it.


I made the flowers with an E hook and patterns from the "100 Lace Flowers to Crochet" book by Caitlin Sainio.  I love that book!  I sewed white buttons to the center of each flower and stitched the flowers together.  Then, I made a chain of about 125, tucked in the ends, and laced it through the back of the flower corsage.  Then, I tied it around the cowl with a bow.  It'll work this way or with the cowl doubled for more warmth.


I love how it makes a diagonal and open grid.  It has great texture, looks interesting, and makes it look a bit more complicated than it actually is.


I was surprised to find that I only needed one skein/220 yards.  Any more and it would have been too bulky for this cowl.  I had planned on two skeins and used a bit of the second one for the flowers.  I now have slightly less than a full skein to figure out what to do with.  So, if I were to do this again, I'd make the flowers first and then use the rest for the cowl.  I think it would work out just fine that way.  
I was a bit hesitant when I started on it because I was worried that this color looked a bit like a fishing net.  But, from the reaction I got when I posted a photo on Instagram last week, it seems to be great.  And, I like it.  It's not just a standard "natural".  The color is a bit richer and I think the sheen adds a lot to it.  I think the color and yarn are a perfect match for this open, summery cowl and it's a lot like what I had in mind when I bought it.  I'm not quite sure what I'd wear it with though.  Hmmm?

Oh...and, this makes one more skein that's been de-stashed!  Yay!

12 comments:

Delighted Hands said...

Very chic! It will be fun to wear it for dressed up and jeans! Good job! I forgot about TO Friday....I had a fo, too! I'll post it soon...

Izzybeads by Laney said...

Love the colour of it too, it looks very tactile.

RedSetter said...

How fabulous, it looks so elegant and stylish. I never wear neutral shades as they just don't suit me but I could definitely see myself wearing this colour. Enjoy wearing it.

mamasmercantile said...

Its so versatile not only for dressing up or down but for the seasons as well doubled up for winter or single for summer, great addition to any wardrobe.

linda said...

It's beautiful and looks very elegant. :)

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

I think it looks very elegant. The flowers are a nice addition. Definitely would be lovely to wear in the evening for going out. Have a great weekend. Tammy

Mereknits said...

I think the color is gorgeous, it allows the beautiful pattern to come out, sometimes color steals the show.
Hugs to you,
Meredith

Lenora said...

My daughter loves that cowl pattern. She shared it at our local guild as a quick "holiday gift" idea.

Amy at love made my home said...

It is beautiful, and the flowers that you made really finish it off beautifully!! xx

Tammy Lawrence-Cymbalisty said...

Love this one so much!

Jo said...

I am not mad for cowls but that one is so beautiful especially the corsage. Jo x

benita said...

Muted and understated grace. Those flowers are so lovely!