Part 2 – Mystery Heirloom Crochet Cowl

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Welcome to the second installment of the Heirloom Crochet Cowl by Knit & Knot Yarn! By this point you should have about 3 inches on your cowl and be ready for the next set of instructions.

Are you wondering where the name, “Heirloom” comes from? I always talk about how crafting, particularly making detailed things with your hands, is part of a heritage of family and love. I feel this way because of the time and care we pour into each item, and then often give them away! Is there any better gift to pass on to ones we care about? I mean, if we could have a hug made out of time, love and softness, who would say no??

As I designed this pattern and layered different designs on one another, I imagined each layer representing different generations in my family; me, my mom, grandma and great grandmother. When I wear this I think of all the wonderful things that they used to make and give away, and how wonderful it is to have such a heritage. And even with no family nearby, and many gone, my yarn family here at the shop is just as wonderful and full of love!

So there you have my mini story!

This week we are layering a diamond cable pattern (something more modern) across a section of single crochet (something very traditional). Our main tool for the cable portion will be fpdc (front post double crochet). If you are not familiar with this technique, check out this tutorial for a basic overview.

Something else you might want to remember or re-familiarize yourself with: as crocheters, we usually go through both loops of the “v-stitch” on top of our work. But do you know what post goes with which stitch? It will be very helpful to remember that the post is to the LEFT of your hook.

So for example, here is a cable-right photo where I am moving my current cabled stitch over to the right, and I first need to skip a single crochet.

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Here is the post (shown to the left of my hook) of the stitch that I need to skip. So the post that I need to cable one stitch over is hiding a little bit behind.
And here is the post of the stitch I need to cable. I sort of dig it out from the other stitch and insert my hook from right to left. This should be a double crochet.
And here is the post of the stitch I need to cable. I sort of dig it out from the other stitch and insert my hook from right to left. This should be a double crochet.
Once you finish your double crochet, this is what it should look like. And then you'll need to "finish" the cable by making a single crochet BEHIND the cable, into the stitch I originally skipped.
Once you finish your double crochet, this is what it should look like. And then you’ll need to “finish” the cable by making a single crochet BEHIND the cable, into the stitch I originally skipped.

 

There is also a video tutorial for the row by row instructions below the written instructions.

 

Part 2: click here to download printable pdf version: HeirloomCowlPart2pdf

 

Abbreviations and Stitch Definitions:

fpdc- Front Post Double Crochet. To see a basic tutorial of this stitch, click here. As we are working in traveling cables, you will want to make sure you understand the basic stitch and how to manipulate it. Sometimes it is helpful to look behind the cable and make sure you are skipping the correct stitches. One of the more helpful things I like to remember is that the v-stitch we all work into is to the RIGHT of the post of the stitch below.

 

Instructions: For a step by step tutorial, check out the video below.

Row 1- ch 1. Sc in next 3 sts, *skip 1 st, fpdc around stem of next st, fpdc around stem of skipped st, 1 sc into each of next 6 sts*. Repeat from * to * around until last 3 sts. Sc in each of last 3 sts. Join with slip st. Ch 1.

 

Row 2- 1 sc in each of next 2 sts. *skip one st, 1 fpdc around the stem of next st, 1 sc into skipped st (behind fpdc), sk 1 st, sc into next st, fpdc around stem of skipped st. 1 sc in each of the next 4 st.* Repeat between *, ending with 1 sc in the final 2 sts. Join with slip st. Ch 1.

 

Row 3- 1 sc. *skip one st, 1 fpdc around the stem of next st, 1 sc into skipped st (behind fpdc), 1 sc in next 2 sts, sk 1 st, sc into next st, fpdc around stem of skipped st. 1 sc in each of the next 2 sts.* Repeat between *, ending with 1 sc. Join with slip st. Ch 1.

 

Row 4- *skip one st, 1 fpdc around the stem of next st, 1 sc into skipped st (behind fpdc), 1 sc in next 4 sts, sk 1 st, sc into next st, fpdc around stem of skipped st.* Repeat between * around. Join with slip st. Ch 1.

 

Row 5- fpdc in previous st, *1 sc in each of next 6 sts, skip one st, 1 fpdc around the stem of next st, fpdc around the stem of skipped st.* Repeat between * around, ending the last 2 stitches with skip one st, 1 fpdc around the stem of the next st. Join with slip st. Ch 1.

 

Row 6- *Skip one stitch, 1 sc in next st, fpdc around the stem of skipped st, sc in each of next 4 sts, sk 1 st, fpdc around the stem of next st, 1 sc into skipped st (behind fpdc)* Repeat between * until the end of the round. Join with slip st. Ch 1.

 

Row 7- 1 sc, *skip one stitch, sc in next st, fpdc around the stem of skipped st. sc in each of next 2 sts. sk 1 st, fpdc around the stem of next st, 1 sc in skipped st (behind fpdc). 1 sc in each of next 2 sts* Repeat between * until the last stitch. Sc 1. Join with slip st. Ch 1.

 

Row 8- 2 sc. *skip one st, sc in next st, fpdc around the stem of skipped st, sk 1 st, fpdc around the stem of next st, 1 sc in skipped st (behind fpdc), 1 sc in each of next 4 sts* Repeat between * until the last two stitches. 1 sc in each. Join with slip st. Ch 1.

 

Row 9- Repeat Row 1

 

By this point, you should have what looks like a diamond lattice pattern all the way around your cowl. If you are having issues, don’t worry! This is a tricky portion. The video gives you more specific step by step instruction, and if that doesn’t work for you, remember, we have a help session where you can bring your cowl in for help on Saturday, October 18th, from 1-3pm.

Here’s the somewhat lengthy video:

 

See you all next week for the next reveal!