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Monday, 26 October 2015
FIVE PLAITED INFINITY COWL
FIVE PLAITED INFINITY COWL
This cowl is a
fascinating one.. a simple (?) five plait.. how easy is that, right?
A friend gifted
me this lovely yarn and I thought I’d make this scarf for her daughter. So as always, here are my notes as I make my
own project. J
Materials used : Today
I’ve used the superb Bernat Super Value worsted 4-ply acrylic yarn with a 6.5
mm crochet hook.
For Indians :
This yarn is not like our Indian 4-ply.
It is probably as thick as our two strands of 4-ply held together.
Size made :
Length : ~ 27”
One fdc strip = 1” wide
Stitches used :
fdc : Foundation Double Crochet
: This is a unique way of starting a project directly with a row of double
crochet stitches. This makes your whole
project neat and even.. in a way that you need to do once, to agree! If you are familiar with fsc, you’ll wonder
why you never used this start before !
Now this is a super easy pattern as all we’re
going to do is make five long fdc strips.
We will then weave these into a five plait
(video link above) and then we will join the ends to make an infinity cowl.
So I started with 200 fdc as I felt that this
was the right length for me.
Now what we
need to remember is that on plaiting, we lose length – so the flat length we
initially start off with will be slightly reduced. Trial and error to figure out just how long
you want yours.. as sorry, I have no formula for this today.
The important thing is not the number of fdc that you need, but to ensure that
you work the same number of fdc for all the five strips.
So, I’ve done is make an fdc strip of 200 fdc’s
first. I fastened off the first fdc.
When working on the 2nd fdc, at the
end, just before I fastened off, I joined it at one end to the 1st
The 3rd fdc was joined at one end of
the 2nd fdc..
So basically, you join all these 5 fdc strips at
So this is the first tricky bit .. joining them and keeping the strips flat.
I then attached the strips down to a board with
Then working with the video link for the five
plait, weave your plait.
This is not that bad.. especially if you’ve done
a three or four plait before – just ensure that you keep the plaits flat at the
end of each flip from side to side – but you’ll figure that out too.
The last bit, I found was the trickiest.. So
once you reach the end of your fdc strips, you need to join the ends up to make
it an infinity cowl.
Now after some trial and error, this worked – I
first pinned and then ran a thread through the two ends of the plait, holding
the five plaits neatly woven. I then
tried to figure out which of the five plaits would join up on either end, to
try and make it a continuous finish. Pin
the two ends down, and then try to join the two plait ends neatly. Phew.. all the best.
with 200 fdc – or as many as you think you want for your yarn /gauge and length
five such fdc strips ;
them at one end first, then pin them down and following the video link, make
your five plait ;
to see if you can neatly figure out which of the plaits join up at both ends,
so you get a neat continuous cowl
off and weave in all ends.. and ta da, just like that, we’re done with this
super quick cowl
Right, so off we go.
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