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Thursday, 12 January 2017

JAS’s ULTIMATE SLEEVED INFINITY COWL

crochet sleeved infinity cowl
JAS’s ULTIMATE SLEEVED INFINITY COWL
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This cowl with sleeves was my most famous project for quite a while. I made five in quick succession and then it took a bit of a back-seat.  This is now the sixth original design. As you all know, I do not like repeating patterns, so I always try to figure a different pattern for the cowl part. The sleeves for most are similar.  Thanks for joining me in my creative journey.J

I was inspired by the Antonia shrug /wrap for the first project that I made of this type.  I am now using a little bit of a tweak and changing the way I have made my infinity sleeved cowl.

As I work on this new design, I’ve written down my notes that I share with you.

Pattern inspiration from a chart and swatch I found online.  I have, as with these projects before, used this chart for the centre portion of this creation, and used a different pattern for the sleeves.  Come along and see what we’re doing here.

Materials used : Today I’ve used about 200 -225 gms of our lovely 4 ply Oswal Cashmilon acrylic yarn with a 4 mm crochet hook

If you decide to use one colour, you need 200 – 225 gms ; if you use 2 colors, then you need about 125 gms of each colour.

Size made : For a size 36” chest
Optional : a marker.

Abbreviations used :
fsc : Foundation single crochet                                 dc : Double crochet
ch : chain                                                                    ch-sp : chain space
sp : space                                                                    rep : Repeat
hk : Hook                                                                   lp(s) : Loop(s)
st(s) : Stitch(es)                                                        yo: Yarn Over
sl-st : Slip Stitch


Stitches used :
fsc : Foundation Single Crochet : To refresh your skill on the fsc, please view this superb video by Tamara Kelly at the link  http://www.mooglyblog.com/foundation-single-crochet-fsc/

Chainless dc start : Instead of the usual start with ch 2 or ch 3, I’d like to introduce this lovely new way of starting a dc row.  Do take a look at this self explanatory super video http://www.mooglyblog.com/chainless-starting-double-crochet/
In case you are unhappy with this start, or do not like it, do continue with the usual ch-2 or ch-3 start.  However, all instructions will be given assuming that you are using the chainless dc start.

dc 2-tog : Double crochet 2-tog : [yo, insert hk in st or ch-sp, yo and pull up a lp ; yo and draw through 2 lps] 2 times (3 lps on hk) ; yo, draw through all lps on hk.  One dc 2-tog made.


Instructions using (U.S terminology) :
Quick analysis of what we’re going to do here today.  We start with a row of fsc and then work our way side to side to make a large rectangle. Now here’s where your creativity comes in.  There are several ways you can decide to wrap this around your body – so the two sides of your wrap will be the length of your arms from shoulder(s) to wrist(s), and the centre part is what will go around your chest. 
For the centre of the cowl, I’ve used the wavy pattern. 
For the sleeves, I’ve used a different pattern, so if you’re choosing a different pattern for the sleeves, the come along with me on my creative journey.  

Check this video to see the four ways you can use this superb creation.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKNxf3RuaBQ


Now you'll see that the photographs here are slightly different, as the person who bought this sleeved cowl decided this were the four ways she wanted to wear it.. Go figure! :)

crochet sleeved infinity cowl
# 1 where it is a neat cowl

crochet sleeved infinity cowl
 # 1 closer look

crochet sleeved inifinity cowl
 # 2 where it is part cowl, part scarf over head

crochet sleeved infinity cowl
# 3 , just around chest like a tube top with sleeves

crochet sleeved infnity cowl
# 4 across one shoulder like a part tube top


OK, So now  calculations :Two and a half times your round chest plus two arm lengths.  This is the length of the rectangle we’ll make.
Width : We will work up and down the fsc we’re making which is the width of our chest piece, but if you make this part too wide, then you’re actually increasing the round arm as well – so remember this when you’re working your calculations.


Calculations pic
Now here are our tweaks :
1.       I’m planning on using the wavy pattern just for the center of the project and using a plainer stitch for the two arms, so I will be working three pieces in this project – One chest portion and two sleeve portions
2.     I will work the three pieces separately and then join them together.
3.     I am not going to write pattern separately for the chest and the sleeves.  I am writing the wavy zig-zag pattern down, and you could make the whole project in the same pattern.
4.     If you decide to make the sleeves separately (as I have), you will follow instructions through to the end and see what I have done.
5.     Finally, I’m going to add a tightening set of rows around the end of our ‘sleeve’ ends – so you could actually work whatever width you want, as the sleeves are going to fit eventually.

So, enough talking.. hooks in hand.. and let’s go.

crochet sleeved infinity cowl

stitch detail



# The inspiration and chart


Our pattern repeat here is 10 + 2.

Start : with fsc in multiples of 10 + 2.  Turn.

From the very first row, we’ll start with our dc 2-tog.

Row 1 : dc in the 1st fsc ;
*sk next 2 fsc, dc 2-tog in the next fsc ;
[ch 2, dc 2-tog in the same fsc] ;
rep [to] once ;
sk next 2 fsc, dc in the next 5 fsc* ;
rep *to* till end ; dc in the last fsc.  Turn.

Row 2 : dc in the 1st 6 dc ;
*(ch 2, sc in the next ch-2 sp) ;
rep (to) once ;
ch 2, dc in the next 5 dc* ; 
rep *to* till end ; ch 1, dc in the last dc.  Turn.

Row 3 : dc in the 1st dc ;
*sk next ch-2 sp, dc 2-tog in the next ch-2 sp ;
[ch 2, dc 2-tog in the same ch-2 sp] ;
rep [to] once ; dc in the next 5 fsc * ; 
rep *to* till end ; dc in the last dc.  Turn.

Row 4 : Rep Row 2.

Row 5 : dc in the 1st dc ;
*(dc in the next ch-2 sp ; 3 dc in the next ch-2 sp ; dc in the next ch-2 sp) ;
sk next 2 dc, dc 2-tog in the next dc ;
[ch 2, dc 2-tog in the same dc] ;
rep [to] once ; sk next 2 dc* ;
rep *to* till end ; dc in the last dc.  Turn.

Row 6 : dc in the 1st dc ;
*(ch 2, sc in the next ch-2 sp) ;
rep (to) once ; ch 2, dc in the next 5 dc* ; 
rep *to* till end ; dc in the last dc.  Turn.

Row 7 : dc in the 1st 6 dc ;
*sk next ch-2 sp, dc 2-tog in the next ch-2 sp ;
[ch 2, dc 2-tog in the same ch-2 sp] ;
rep [to] once ; dc in the next 5 fsc * ; 
rep *to* till end ; dc in the last dc.  Turn.

Row 8 : Rep Row 6.

Row 9 : dc in the 1st dc ;
*sk next 2 dc, dc 2-tog in the next dc ;
[ch 2, dc 2-tog in the same dc] ;
rep [to] once ; sk next 2 dc, dc in the next ch-2 sp ;
3 dc in the next ch-2 sp ; dc in the next ch-2 sp* ; 
rep *to* till end ; dc in the last dc.  Turn.

And just like that we’re done with this lovely cowled pattern, which makes the centre of our project.  Repeat Rows 2 – 9 your project is 1.5 times the round chest measure ; ending with a Row 2, 4, 6 or 8 ;
OR
As I said before, if you decide to work this pattern through the whole project, then you will work this shelled pattern for 2 sleeve lengths plus 1.5 times round chest measure.

If you are working this pattern all through in this wavy pattern, then once done, you will fold your completed project in half, and join the two sides from each end till the length needed for the sleeve.  The sleeves are the ends of this project and the centre of this project is the part that wraps around the chest.
Fasten off and weave in all ends and you’re done with your lovely cowl with sleeves.

IF however, you’re making plain sleeves as I am, then carry on with the instructions here.
1.       As we’re working a chest portion with the shelled pattern only, then you will work 1.5 times round chest measure in repeats of Rows 2 to 9 , ending with Row 2, 4, 6 or 8.
2.     If changing yarn colours, then fasten off Colour 1, and attach whatever colour you intend for your sleeve here. 
3.     We’ve ended with Row 2, 4, 6 or 8, so work sc in the dc and ch-sps to add up to the same number of stitches as you started with.  So say you started with 42 sts, at this end, you will have your dc and ch-sps, so just ensure that you work a total of 42 sts in these ch-sps and dc.
Once you have your sc at this end, and your fsc at the other end, you are ready to start your sleeves.

Once you’re done with this section, you will re-attach your sleeve yarn for the other side at one end of your start fsc row and repeat these sleeve instructions.


SLEEVES :

For this portion there are several options offered , so major decision time.

Round 1 : sc-blo in the 1stsc and in each sc till end.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

Optional : Place a marker in the sl-st if  you decide to reduce and scale the shape down a bit, as I have.

From here on I worked an sc in each sc all around, but did not join at the end of each row, so that we work in continuous rounds without the little join at the end. 
Now it does not really matter if you want to join with a sl-st at the end of each round – I just prefered not to.

If you do decide to work in rounds without joining, please place a marker in that 1st sc as we will need that 1st sc a little later in our pattern.

Note for decrease if working in a round without joining : At the end of each round one st before the marker, I have done a hdc 2-tog in back-loop (just to keep the pattern) over the next 2 sts. This works if you are not joining and are working in continuous rounds. Do remember though to move your marker each round so that you will keep the decreases neatly in a row under the armhole.

Note for decrease if not working in a round and joining with sl-st at each round : At the end of each round two sts before the marker, I have done a hdc 2-tog in back-loop (just to keep the pattern) over the next 2 sts. Do remember though to move your marker each round so that you will keep the decreases neatly in a row under the armhole.

Yet again, just continue till you have the shape just right for the arm you are working this project for.

Finally, I worked this repeat till I had a length about 4” shorter than needed from the shoulder to wrist.  I have decided to work the last 6” in post stitches in such a way that if needed the recipient could pull it over the palms and have fingerless gloves (of sorts).
The 2” ‘extra’ therefore will not be an issue (i.e I started this paragraph saying I would repeat till I was 4” short, and then worked 6” in post stitches, so these 2” will be part of the fingerless gloves)

So if you feel  like doing this then, work till you are about 3-4” short of the length needed from shoulder to wrist.

 Next Round : sc in the 1st sc and each sc all around, and join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

From the following round on we will work in post stitches.
From the following round on we will work in post stitches.  For a quick "how to", go over to the top of the blog and check under 'Stitches used'.

Next Round : fpdc in the 1st sc ; dc in the next sc ; (fpdc in the next sc ; dc in the next sc) ; rep (to) all around, and join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

Next Round : fpdc in the 1st dc ; dc in the next dc ; (fpdc in the next dc ; dc in the next dc) ; rep (to) all around, and join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

Rep the above round for the final few inches, till your sleeves are of the length you need (i.e either till wrist or till the end of your thumb - for the fingerless gloves).

Fasten off and weave in ends.  We’ve completed one side of our sleeves.

Re-attach your yarn on the other side of the shoulder bit (i.e in my case the end of the grey rectangle) for the second sleeve.
Work all the rounds of pattern for the second sleeve as well.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Finishing :

I’m thrilled at what we’ve made here today.  This is a really oft-repeated pattern, but with a simple twist and tweak, we’ve created something different.
Give yourself a big pat on the back as this one has really been yet another great project .. and so different from the others we’ve worked on together.. and once again, totally worth it, I’m sure you’ll agree.

In the Antonia wrap around shrug pattern, the designer has added a few images, which were not clear (well, not on my pc), so I thought I’d add a few myself .. just in case you need guidance on how to drape this rectangle (as I did).  I love the explanation that the Antonia wrap shrug has for the images, which is how I figured (or so I hope) how to drape this thing around oneself. 


If you have other ideas on how we can use this, do let me know.. and we’ll add to this treasure.. this absolutely lovely wrap around cowl shrug pattern.

And that’s done.. yet another project brilliantly executed ! J

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