Feeding My Cowl Addiction with Celtic Cable Crochet
I admit it; I’ve got a serious addiction to cowls! Whether they’re knit or crochet, I just can’t get enough of them. I don’t mind one bit when friends in my craft group call me The Cowl Queen.
Cowls really are the perfect smaller project: many can be worked up with a single skein of yarn—perfect for a special skein; they are an easy project to travel with; ideal for trying out new techniques; and, work up relatively quickly, which is awesome for gift-giving season.
Recently I was browsing some crochet books and realized my cowl collection is missing a crocheted cable type cowl. I was particularly drawn to Bonnie Barker’s best-selling book, Celtic Cable Crochet. In it Bonnie shares several gorgeous options, so I’m finding it tough to choose which to cast on first. Here are my 3 favorite candidates:
1. The Silky and Chic Cowl.
It’s worked in a single skein of Cascade Heritage Silk, a merino wool and mulberry silk blend. I love the beautiful shade of blue this sample was crocheted in, but I could also picture it in a lovely shade of purple. I’d like to try the crochet cable stitch pattern which is called Wheat Cable.
2. Celtic Cable Crochet’s Emerald Celtic Weave Infinity Scarf.
It’s not technically a “cowl,” but when you take that extra length and wrap it around your neck twice, it most certainly acts like a cowl. The Celtic Weave stitch is one of Bonnie’s favorites and it’s easy to see why. I love the look of the patterning; it reminds me of the structure of basket weaving, but with a beautiful drape.
3. Another beautiful option is the Celtic Cabled Cowl.
It, too, uses Celtic Weave stitch, but in a design that’s much more compact. This feels like a power cowl to me. It’ll easily match any outfit while providing warmth and style. The yarn called for is Juniper Moon Farm Herriot, a warm DK weight of 100% alpaca. If you haven’t worked with alpaca fiber before, you should definitely give it a try. It ranks 12th on our list of hot animal fibers.
See? So many beautiful options! It’s difficult to choose one to stitch first. Which cowl from Celtic Cable Crochet is your favorite? Share in the commented below.
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Hook into one of these beautiful cowls from Celtic Cable Crochet today!