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The Friendship Blanket CAL

The Friendship Blanket CAL

The Friendship Blanket CAL is here! I can hardly believe it. This is something that I have been thinking about for almost a year, and have been working on since September. Yet it seems to have come round so quickly! Why call it the Friendship…

Men’s Wrist Warmers – Free Pattern

Men’s Wrist Warmers – Free Pattern

The Richard wrist warmers (named after my very supportive husband) are a more masculine version of our Susan Wrist warmers. These men’s wrist warmers are a great gift idea, and a good way to use your scraps or bust that stash! Do you remember our…

Mermaid Dreams Cowl Free pattern

Mermaid Dreams Cowl Free pattern

The Mermaid Dreams Cowl is a free pattern below. It’s a little different to our usual patterns but I love the texture on this one. I also love how playing with colour can change the look of this one and really make the stitch pattern pop!

This one has been designed in several sizes – age 2-3, 4-12, teen and adult! And it is perfect for using some some scraps or part used skeins.

 

Operation Christmas Child

I designed the Mermaid Dreams Cowl specifically for Operation Christmas Child. This is a well known appeal each year. Here in the UK we call it the shoebox appeal. Rachel over at Desert Blossom Crafts wanted to set up a crocheted version for children. She asked several designers if they would like to contribute. How could I say no?? I was assigned a girl’s cowl.

Isn’t this stitch perfect for a girl’s cowl? Every little girl I know either really loves unicorns or mermaids. So there was no doubt in my mind that this was the stitch pattern I was going to use.

 

Pattern links:

You can get an inexpensive ad free version of this pattern in any of our shops

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Ravelry here

Etsy here

LoveCrafts here

 

Pattern Specifics:

Materials:

  • Between 100 – 220 yards of #4 weight yarn of your choosing. I used Caron Simply Soft for the multi-coloured one. pain pox aran for the purple one, and stylecraft for the browns.
  • 5mm hook
  • Stitch markers (recommended)
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle

Gauge:  8 fsc = 2’’  You can always increase the height by adding repeats

Sizing: The Mermaid Dreams Cowl pattern is written for several sizes. Your foundation row should be as follows but an inch or so will not make a difference on a cowl!

  • Age 2-3 years – 23’’
  • Age 4-10 years – 27’’
  • Teen – 29’’
  • Adult – 31’’

Abbreviations:

  • Ch(s)–chain(s)
  • St(s)–stitch(es)
  • Ss – slip stitch
  • rep–repeat
  • sk—skip
  • sc–single crochet
  • fsc – foundation single crochet
  • tc – treble crochet
  • YO—yarn over
  • FO—fasten off

 

 

Pattern Notes:

  1. Written in US terms
  2. Chain 1 does not count as a stitch unless specifically stated.
  3. Chain 4 counts as a tc stitch
  4. The pattern separates the sizes as 2-3 (4-10/ teen/adult) where this distinction is necessary.
  5. We recommend that you place stitch markers to mark the first stitch of the row.
  6. This cowl is worked bottom up in one continuous piece with right sides always facing you.

 

Special Stitches:

Treble crochet

YO twice,  insert into next stitch, YO and pull through (4 loops on hook), YO and pull through 2 loops on hook (3 loops on hook), YO and pull through 2 loops on hook (2 loops on hook), YO and pull through 2 loops on hook (1 loop on hook). You can find our YouTube tutorial on this below

 

Foundation stitches

I much prefer the look of foundation stitches. I think they make the finished product look so much better! Here is our tutorial (there is also a left handed version on our YouTube channel!

 

 

Pattern

In Color A:

Round 1 –               FSC 88 (104/112/128) (see special stitches)            

Round 2 –               Ch1, sc in the first st (mark it with a stitch marker), sc in each st around. SS to join. FO

 

Join Color B to first stitch of previous round:

Round 3 –               Ch4, 6tc in same st, ch1, sk7 sts, *7tc in next st, ch1, sk7 sts*  Rep from * to * around. SS to join. FO

 

 

Join Color A to the first tc of any shell on round 3:

Round 4 –               Ch1, sc in the first tc of the shell and in each of the next 6 tc, in the ch1 sp sc over the top of this and into the 4th sk st from round 2 (see fig photo). *Sc in the first tc of the next shell and in each of the next 6 tc, (see fig photo) in the ch1 sp sc over the top of this and into the 4th sk st from round 2 (see fig photo) * Rep from * to * around.

 

 

Round 5 –               Ch1, sc in each st around

 

 

 

Join Color C to any st above the one that is worked over the ch1 space from round 4 (see figure photo):

Round 6 –               Ch4, work 6 tc into the same st, ch1, sk7, *7tc into the next st, ch1, sk7* Rep from * to * around. Ss to the top of the ch4 to join.

 

 

Join color A to the first tc of any shell on round 6

Round 7 –               Repeat round 4

Round 8 –               Repeat round 5

Almost there!!

 

 

 

Round 9 onwards – Repeat rounds 6-8 another 2 (4/5/6) times

 

FO and weave in ends

 

Don’t forget to share your Mermaid Dreams Cowls with us on social media! The links are below

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