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Blue Moon Cowl




Sadly, I won't be making it home for Christmas this year. I already knew it was a risk I shouldn't be taking, but my brother's COVID diagnosis and subsequent hospitalization sealed the deal. Thankfully he's recovering at home, but he and his family's subsequent quarantine means that Christmas won't be the same for any of us this year.


Normally I'm ferociously crocheting until late into the hours of Christmas Eve when Santa's elves are already drunk at the wrap party. But my timeline was moved ahead this year to the priority shipping deadline. And while I still have a few things that won't make it to their final destination until 2021, I found myself with a few quiet hours last night. In the glow of the Christmas lights wrapped around our credenza, I decided that while I couldn't be home, I can bring a bit of home closer to me.


In the summer of 2019, I was home for the long weekend to meet my new niece. My parents live near the Nathan Hale Homestead. Each Sunday in the summer they have a farmer's market. I was wandering the tents when I found a woman with a stack of hand dyed yarns. Of course, I was drawn to it like the little fiber loving squirrel I am. Not only did the woman know which sheep did each hank came from, but all of her sheep had classic star names.


To say I was charmed would be an absolute understatement.



Of course, like most pattern squirrels, I bought a hank of yarn without really knowing what I was going to do with it. It got stashed away. At one point I balled it with a full intention of making something, but that got put aside too. I'd like to think the yarn was waiting for the moment when I needed to feel a warm hug from back east.


This cowl worked up really quickly, probably about 2 hours or so once you take out the frogging and math that comes with drafting pattern.


In the Christmas spirit, I'm sharing this pattern for free. But if you'd like a printable PDF you can buy one for a dollar over at my Ravelry page.



Materials

Bulk weight #6 yarn, approx 150 yards/ 4oz

Model shown in Blue Moon Woolworks

9.0 mm crochet hook

Tapestry needle for weaving in ends


Finished Size

26 inches long by 7 inches high


Stitches

US Terminology

Ch- Chain

SS- Slip Stitch

SC- Single Crochet

DC- Double Crochet

Cross Stitch- Skip next stitch, DC in next stitch, working behind the last stitch made, DC in skipped stitch

Shell- 6 DC in single stitch


NOTE:

This pattern is worked in a mobius design, meaning that both sides of the chain will be worked in a continuous row without ever joining or turning. When you reach the end of the row you will not join or turn, instead working in a continuous loop. If this is confusing, you can add a stitch marker on the first stitch to mark where to change stitches. This will result in a twist in your pattern that adds an interesting design depth and will thrill the math nerds in your life.



CH 60, SS to first chain to form a loop

Row 1: SC across. When you reach the end, do not join or turn. Turn the chain down and continue to SC on the opposite side of the chain. SC across the opposite side of the chain. DO NOT JOIN






Row 2: Skip 1st stitch, DC in next stitch, working behind stitch just made, DC in skipped stitch (first cross stitch made), continue to Cross Stitch across until end of row, DO NOT JOIN.

Row 3: SC in each stitch, DO NOT JOIN

Row 4: Repeat Row 2

Row 5: SC in first sitch, (skip 2 stitches, Shell in next stitch, skip 2 stitches, SC in next stitch), repeat ( to ) across. SS into first stitch.

Finish off & Weave in ends.



So there you have it! For those of you who celebrate, I wish you a very Merry Christmas! And no matter what you celebrate, I hope you have a happy and HEALTHY 2021!


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