Sunday, October 25, 2020

The Necklace


The Necklace cowl is inspired by and is in honor of US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. I was devastated by her passing, so I channeled those feelings into something positive, constructive, and creative. 

Tapestry crochet is na easy way to do colorwork in crochet. All of the stitches of the cowl are single crochet (double crochet in UK terminology) in the back loop, along with chains and slip stitches when rounds are started and joined. Both colors are carried together. While a single crochet is made in one color, the other color is stitched around and hidden in the middle of the stitch made. In this pattern, the contrast color is joined in on Round 4. 

The examples given in the pattern as well as the yardage and dimensions are for a cowl made with 13 repeats of the chart.

Check out this video for a really good tapestry crochet tutorial.

YARN:

  • Worsted weight
    • I have made this in two different types of worsted weight yarn. The amounts are given below with approximately 20% overage.
      • Red Heart With Love
        • Main Color (MC): 140 yd (130 m)
        • Contrast Color (CC): 100 yd (90 m)
      • Berroco Ultra Wool
        • MC: 160 yd (145 m)
        • CC: 75 yd (70 m)


HOOK:
  • G or H hook
    • A G hook works well for thinner worsted weight yarn (e.g. Ultra Wool).
    • An H hook works well for thicker worsted weight yarn (e.g. Red Heart).
GAUGE:
  • Gauge is not too important for this project. But here is the gauge for each of the yarns I used::
    • Red Heart With Love (H hook)
      • In the pattern worked in the round, 2"x2" = 9 sc x 7 rows
    • Ultra Wool (G hook)
      • In the pattern worked in the round, 2"x2" = 11 sc x 9 rows
DIMENSIONS:
  • Red Heart With Love
    • When laid flat, 19" (48 cm) long by 7.25" (18.5 cm) wide
  • Ultra Wool
    • When laid flat, 15.5" (39.5 cm) long by 5.5" (14.5 cm) wide
ABBREVIATIONS:
  • Sc - Single crochet
  • BLO - Back loops only
  • Ch - Chain
  • Sl st - Slip stitch
  • St/sts - Stitch(es)


PATTERN:

Some notes:
  • Begin the chart at the bottom right corner (if you are left-handed, use the second chart and start at the bottom left corner).
  • Repeat the pattern as many times as desired. The examples shown here use 13 repeats of the chart.
  • Begin every round with a Ch 1. This does not count as the first stitch of the round.
  • The first sc of each round will be made into the stitch that was slipped to in the previous round.
  • End each round by joining with a sl st to the first sc in the round. Be careful with this. This may require a color change in some rounds. When you are joining with the sl st, it may be best to slip into both loops of the sc instead of just the back loop.
  • After the first round, all single crochets are worked in the back loop only.
  • I will provide some written direction to get you started.
Beginning with MC only, ch 156 (or a multiple of 12 if increasing or decreasing the number of chart repeats). Sl st to join to the first ch st. Be careful to not twist the foundation chain.

Round 1. Ch 1. Sc in each ch (including the ch slipped to) around. Join to first sc with a sl st.
Round 2. Ch 1. Sc in BLO in each st around. Join to first sc with a sl st. 
Round 3. Ch 1. Sc in BLO in each st around. Join to first sc with a sl st. 
Round 4. Ch 1. Join CC yarn (hold in back and stitch around it to hide it). With MC, sc in BLO in first 3 sts. *With CC, sc in BLO in next st. With MC, sc in BLO in next 11 sts. Repeat from * around to the last 8 sts. With MC, sc in BLO in last 8 sts. Join to first sc with a sl st.

From here, follow the chart below, starting with row 5.

Right-handed Chart:

Left-handed Chart:

Cheers!


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