Hope everyone had a great Christmas! I spent some time before the holidays designing cowls for my older son’s teachers and I really enjoyed making this one using Red Heart yarns – Soft and Swanky, hence the name. Red Heart sent me a skein of their sequined Boutique Swanky yarn to check out and I loved it – the matching sequins, the silkiness, the workability. I thought it would look very nice paired with their Soft yarn so I chose a skein of Berry that I already had and held the two strands together. It’s hard to see the sequins in the picture above (except the reflection of one on my chin – ha!) but they are there, evenly spaced and adorable. I haven’t worked with sequin yarn much but didn’t find it to be a challenge at all. I was afraid the sequins would snag or I would have problems with them, but I didn’t.
*Please forgive my lighting in these pictures, I needed to wrap this so we took a few quick pictures before I had to box it up!
Soft and Swanky Cowl
By Amanda Saladin
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
Yarn: Red Heart Soft, 5.0 oz/141g, each approx 256 yards/234 meters (acrylic): 1 Ball # 9779 Berry
Red Heart Boutique Swanky, 3.5 oz/100g, each approx 202 yards/185 meters (acrylic/polyester): 1 Ball #9401 Sterling
Hook: N (9.00mm)
Notions: Yarn needle
SKILL LEVEL: Easy
YARN WEIGHT: DK (Swanky) and Aran (Soft)
FINISHED MEASUREMENTS: Approx
8” wide x 45” long
8” wide x 45” long
GAUGE: Not crucial for this project
Hold one strand of each skein together throughout.
Ch 4 at beg of row counts as dc, ch-1.
Ch 150. Join with sl st, being careful not to twist.
Round 1: Ch 4, *sk next ch, dc in next ch, ch 1; repeat from * to end, join with sl st to 3rd ch of turning ch.
Round 2: Ch 4, *sk ch-1 sp, dc in dc, ch 1; repeat from * to end, join with sl st to 3rd ch of turning ch.
Rounds 3-9: Repeat round 2.
Round 10: Ch 1, sc in join, sc in first ch-1 sp, *ch 1, sk dc, ch-1, dc [dc, ch 1] four times in next ch-1 sp, sk dc, ch-1, dc, sc in next ch-1 sp; repeat from * to end, join with sl st to first sc.
Round 11: Ch 1, sc in first sc, *sc in ch-1 sp, sc in dc, [ch 3, sc in next ch-1 sp and dc] three times, ch 3, sc in ch-1 sp; repeat from * to end, join with a sl st to first sc.