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I don’t use a lot of bulky yarn. But, I had to make an exception for Lion Brand’s Hometown U.S.A. It’s so yummy. It’s like working with roving. And, boy, is it fast! I designed and made all three of these cowls in one day.
This cowl is worked with two skeins of Hometown. I’ve used “Mardi Gras” (obviously) and “Minneapolis Purple”. But, you can use any colors you like, of course. Here is the full list of colors on the Lion Brand site.
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Mardi Gras Cowl
by Kim Guzman
© December 2013. All rights reserved.
- Lion Brand’s Hometown U.S.A.: 1 skein Minneapolis Purple (A)
- Lion Brand’s Hometown U.S.A.: 1 skeins Mardi Gras (B)
- Size P double-ended hook (I used one like this)
Finished Measurements: 25″ (circumference), 6.5″ high
Gauge: 7 sts for 6 rounds = 4″ in stitch pattern
Purl 2 Together (p2tog): With yarn in front, insert hook under two vertical bars simultaneously, yarn over, pull loop through.
Tunisian Reverse Stitch (trs): Insert hook in side-to-side motion under back vertical bar, always keeping hook to back of work, yarn over, pull loop through.
Step A: With A, ch 45 (or any multiple of 3 to fit easily over head), sk first ch, *insert hook in back horizontal bar of next ch, yarn over and pull lp through, rep from * across. Work in sections as needed pursuant to “in-the-round technique” (see below).
In-the-Round Technique: Pull up loops only to fit onto the hook easily. You do not need to pull up all loops of the round. As your hook becomes filled, turn it over to begin the closing (Step B). Repeat this process as many times as it takes to make it all the way across the row or round.
Step B: Turn work so the back is facing you, push loops to the other hook, with B, pull a loop through one loop on hook (one stitch closed), [yarn over and pull through 2 lps] until 3 stitches remain.
Repeat this In-the-Round Technique and closing (always closing by pulling through 2 loops after the first stitch and always closing only up to the last 3 stitches) until only 3 loops remain for Round 1.
Round 2: Place a stitch marker to mark your rounds, if you like, optional.
Step A: (3 stitches still on your hook) Form a circle by bringing the first stitch close to the last stitch, with A, *p2tog, yarn over, trs, repeat from * around, maintaining the In-the-Round Technique.
Step B: After turning, with B, close the stitches as follows: [yarn over, pull through 2 loops] throughout.
Continue working around and around (repeating the steps in Round 2) in a spiral until 9 rounds are complete. This is a continuous spiral and you will continue to work in sections throughout until you have reached the desired height. Once you have completed the desired rounds, close all stitches, including the last 3. One loop of B will remain on your hook.
Binding Off: With right side facing you, with A, *insert hook under front vertical bar, yarn over, pull loop through stitch and through loop on hook (slip stitch made), repeat in each remaining vertical bar, fasten off.