My One Hour Cowl is finished!

I’ve finished my beautiful One Hour Cowl just in time for the arrival of crisp, fall weather here in Colorado! This pattern was so much fun to crochet, and the Chunky yarn by Misti Alpaca makes it truly luxurious.

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I’m excited to wear my One Hour Cowl for the first time!

Since I’m not a big fan of sewing pieces together, I seamed my cowl using slip stitches through both my last row and my beginning chain. This gave me fewer ends to weave in, and I like the result a lot!

I’m in the beginning stages of planning my holiday crafting, and this quick and easy accessory would make a perfect gift. I have a few crocheters on my list, so I may even get them One Hour Cowl kits in their favorite colors. That is – if I can resist making the cowls for them myself! The yarn is so plush and cozy, it’s a real treat to work with!

The pattern is included in the kit, or you can get it in the Crochet More Issue of Love of Crochet. This issue is full of stylish patterns, all using 3 skeins or less. That means you can stretch your yarn budget and make even more awesome projects!

Have you finished your cowl yet? We’d love to see pictures! Show us how your One Hour Cowl turned out here on our blog or on Facebook. Then, if you’re ready for another fun crochet along, be sure to get the Fall 2014 Issue of Love of Crochet and be ready to make the gorgeous Sonoma Shawl with me on September 19th!

Crochet Along – My One Hour Cowl is nearly finished!

My stitches seem to fly off my hook when I’m working on my One Hour Cowl! I knew this project would be a fast one because of the chunky yarn and big hook, but it’s working up even quicker than I expected.

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Almost finished!

I have a few other projects in the works right now, and this one is my favorite of the bunch. I work on it when I need to relax and take a break from the others. If I make a mistake and get “mad” at one of my other works-in-progress, the One Hour Cowl is always there to cheer me up and restore my crafting confidence!

The stitch pattern is simple enough that I can always pick up right where I left off, even if I haven’t worked on it in a few days. I had it memorized pretty quickly, so now I’m on autopilot as I make my One Hour Cowl. I LOVE patterns that allow me to watch my favorite show or chat with a friend as I crochet.

Also, I can’t stop petting the fabric I’m stitching up! The combination of the plush alpaca yarn and the cushy stitch pattern creates an amazingly soft texture. I’m really looking forward to cowl weather, and I think it’s just around the corner for us here in Colorado!

How is your cowl coming along? If you haven’t already, grab your One Hour Cowl kit today. You’ll swoon for this yarn and the easy but beautiful stitch pattern!

One Hour Cowl Crochet Along – This stitch will steal your heart!

I started my One Hour Cowl, featured in our special Crochet More Issue, last week, and I’ve already made a fair amount of progress! Even though I’m in lazy crafting mode (as opposed to feverish, obsessive crafting mode) as I enjoy the last few weeks of summer, this project is flying off my hook.

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Savoring the summer with some outdoor crafting

This cushy yarn is getting me excited for fall weather, but I decided to take my crocheting outside on one warm, sunny day. As I worked the easy, repetitive stitch pattern, I began to understand why Kathy, the designer, loves it so much. It’s a breeze to crochet, and the results are fantastic! I was able to crochet my heart out and still keep an eye on my daughter as she decorated our front stoop with some sidewalk chalk. The fabric is both plush and stretchy, and I can’t wait to wear this cowl! I may slip into obsessive crafting mode.

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This amazing texture is so easy to create!

Have you finished your cowl yet? Even though this project flies by, you still have time to order your One Hour Cowl kit! You are guaranteed to be smitten with both the yarn and the stitch pattern, and this pattern is perfect for any crocheter. Be sure to share your progress with us here or on Facebook too! We love seeing your works-in-progress and finished pieces!

One Hour Cowl Crochet Along – On your mark, get set, GO!

I’m super excited about this crochet along! The One Hour Cowl is one of those fun and easy projects that makes a big impact, and I’m already picturing different outfits I can wear with it.

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This yarn is amazingly plush!

This beautiful pattern can be found in our Crochet More Issue, or you can get the pattern in a handy One Hour Cowl kit to make the yarn selection easy. Along with the pattern, the kits contain two skeins of Chunky by Misti Alpaca. You are guaranteed to fall in love with this fiber after one touch! The color options have something for everyone, so pick your favorite neutral or bright hue and order your kit today if you haven’t already.

One Hour Cowl 1.5I was so stoked about this project that I forgot to wind my yarn before I took it home last night. I ended up winding the whole 109 yards by hand, which was a great excuse to run it through my fingers before getting started! I’ll make my starting chain later today, and I invite you to do the same.

Remember, even though this is a quick project, I’ll be taking it slow. However, you should feel free to stitch this baby up as quickly as you like to see if you can finish it in about an hour! I’m eager to hear how your cowl progresses, so keep me posted by commenting below or through Facebook or Twitter. Happy crafting!

Coming soon – One Hour Cowl Crochet Along!

Don’t you just love quick projects that make a big impact? The One Hour Cowl from our special Crochet More Issue is one of those easy accessories that can transform any outfit from basic to beautiful!

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Kathy’s cowl in Meadow

I fell for this design the first time I saw the sample, and I immediately put it at the top of my list of “someday projects.” This incredibly soft cowl was designed by Kathy, our art director, and she was amazed at how quickly it worked up. Although she didn’t time herself with a stopwatch as she made it (although that actually sounds like fun!), she estimated that it only took about an hour to crochet.

I’m inviting you to make the One Hour Cowl with me as our next crochet along! This accessory is a great example of the quick yet stylish projects in our Crochet More Issue, and it’s going to be a blast to make. Since I’m in lazy summer crafting mode, I’ll be taking it slowly and savoring each part of the process. However, if you are in the mood for a speedy project (or a speed-crocheting competition, anyone?), I would be THRILLED to see exactly how long it takes you to make this beauty!

Whether you are going to take your time or race to the finish, get your One Hour Cowl kit today so you’ll be all set to join me. It would be tough to find the yarn alone for the price of the kit, so this is a great project for budget-conscious crafters.

My color choice – Cinnamon

The Chunky yarn by Misti Alpaca is so luxurious, you simple have to feel it. The six color choices range from versatile neutrals to fun brights, so there is a color for every crocheter. Kathy used Meadow for the original sample, and I’ve chosen Cinnamon for my cowl because I’m a sucker for this rich burgundy tone. The kits come with the pattern and 2 skeins of Chunky by Misti Alpaca, which is everything you need to make this easy design.

We’re starting our crochet along on Friday, August 22nd, and I can’t wait to wear my One Hour Cowl! Which color kit are you getting?

One Hour Cowl Kits are now available!

The kits for our next crochet along, the One Hour Cowl from our special Crochet More Issue, are now available from our Crochet and Knit Shop. You NEED to feel the heavenly softness of this cowl, worked with 2 skeins of Chunky by Misti Alpaca! This fabulous accessory was designed by our very own Kathy Woods-Locke, and I cannot stop touching the sample she made. The baby alpaca yarn is simply divine, and I can’t wait to make a One Hour Cowl of my own.

One Hour Cowl_800pxTo get the same luxurious finish, grab your kit today so you’ll be ready to crochet along with me as I make this fast and fun project. With six great color options to choose from, including neutrals and bright colors for a bit of pop, there is a kit for every crafter. The best part is that the kits are only $32.99! This is a true bargain because they include the pattern and all the yarn you’ll need to make this luscious accessory. You’d have a tough time trying to find the yarn alone for that price, so what are you waiting for? Get your kit and join me in making the gorgeous One Hour Cowl!