Bulky Stacked Shell Cowl and Shrug

by Lorene on July 13, 2013

Zola
Bulky Stacked Shell Cowl and Shrug

This bulky cowl is super simple to make.  Its front post triple crochet and stacked 3dc shells give it a much more intricate look than the  pattern really is.  

I love the versatility in this pattern.  It can be worn as a regular cowl, a hooded cowl or even as a shrug.   Another thing I love about this cowl is that it is made with regular worsted weight material, so its not heavy like it would be if it were made with a bulky weight yarn.

free crochet pattern bulky stacked shell cowl shrug

I hope you enjoy making and wearing this easy but beautiful bulky cowl

Finished Dimensions:
My finished cowl measures 19″x19″ which will fit someone with a shoulder diameter (measure completely around the shoulders) of 35-40″.  For directions on how to increase the diameter of the cowl/shrug please see notes.

Washing Instructions:
Machine wash cool/warm
Tumble dry- low heat.  Dry to 50-70% complete than lay flat to finish drying

free pattern fall crochet stacked shell cowl pattern by Cre8tion Crochet

Cost of Materials:
$6.50-$8.00

Time Involved:
Approx 4.5-5 hours
at approx 10 mins per row

Recommended Retail Price:
$50-60

Notes:

  • The fptc rounds in this pattern are 100sts.  The stacked shells are 99sts.  The pattern has one decrease st and one increase st.  The will occur in the hdc row between the front post rounds and the shell rounds and are included in the pattern.
  • You can easily change the size of the cowl by making the beginning chain longer and then following the same instructions with different stitch counts.  The first and last set of rows (front posts rounds) need to be an even number.  The middle set of rows (stacked shells) need to be divisible by 3, so you can do 120 or 150 stitches for your beginning chain (which will fit both criteria) or you can decrease or increase as needed between sections.
  • A lot of people have asked about keeping the starting chain from twisting.  The way I do it is I pull up and make the last loop of the chain a little longer… pull the hook out and then I hold the chain in one had… grab it between the thumb and forefinger with my other hand and follow it all the way down (one side of the chain is “bumpier” than the other so I pay attention to the way it feels. Then I lay the loop (that I made larger, the last st of the chain) and lay it on top of the first st in the chain. I put the hook back in (front to back) and then yarn over and pull through the stitches.
  • Pay attention as you crochet around, making sure you are always keeping the “bumpy” side out. Just make sue you are on the right track before you sl st to join the round. A lot of times you can correct it if you are wrong, just twist it BEFORE you do the sl st. Hope this helps.

free pattern zola bulky stacked shell shrug cowl

Materials
Red Heart With Love approximately 600 yards- color shown is Celery
6.0 (J) hook
embroidery needle to weave in ends

Special Stitches

fdc- foundation  double crochet (click here for tutorial) *optional

fpdc- front post double crochet
same as double crochet except instead of crocheting in the normal space you insert hook under post in previous round (from front to back)

fptc- front post triple crochet
same as triple crochet except instead of crocheting in the normal space you insert hook under post in previous round (from front to back)  

hdc2tog- hdc two together
yo, insert hook into st, pull through st (3 loops on hook), yo, insert hook into next st, pull through st (5 loops on hook), yo, pull through all 5 loops on hook

Instructions: 

  1. ch100.  Join round with sl st to make a ring.  Be sure NOT to twist the chain during this step or you will end up with a mobious cowl which will not look quite right with this pattern.  *Alternately you can do a fdc round instead of rows 1&2.  FDC tutorial –> HERE
  2. ch2.  skip 1.  1dc in the next st and every st around.  Last dc will be placed in the st previously left empty.  sl st into the 1st dc to join round <100> 
  3. Ch3.  1fptc in next post.  *1tc in next st.  1fptc in next post.  Repeat from * around.  Sl st into the top of the 1st tc to join round.  <100>
  4. Repeat row 3, three more times (for a total of 5 rows NOT including the beginning chain, this includes line 2 which is not a fp row, but since the fp’s of line 3 are stitched into line 2 it becomes part of the fp section)
  5. in back loops only- ch2.  skip 1. hdc2tog in next st.  1hdc in every st around.  Last hdc will be placed in the st previously left empty.  sl st into the top of the 1st hdc to join round.  <99>
  6. ch2 and 2dc in the same st.  *skip 2sts.  3dc in the next st.  Repeat from * around.  sl st into the top of the ch2 to join round.  <33 shells>
  7. sl st into the next st. (you will end up in the st of the 2nd post)  ch2 and 2dc in same st.  *skip 2sts.  3dc in the next st.  Repeat from * around.  sl st into the top of the ch2 to join round. <33 shells)
  8. Repeat line 7- eighteen more times (for a total of 20 stacked shell rounds).
  9. ch2.  skip 1.  2hdc in next st.  1hdc in every st around.  Last hdc will be placed in the st previously left empty.  sl st into the 1st hdc to join round. <100>
  10. in back loops only- ch3.  skip 1.  1tc in every st around.  last tc will be placed in the st previously left empty.  <100>
  11. ch3.  1fptc in next post.  *1tc in next st.  1fptc in next post.  Repeat from * around.  Sl st into the top of the 1st tc to join round.  <100>
  12. repeat line 11- two more times
  13. ch2.  1fpdc in next post.  *1dc in next st.  1fpdc in next post.  Repeat from * around.  Sl st into the top of the 1st dc to join round.  <100> (5 rows of fp crochet total, this includes line 10 which is not a fp row, but since the fp’s of line 11 are stitched into line 10 it becomes part of the fp section)
  14. fasten off and weave in ends.
  15. wear your magnificent cre8tion proudly

 

Video Tutorial for the Zola Bulky Stacked Shell Cowl/ Shrug
Filmed by Sedie of Yarn Obsession

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Have a great day and…

happy hookin’

 


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Cyndee July 13, 2013 at 3:30 pm

Can you please share a tip or two about not having the starting chain twist? I usually need to try a couple times before getting it right and of course by the time I realize its twisted, I’m nearly done the second row. Thanks in advance! And of course thank you for this pattern. I can’t wait to try it!

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Lorene July 13, 2013 at 6:14 pm

yes. The way I do it is I pull up and make the last loop of the chain a little longer… pull the hook out and then I hold the chain in one had… grab it between the thumb and forefinger with my other hand and follow it all the way down (one side of the chain is “bumpier” than the other so I pay attention to the way it feels. Then I lay the loop (that I made larger, the last st of the chain) and lay it on top of the first st in the chain. I put the hook back in (front to back) and then yarn over and pull through the stitches.

Pay attention as you crochet around, making sure you are always keeping the “bumpy” side out. Just make sue you are on the right track before you sl st to join the round. A lot of times you can correct it if you are wrong, just twist it BEFORE you do the sl st. Hope this helps.

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Cyndee July 15, 2013 at 9:14 am

<3 thank you!

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Lorene July 15, 2013 at 12:57 pm

You are very welcome.

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Dirinda Westfall Lacen July 13, 2013 at 3:51 pm

On row #4, do you mean repeat Row #3 one more time? Because if you repeat it three more times you’re going to have more than five rows including counting chain.

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Lorene July 13, 2013 at 6:10 pm

I had put plus the chain so the five rows is NOT including the beginning chain. You should have 5rows of fp crochet (1fpdc and 4fptc). Hope that makes sense.

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Debi Potts July 13, 2013 at 7:22 pm

I love that you include a suggested Retail Price!!! I never know what to charge for an item (although I know I usually get paid to little). This is a great learning tool for me! I can’t wait to make one of my own!

Oh, I also appreciate that you don’t mind people selling items made with your patterns. A lot of people do not like that. Thanks again!

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Lorene July 13, 2013 at 9:33 pm

You are very welcome. One of my biggest goals is to help you guys have a successful crochet business… and to not undercharge yourselves. good luck!

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Nikki July 15, 2013 at 1:39 pm

I love this cowl but it would appear that I am a little wider across the shoulders. Please confirm that I need to increase my starting chain by a number that is divisable by 3 and continues to be divisable by three when starting the pattern rows,

Thank you,

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Lorene July 15, 2013 at 2:21 pm

The first chain needs to be an even number in order to have the fptc’s line up properly. But then you need to decrease to multiples of three for the shell rounds. So I would start with a multiple of 3 that is either an even # or add one to it and then decrease by one in the hdc round (right before shells). Then be sure to increase to the same even number when you start the fptc’s again (on the hdc round prior). Good luck and let me know if you need any further clarification.

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Emily August 29, 2013 at 2:11 pm

I started this cowl (and loved what I had done) but I realized it was going to be too small for me so I am restarting it. I wanted to confirm that if I increase the chain to 120, I will not need to do the decrease in the hdc round? And I won’t need to do the increase for the start of the fptc’s? Thanks for your help and this gorgeous pattern!

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Lorene August 29, 2013 at 3:23 pm

yes if you use 120 you will not need to increase or decrease, since 120 is divisible by 3. Enjoy

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Rhonda July 16, 2013 at 7:50 am

This is beautiful, thank you for sharing the pattern. I can’t wait to make it for my daughters.

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Lorene July 16, 2013 at 8:05 am

You are very welcome. Glad you like it.

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Darcie July 24, 2013 at 2:00 pm

I have just scanned over your pattern for now…I will definitely be taking more time later to read and DO! I just wanted to leave a quick note saying that I appreciate your “recommended retail price” suggestion. Clever! So may I ask, do you have a general rule of thumb for your retail prices? That is always a hang-up of mine.

Thanks for sharing a lovely pattern!

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Lorene July 24, 2013 at 2:32 pm

I am actually writing weekly articles on Selling Your Crochet. This weeks topic was Determining Price and Target Market, here is the link http://cre8tioncrochet.com/2013/07/pricing-your-crochet-and-determining-your-target-market/
If you have any specific questions just let me know. And thank you for the positive feedback. I appreciate it.

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Megan July 24, 2013 at 4:09 pm

Could you start this pattern with a foundationless double crochet row? That would help make it easier to avoid twisting versus a chain. This is a really nice pattern, thanks for posting it!

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Lorene July 24, 2013 at 4:23 pm

yes you could, I meant to add that to the pattern, thanks!

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Tamara July 25, 2013 at 10:36 am

hello, couple of questions (cause I want to make this real bad!) on row 4 you say to repeat row 4. (probably a type) At the very end…Line 13 I think you say that you will end up with 5 fp rows however I only see 4 so I want to make sure I get this right. I see 3 fp rows for line 11, line 12 is the additional 2 fp rows for line 11 so not counting them and then one more fp row for line 13. Did I miss something? I think this is beautiful and need to get started on my x-mas gifts! Thanks.

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Lorene July 25, 2013 at 10:46 am

yes it was a typo, should say repeat row 3. The 2nd row (first row that is regular dc) will be included in this count since it will become part of the block of fpdc (from the fpdc’s placed in it on the 3rd row). Hope that makes sense!

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Tamara July 29, 2013 at 4:32 pm

I’m still confused with the later rows,
Line 13 I think you say that you will end up with 5 fp rows however I only see 4 so I want to make sure I get this right. I see 3 fp rows for line 11, line 12 is the additional 2 fp rows for line 11 so not counting them and then one more fp row for line 13. Did I miss something? thanks

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Lorene July 29, 2013 at 5:54 pm

The last rows? Line 10 counts as the first row since the fptc’s of round 11 will be stitched into that row, making that part of the section. Line 11 is the 2nd row. The two repeats of line 11 are rows 3 & 4 and line 12 is row 5! Hope that makes sense!

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Henrike July 31, 2013 at 10:44 am

Hi! I am working on this one as we speak and I love it already. I am considering starting my own crochet business next to my teaching job (it’s nice to have a goal for all my crocheting)!
I am reading the articles on your web site and they are so helpful, thank you for all your work!

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Lorene July 31, 2013 at 1:20 pm

I’m so glad you are finding these so helpful. If you ever need any help getting your business set up please let me know.

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Rachel July 31, 2013 at 2:08 pm

What size would you say this pattern fits? I would like to make this for different family members, but they are not all the same size.

I also want to thank you for letting us know how much to charge for this beautiful cowl. That helps alot!

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Lorene July 31, 2013 at 3:24 pm

you are very welcome. I am 5’3 and weigh about 125-130lbs. If you want to make it longer you can simply increase the beginning chain and follow the same method. It will stretch as well.

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Andrea August 1, 2013 at 3:16 pm

Why is mine all wavy/curly?? Will it straighten as I go? Just finished row 5

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Lorene August 1, 2013 at 5:13 pm
Andrea August 1, 2013 at 1:34 pm

Im at the end of row 6 and its all wavy :( I didnt twist it either! Could you help?

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Lorene August 1, 2013 at 5:13 pm

I answered your other comment

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Andrea August 1, 2013 at 9:52 pm

Email sent!

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Lorene August 1, 2013 at 10:43 pm

It’ts really hard to tell from the picture. I’d need to see a close up of the stitches (about 20-30 sts worth) but it looks like your beginning chain is too tight, causing it to flare out as you go along. Anytime you are doing a beginning chain of a project you need to make sure it isn’t too tight. You may have to use a larger hook to do the chain. Better yet if you can do a foundation chain double crochet in place of rows 1 & 2 it would be even better. I have a tutorial here http://cre8tioncrochet.com/2013/06/foundation-chain-double-crochet/

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Andrea August 2, 2013 at 9:37 am

I tried again and I think it figured it out! On row 3, I was working in every stitch and every post, and that was giving me 200 stitches. But skipping an entire set has worked. Ill email a pic of the new one. Please email back if its correct or not :-) thanks!

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Lorene August 2, 2013 at 11:35 am

very good. Yes, you are not increasing here (what happens when you put 1fpdc AND 1dc in every st) Your are doing a dc in one and a fpdc in the next. Glad you figured it out.

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Evonne August 3, 2013 at 8:14 pm

I love this and I just starting making my own that I can hopefully sell. Thank you for adding a suggested retail price. That’s one thing I get hung up on. I’ve also been browsing through your business articles and they’ve been very helpful. Thank you!

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Lorene August 3, 2013 at 8:37 pm

thank you. I’m so glad you are enjoying the business articles as well… lots more to come

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Peg August 5, 2013 at 5:43 am

I was drawn to the green infinity. I also have difficult on getting my fountation row from not twisting. What i finally learned to do it is leave my initial chain a little bigger so I can hook it on my little finger while I crochet. Also I want to congratulations.for.putting suggested retail price. It totally caught my eye.especially since you posted how.much the.supplies are. I like the.mark up.

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Lorene August 5, 2013 at 7:26 am

Thank you for the positive feedback, and that is a great tip for keeping your chain from twisting. I had to make about 50 cowls last year so I got pretty good at keeping my chain the right way, lol.

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Effie August 7, 2013 at 10:47 am

Dear Lorene,hi..I ve already made your cowl in a blue petrol color and it is really great…
What I want to ask you is about the yarn I used which is an 100% acrylic one.Since it was made for myself I have no problem but I want to make one for my sister’s good friend.I’m unemployed so I don’t afford to buy a good yarn plus here in Greece are really expensive.So,is it ok to make it with that yarn?Thank you in advance….

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Lorene August 7, 2013 at 12:46 pm

Using an acrylic yarn to give this as a gift is completely acceptable, I would just choose a soft one. Some brands are softer than others as are some colors (in the same brands).
You can make it in ANY yarn you choose, your sizing just may be different. Since you have already made one you will have a good idea whether or not you need to use a different hook or increase/decrease stitches anywhere! I’d love to see your finished work. You can email me a pic at [email protected] if you’d like! Good luck!

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Effie August 7, 2013 at 2:04 pm

Thank you…Ofcourse I will sent you pictures both of the cowls when I’m done with the second.I really appreciate your work and communication with all of us who follow you.Keep up the good work!

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Rose August 9, 2013 at 6:48 pm

Absolutely scrumptious! On my must do! Thanks for sharing

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Lorene August 9, 2013 at 10:29 pm

You are very welcome and thank YOU!

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Bobbie Athey August 13, 2013 at 10:06 am

Do your chain 2 or 3 count as stitch? When you say skip first stitch do you mean the stich beginning chain is in or the next stitch? Also do i join into chain stitch or skip it and join in next. Thank you and i love the pattern..

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Lorene August 13, 2013 at 2:58 pm

What part of the pattern are you speaking about, or are you asking about the seamless method??? For the seamless method the first ch2 does NOT count as a stitch. You would ch 2 THEN skip the first st… 1dc in the next st (this is the 1st dc) and 1dc in every st all the way around, place the last stitch into the space previously left open (working over the ch2) then sl st into the top of the 1st dc to join round.

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Cheryl August 23, 2013 at 3:37 pm

May I ask how the pattern starts with ch 102 then decreases to 100 working stitches? I did a fcdc and I still have 102 sts. Where did your 2 disappear or I wonder if I’ve somehow gained 2?

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Lorene August 23, 2013 at 6:57 pm

that must have been a typo… I’m sorry. you are the first person to notice, lol. There have been a bunch of people who have done this cowl and no one has said anything, lol.

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Michelle August 26, 2013 at 8:35 am

Hi Lorene. I am about halfway through this project and am in love with it! The only issue that I had was that the starting 100 chains seemed really short to me so I added to it to make my cowl hang lower. Is there any way you can add guage and finished measurements to your patterns?

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Lorene August 26, 2013 at 12:34 pm

I thought I did have finished measurements, sorry. I will add them. I will not be able to do a gauge till tomorrow… crazy busy day with school starting tomorrow for the kiddo’s but I will get it done for you soon. I will tell you this… the RedHeart with Love is thicker than Red Heart classic so you may want to keep that in mind.

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Michelle August 26, 2013 at 3:14 pm

Thank you for your fast reply. I did complete mine today with the red heart super saver. It is acceptable for now but will make another with the red heart with love yarn. Thank you again for taking time to make a guage swatch and for including measurents.

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Lorene August 26, 2013 at 9:39 pm

You are very welcome.

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mary lou August 26, 2013 at 8:56 pm

Hi Lorene,Iam on line 8 of the bulky cowl , do I sl st in the beginning 2 sts, as I did in row 7, for the rest of the eighteen rows?

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Lorene August 26, 2013 at 9:38 pm

yes, repeat line 7 exactly the same, including the sl st’s

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Khadija August 29, 2013 at 11:40 am

Hi Lorene ! I must say this is one gorgeous cowl p.s shrug which I like it a lot for ! I have just started making mine and its going so well according to pattern :)
Thank You so much for sharing this with us ! :)
I have a little tiny problem , I am using 6mm hook and yarn is local but 8 ply and I am at 7th row , so I tried wearing it to estimate its width around my shoulders but its too tight !
Why is that ???
Is it yarn problem that its not stretchy or should undo it all and increase the beginning chain ??
Please help me out ! I have stopped this project for now until problem solves
much love, x :)

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Lorene August 29, 2013 at 1:08 pm

8ply is just too thin. I’m guessing you are in the UK or Australia? In America 8ply is considered sport weight yarn. You will need to use a worsted weight or 10ply yarn… OR increase the starting chain and probably add a few rows to the center (stacked shell) portion of the pattern. If you chose to increase your starting chain just keep in mind that the first and last set of rows (front posts rounds) need to be an even number. The middle set of rows (stacked shells) need to be divisible by 3, so you can do 120 stitches for your beginning chain (which will fit both criteria) or you can decrease or increase as needed between sections. My finished cowl measures 19″x19″

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Khadija August 29, 2013 at 1:49 pm

Thanks for so quick reply ! I’ll try by 120 stitches ..hope it turns out good.
I am in Pakistan..there is not much variety or different qualities of yarn here. I dont know where to find 10 ply yarn :/ is it equivalent to bulky yarn ?

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Lorene August 29, 2013 at 3:24 pm

bulky is thicker, I know that some places do not have 10ply/worsted weight yarn. You can try doubling an 8ply??? bulky would be very thick but you could use it with the original chain and see if it works

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Lois September 1, 2013 at 11:27 pm

Hi I love this pattern I was just wondering in line 13 is it correct..ch 2 1fpdc dont you end with fptc like the start… just wondering …thanks again Lois

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Lorene September 2, 2013 at 9:05 pm

yes the first row is dc then it moves to tc… the opposite on the top. thanks

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Amina September 9, 2013 at 8:25 am

A lovely crochet ,you wouldn’t have a diagram or chart for this lovely cowl ,I’d be very happy if you do .thanks

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Lorene September 9, 2013 at 10:03 am

I do not have one currently. I am working on making diagrams for my patterns but it won’t be until at least December. I will be attending the CGOA conference in October and I have so much prep work for it. Then I’m taking a week off after the conference to regroup. I would be happy to help you with it though, it is a simple design.

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Angela September 10, 2013 at 8:53 am

Hi Lorene! I’m in love with your pattern and am making it in a cream color, but I was just curious if in step 7 it is supposed to be just 1 sl st since in the end of step 6 you sl st in to the top of the ch 2 to complete the round?

Thanks!
Angela

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Lorene September 10, 2013 at 9:52 am

Thank you very much, but yes I did mean the next two sts, because you want to end up in the top of the 3rd dc (middle dc) to put the next shell.

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Florence September 11, 2013 at 9:51 am

Hi Lorene ! and thank you for this lovely pattern.
I made a sample and, like Angela, I don’t understand row 7. Each shell is made up of 3 dcs. So shouldn’t middle dc be the 2nd one ?
At the end of row 6, you sl st into the top of the ch2 = 1st dc
If you sl st in the next 2 sts and end up in top of the 3rd dc, the shells don’t line up, do they ?
I’m really sorry to insist on that point since you already answered but I don’t get it…

Thanks !

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Lorene September 11, 2013 at 1:22 pm

maybe I did make a mistake… let me go look again, I may have confused it with something else.. yes I did…. I am changing it now. Thank you for pointing it out. And you are very welcome too, glad you like it!

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Florence September 14, 2013 at 10:04 am

Thank you Lorene ! I started making my cowl and everything’s clear now.
I can’t wait to wear it !

Lorene September 11, 2013 at 1:24 pm

I went back and looked again, someone else questioned it… I’m sorry, I was confusing this pattern with a different one… yes you only need to sl st into the next post (after the initial sl st to join round), so sorry

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Vicki September 10, 2013 at 3:09 pm

Hi, would you add me to your emails? thank you in advance.

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Sangeetha September 21, 2013 at 6:45 am

Hi Lorene, I am in love with this pattern. And I also loved your “Selling your Crochet” series, so taking inspiration from both I have opened my Etsy shop a few days back. Of course I had to include Zola in my items for sale, here is the link to my listing of the cowl https://www.etsy.com/in-en/listing/163182611/cowl-and-fingerless-gloves-set-crochet. The cowl is a little narrower than the pattern as I ran out of yarn.
I would be thrilled if you visited my shop. Please feel free to let me have your comments, opinions or even criticisms as I really value your thoughts on anything crochet.
Thanks a bunch for the pattern and also your selling series.
Regards, Sangeetha

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Lorene September 21, 2013 at 8:07 am

Thank you, I’m so glad you are finding the information helpful. The items in your shop are all very pretty. The photography is very clean. The lighting could be a little brighter, and it would be great if you could get some pictures of the items worn on people. BUT all in all it looks very good. The pic of the fingerless gloves being worn is very good. I would probably sell those by themselves too (in various colors). I would also suggest adding more items to the shop as people tend to purchase more from shops when they have a lot of merchandise. Keep it up!!!

I had planned on making fingerless mitts to go with the cowl, that look very much like the ones you made, they are very nice!

I WOULD also raise your prices, they do seem a little on the low side… your work is very nice and you can definitely get more! You can offer “sale” prices to entice customers if you wish, but keep the base price slightly higher.

Thank you for sharing your site with me, good luck!

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Sangeetha September 21, 2013 at 12:06 pm

Dear Lorene, Thank you for your kind words. I will definitely keep these points in mind. Yes, I am confused about the pricing, A) because I use acrylic yarn and, B) because I use yarn made in India and I have no idea about its softness compared to other yarns.
But I will work on it.
Thank you once again.
Regards,
Sangeetha

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Lorene September 21, 2013 at 12:30 pm

Price goes by more than just materials. You need to get fair wages for your hours too. I’m not sure what wages are like in India but here minimum wage is $7.50 USD. I would recommend getting at least 622.30- 1244.60 Rupee PER hour worth of work PLUS materials.

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Madison Bunch September 21, 2013 at 2:07 pm

Hi, Lorene :) I have been working on this cowl/shawl for a while and I have a question that I have been a little concerned about. I’m on the last row for the double front post and triple crochet, and my ribbed part is kinda curling around. Is it supposed to be this way until I do the hdc or am I doing something wrong?

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Madison Bunch September 21, 2013 at 2:31 pm

Oops! I think I know what I did wrong… I may have misread the directions. I’m starting over an trying again, hopefully I’ll do it right this time lol!

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Lorene September 21, 2013 at 6:02 pm

lol, hope it works out this time… let me know if you have any more questions

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Ryane October 6, 2013 at 11:49 pm

So i’m in the process of making this for a friend i’ve never met so i’ve used myself as a guide, i have the average shoulder measurements that you talk about for some reason it’s way too small to fit me! so i layed it flat and its 15 inches on the wides part, WHY?!?! I have used a different yarn because i could get a hold of the kind you used but ive been over the label and the one i googled of yours and they both match except your yarn suggest a 6.5mm crochet hook. do you have any suggestions, or idea why mine is so much smaller?

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Lorene October 7, 2013 at 3:40 pm

labels lie, lol. All worsted weight yarns are different. For example Caron’s Simply Soft is WAY thinner than Red Heart Classic. What yarn did you use. Hook size is usually a good indicator.

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Christina October 8, 2013 at 4:07 pm

I did the 100 sts foundation chain and am putting the 100 DC sts in. I have 50 DC sts in as of now. Should this already fit over my shoulders?

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Lorene October 8, 2013 at 9:14 pm

I’m not understanding your question. The foundation chain should be big enough to fit over your shoulders, if it isn’t you will need to add stitches, instructions are in the notes of the pattern.

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Deborah October 15, 2013 at 10:02 pm

Hi, Lorene,

I just chanced upon this wonderful website while looking for a pretty crochet pattern for a cowl that could double as a capelet. ^^ Thanks so much! I can’t wait to get started.

However, a teensy little questions about what kind of yarn to use. My local arts and crafts store does not carry Red Heart with Love; however, I do have Patons Classic Wool Yarn. The label says that it should be for a H8/5 mm hook. Should I just start this pattern with 150 chains (as I am making this for a friend with broader shoulders? Or would 120 chains be enough?

Thanks so much.

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Lorene October 16, 2013 at 1:35 pm

I would do 150, but you can measure to be sure. Thank you for the compliments!!!

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Deborah October 17, 2013 at 2:41 pm

No, thank YOU for the pattern! ^^ It’s so pretty!

Yet another quickie question: I’m on the first row of DC (Row 1?), and I’m confused about how the last double crochet should be made in the “missed stitch.” Should I pass the Ch2 to make it?

Thanks so much.

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Lorene October 17, 2013 at 8:43 pm

yes, you just act as if the first Ch2 isn’t even there, and go right over it. (you also crochet in the stitch the ch2 is in, right before the ch2) did you watch the video tutorial on my seamless rounds?

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Christina October 16, 2013 at 3:39 pm

Did you crochet row 13 more than once?

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Lorene October 16, 2013 at 8:12 pm

no row 13 is only the one

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Christina October 17, 2013 at 12:25 pm

Awesome.

Thanks so much!

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How many balls? October 17, 2013 at 1:25 pm

600 yards? How many balls is that? Just asking as I want to use up some of my yarn stash.
Great pattern!

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Lorene October 17, 2013 at 2:21 pm

you’ll need two skeins

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Amy October 18, 2013 at 1:43 pm

Love the pattern! in the first few rows i read TC as DC…. so i did FPTC then DC… the bottom part curled in and by the time i realized why I was already through with all the shells….. oh well. its still quite lovely :) thanks

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Lorene October 18, 2013 at 2:14 pm

Oh no, yes the first front post and the last front post row are dc, the rest are tc… sorry

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Brittany Yenser October 26, 2013 at 9:57 am

Before I continue, I want to make sure I understand round 3. When we chain 3 and do a fptc in next stitch, that means we skip a stitch, correct? And when we get to the end of the round should we be going over the chain 3? I feel like I am skipping a stitch somewhere but when I count my stitches I have 100 plus the chain 3. Should I have 99 plus the chain 3?

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Lorene October 26, 2013 at 5:09 pm

It is done in my seamless method, if you haven’t already, watch the video so you understand. The chain is to be ignored, doesn’t count as anything. You should have 100sts total at the end of the round.

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Brittany Yenser October 26, 2013 at 6:19 pm

Perfect, thank you! I will try again =)

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Sara November 5, 2013 at 10:08 pm

Beautiful pattern, thanks for sharing and I enjoyed the notes! Thanks again!

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Lauren November 10, 2013 at 12:45 pm

This pattern is stunning. I’m finishing one up right now and am in love! I had planned to give it is a gift, but now I don’t know…I might have to keep this one for myself! :)

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Lorene November 15, 2013 at 12:51 pm

I know the feeling. I keep saying I’m going to make myself another one. Maybe in really nice yarn.

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Kealy November 10, 2013 at 2:20 pm

started this last night for my christmas swap gift….love how quickly it is working up!! of course, now every female relative wants one!! LOVE your patterns!!

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Lorene November 15, 2013 at 12:51 pm

LOL, thank you! You better get busy!!!

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BK November 11, 2013 at 8:41 pm

I made this over the week/end. The pattern was so easy to follow and I got so many compliments, even though mine didn’t turn out as pretty as the pictures on here! Thank you so much for posting it & making it free. :)

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Lorene November 15, 2013 at 12:42 pm

Thank you…. I’m sure yours is just as pretty.

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BK November 21, 2013 at 11:03 pm

I just made another one for my sister, and this time it turned out almost perfectly! This just may be the best Christmas present for my favorite people, especially because it’s so easy and quick to make. Thank you thank you thank you!!

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Lorene November 22, 2013 at 4:30 pm

that is so nice to hear… glad you like the pattern!!!!

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Carrie B. November 20, 2013 at 2:18 am

I’m giving the FCDC a try for the first time, and I get how to start out that way easy enough, but I’m not sure how to do it in a “round”. How do I attach it to the beginning? Do I just slip stitch to the beginning FCDC? It seems like the bottom part would be hanging loose if I did that. Thank you.

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Lorene November 20, 2013 at 10:12 am

you are doing fpdc in every other post so you will be sl st’ing into a regular post (or more specifically a chain) to join each round. The video is also very helpful.

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Carrie B. November 20, 2013 at 10:34 am

I’m actually on the foundation chain… Trying to do a foundation chain double crochet round that you give as an alternate way to start out. I’m just not sure how do you do it in a “Round”? I end up with 10o in a row rather than a round. How do I make it into a loop?

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Lorene November 20, 2013 at 1:20 pm

you have to join the ends with a sl st (half will appear “open” but will be closed off when you weave in your tail). then continue on in the round.

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Carrie B. November 20, 2013 at 3:11 pm

Great! Thanks for the info! :) Can’t wait to finish this cowl – it looks so cozy! :)

Kara November 27, 2013 at 8:05 pm

So pretty! I love this :)

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Lorene November 28, 2013 at 7:05 am

Thanks Kara! The funny thing is that it sat on my dresser for a month or two before I published it… I wasn’t thrilled with it at first. It has ended up being one of my most popular patterns.

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Dana November 29, 2013 at 6:20 am

I know what I’m going to charge for this cowl. Free free free to me! This is exactly what I’ve been searching for! It’s gorgeous! Thank you so much!

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Lorene November 29, 2013 at 9:00 am

haha, you are very welcome!

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Chrisann December 7, 2013 at 6:33 am

I finished this project last night, and I have a few problems that maybe you could help me with. First on the rows of hdc it tightened enough that the piece appeared to taper. Then on the last row of hdc I attempted to make them loose and that caused the ribbbing to look more like thatching. Please help! :)

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Lorene December 8, 2013 at 10:07 am

I could only assume that your tension probably started off very tight, possibly your chain was too tight. I recommend using the fhdc for that reason. If you maintain the same tension throughout and be sure not to do the first chain too tightly it should work out fine. There is a SLIGHT taper and the ribbing (maybe 1/2″ total) but only when it is laid flat and only a tiny bit.

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Valarie December 7, 2013 at 8:56 pm

I am working on my second cowl, it’s an awesome pattern, looks so nice when finished..I also made wristers and boot cuffs to match! Thanks a bunch for the pattern!

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Lorene December 8, 2013 at 10:08 am

Thank you, it is one of my favorites.

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Annie December 14, 2013 at 12:06 am

Just made this cowl, and I am beginning another… Thank you so so much for the pattern. Will email you a pic, if you’d like to see it?

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Lorene December 14, 2013 at 8:10 am
Lucia January 28, 2014 at 9:51 am

Love this pattern, I used a dark tan, medium tan, light tan and white yarn to do this. It fades from dark and the bottom to white at the top, my 14 yr old daughter snagged it right away and I can’t get it back LOL. I always know something is a success when she wears it to school. Thank you! I just saw your free for a week pattern and I know she’ll love that one as well.

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Patricia February 3, 2014 at 2:16 pm

Just happened up on this while searching for a project to show my mother how to crochet while recovering from surgery. This is awesome. Visual aids are the bomb.

Thank you soooooooooooooo much.

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Cheryl Devose February 5, 2014 at 11:17 pm

Hi Lorene, I have strated the shrug in the same color green. I am done with one 7 oz yarn roll and on line 7 on the shells. This pattern is to big for me across the shoulders for me. I dont have a clue on how many chains to start off with. PLEASE HELP. Thanks so much for this lovely pattern. Signed lol almost done. ; )

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Lorene February 6, 2014 at 9:47 am

I would need to see it with a tape measure on it to see why yours is so much bigger (I’m assuming it is bigger because I’m pretty tiny and it fits me fine). But here is the information on how to make it smaller. I can’t tell you how many stitches you will need exactly, you’ll have to measure it around yourself. (make your chain, wrap it around yourself and when it is comfortable make sure it is an even number that you can easily add or take away one st to make it a divisible of 3 for the shell rounds). OR measure yourself first and then make your chain to the required length. Good luck.

Are you using the same size hook? What is your cowl measuring? It should be 19″ wide.

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Cheryl Devose February 6, 2014 at 10:37 pm

Thanks Lorene I fixed my chain. I made my chain to loose the first time. Know I’m not sure why my 2nd row of shells are curling up.

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Lorene February 7, 2014 at 3:27 pm

they will be fine once it gets some weight on it.

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Cheryl February 7, 2014 at 11:19 pm

Thanks.

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Kristen February 9, 2014 at 1:00 am

Wow, I never leave comments on anything, but I felt that I had to for this.

I love this pattern! I don’t have the patience for scarves, and I was looking for a pattern for an infinity scarf because I wanted something more appealing than a basic double crochet. This was surprisingly easy, looks like something purchased rather than homemade, and it’s versatile.

I was too lazy to go to the store, so I just used yarn that I had from projects I never got around to starting. The ribbing is black and the shells are a deep burgundy, and it looks fantastic.

Thanks so much for posting the pattern!

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Lorene February 9, 2014 at 10:22 am
Mindy February 20, 2014 at 10:34 am

Hi Lorene! Just came across your site while searching for a chunky cowl. I wanted to make one that went over the shoulders. Your pattern is beautiful! I’m working on one now. Can’t wait for it to be finished!! I also love the toddler tank!! That’s next for me! I’ve got some simply soft left over yarn and 2 little girls who would love one!! I don’t know about your girl but mine always ask when I’m working on somethimg if its for them! Thanks for the free patterns!!!! I’m definitely adding your site to my favorites!!!!

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Lorene February 20, 2014 at 11:26 am

Oh thank you… if you liked the Toddler Tank Top then you’ll love my new release. The Oh La La Toddler Tank Top (link below). Also be sure to subscribe to the blog to have all new patterns automatically sent to your email.

http://www.cre8tioncrochet.com/2014/02/free-toddler-tank-top/

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Mindy February 20, 2014 at 3:54 pm

Awww…..love The Oh La La too!!!! I’m gonna need more yarn!! Are these patterns easy to make bigger? I’ve got 4 girls and I know my 8yr would love or too.

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Lorene February 20, 2014 at 4:01 pm

The larger sizes are in testing, they will be available as paid patterns in my Ravelry and Crochetville stores. Sizes 3mo thru 8years old and a modified adult version sizes XS-L

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Mindy February 20, 2014 at 4:42 pm

Ok, can’t wait! Thanks again!

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Amanda February 27, 2014 at 1:00 pm

I love this pattern! I’m working on my 4th one right now!! I opened a shop on etsy and this was the first thing I put on! I’m just getting to read patterns and you have this written so wonderfully! It was so easy for me to figure out!

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Lorene February 27, 2014 at 1:13 pm

thank you, so glad you enjoyed it… good luck with your shop

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Michelle March 7, 2014 at 12:06 am

Hey there. Love this! I’ve tatted and I am at the end of the first row. I’m still a beginner but I’m not having too much trouble yet! My question is, the end of row 1 it says to sl st into the first dc. I know normally you’re supposed to, but I want to make sure I know before I continue. Is the ch2 from the beginning of the row considered the first dc?

Any answer would be wonderful!

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Lorene March 7, 2014 at 8:58 am

yes the original turning chain is considered the first dc (typically in patterns, this is always the case unless otherwise noted)

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Michelle March 7, 2014 at 5:54 pm

Thanks so much. I figured as much but I has looked at probably 20 other patterns and ONE of them said it wasn’t counted. I noticed in most of your other patterns it was specified. So, I just wanted to make sure.

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Lynn March 10, 2014 at 10:28 am

AllFreeCrochet just shared this on Facebook today… I HAVE to make this, and it just so happens I don’t have anything that needs to get done today… so if you will excuse me, I have to go sort through my NINE FULL BINS of yarn to find a color. Thanks for sharing this lovely pattern with us!!

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Lorene March 10, 2014 at 11:09 am

lol.. I know the feeling all too well… have fun!!!!

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Caro March 13, 2014 at 8:20 am

This is just lovely, thank you so much for sharing…..

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Crochet with Linda Dawn March 22, 2014 at 2:48 am

This pattern is lovely and I like that you have taken so much time and trouble to lay out the instructions in an easy to follow and informative format.
Thank you for sharing your talent :-)

Hi Lorene, I found your blog today with the link you left on Go Crochet Crazy “Spring Fling Link-a Long” with Mary ylisela. My blog is called Crochet with Linda Dawn and this week I have tried knitting two baby sweaters, I learned a lot by switching crafts.

my blog: linda-dawn-designs.blogspot.co.uk

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Lorene March 22, 2014 at 8:15 am

Thank you, I am very glad you enjoyed it. Your boys knit sweater and vest are adorable! Thank you for stopping by!

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Diane Ugo March 23, 2014 at 2:14 pm

Hi, what a great pattern. I found it through Go Crochet Crazy Spring Fling Link-a-Long. This is going on my wish to make pinterest board.

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Lorene March 24, 2014 at 8:05 am

I’m so glad you like it, thank you!

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Lindsay March 24, 2014 at 10:21 am

Hello! Is there a different hook that I could also use? I was hoping to start this but I don’t have a J hook, I have G,H,I and N….would any of those work?

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Lorene March 24, 2014 at 11:34 am

You can really use any hook you want if you can get gauge… or just use the suggestions for customizing size (in notes) and make it whatever size you need with the hook or yarn you have! Good luck.

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sabrina March 30, 2014 at 5:06 pm

Thanks for an easy to follow pattern. I did mine w/ dark purple for the edge and light purple for the shells. Looking forward to making more :)

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Lorene March 31, 2014 at 8:50 am

You are very welcome, glad you enjoyed the pattern!

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SueAnn April 9, 2014 at 12:11 am

Thank you, Zola for your instructions on the cowl. You teach very clearly and concise. I can’t wait to get started. :)

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Lorene April 9, 2014 at 9:41 am

Thank you… I’m so glad you like it. Enjoy!

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Lorene September 15, 2013 at 11:18 pm

awesome!!! thanks for letting me know!

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