Maisie Cowl

The Maisie crochet cowl has a high collar that will keep your neck nice and warm. I designed this crochet cowl especially to wear under my raincoat. Of course it goes with any coat, but a raincoat needs to be zipped up completely in order to keep the rain out and not every cowl or scarf allows that. I wanted the part around my neck long and snug so that it would protect my neck properly against the cold rain and the wind. Here in Amsterdam it rains a lot and we use our bicycles all year through so we need that bit of extra protection.

Crochet cowl

You’ll start the Maisie cowl from the bottom, increasing on both sides for a few rows. You’ll make two panels and then you’ll slip stitch or sew them together. After that you’ll make that extra long collar of this crochet cowl in rounds and you finish with the ribbing and edging.

The pattern is suitable for the adventurous beginner. I’ve made a photo tutorial to make it even easier. You will have some ends to weave in, but maybe this is an excellent opportunity to use up your scraps! One tip: watch your gauge! Some crocheters tend to crochet looser after a while. This could cause the collar part to be too loose.

Granny stitch

The Granny stitch is a classic but it’s hipper than ever and it keeps inspiring me to design new crochet patterns! Especially after the success of the Leah cowl I designed exactly one year ago.

The Granny stitch has made a comeback and it’s here to stay as far as I’m concerned. You see her in the streets, on the catwalk and in fashion magazines. We can make our hip accessories ourselves! How cool is that!

I chose to change colour every row, but you can easily change the look of this cowl by playing with colours. What about making a unicoloured one? I included my colour scheme in the pattern!

Yarn Selection: Hobbii Amigo

I chose to work with Hobbii Amigo in a variety of autumnal colours. The reason I keep coming back to this yarn is because it doesn’t itch at all!! Especially for a collared, snug cowl this is very important as I have sensitive skin.

Amigo is a DK weight acrylic yarn that’s soft as a feather. It has a wonderful, airy volume. It is produced from 100% HB acrylic of a very high quality and comes in a big selection of colors.

By the way, HB stands for High-bulk. It is a production technique that uses steam and pressure to make the fibers contract a little and curl so that they become fuller. The result is a light and soft yarn that is both comfortable to work with and to wear on the body.

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