Bonjour (not just a) Baby Cowl

SONY DSCI'm so, very, very, very exited to be sharing with you all my first real crochet pattern! I debated long and seriously about whether to make this a free pattern or not but in the end I decided that since this is such a fledgling blog and since the pattern is so easy, I would do better to just give it to you all for free! This pattern is dedicated to my baby daughter who is just about to be a toddler.  She is very feisty about keeping her hood up or hat on but seems to do just fine with a cowl.  And what is more darling than a baby in a cowl?  Nothing, I tell you.  But wait!  Don't be fooled by the name of this pattern.  You can easily wear it as a neckwarmer or earwarmers for yourself as well! It's very versatile, just how I like it.  In fact, I didn't even realize how versatile it was until one of my testers sent me photos of her wearing it in different ways.  That's truly the best thing about having a community of crafters who you can go to for help.  They are always full of amazingly creative ideas!  For ideas on how to wear this or to see my testers' photos, check out the Ravelry pattern page!

Well, enough chit-chat, here's the pattern:

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Bonjour Baby Cowl

Supplies: US size I, 5.5mm Crochet Hook US size H, 5mm Crochet Hook 256yd (234m) worsted or aran weight yarn (pictured is Red Heart Soft) Five small to medium buttons Tapestry needle (for weaving in ends)

Warning: Buttons may be a choking hazard for small babies.  Cowl is meant for use as a photo prop or dress-up only and child should not be left unattended or unsupervised while wearing it.

Customization options: For a lacier, lighter weight cowl, try using sport weight yarn with the same size hooks. Circumference of the cowl can be adjusted by chaining a larger number in row 1; just chain any even number plus one.  Finished cowl as written should measure approximately 22 inches around.

Special stitches: Bobble: *Yarn over and insert hook into next stitch and draw up a loop. Yarn over and pull yarn through two loops on your hook (you should now have two loops still on your hook).  Repeat from * twice more in same stitch then yarn over and pull through all four loops on your hook.

Bobble StitchDirections: Row 1:  With larger hook chain 71.  Switch to smaller hook and Sc in 2nd chain from hook and in each stitch across. (70 sc)

Row 2: Chain 5, turn work.  Sl st in 1st sc, ch 1, sc in 1st st (same st you just sl stitched into).  *Bobble in next st, sc in next st.  Repeat from* until 1 st remains. Sc in last st.

ButtonholeRow 3:  Ch 1, turn.  Sc in each stitch across (70 scs)

Row 4:  Ch 4 (counts as dc and ch 1) *sk next st, dc in following st, ch 1.

Repeat from *.  Dc in last 2 sts. (see image below)

Dc Ch1Row 5: Ch 1, turn. Sc in 1st 2 sts, *sc in ch 1 sp, sc in next dc. Repeat from *  Note: at the end of the row, be sure to sc into the space made by the beginning ch 4 in Row 4 and in the 3rd chain of that turning chain.  See image below.

Last scsRow 6: Repeat row 2.

Row 7: Ch 1, turn.  Sc in each stitch across (70 scs)

Row 8: Ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in each stitch across (70 dcs)

Row 9: Ch 1, turn. Sc in each stitch across (70 scs)

Row 10: Repeat row 2.

Row 11: Ch 1, turn. Sc in each stitch across (70 scs)

Row 12: Ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in each stitch across (70 dcs)

Row 13: Ch 1, turn. Sc in each stitch across (70 sts)

Row 14:  Repeat row 2.

Row15: Ch 1, turn. Sc in each stitch across (70 sts)

Row 16: Ch 4 (counts as dc and ch 1) *sk next st, dc in following st, ch 1.  Repeat from *.  Dc in last 2 sts.

Row 17: Ch 1, turn. Sc in 1st 2 sts, *sc in ch 1 sp, sc in next dc. Repeat from *  Note: at the end of the row, be sure to sc into the space made by the beginning ch 4 in Row 16 and in the 3rd chain of that turning chain.

Row 18: Repeat row 2.

Row 19: Ch 1, turn. Sc in each st across. Break yarn and weave in ends.

Finishing:  Sew buttons onto the opposite side from the buttonholes made in rows 2, 6, 10, and 14.  Make sure that your buttons will fit through the buttonhole made by the chain 5.  If you would like to use smaller or larger buttons, make fewer or more chains at the beginning of these rows.   Button used in example measure ½ an inch in diameter.

SONY DSCThis pattern was created and written by Lauren Foley. The pattern is not to be distributed, for free or for money, in any format without the permission of Lauren Foley. Sales are allowed on finished items made from this pattern, however please give credit to the designer.

© Copyright 2015, Lauren Foley. All rights reserved.

Mama & Baby Earwarmers

  SONY DSCSONY DSCSONY DSCSONY DSCFirst off, happy new year!  I hope you rang in the new year with style...or if you're a parent that you at least got to wear some comfy pjs and sip a cocktail.  There are some new and exciting things coming to Wool Pickle this year and I'm just tickled to be able to share them with you.  Tomorrow I'll be introducing you to my theme for January and providing some little sneak peeks into my knitting basket for the month.  I do hope to see you and some new faces (bring a friend, perhaps?) as the new year unfolds.

While you're here, how about those matching earwarmers?  They have a little bit of everything I love; they are squishy soft, have a pop of color, some vintage-style granny squares, and a bit of gathering up front.  I just love them.

The inspiration for these came just in the nick of time since just as I was putting the finishing touches on them it began to snow! Now baby and I have the perfect winter accessories to keep ourselves warm in the winter wonderland outside.  Have I mentioned that the baby doesn't hate them?  This is a glorious achievement for this fiber enthusiastic mama.

I would love to share this pattern with you all when I get a bit of time to write one out, but I'm having two dilemmas.  For one, I used two (modified) granny squares from a book I own and didn't feel right posting a pattern that wasn't wholly my own.  I'll need to come up with two new granny squares in the correct dimensions that are completely my design.  The second reason I haven't shared this little pattern is that the yarn I used is one that seems to only be available during certain times of year at certain German grocery stores.  Very obscure!  It's called Maremma and it's extremely soft and squishy.  So far I haven't been able to find a readily available alternative that works up in just the same way.  And what good would this pattern do any of you if you couldn't purchase the yarn I'm using or know what a good alternative is? It wouldn't do you any good.  Alas, I've got a couple of tasks in front of me before I can get this pattern out.  But aren't they lovely?  Matching mother daughter sets are too sweet.  Be still my heart.