Friday, March 12, 2010

Seed Stitch Charity Cowl

*This pattern has NOT been tested. If you find any mistakes please leave a comment here and I will correct.
Also, I don't have a pic to post just yet, so if you work this up and would like to share a link to a pic in the comments section it would be greatly appreciated!

MATERIALS
(US) size H hook
1 skein Caron Simply Soft yarn; Blue Mint (or desired color)
tapestry needle

GAUGE (worked in seed st)
15 sts = 4 inches
14 rows = 4 inches

FINISHED SIZE
Adult-One Size Fits Most (9 inches tall X 26 inches around)

SPECIAL STITCHES & TECHNIQUES
"back hump" of starting chain: Turn your starting chain over so the back is facing you, notice the single strand in the middle of the chain forms a "hump". Your stitches will be worked into that hump. For more info see: http://www.stitchdiva.com/custom.aspx?id=191
(This method for working into the starting chain gives a more finished look to the beginning edge of your work. If you are uncomfortable with this method, the traditional method of working into the starting chain may be used.)

FPdc (front post double crochet): yo, from the front, insert hook around the post of the corresponding dc of the previous row, yo and draw up loop, yo, draw through 2 loops, yo, draw through 2 loops.

BPdc (back post double crochet) = yo, from the back, insert hook around the post of the corresponding dc of the previous row, yo and draw up loop, yo, draw through 2 loops, yo, draw through 2 loops.

Closing the beginning chain: Thread tapestry needle with the tail from the beginning ch, working on opposite side of starting chain, insert needle on right side and under free loops of 2nd dc made in round 1, pull snug but not tight (it should look like the top of a sc) and secure end at base of first ch of starting chain.

leaving 6 - 8 inch long tail, ch 106, do not join (See note above)

Round 1: working in the back hump of starting chain (see note above) dc in 4th ch from hook and in each ch across, join with sl st in top of beg ch 3. (104 sts)

Rounds 2-4: ch 3, work FPdc in next st, (work BPdc in next st, work FPdc in next st) around, join with sl st in top of beg ch 3.

Round 5: ch 1, sc in same st, dc in next st, (sc in next st, dc in next st) around, join with sl st in beg sc.

Round 6: ch 3, sc in next st, (dc in next st, sc in next st) around, join with sl st in beg ch 3.

Rounds 7-26: Repeat rounds 5 and 6.

Round 27: ch 3, dc in each st around, join with sl st in top of beg ch 3.

Rounds 28-30: Repeat rounds 2-4, fasten off. Close beginning ch. (see note above) Weave in ends.

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