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Sunday, September 28th, 2014 03:31 pm
Firstly, thanks for the answers to my questions about how big a skein was. I'm really pleased with the scrap afghan project which is almost finished - I hope to post a picture of the finished blanket later this week (or more likely next weekend) - I'm at the sewing together stage and then all that remains is the final border. It's been a challenge but fun.

I needed something to keep me occupied during an evening away from home and so I tried a cowl - my first ever. I've used Wendy Celtic Tweed effect Chunky yarn (shade 2767) which is like marroons and browns, crocheted with a 10mm hook. It was quick and easy bar one slight problem - hence my question. I'm intending making at least one more cowl and I'd like to see how to get it 'right'.

crocheted cowl


Clicking on the picture links to a larger picture of the same. The pattern starts with a large number of chains which are then slip stitched together and then continues in circles with no turning. Now my problem arose because I ended up with a twist in the initial change, that despite undoing and starting over, I didn't seem to be able to join up without getting another one in there.

Is there something obvious that I'm missing in joining without ending up with a twist? My other thought was to maybe turn at the end of the chains and go back along making my first row (which would make it easier to avoid the twist I think) and then joining and continuing in circles and when I've finished weaving the end of the chains in to close the lower gap, but I'm not sure that will work either.

The Pattern came from the Crochet in Color blog and was called Accidental Cowl.
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Monday, September 29th, 2014 01:32 am (UTC)
I'm not quite sure what you're asking. I can't see anything wrong in the picture you posted. Are you asking how to join your initial chain so it doesn't twist? That's mostly a matter of straightening it before you join, then being careful not to reintroduce a twist (which, for longer chains, can be non-trivial).

Which pattern is it on that blog? I found at least 3 cowl patterns there.
Monday, September 29th, 2014 12:30 pm (UTC)
If it's a twist in the ring after you slst, you can try several things. First, let the chain dangle from your hook and let gravity pull it straight (manually remove any twisting if necessary). Then bring the loose end up to the hook by folding the chain in half, make sure there is no twist, and slst. It may look backwards (bumpy side up), but I think that's how it's supposed to go.

I wouldn't try making the first row and joining afterward, because the bottom of the seam will be open like /\ where the top of that is the first row where you joined.