If there's anything I love about crocheting, it's shells. I'm not sure why. But I like crocheting them and I like the way they look, all stacking around each other.
I was looking through the Crochet Cowl book last week--don't ask me why I keep thinking about cowls in this summer heat. I can't explain it or stop it. My Ravelry queue is completely ridiculous right now--and when I realized that the body of the Shells with a Twist pattern was just the same two rows of shells, I had to try it out.
I used some Cascade Yarns Alpaca Lana D'Oro that I won last year as part of a drawing at my local yarn store. It's a nice gray color and I've been saving it for....something. This cowl was an excellent use of it. I used around 240 yards or so, and a G hook.
After a very productive night with my knitting group (who doesn't want to spend her Saturday night getting called a hooker?!), I had made a cowl! I think this is 4 hours' worth of crocheting and it would be the perfect movie project. In the time it takes you to watch a Lord of the Rings movie, you could have a cowl!
I'm definitely going to make a few more of these for Christmas, although I'm probably keeping this for myself. Look at me! I look tall in this!
I'm 5'2" if I stand up straight, wear good shoes, and lie through my teeth. I hadn't thought that a long cowl would stretch out my appearance a bit, but now I'm nearly considering wearing this 50/50 mix of wool and alpaca just because I like the look of this so much!
And at least I don't look any shorter if I loop it around my neck twice. I made it as long as the pattern called for, but I think having it a few inches longer or shorter would have been fine. This is worked flat like a scarf, so you can clip the ends together and try it on before finishing off and stitching the ends together.
I'm going to be completely honest with you and tell you that I've spent far too much time looking at this picture some more.
I'm going to check the yardage on some of my cotton yarn now. I would definitely wear this around my office right now, or anywhere else where the AC can get a little crazy.
And I could look taller doing it.