I crocheted the cowl from the Toasty Set in Hats & Scarves. This cowl is going to be incredibly toasty once cooler weather comes, I can assure you!
The pattern calls for approximately 370 yards of any bulky weight yarn with an N hook, and the model in the book uses Lion Brand Homespun. I even tried that at first. Y'all, I want to love Homespun so badly. I really do. But I can't crochet with it! Knitting is okay, but crocheting is just not a good idea. I can chain my stitches just fine, but once I start trying to find my stitches to crochet into it's all over. This is how far I made it last time:
|Yup, that's a beginning chain. And nothing else.|
This time, I decided to use up some of the bits of Patons Roving instead. You and I both know that Patons Roving is super bulky weight yarn, and so does the yarn page on Ravelry. But! The label will tell you it's merely bulky weight. The label is a liar. I was super surprised when I was halfway through the Garter Ridge Cowl at my knit night a few weeks ago--which calls for super bulky weight yarn and was knitting up just fine with #13 needles--and happened to notice that the yarn was labeled as being bulky weight. I couldn't believe it, and neither could the other knitters at the table when I demanded they all check the label as well just so I could make sure I could trust my eyeballs. So weird!
Anyway! I bet you could use either a bulky weight yarn or a super bulky weight yarn to crochet this. As long as you've got a hook you're comfortable using (I had my N hook) and enough yarn, you can really do whatever you want. This is made of eight rows of double crochet stitches worked in the round. You can use all one color of yarn, or you can use a different color for every stripe! It's a cowl! There's not much that can go wrong as long as you don't run out of yarn! I used the remains of some skeins in Aran, Orchid, Pacific Teal, and whatever colorway the pumpkin-orange yarn is. I thought they would look fun mixed together, and they do!
It's also 100% wool, so this is fluffy and warm. Whatever yarn you use, I would advise you to make sure it's good and fluffy. This thing is large and you don't want to carry around too much weight!
I think this is going to be a great accessory in the fall. I could wear it alone, or layer it over a cardigan or jacket. The teal keeps this from looking too stereotypically fall-esque. It's warm and lovely and can be looped around THREE whole times if I want it to, and I'm pretty pleased with this cowl of many colors. I'm sure it will bring me luck and happiness.*
*With apologies to Dolly Parton for ripping her off a little bit. And apologies to you if listening to that song made you cry the way it always makes me cry. But I do always think of Dolly Parton's sweet and resourceful mama whenever I get the chance to use up every last bit of my resources to make something.