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Knit Look Neck Gaiter Cowl
designed by Kim Guzman © Oct. 2015
Technique: Regular Crochet
Although I’ve designed this for my favorite outdoor hunters, it’s really for anyone who wants to keep their neck warm and have the option of being able to pull it up over their mouth and nose without having to constantly adjust it like you would with a scarf.
PERSONAL NOTE: My daughter is married to a cattle rancher. They raise cows, pigs and chickens to provide food for her family. Her husband also hunts for deer and other critters on their land to feed their family. There is absolutely NOTHING wrong with someone providing their own food and the self-sufficiency of it deserves respect rather than the disdain I’ve witnessed. Not everyone in this world hunts wild game for the sport of it. Some people are actually providing food for themselves and their children and I’ve got to admit that, for me, I am a tad envious of my daughter for being able to provide such a wonderfully healthy food choice for her family. It’s ridiculous to expect everyone in this world to buy their meat at a grocery store and to shun them if they don’t. I designed this project specifically for my son-in-law but this project can obviously be made for ANYONE to use to keep their necks and faces warm while being outside in chilly weather. Crocheters are the most adaptable and imaginative people I have ever known. To object to a project solely because I’ve shown it in use by a hunter isn’t logical.
8.5″ x 19″ (measured flat, before seaming) (stretches to 29″)
- Lamb’s Pride Bulky (125 yds per 4 oz): one skein (shown in color Orange You Glad)
- Suggested hook size: P-15 [10mm]
- Optional hook size: N-13 [9mm]
- Needle (for weaving ends and seaming)
*Yarn Note: Although this yarn is classified as a bulky weight, it’s just a bit bigger than aran and you could easily substitute aran or worsted by making a few more stitches and rows.
When working in this technique, I like to make the foundation chain with a smaller hook. It just seems to make a neater edge. If you like, you can also use the optional smaller hook listed in materials. You can make your chain with the smaller hook then change to the larger hook once the initial chain is made.
There is no turning chain.
Be careful to count your stitches on each row until you are accustomed to working in every stitch. It is easy to lose stitches until you become comfortable.
You will be intentionally working loosely throughout. It may appear very loose at first, but that is the intention and it won’t look at all loose once you get several rows worked.
12 sts x 15 rows measures 4″
Row 1: Ch 25, working in back horizontal bar of each ch, sl st across, turn: 25 sts. (You will not be skipping a stitch at the beginning; you work directly into the first chain.)
Row 2: Working in back lps only, sl st in each sl st across, turn: 25 sts.
Rep row 2 until project measures 19″ (approx. 74 rows), fasten off, leaving a long enough strand to seam.
With yarn needle, seam the first row to the last row. Weave in ends carefully.