FO’s – Neck Wear

Hi All,

Can you believe it’s already New Years Eve? I am absolutely amazed at how fast this year has flown! I have three final projects to end the year with you. I’ll try to write up a recap tomorrow as I reflect on this last year of crafting. It’s been a pretty good year for that with lots of big and little projects.

First up, a crochet project. This one was gifted to my dear friend Emmah for Christmas this year. I happened to be scrolling through the Free Testers Group on Ravelry and saw this test request. I knew I had yarn that would suit it perfectly and I wanted to make something for my friend to put in with her presents. This is a beginner pattern and would be perfect as a first project. It took me an hour for the original pattern, and then I decided to finish up my skein and it took me another 40 minutes.

Ravelled Here: Wintergreen Cowl by Rachel Counts

Started / Finished: 12/15/17

Hook: US K (6.5 mm)

Yarn: Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick Metallics in the colorway Poinsettia

A couple of days before Christmas, the Designer reached out again for another crochet test. I would classify this one as an Intermediate level. This was my first time using the Foundation Single Crochet (FSC) and the stitch patterns were more than a beginner would know what to do with. The pattern has a 6 row repeat and it definitely takes some concentration at the beginning. After the first section, it’s kind of easy to see what you are doing and moves a little quicker.

It took me about 8 hours to complete this one, over two days; however another tester took 4 hours total and another said it only took her a couple of hours. They both classified it as an Advanced Beginner pattern. I guess it depends on your skill level and I thought I was pretty advanced. This one hasn’t been published as of yet, but will be soon. As soon as it is, I will link up my project. I just finished blocking it and blocking really opened up the pattern.

Ravelled Here: Autumn Leaves Cowl (Test)  by Rachel Counts

Started / Finished: 12/26/17 ~ 12/27/17

Hook: US F (3.75 mm)

Yarn: Knit Picks Chroma Fingering in the colorway Weather Vane

Techniques Learned: Foundation Single Crochet (FSC)

Last, but not least, is a project that’s been on my needles for quite some time! Everyone knows the Hitchhiker pattern from the designer, Martina Behm. She sells that pattern, along with three others in an ebook called Hitchhiker – A Trilogy of Four Patterns. I chose Trillian as my first knit out of this collection.

It all started with one of my fellow knitters in the group I attend every Thursday showing off a shawl she knit in Miss Babs Yowza yarn. I went home that day and purchased two skeins, Morticia and Beachglass. A couple of weeks later, one of my other fellow knitters was talking about the Trillian pattern. We decided to start it at the same time. She finished hers within a few weeks.

Unfortunately, I wound up with some hand issues and then some emotional issues and this got put away for quite awhile. I’m so happy to have it finally completed, blocked and final pics taken.

Ravelled Here: Trillian by Martina Behm

Started / Finished: 8/5/16 ~ 12/9/17

Needles: US 7 (4.5 mm) and US 10 (6.0 mm)

Yarn: Miss Babs Yowza in the colorway Beachglass

I want to wish all of you a safe and Happy New Year! We are going to a dinner party and then playing games with friends, while sipping on delightful champagne. I hope your evening is just as fun, no matter where you are or what you do. Happy New Year!!!!

Until next time, Happy Knitting and Crocheting!



11 Comments Add yours

  1. madgeface says:

    Happy New Year Paula! Those cowls are great, but your Hitchhiker is gorgeous! I’ve heard it takes forever to finish, so you’re not alone in that. And Yowza is so squishy & I love Miss Babs’ colorways – she’s one of my favorite indie dyers. I hope 2018 is a great year for you!

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    1. Thank you so much, Mandy! It’s actually Trillian from the ebook 🙂 I want to work on a Hitchhiker next…maybe. I haven’t quite sorted out what I want to do next. Happy New Year and best wishes for you too 😀

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  2. How beautiful! The Trillian shawl is particularly gorgeous. I also love your hair 😀

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    1. Thank you, Kat! It’s definitely being put to good use 😀 I love my hair too 🙂


  3. Stefanie says:

    Paula, you look fabulous. Great job on all of these projects. I like your adventurous spirit. Hau’oli Makahiki Hou.

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    1. Stefanie says:

      I had coveted Hitchhiker for ages and had finally bought it for my 40th along with Manos del Uruguay Allegria. I still haven’t taken pics of it yet 🙄.

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  4. Thank you, Stefanie! One day we’ll get around to all the patterns and yarn we’ve bought. Until then, we can dream 😀


  5. They are all 3 so prettying! I love the coloring on the Autumn Leaves Cowl!

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  6. Hi there.
    Had to drop you a comment telling you how much I LOVED the lacy, blue tones, neck cowl. Had I seen that in a store I would have HAD to buy it and wear it there and then. I’ve never seen such a beautiful cowl (and I have a fair share of them).
    It’s a total beauty. ~ Cobs.x

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    1. Thank you so much, Cobs! That’s very sweet of you to say 🙂 Despite its lacy form, it keeps my neck warm…which is very awesome indeed.

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      1. 100% brilliant, Paula.
        If I went to a craft fair and this was on your stall, I’d elbow everyone out of the way to buy it.
        I’ve never seen a cowl like it, and although it has that lacy pattern to it, I can imagine it being fabulous for keeping you warm.

        A GREAT make!
        ~ Cobs. x

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