Simplicity is sometimes all that is needed to make something that is wearable time and time again. I often love pieces that are complex in nature for the challenge in making them, but there are times when I need something I can do that is repetitive and requires little to no thought. My life has kind of been in that mode as of late. Things have been quite busy at my day job. I started on the ever so beautiful Rozeta CAL which launched with Scheepjes in early October. I got through week 4 but needed to change gears to complete some projects for the holidays. When I Googled Tunisian crochet stitches looking for something new to try I came across the video on TL Yarn Crafts YouTube channel called 5 Simple Stitches for Tunisian Crochet. She presents on the video how to create the mesh stitch and I loved the texture. I knew I wanted to create a piece in just that stitch – so here it is.
Simple Gifts for the Holidays
Like most people I try to squeeze out the most of every day. Between working, crafting, family, pets, etc it leaves – well, it never leaves enough time to engage in the things that bring us the greatest pleasure. If you find yourself in a similar position you will love this project! Better yet, this cowl only uses one skein of fingering weight yarn. That keeps it simple and inexpensive.
What you will need to start this project:
- 5.5 cm Tunisian Crochet hook
- One skein of fingering weight yarn (for the cowl in the photo I used Montana Crochet Fingering Weight yarn in the color Swanky) In the Yarn Addicted & Co Etsy shop I recommend the Scheepjes Skies Light.
To start this cowl you’ll need to chain 79 stitches. You will then make a foundation row starting in the second chain from the hook. (If you are not familiar with making a foundation chain in Tunisian Crochet check out this video by Tamara Kelly at Moogly.)
Once you have completed your foundation chain you will start creating the mesh stitch. If you are a visual learner and would like to watch a video on the Tunisian Crochet Mesh Stitch, I would suggest watching 5 Simple Stitches for Tunisian Crochet Beginners by Toni Lipsey of TL Yarn Crafts. The Mesh Stitch is the first stitch in the tutorial and as always Toni does a great job of walking you through. If you would like to follow written instructions feel free to use the below.
- The loop that is on your hook counts as a stitch. So, no work will be done to the vertical bar that is underneath that loop. If you do, it will undo your work.
- Skip the next vertical bar and yarn over your hook.
- In the next vertical bar, insert your hook.
- Yarn over your hook and pull through the vertical bar.
- The loop that was created is left on your hook.
- Repeat Steps 2 through 5 until the end of the row.
- In the chain 1 that was made from the previous row, insert your hook under both of the loops from the chain.
- Yarn over your hook and pull through the chain.
- Chain 1
- Wrap the yarn around your hook once.
- Pull through the first two loops that are on your hook.
- Repeat Steps 2 and 3 until you are left with one loop on your hook.
Repeat the forward pass and return pass steps for 93 rows. Once you are done you can cast off. If you don’t know how to cast off (a.k.a. binding off) in Tunisian crochet there are multiple ways. It comes down to preference. Kim Guzman has created this tutorial that shows you multiple ways you can cast/bind off your project.
So now your cowl should be a rectangle measuring approximately 28″ X 13″. You are going to take your top edge where you just cast off and fold it over the foundation edge so you can seam these two edges together. Make sure the wrong side of your work is facing so the seam will be on the inside of your work when you fold over the piece. You can use your preferred seaming method. One way isn’t better than another. Once you have completed seaming those edges together you will pull the top down so it meets up with the bottom. This way the right side of your work is showing. You can seam the open edges around the bottom together if you want to or you can leave it be. It is truly up to you. Now block your cowl and wear it well!