Enjoy this month’s X Stitch Challenge crochet pattern
Hugs & Kisses Cowl
In honor of Valentine’s Day, I designed this one with a treble stitch X worked with a larger hook for a looser stitch. The combination, creates a row of Xs with Os between, hence the name Hugs & Kisses!
I used a very luxurious alpaca I had, in my stash, in variegated shades of red and pink, and designed the cowl to use only 1 skein (120 yards). This is one of those yarns you see and love and must have, but then gasp when you see the price tag, so, you buy just one skein.
This cowl looks great worn in the traditional way, but I like it with a fancy brooch too. You can twist it around and secure it on the side so that it frames your neckline, or try pleating it at the bottom and placing the brooch to hold the pleats closed.
Hugs & Kisses Cowl
DK Weight yarn, I used Filatura Lanarota, Alpaca DK Splash– 120 yards
Hook US J (6.00 mm) Gauge is really not important for this project
Size: Approximately 7” x 30”
ch – chain
hdc – half double crochet
st(s) – stitch(es)
tr – treble crochet
XSt – X stitch – this is a treble version of the traditional X stitch. To make it, from your starting point, skip one stitch, tr in next stitch, working behind first tr, work a tr in the skipped stitch.
•Weave ends as you work.
•Ch1 at beginning of row does not count as st
•Ch 4 at beginning of row counts as a treble crochet
•Work everything in [ ] as a group as indicated.
You will have 18 stitches in each row
Row 1: Ch20, hdc in 3rd st from the hook and each remaining st to end.
Row 2: Ch4 (counts as tr), turn, [skip 1, tr in next st, working behind treble just made, work tr in skipped st], repeat to last st, tr in last st. (You will have 8 X stitches and two tr sts)
Rows 3 and 4: Repeat Row 2
Row 5: Ch1, turn, hdc in each st to end.
Repeat Rows 2 to 5, six more times (or until scarf is 3” shorter than desired finished length)
Repeat Rows 2 to 4, one more time. Fasten off and leave a long tail to sew the ends together.
With yarn needle and using long tail, sew two ends together
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