Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Anise & Liquorice

by Lena Fedotova
(ravliki on Ravelry)

The design story of my newly published cowl patterns, Anise and Liquorice, is all about the stitches and the yarn.


I am not a big fan of tall crochet stitches worked with thick yarn, since I normally find the resultant fabric quite crude and rustic-like. These last few months I was in search of stitch patterns based on short stitches, such as single crochet, chain or slip stitches, which would allow me to create finer-looking and intriguing fabric even with thick yarn.

My first step in this direction was a Sailing Weather ebook. Both cowls, Harbor Flecks and Rippling Arctic, only use single crochet and chain stitches. I still used fairly thin yarn (fingering weight) to achieve a lovely delicate texture.


I am now delighted to show you my Anise and Liquorice cowls, which use DK weight yarn and which are created only with single crochet stitches.


This stitch pattern mimics knit garter stitch and looks wonderful when crocheted with heavy weight yarns. I even say, the thicker, the better! You might want to check out these projects, which use Aran and Super Bulky weight yarn. They are simply gorgeous!

Both cowls use the same stitch pattern but are worked differently, which changes the direction of the stripes.


Anise is a two-looped cowl, worked flat side to side, then joined as you go in the last row.


Liquorice is a one-looped cowl, worked bottom up in the round.

If you are interested, get some thick yarn from your stash and join us for Anise & Liquorice CAL in the "Cup of Stitches" group on Ravelry. There is a special "teatime treat" for the participants there!

Or, if don't have such yarn in your stash, check out this wonderful offer from Artesano Yarns and get 20% off the price of the soft and squishy Superwash Merino with coupon code LENA20 when purchasing it here.

Happy crocheting!

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