Sunday, September 7, 2014

Honeycomb Lattice Button Cowl


This pattern is more a neck warmer or cowl and is relatively easy once you get the knack of it. I took the pattern from a blog that I have only visited once but will go there again.

Diffusible Interfacing


Although this is not a beginner pattern, once you get the hang of the lattice stitches, it is not too difficult ; )
 Stitches used:
Single Crochet (sc), Double Crochet (dc), Front Post Double Crochet (fpdc), Lattice Treble Cluster (LTC), and Half Lattice Treble Cluster (HLTC).
Materials:
Approximately 500 yards of worsted weight yarn (I used one ball of Sensations Rainbow Classic); H 8/5.00 crochet hook; Two buttons (about 1” in diameter, although you could use slightly larger buttons); Large eye needle (or something to use for attaching buttons).
Special Stitches:
There is a super awesome hat and visual tutorial (mad props for the visual tutorial using different colored yarn) of the Lattice Treble Crochet (LTC) stitch at Rheatheylia.com
LTC: YO twice (3 loops on hook); insert hook under LTC two rows down*; YO and pull through (4 loops on hook); YO and pull through 2 loops (3 loops on hook); YO and pull through 2 loops (2 loops on hook); YO twice (4 loops on hook); insert hook under LTC in front of hook two rows down; YO and pull through (5 loops on hook); YO and pull through 2 loops (4 loops on hook); YO and pull through 2 loops (3 loops on hook); YO pull through all 3 loops.
* For rows beginning with 2 sc the first LTC you insert hook under will be slightly behind your hook and two rows down. For rows beginning with 3 sc, the first LTC you insert hook under will be directly below (or just slightly in front of) your hook and two rows down. The second LTC you insert into will always be in front of hook.
HLTC: YO twice (3 loops on hook); insert hook under LTC two rows down**; YO and pull through (4 loops on hook); YO and pull through 2 loops (3 loops on hook); YO and pull through 2 loops (2 loops on hook); YO and pull through remaining 2 loops.
** For HLTC the LTC you will insert hook under will be more obvious than with the LTC stitch because it will either be the first or last LTC of the row two rows down.

Notes:
In row 4, you will crochet around FPDC instead of LTC. Throughout the cowl, you will insert under HLTC when you come to them as if they are LTC. For rows beginning with 2 sc, the very first insert will be under an HLTC. For rows beginning with 3 sc, the second insert for the final LTC will be under an HLTC.
Each LTC, HLTC and FPDC requires skipping the dc stitch behind it in the row you are working on. In the pattern, these are marked as “sk st”
Pattern:
Chain 28
1. Dc in 3rd chain from hook; dc in each ch across (26 st); ch 2 and turn.
2. Dc in first 2 dc; [FPDC around next dc one row down, sk st; dc in next 3 dcs]; repeat [] 5 more times; ch 2 and turn.
3. Dc in each dc across; ch 1 and turn.
4. Sc in first 3 dc; [LTC (around FPDC for this row only); sk st; sc in next 3 sts]; repeat [] 4 more times; HLTC; sk st; sc in next 2 stitches; ch 2 and turn.
5. Dc in each dc across; ch 1 and turn.
6. Sc in first 2 dc; HLTC; sk st; sc in next 3 dc; [LTC; sk st; sc in next three dc;]; repeat [] 4 times; chain 2 and turn.
7. Dc in each dc across; ch 1 and turn.
8. Sc in first 3 dc; [LTC; sk st; sc in next 3 sts]; repeat [] 4 more times; HLTC; sk st; sc in next 2 stitches; ch 2 and turn.
9-74. Repeat rows 5-8 [18 repeats]. The cowl will be approximately 3 ½” longer from here. To lengthen or shorten cowl, increase or decrease by 4 rows being sure to end on a row 8 configuration.
75. Dc in each dc across; ch 1 and turn.
Making the buttonholes: The buttonholes are worked into the pattern as follows. You will be skipping LTCs and using HLTCs to make two large diamonds around the buttonholes.


76. Sc in first 2 dc; HLTC; sk st; sc in next 2 dc; ch 3; sk 3 dc; sc in next 2 dc; LTC; sk st; sc in next 3 dc; LTC; sk st; sc in next 2 dc; ch 3; sk 3 dc; sc in next 2 dc; LTC; sk st; sc in next 3 dc; chain 2 and turn.
77. Dc in first 6 st; dc in each of the 3 chain stitches; dc in next 9 st; dc in each of the 3 chain stitches; dc in next 5 st; chain 1 and turn.
78. Sc in first 3 dc; HLTC; sk st; ; HLTC; sk st; sc in next 3 dc; LTC; sk st; sc in next 3 dc; HLTC; sk st; sc in next 3 dc; HLTC; sk st; sc in next 3 dc; HLTC; sk st; sc in next 2 dc; ch 2 and turn.
79. Dc in each dc across; ch 1 and turn.
80. Sc in first 2 dc; HLTC; sk stitch behind HLTC; sc in next three dc; [sc in next three dc; LTC; sk stitch behind LTC]; repeat [] 4 more times; sc in next 3 dc; chain 1 and turn.
81. Sc across all dc; fasten off and weave in ends.
Put the cowl around your neck as you would want to wear it and mark the button placement. Sew on the buttons and enjoy!

Well Ladies give this scarf a try and let me know how it went, better still take a photo and share it.






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