Last Updated on December 16, 2020 by Gwen Bautista
It’s day 5 of our Christmas Countdown, and we are so pleased to have received such a great response about our previous two makers, today’s featured Maker is Ashley Parker from the Loopy Lamb. Thank you so much for sharing these articles on your social media pages. Download the pattern today, it is only available until January 31st.
The Loopy Lamb
I am Ashley Parker a crochet blogger and designer that lives in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada with my wonderful husband and 2 sweet children. On my blog, The Loopy Lamb, I share my passion for crochet and crafting by offering beginner and intermediate level crochet patterns and tutorials for free. As a crochet addict and self-proclaimed yarn hoarder, I started crocheting as a way to relieve stress and help deal with anxiety. Crochet quickly became a passion and soon I was designing my own patterns for everything from hats to amigurumi. Some of my first and most popular designs were fun and quirky Cactus Character designs. Wanting to share this passion with others, I created my blog www.theloopylamb.com and began sharing my crochet patterns and tutorials. When I am not crocheting or designing, I can be found spending time with my family, baking, watching Harry Potter movies on repeat, or pursuing opportunities to work with owls and other birds of prey. I am really excited to share my Crochet Tartan Cowl with you.
Free Cowl Pattern
I have always loved plaids and tartan patterns. Growing up, my grandparents had a family crest and tartan on their wall as my great grandparents immigrated to Canada from Scotland and brought it with them. I always loved looking at that crest and the beautiful tartan with it. It made me wonder what my ancestors were like and what living in Scotland would have been like.
This year, I began doing some research into my family’s ancestry. As fall approached and I considered what I wanted to design this year, a plaid or tartan pattern came to mind since I had come across so many beautiful images of family tartans in my ancestry research. I wanted to create a pattern that reflected the classic beauty of the tartans I had researched but one that did not involve complex stitches or color changes. When I saw the Moss, Cranberry and Stardust colors of Mary Maxim’s Woodlands yarn, I was instantly inspired and knew those were the colors that I needed to use for the design.
The Crochet Tartan Cowl is a beautifully classic cowl constructed of simple color changes and simple stitches. If you can crochet a chain, half double crochet and slip stitch, you can make this cowl! This cowl utilizes a technique called Surface Crochet to create vertical striping. You can get my tips for working this technique on my blog HERE.
The Crochet Tartan Cowl measures approximately 10 inches wide by 35 inches long and is designed to fit closely to the neck with the top edge folded down to create a collar. If you prefer a looser fitting cowl, the pattern provides instructions for adjusting the length to fit your preference. Should you choose to alter the length of the cowl, please keep in mind that it will affect the amount of yarn required.
Mary Maxim Woodlands yarn in three colors are used to complete The Crochet Tartan Cowl. For the example shown, the colors Moss, Cranberry and Stardust have been used. Mary Maxim Woodlands yarn is an acrylic/alpaca blend (90%/10%) that is delightfully soft and a pleasure to work with. This cowl will help keep you nice and toasty this winter.
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