The first one, with worsted weight yarn and 4,5mm hook (I believe), used all the leftovers from previous projects, can be wrapped around the neck two times over the coat and it blocks the wind out and I am warm. I love the colors, I bought a yellow merino wool puff to use with it.
The second one, almost the same stitch, but here done with thin yarn, fingering weight wool combined with silk/mohair. It is soft and airy and loose; it fits nicely inside the coat and when I zip up my coat, it insulates all the open spaces.
As much as I love all the knitted shawls and scarves, these crochet cowls have their place in my wardrobe. While most of the knitting drapes beautifully, many crochet items have more body and don't drape so easily (with exceptions of course both ways). This works very well with cowls, somehow crochet cowls stay up little bit better, again, some of this probably is due to the small hook size I love to use.
I am hoping to make at least one swatch with crochet every month and hopefully some of the swatches will become cowls. I have dreamed of crocheting a sweater for some time now, but for some reason this plan is not working (not for the lack of trying!), so I am changing it and instead plan to make 6 cowls this year with crochet. If I learn to shape crochet better, I am giving myself a permission to make shawls too, but I doubt this very much ;-) (my crochet knowhow does not stretch that far yet). I am being very cautious here, already sort of thinking that this might not work, but still, it is good to dream (big).
I made this swatch (used my handspun Finnwool singles) and I love the pattern. It is easy, and it is called Honeycomb Trellis in Sarah Hazell's Crochet Stitch Dictionary. I made the swatch using 2,25mm hook and I will think about the hook size more when this swatch is dry. I hope to make a cowl with lots of body but also airy and soft.
Winter is keeping us in very tight grip; almost -30 C in the morning.
Wool with you, as always,