So here it is: here's some yarn I bought last week, the KATIA PERU came from THREADBARE yarns : www.threadbareyarns.co.uk which I finally visited when open- I went twice when it was closed without notice- a lovely little haven with a really good choice of yarns and the PERU was good value as it was £5.99 but with 20% off was about £4.79 per 100g, for 100m. The others are Rowan cash soft from House of Fraser: the navy is a 4 ply and the cream a DK.
With the PERU and a 10 mm hook I started to make the chunky cowl in Simply Crochet magazine: facebook.com/simplycrochetmag issue 1.
chain 24 sts and then work pattern over 23 sts instead of 21 with 8 dc, 8 half trebles and 7 trebles in the between the crossed treble groups row. this makes 5 groups of crossed trebles which looks nicer too, being an uneven number.
And I replaced the 3 tch for the treble with a 2 tch as my 3 ch was too tall and was gaping.ONE ball of PERU makes a warm snug fitting cowl, I was going to make it out of 2 balls as I bought 2, BUT I hate having a cold neck and those very fashionable low slung slouchy cowls are decorative but just NOT WARM enough for me so as it was shaped like a funnel with a wider and narrower end I thought I'd see how it looked/ felt/ fitted... No buttons either as I have those planned for the slouchier cream CASHSOFT cowl from interweave...just slipstitched it closed.
Measurements are : 23 cm high, 50 cm circ at narrow end and 66cm at wider end.