I am so, so, so, excited about today’s post. I’ve just been itching to share it, but it only made sense to wait until fall. Well, the trees have turned and the nights are officially chilly so grab a cup of tea or coffee, or really set the mood with a steamy cup of cocoa (ok, marshmallows too) and let’s get cozy and toasty as we jump into fall!
If you like a nice scarf, or even better a trendy neck cowl, then you are going to absolutely LOVE the latest and greatest in fall crochet fashion.
Before we jump in though, I just want to say I debuted this cowl at a craft fair last week in both colors you’re about to see. I was amazed by the responses! Not just that both sold out immediately but how determined women were to own them. I did not realize how huge they were going to be and only wish I had made more….
The Apple Crisp Cowl!
Pictured in Taupe Mist
Pictured in Linen
Okay so right about now you’re probably thinking… “it looks nice, but what’s with the name? I mean, apple crisp? And, I kind of hard to envision it on me with these pics. Hmm.” I know. I was thinking the same thing. 😉 So I’ll tell you a little about the name and…
because no picture taken on a neck bust could ever do the Apple Crisp Cowl justice, I’m going to break my own rule of not being in my photos and show you what it looks like worn. Starring me. Ugh. That is how much I love this cowl people!
Often times when we crochet-ors (is that a word?) come up with a new pattern we really have no clue what to call it. But like everything else it must be given a name so that it can be marketed and shared. I mean, if it was called “the neck cowl” it would really be no different than any other cowl out there and we’d have no real quick way to find the exact cowl we were looking for if we were to Google it. Makes sense right?
The wonderful creator of this pattern just so happens to be from the mid west and her favorite time of year is the fall. In fact, she has an annual tradition with her little ones on the 1st day of fall to make an apple crisp together. It just so happened that this pattern was also released on the first day of fall so I’m sure that is no doubt where her inspiration to name it the Apple Crisp Cowl came from. Although cowls and apple crisps seemingly have nothing to do with one another, I love that it has such a beautiful representation and I will now forever think of this beautiful cowl when eating apple crisp!
As you can see the Apple Crisp Cowl has a two button closure. It is actually constructed in one long rectangular piece of which I sadly did not capture a photo of.
It has one constructed buttonhole in the top ribbed corner which is designed for the button at the opposite corner. The 2nd button is left free of a traditional buttonhole and may be inserted at any point of the wearers choosing. This allows for a perfect fit for all. Once buttoned, the cowl is then turned so the point is facing downward in what I refer to is an upside down A. Hmm, another name idea perhaps? 😉
At first glance and looking straight on, one might think this is a bulky neck cowl but it truly isn’t. It is designed so that once you fasten the first button, you can tuck the flap over to the opposite side making the cowl lie much flatter as pictured in this above side view.
There are two features I absolutely love about this cowl:
1st, it can be worn with absolutely any style. T-shirts and jeans, v-neck and scoop necked sweaters. Or pair it with solid print blouses and skirts for a bit of business pop!. The Apple Crisp Cowl will look fabulous with a “well worn” looked jean jacket or my personal favorite…a trench coat. For a really smart look, place a medium sized pendant on an 18-22 inch chain and drape it over the cowl. Smart and chic!
2nd and just as important, it is scrunchable. I am not one to have items too close to my neck for any given amount of time. Yes, turtlenecks were popular when I was young and I did wear them, but not without kicking and screaming first! This cowl doesn’t need to be coddled. Once you button it up and put it into position, you can tug and scrunch and shape to your liking. And like with most of my pieces it’s fully washable so once it begins to stretch out a bit you can just wash it, lay flat to air dry, and reshape like new.
So wether you’re looking for a new piece of fall fashion – or warmth with fashion this piece has the versatility you’re looking for.
Let’s talk yarn and colors
Most of the time when I’m creating a custom order I give cart Blanche to the customer. It’s your item and I want you to love it. But for this cowl, I will insist that you choose your colors from the Vanna’s Choice line made by Lionbrand. I’ve tested it, I know it will turn out perfectly every time and give the right amount of stretchability for scrunching.
Choosing the right color for you is important and very personal. I will suggest picking one that goes best not only with the colors of your wardrobe but your skin tone. Or if choosing two, then picking a color from both the cool and warm tones.
There are so many yarn selections available now that trust me, your head really would spin. But not all yarn is created equal – and- not all yarn looks as nice draped on us as it does in the package! I have found for this cowl, the variegated and dual tone yarns make for the smartest, most impressive looks. There are a few exceptions, like the Linen pictured here. For your convenience I’ve posted some of my top favorite color samples below.
Darkest Grey Heather
For more pop of color:
To place your custom order please 1st order through the Crochet Boutique, then email me using the contact page above or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your color choice (s), button color preference as well as any questions you may have.
To my crocheting followers: you can access the patter here.
Happy fall season everyone!
Life is short, crafting is fun. Let go and get loopy with it!