Wednesday, 24 July 2013

The Lion Brand crochet Cardiff Cowl in NZ Naturally Amuri yarn

I have finished the Cardiff Cowl I mentioned a while ago. It has been an absolute joy to make and I would highly recommend it for anyone who was thinking about trying a cowl pattern. It is super easy, and the instructions are very clear and the stitches are simple. The pattern is worked on both sides of the foundation chain, so you could keep going and make it as wide as you like.

I don't think I have ever worked with a yarn that was as soft and free flowing and easy to work with as the Amuri yarn. It is so incredibly lightweight you almost can't feel it. And it will never split while you are working it. It looks like it has been felted rather than spun. The only thing slightly unusual about the yarn is that occasionally you get a lump of possum fur that wasn't completely carded. Actually, do you need to card possum fur? Hmm, interesting thought. But still, there were a couple of lumps, and some shorter pieces of possum fur would drift out while working on it and fly around the air and land on black jeans, lip gloss, eyeballs and other places where something as inconspicuous as a fur filament suddenly becomes very noticeable! Just something to be aware of.
I finished it in the car on the way to Tamworth and I thought I would get a lot of wear in freezing Tamworth, but the weather turned out to be beautiful. I have worn it since being home and have been giving the pattern out everywhere because it seems to catch people's attention. Has it caught yours? Go on! Give it a try!

Fresh off the hook, in the car, shot of the cowl:

Here is the whole thing lying flat:

And a close up of the pattern:

Normal way to wear it:

How I wear it in the dark, at night, when I am walking the dogs in our deserted street. Or it could be my impression of a sea anemone coming out of its calcified tube in a rock pool:

Big ear warmer:

Thanks for stopping by! I am definitely making another one. I am thinking I might double or triple the starting chain. Stay tuned: it may one day end up here. Let me know if you try this pattern. I would love to see it.


  1. Tracey it looks great. I think I have to add this to my ever growing list of projects to complete.