Cowgirl Meets Minneapolis
Tumbleweed or graffiti art, cowboy coffee or artisan lattes, lonely mountains or crowded streets…it turns out you can love both.
I recently moved from Wyoming back to Minneapolis, and the culture, slang, and rhythms of both ways of life pulse together through my veins and find their way into my designs.
Growing up in a quiet, sleepy farm-town in rural MN, I lived on the same street my entire life until college. Minnesota with its crisp apples, wild snowstorms, and intense turn of the season is forever dear to my heart.
My husband and I moved to Wyoming shortly after we married, and we both fell in love with the stark prairie beauty and sunsets that fill the entire sky. After 8 amazing years and 3 amazing kids later, we moved back home to be near family.
This bandana cowl combines the spirit of the wild west with the urban fashion of south Minneapolis. Both places will always be a part of me and I love that this piece incorporates design elements from places so disparate and equally wonderful.
The piece is worked into a triangle, then after two corners are joined together, the cowl is created by working stitches in a tube. This is a straightforward project with simple stitches that crocheters of any skill level will enjoy.
Whether you are working up this project on a ranch or on a subway, you will no doubt find a way to wear this bandana that’s all your own.
Cowgirl Meets Minneapolis
- Yarn: Madelinetosh Pashmina 75% merino wool/15% silk/10%cashmere sport weight yarn (360 yards/329 m per skein): 1 skein in Whiskey Barrel.
- Hook: Size (H-8) 5 mm
Gauge: 2 rows and 4 sts = 1 inch in dc
Completed dimensions: 19″ circumference, 14″ in height
ch-sp—refers to space under the chain already made.
yoh—yarn over hook
Reverse Single Crochet (reverse sc) – working backwards across the row, insert hook into next st to the right (if left handed – insert hook into next st to the left), yoh, draw loop up (2 loops on hook), yoh and draw through both loops on hook, 1 reverse sc complete.
Row 1: Ch 4 (counts as 1 dc), 3 dc in 4th ch from hook, ch 1, work 4 more dc in same sp. (8 dc)
Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc here and throughout pattern), turn, dc in same st as ch, dc in each st to ch-1 space, (2dc, ch 1, 2dc) in ch-1-sp, dc in each st working 2 dc in last st. (14 dc) Note: Stitch count increases by 6 each row, here through row 22.
Row 3: Ch 3, turn, dc in same st as ch, dc in each st to ch-1-sp, (2dc, ch 1, 2dc) in ch-1 space, dc in each st working 2 dc in last st.
Row 4: Ch 1, turn, 2 sc in first st, sc in each st to ch-1-sp, (2sc, ch 1, 2sc) in ch-1 space, sc in each st working 2 sc in last st.
Rows 5, 6: Rep row 4.
Rows 7 – 9: Rep row 3.
Rows 10 – 12: Rep row 4.
Rows 13 – 18: Rep rows 7 – 12.
Row 19: Rep row 3.
Rows 20 – 22: Rep row 4.
Top of cowl:
Row 1: Attach yarn to corner of triangle and sc evenly across entire top of triangle, working across ends of rows 1 – 20.
Row 2: Ch 3, turn, dc in each st across.
Row 3: Rep row 2.
Row 4 – 5: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across.
Row 6: Rep row 2.
Rows 7 – 8: Rep rows 4 – 5.
Sew ends of rows 1 – 8 just worked for top of cowl together.
Work a reverse sc around top of cowl. Finish off.
Work a reverse sc around bottom of cowl. Finish off.