Peaks and Valleys Cowl

The idea for this stitch pattern honestly came to me as I stood at the store staring at this beautifully colored yarn from Red Heart with Wool, wondering what I could make with them to justify me buying it (as I already had a hand basket full of beautiful yarn).  Then it hit me!  I had been wanting to make myself a cowl and I had been wanting to try out the Cluster Drop stitch, so into the basket this beautiful yarn went.

Peaks and Valley Cluster Drop StitchBe sure to Favorite on Raverly!

I am so happy with this cowl!  I love this yarn also, it is so soft and warm!  And it felt great in my hands as I worked with it!  I think a few more items shall be made with the bit of yarn I have left!

Peaks and Valleys – Cow

Stitches:
CH – Chain
SLST – Slip Stitch
SC – Single Crochet
BLSC – Back Loop Single Crochet

Size:
26 inches round x 6 inches tall

Special Stitches:
Cluster Stitch – Tutorial by Moogly Blog
Peaks and Valley Cluster Drop StitchCrab Stitch –Tutorials by Kim Guzman  and AG Handmades

Invisible Join – Tutorial by Lookatwhatimade – You will start your Next row In the Invisible Join as you would if you joined with a Slip Stitch

Joining Circle - Not in the Base ChainIf you have issues joining the Chain and it twisting you can check out THIS tutorial for an alternative way.

Special Notes:
I find that I have to reduce the size of my hook when I do the crab stitch or my stitching gets really loose.

Materials:
6.5mm hook (adult size)
4.5mm hook (for Crab Stitch)
Red Heart – Wool
Color A – Nickel –  <1 skein
Color B – Dhalia – <1 skein

Gauge:
With 6.0mm hook and SC stitch
2 inches – 6 stitches
2 inches – 6 rows

With 6.5mm, Color A CH85

Row 1: SC in 2nd CH from hook, SC in each stitch across. Join with SLST in first SC (make sure the row is not twisted)

Row 2: CH1, BLSC in same as joining and around. Join with SLST in first SC

Row 3: Repeat row 2. Change to Color B when joining in first SC, do not finish off Color A

Row 4: CH1, SC in same as joining, and in next 2 stitches, Cluster Drop Stitch, *SC in next 5 stitches, Cluster Drop Stitch*, repeat from *to* around, SC in last 2 stitches. Finish Off and Join with Invisible Joining
Peaks and Valley Cluster Drop Stitch
Peaks and Valley Cluster Drop StitchWith Color A
Row 5: Pull up a loop in same as joining and Repeat row 2

Row 6 – 7: Repeat row 2, do not finish off Color A

With Color B
Row 8: CH1, *Cluster Drop Stitch, SC in next 5 Stitches*, repeat from *to* around. Finish Off and Join with Invisible Joining (your last stitch will be ‘buried’ under the first loop you pulled up for the first Cluster)

With Color A
Row 9: Pull up a loop in same as joining and Repeat row 2

Row 10 – 11: Repeat row 2, do not finish off Color A

With Color B
Row 12: Repeat row 4

With Color A
Row 13: Pull up a loop in same as joining and Repeat row 2

Row 14 – 15: Repeat row 2, do not finish off Color A

With Color B
Row 16: Repeat row 8

With Color A
Row 17: Pull up a loop in same as joining and Repeat row 2

Row 18: Repeat row 2. Finish off Color A and Join with Invisible Join

With 4.5mm hook and Color B
Row 19: CH1, Crab Stitch. Finish off.

With 6.5 mm hook, Join with Color A in any stitch of the Base CH
CH1, BLSC around, Finish off and Join with Invisible Join

With 4.5mm hook, join with Color A in any stitch
CH1, Crab Stitch around. Finish off

Peaks and Valley Cluster Drop Stitch

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