Hi, there - welcome back!
So having dipped my toe into the world of crochet, I've been itching for a new project - something still at the easy/beginner level but with a bit more spectacular result than the mug cosy (cute as they are). Scarves are always a pretty safe project but I found something that took the boring scarf up a notch: the cowl.
During my quilt guild's exhibition, I bought some beautiful blue and turquoise wool from one of the vendors and decided it was destined to become a lovely autumn cowl. Paired with a chunky hot pink button I'd picked up at my mum's quilt shop before she retired, I sat one Sunday, armed with a 10mm crochet hook and made this:
Don't get me wrong, it wasn't as easy as I'd thought - well, the pattern was but the wool was not. What I hadn't realised when I bought the wool was that it was the type at varies in thickness from chunky strand to thread-like width and back again. That lack of uniform strand consistency definitely challenged my budding crochet skills but I persevered through and it all worked out in the end.
I went with the hot pink button to pick up the pops of pink scattered throughout the dye process. It works really well with the natural holes created in the crochet.
Interested in making your own gorgeous autumn cowl? Check out Fibre Flux's Margaret Button Cowl pattern. As I said, it's a very easy pattern - you just need to learn two rows of stitches and you're set. I also loved that she posted a YouTube tutorial at the bottom of the page to show the process; as a beginner and a visual learner, it was just what I needed.