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In today's tutorial let's learn how to do the New and Now granny cowl another

free pattern available on

Welcome back to The Crochet Crowd as well, I'm your

host Mikey. Today we're going to work on this particular cowl, it's called the New and

Now Granny Cowl. It's a free pattern available on

There's a link in the more information of this video. Now this is a really quite

simple idea if you love granny squares you may just love this particular idea.

It's really quite simple and all it is is just a standard granny square. And

there is a total of eight of them in order to make it work. Now you'll notice

that there is a color change within the diagram as you see here. But I'm kind of lazy.

Well I'm not kind of, I am kind of lazy. And what we have today is the Bernat

Super Value Stripes. Now the interesting thing about this yarn is that it stays

the same color for quite some time and then it jumps to a new color. So for

example, this is the spice version. So you can see that it changed color right off the

bat because I was ending in this particular color and then I went for the

orange and then the mustard and then the deeper shades. So if you use this yarn

what happens is almost every granny square will look differently because it

starts and stops. So when I go to start the next one for the video tutorial

today it's going to be starting red. So I have red in the middle so you end up

with a really kind of an eccentric or a eclectic kind of idea for your

cowl today. So let me show you how to make one of these. I'm going to change

the instructions just slightly a little bit in order for you to stop and start

if you want to play with this concept. Because I know there's a lot of people

that don't necessarily like to stop or start their yards all the time. So this

is a great way of doing it, of having color changes without having to stop

every time in order to change. So without further ado let me show you a little bit

more about this pattern. So I know I'm getting really technically, I got the post-it

notes out you know it's going to be serious.

What we have today is that this cowl is gonna be made up of eight different motifs. So

you got 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. And what today we have is that when we get each one of

these done, we're going to get all eight done first. And then you're going to put

a whipstitch and you're going to whip stitch along the middle and then across

like so. I'm going to show you how to do a whipstitch so that it shows up

really nicely, I'm going to show you how to do that as well in this tutorial. But all

of the motifs are the exactly identical so you just gotta make eight of them, sew it up.

And then once you have all this configuration sewn, you just gotta sew this

edge to that edge to form the circle that you can see that the model is

wearing. So i guess let's grab our yarn today, we're going for a 5mm, size H

crochet hook today. I'm going to be using Bernat Super Value Stripes in the spice

version, which is this version that I'm showing you in my hands.

So let's begin and grab up our yarn and create a slipknot. So we're gonna

start off in the center of the motif and work our way on the outside. So if you

ever wanna learn how to do a granny square this is how you do it as well.

Let's insert our hook into the slipknot and let's begin.

We're going to start off by chaining four. One, two, three, and four. And let's insert

our hook into the beginning chain, just right across and yarn over and pull through.

And what's gonna happen here is that you have a

center ring where you'll be playing all the way around. So let's do round one

together. So you'll notice that this yarn is going to transition throughout today's

tutorial it's kind of fun. So we're gonna start out by chaining three. One, two, and


This counts as a double crochet in the rules of crochet for this particular

pattern. So what's gonna happen is that we have to double crochet two more

times into the same center ring. So just open up that ring if you don't see it.

Once you open it once it pretty well stays open for the remainder.

Ok so now we're going to turn a corner. So the turn the corner in this

particular project we have to chain three. One, two, three. And then go back into the center of

that ring again and three more double crochets.

Ok let's turn another corner. So to turn a corner chain three. One, two, three. Back into that same

ring for another three more double crochets. So if you're looking at the

granny square for this particular design it's always going to be three double

crochets into a gap space coming forward. So it's always gonna be consistent.

Turn the corner again and this is the final corner, or sorry, this is the final

side that we're going to do. So chain three and three more double crochets in.

Ok and then chain three. One, two, three.

And then just go to the top. Ok that completes off round number one. Let's

move on to round number two. Let me take that, because I've been burying that

straggler in there, I'm going to take that out right now so that it's out of

the way and you never see it again. Like so and then we're going to carry on with

row number two, or round number two. So I'm gonna start it slightly different

than what it shows in the pattern. So because I'm not changing my yarn, I'm letting

the yarn change itself, I'm just going to immediately start the next round and I'm

just gonna chain up three. One, two, three that counts as a double crochet. And I want to double

crochet two more times into that same space, right where my thumb is moving, so

right into that same space and double crochet two more times.

Now we're gonna move along the edge, ok, so the side piece and then here's the

corner. So every time we're jumping between these groups of three you're

always gonna chain one first and then just jump, so the next

one happens to be a corner. So it's going to get bigger and bigger the more times

we rotate so the middle sections will get longer and longer and you just have

to remember that. So once you get the first half of that corner done chain three

to turn the corner and come back into that same space and three more double

crochets to complete that corner.

Ok so now we gotta jump over to the next space so we always chain one first and

then we go into the next, that next one happens to be a corner again. So it's

three double crochet. I get excited with this color changing yarn.

So you chain three and three double crochets. And the reason for it is, I always

wonder when it's going to happen so I keep my one eye on the ball and one eye on

the project. And ok so we're gonna keep going, so we're going to chain one

and then here's the next corner.

So you cannot screw up in the sense that not realizing where your corners are and

when you're finished an actual one round.

Ok so that's one half of the corner chain three to finish

the corner so with three double crochets into the same space. So because of the

way that I had you start is that the first corner is right here. But it's only

half of the corner so this time when we come back around we're gonna chain

one first. So when you finish a round you're actually finishing the second

half of that starting corner that you started with. So three double crochets.

See? See how it's like I've left empty so you need to make sure you change your

three and then just slip stitch in the top of the beginning chain three and that

completes off round number two. Let me show you round number three.

So let's begin round number three. There's only five rounds altogether. So

again, we're not changing colors, we're letting the yarn do the work. So we're

gonna just immediately chain up three and then just come into the same space for

two more double crochets, because that chaining of three counts as a double crochet.

The yarn is changing color on its own. So you just have to trust in that yarn

because once it's done you can see that it looks really quite interesting,

so you just gotta let it fall where it may. So chain one come into the next

space. So the next space is not a corner, see we have a space in front of it, so we chain

one. So each one of the spaces in between the corners will always get three double

crochets no matter what for this particular project.

Ok chain one and then here's your corner again. So the corners are always gonna

be the same. Three double crochets, chain three and three double crochets

Ok so now we're gonna continue so chain one, you have a space that's in

between. I call this actually the runway in between, there's not a technical

word it's what I call it. When you're kind of making your way between the corners

it's the runway, it's kind of like doing the catwalk. Ok, chain one, here's the next

corner. So there's gonna be three double crochets and then what else is there? If you

said chain three you're right and then what? Three double crochets. So if you said that

too you get yourself a cookie to enjoy. Ok chain one, you're gonna go in the

space. So the only difference between all of these rounds now going forward is

that there's gonna be more space in between the corners. So every time you're

working this, so it'll be chain one, three double crochets, chain one. So the next time

there's going to be more space. So you can see here. So there's gonna be two

spaces in the corner. So it's three double crochet, chain one, three double crochet,

chain one and then the corner. That's the only difference of this as we get bigger.

And because the yarn is changing color on its own, it becomes really interesting

to watch how it will materialize. Now the neat thing about this particular yarn is

that once you have all eight done you can lay it all out and kind of see how the

colors best go with each other so you can mix and match. And that's why I like

leaving these kind of things to doing it at the end by putting everything

together so you can see what all the colors ended up being.

This is the final one and this is round number three. Don't forget you have to

join it so chain three first and then join to the top of the first chain three to start

once again. So that was round number three. So we got rounds four and five left.

I'm gonna just start you and then I'm gonna leave the rest of it

for you in order to do the motif and then I'll show you how to sew these

things together so it's pretty seamless. So to begin again you're going to chain

three and then two double crochets into the same space, so it's already what I've

taught you. Chain one, now there's gonna be more space in between until you

get to the next corner,

each one of them is going to get three double crochet followed by a chain one.

Ok so then we're hitting our first corner in just a moment. And first

corner what is it again? Three double crochets. Then what? Chain three then what? Three

double-crochet that's right.Ok so carry on around so this will complete round

number four and I want you to do one more round which is number five. And

basically you can decide if you would like to go bigger, just make sure, it does

change your yarn quantities if you do so. But if you want your squares to be

bigger just go extra rounds, just make sure they're all the same size if you

wish. And if you would like it to be smaller you can obviously eliminate

a round as well. So let me get this done, I'll meet you back here in

just a moment and then i'll show you what to do for the sewing. So I'm coming up

all the way around on round number five and it's the final round before you pick

up and do another one.

So you want to total of eight of these. And look how the colors just amazingly,

you know, you start questioning life at certain points, but once you

end up getting done you realize that it turns out pretty good. So let's just

finish this one. So we're gonna just finish and I'll show you how to finish

off. And you can use the same finishing techniques. I think Daniel used my scissors

for something else other than yarn.

It's got a nick in it, you know how that is. So now I'm just going to just

take my darning needle at this point here and I'm going to just weave

in the final. You don't want your ends falling out of course, you know you're

ordering coffee at the coffee shop and somebody sees the end is coming out of

your cowl, haha, and then they pass judgment.

You know it is. And it's like and then people like me that are behind the line

that just want to cut the strands and it's like, oh my goodness you forgot a

strand. So you just want to weave it in just three times back and forth and I've been

teaching this for quite some time to do it like that.

Ok so you end up with a perfect kind of edge. He nicked it right down in where I

normally cut so I'm having to change my spot. So in the next part of this

tutorial I'm going to show you how to put some squares together. So I'm going

to show you how to do that next. And you can see here, it's the same yarn, look how it

changes. Isn't that neat?

So when I come back I'll show you how to be able to put these together really

nicely. So let's begin to assemble our cowls. So you need a total of eight of these.

I'm only going to show it with two here because the sewing is the same. So what

I would recommend is that, turn these over so that it's the right side facing


ok so do this on a table. It's harder to do it on your lap. And what I want you to do is

look down on it and see if all the squares kind of match each other if

you're doing this kind of concept. If you want you can turn things because it is

completely square,e so if you wanna just do something really kind of fun and

funky you can do so. But make sure that they are all facing down just like this.

So then you can just mix and match. So what I want you to do is that we're

going to sew and you've got to make sure that you have a long enough yarn

strand to go the entire distance across all four of these. So there's one on each

side and you want to join it. So you'll have this set and then another, and another

and another. Ok so you want to do the middle and then what you're going to do then is

then come back and sew along these three seam lines, so coming this way.

Ok so let's begin and I'm going to show you how to do this on the backside so

you end up with a beautiful finish on the front side. So here's my yarn strand

and what I want to do is that I want to create a slipknot. This is my own

personal preference on starting anything to do with sewing stuff


you get a slip knot there it's nice. The other side of that same string we're

going to just feed it through the eye of a needle.

Ok, so an eye, so let's feed it through. So now you have your strand ready to go.

So what I want you to do is that I want you to look at this project and you'll

notice that on the outside edges

there's always two strings.

Ok when we go through both we always see it's just one stitch but if you go

through one or the other

front or back loop right? So what I want you to do is that only when you're

accessing this, so it's upside down right now, when we go to do this we only want

the one loop that's closest to you.

ok? So let's start on the one side. So we know that there's three in the center, so

on the back loop only ok, so just one strand ok? And then on the middle one of

this side here,

ok on the back strand only, ok it's the one closest to you. Just go through and

pull your string through. Now don't pull it all the way through you see this loop?

Put your needle through that loop and it will fastened onto each other and lay

this straggler down on top. So what you're going to do is you're going to work on

the next loop only just one and get the other one. Ok the one that straight

across so it's a new one and you're going to work your way down all the way

through the seam. This is called like an invisible join as well. So the next one

is a stitch

ok so it's one of the double crochets and then you want to get the same loop

on the other side. Once you have enough of this strand buried in you can just,

don't need to worry about it.

So come to the next one and the next one. Now you'll notice that the one side here I

have a darker burgundy color and the other side's more light orange and the

string I'm using is more of a light orange, you can decide what works for you

when it comes to the yarn. So you just want to keep matching each one of the

stitches because they are identical to each other, you should end up right on

the same

corner if you go back and forth with each other.

When you go to pull it tight you don't want to over stretch it. So i got the

middle one here so I'm looking for the middle one here. So just keep lining your

stitches together. And notice how I'm keeping tension by just holding onto the

string right here. Ok so I want you to move all the way down so if you're doing

all of these all the way down your cowl you're gonna eventually then

run into the next set and just keep on going and they'll all be attached in the center.

So it's going to look like this on the backside but what does it look like on

the front? You see? What a nice seam right?

So you just gotta keep on going. So let me do this off camera, it's easier to do

this without a camera in front of me, looking through monitor. And let me do

this and I'll show you what it looks like at the end and I'll show you how to

fasten these off nicely as well, so that you can start to do your very own

project as well. Ok so I'm coming up near to the end, I want to make sure I'm

keeping matching. Now remember in the other side we joined in the middle one

of the exterior corner, so we want to do the same with this one as well. So go

right to the middle and you should never have a problem with that.

So let's show you how to fasten off. So now if you were doing it you would have

attached the rest of them along here as well and then you're going to come along

and do the same across. Ok? So how to finish off ok,

you simply just take your yarn string and go back in the direction from

which you came and just go into the fiber areas.

Ok so we don't wannacome into the front side all because you don't want to

see this string, so when you go to put it in make sure that you stay on this side of

the fiber. So you should never see your needle coming through,

ok, and I don't so it's good. So I just want to come back in the direction I was

just coming from and when I go to pull it I don't want to over pull it too

tight. And now I'm gonna come back in the same direction that I was just in

and then I'm gonna come back one more time in the direction that we came from.

Ok so by going at three times in you can never pull this out. It'll never

come out because your yarn cannot stretch in three different ways at one


So now you can safely cut it right at the base and this one here you buried

underneath some stitches as you went so you can officially cut that and here's

what the other side will look like. So you end up with a beautiful seam just

like there. So even though that the yarn strand on the one side seems kind

of obvious on how you joined it it's not ugly and on the other side

you barely even see it. And that's how you would do this cowl. It's called the

New and Now Granny cowl. It's a free pattern available on Enjoy

this free pattern. It's a lot of fun to work with and you can come up with some

really neat concepts using the Bernat Super Value Stripes.

Until next time, I'm Mikey on behalf of Yarnspirations as well as We'll see ya.

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