Cowlabunga 2021 starts April 4th

Cowlabunga 2021 starts April 4th

What is Cowlabunga?

Cowlabunga 2021 is a 6 week long KAL/CAL (Knit along or crochet along) of cowls hosted by Loraine from Woolly Madly Deeply and myself. All our cowl patterns are eligible to be entered.

You can find Loraine’s patterns in her Ravelry store or her Payhip.

You can find my patterns in my Ravelry Store or my Payhip.

You can join in the chat in our Ravelry group – Knitting (and Crochet) Across the Pennines or in our Facebook Group of the same name.

Cowlabunga 2021

Tell Me About Cowlabunga 2020

We had such fun with our cowl knitting and crocheting last year, didn’t we? It was initially kicked off to coincide with the release of Loraine’s pattern Find My Way cowl. We had some amazing entries and some worthy winners of the prizes.

Jadzeea made a version of Ziga Zig Ahh!

Stringnbeans made a beautiful Find My Way

You can find more projects in the Cowlabunga FO Thread on Ravelry.

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When is Cowlabunga 2021?

From Sunday 4th April 2021 at 15:30 UK time through Sunday 18th April 2021 at 23:59pm we will be discounting all the cowl patterns we have available by 25% using the unique code Cowlabunga2021. The KAL itself will then continue to run until Sunday 2nd May 2021 at 16:00 UK time.

We will have a cast on party live in our Facebook group on the Sunday afternoon. You will be able to join us in the chat to tell us which patterns you have chosen and which yarns you will be using. We love to see your WIPs and FOs so don’t forget to post in the FB or Ravelry groups with pictures. And tag us when you are posting on social media!

Is there a Cowlabunga Discount?

There most certainly is! This year we will be using the discount code cowlabunga2021 and you can use it as many times as you want! Just put the patterns you want into your Ravelry shopping cart, enter and apply the code between Sunday 4th April 2021 at 15:30 UK time through Sunday 18th April 2021 at 23:59 pm and 25% will be taken off the price. You will be able to buy more than one pattern but if you choose to buy from both of us you will have to check each shop out separately.

What Prizes Can I win?

This year we will be offering pattern codes and e-books as prizes. Last year I don’t think we realised how much the Covid pandemic was going to affect life, the post included! And I must admit that I was absolutely terrible at getting to the post office to send off my physical prizes. So this year we have decided to keep everything digital. Both Loraine and I will be offering codes for our single self published patterns and some e-books of our collections.

Show Me Some Eligible Patterns!

Both Loraine and I have released new cowl patterns since last year, so even if you entered before there will be something new to tempt you. However, if you already own one of our cowl patterns you could make it again. Test knits are also eligible if the pattern releases before the event finishes on Sunday 2nd May 2021 23:59. As long as you don’t cast on before 4th April 15:30 you can enter your project for a prize!

You will find a bundle of all our eligible patterns on Ravelry – Cowlabunga Cowls

Emma and Loraine

Around the World Stitch Along Crochet Favourites

Around the World Stitch Along Crochet Favourites

Around the World Stitch Along Crochet Favourites

Emma and I had a look at our favourite Crochet patterns from the Around The World Stitch Along Bundle of ALL Patterns.

We look at the Cranky Shawl Patterns by Michele DuNaier

We then look at designs by Tatsiana Kupryianchyk

Approximately ten minutes in, we start looking at the Around the World Stitch Along bundle and focus on Crochet patterns ONLY.

Indie Design Gift Along 2020 Favourite Cowl Patterns

Indie Design Gift Along 2020 Favourite Cowl Patterns

Indie Design Gift Along 2020 Favourite Cowl Patterns

Indie Design Gift Along 2020 Favourite Cowl Patterns and designs I’d love to knit/crochet.

Foxy Stripes Cowl

by Janelle Martin

I love the rich, autumnal green yarn for this one and the strong design lines, very clever.

Indie Design Gift Along 2020 Favourite Cowl Patterns- foxy stripes cowl in green by Janelle Martin

Double Wrap Fair Isle Cowl

by Michael Harrigan

I love this in two contrasting colours but it would be a fun way to use a solid with a self striping or variegated yarn too.

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Cathedral Cowl

by Loraine Birchall

This is one of my own designs but I do love this cable, it’s fun to knit and evokes gothic arches and strong lines.

Cathedral Cowl, photo used with permission by Amanda of http://www.gratefulkneadsandknits.com
Cathedral Cowl, photo by Amanda of http://www.gratefulkneadsandknits.com

Whitethorn Cowl

by Megan Nodecker

I love Megan’s designs and this cowl caught my eye. I love the tassel, a nice finishing touch.

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Chevroche Cowl

by Sarah Jordan

A fun project to get you started on brioche knitting with two colours.

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Faileas

by Sierra Morningstar

A bit of two colour stranded knitting, worked in the round and joined with a graft, really effective and a lovely design.

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© Abby Lank

Leafy Origami Cowl

by Michele Bernstein

Beautiful use of brioche knitting and a very pretty result.

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Diamonds and Lace Cowl

by Loraine Birchall

Easy cables and a bit of lace, worked in the round in either Aran or DK weight yarn.

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Avenoir

by Hanna Maciejewska

I’m knitting her CareAway shawl using this same stitch pattern, it has lots of twisted stitches but is really addictive.

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Dogwalker’s Cowl

by Raven Knits Design

Two colour stranded knitting, simple but stunning. I love the use of a variegated yarn and a great way to use those pesky skeins with lots of pattern or colour.

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Ripples on the River

by Stacey Lewis

A bit more stranded colourwork with a simple pattern repeat, easy to make wider or taller to suit the recipient and great to bust some stash.

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Kruska

by Elena Fedotova

A bit of crochet and such an interesting looking texture, in three sizes of loop to suit your yarn stash.

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Cobblestone Cowl

by Rachy Newin

Wonderful use of colour, as is always the case with Rachy. Beautiful crochet.

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Simpson Cowl

by Amy van de Laar

Lovely pattern, undulating travelling stitches, no need for a cable needle.

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Evergreen Cowl

by Loraine Birchall

One of my new cowls, I just love the cables and knots.

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Shine On

by CJ Brady

A speedy crochet cowl and brilliant for those highly variegated skeins you want to use but have no idea what to make with them.

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Finding Your Way Cowl

by Lilinette Crochet

Mosaic crochet used with different colours work really well in this cowl designed to represent a garden maze.

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Tuberose Cowl

by Kavitha Raman

Lovely use of vertical columns and lace, all simple stitches but very stylish.

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Symbiosis Cowl

by bunnymuff – Mona Zillah

Amazing colourwork and look at the motifs, love, love, love it.

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Stormfront

by handmade by SMINÉ

Evokes the stormy clouds in Cumbria where it’s either raining or about to rain.

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Stornes Cowl

by Cheryl Chow

Lovely way to use up mini skeins or self striping yarns, simple crochet but really stylish.

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Orchids For Eve

by Kirsten McTeer

Very pretty lace and love the picot edging.

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Laketown Cowl

by Raven Knits Design

This could be my first proper foray into double knitting for an actual finished item, it’ll be super warm and so stylish.

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Strawberry Fluff Cowl

by Denise Balvanz

This cowl is definitely on my knit list, I made the hat and boot cuffs a few years ago and love them.

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Crocheted Harmony, hat and cowl set

by Darleen Hopkins

Great use of simple shape and granny stitches to make a warm but chic set.

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Twisted Textures Braided Cowl

by AlyseCrochet

Very clever construction and great use of both texture and colour. Wow!

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Lille Loop

by Frauke Neubauer

It’s green, two greens which is bonus points for me, lace and garter used to create a super stylish cowl.

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Cove Neck Cowl

by Michele DuNaier

i crocheted this a couple of times, enjoyable and a really effective cowl, the recipients love them.

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Indie Gift Along 2020 my WIPs, FOs and plans

Indie Gift Along 2020 my WIPs, FOs and plans

Indie Gift Along 2020 my WIPs, FOs and plans

Indie Gift Along 2020 my WIPs, FOs and plans for December knitting and crochet.

I cast on the Ronan Cardigan by Tiona Murphy for the Gift Along, it’s going to my friends Ben and Kelly for their new baby boy who was born a few weeks ago. I used Stylecraft Special Aran with Wool in the Denim colourway and it works well with the cables. It’s also machine wash for a new and busy Mum of two.

Indie Gift Along 2020 my WIPs, FOs and plans - Ronan Cardigan in denim blue on a teal wash background
Indie Gift Along 2020 my WIPs, FOs and plans - Ronan Cardigan back view  in denim blue on a teal wash background

I’m also sending them a couple of cotton burp cloths from a pattern by my good friend Emma Sadler, it’s called Muzies.

Indie Gift Along 2020 my WIPs, FOs and plans - Muzies cloth in natural craft cotton shown laid on a teal plank background

I have wanted to knit Alameda by Clarice Gomes since I saw her knitting the sample in a beautiful green colour when we met on a Saturday night Zoom knit and natter which we both go to. It’s absolutely stunning and I love it so much. I’m using Lanas Stop Bambini in the Linen colourway. You can buy that yarn here. I’ve knitted a bit more since then and will add another photo to the project page, click the image below to see more info.

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This is Clarice’s sample

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I did another crochet test of a pattern for Lillinette Crochet of her Ilsan pattern, you can make two of the squares and join them to make a Biscornu which is a clever construction and makes a very pretty pin cushion. I used scraps of DK sparkly yarn in silver grey, purple and magenta.

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I cast on for the CareAway Shawl, I’m not sure I made the best yarn choice, but I do absolutely love the colours, it’s a creamy white, a light grey and a mustard yellow and is called Skittles. The yarn is Stylecraft Bambino DK.

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CareAway Shawl by Hanna Maciejewska

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Next up to knit is a non-gal project, the Christmas Robin by Jacqui Turner which is fun and super cute.

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Indie Design Gift Along 2020 A Crochet Christmas

Indie Design Gift Along 2020 A Crochet Christmas

Today’s round up of Indie Design Gift Along 2020 a Crochet Christmas, includes tree ornaments, gifts, cloths, table centres, coasters, amigurumi and so much to look at.

Indie Design Gift Along 2020 A Crochet Christmas – Tree decorations and ornaments

Not a Christmas Mystery CAL

by Tatsiana Kupryianchyk

The called it “Not a Christmas” because Christmas is not here right now, and also because not everyone celebrates it. But nice crochet decorations will add a festive touch to every home. And “mystery” means you will not know what will be coming next week. The CAL will run for 4 weeks with a new pattern coming out every Friday. So in total we will make four decorations (or presents).

Indie Design Gift Along 2020 A Crochet Christmas Not a Christmas Mystery CAL

Christmas Snowflake (4)

by Irina Mulyavko

This pretty, delicate snowflake will make a beautiful accent to your Christmas tree or any holiday decor! 

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Snefnug

by Lilinette Crochet

Snefnug means snowflake and what a pretty ornament for any celebration during the Winter.

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Christmas baubles

by Caitie Moore (Thoresby Cottage)

These cute crochet baubles would be a fun scrap busting project and you can make them to match the decor of your tree.

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Nutcracker and Christmas Friends

by Irina Mulyavko

Sizes availableNutcracker: 3.14 inches (8 cm) Gnome: 3.74 inches (9.5 cm) Gingerbread man: 2.75 inches (7 cm) Mouse: 3.54 inches (9.0 cm)

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Christmas Star

by Emma Wilkinson

The 2nd Day of the 12 days of Christmas – 2019 Yarnish Christmas CAL. Available as an individual purchase or as part of the 12 pattern ebook collection

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Christmas Mitten Garland

by Jennifer Percival

You could make this adorable crochet garland as a gift for a loved one, something they’ll treasure for years and is made with love.

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Christmas Trees for Tree

by Akua Lezli Hope AkuaDesigns

These are small, compact trees and as such, details make the difference. While initially conceived of as ornaments for light trees, they may serve as bookmarks, appliqués or embellishments, and be small toys if two are made sewn together and stuffed lightly.

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Snow Swells

by 10 Hours or Less

This adorable crochet bauble is a quick make and in high contrast colours is a real statement addition to your holiday decor.

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Starry Dream Hanging Ornament

by Tatsiana Kupryianchyk

Lots of pretty details to this star ornament, all explained with tutorials and photos, adorable.

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Peppermint Christmas Ornaments

by Rachy Newin

A fun decoration for your tree and quick to crochet.

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Indie Design Gift Along 2020 A Crochet Christmas – Tableware and mats

Christmas 2017 Mandala

by Agrarian Artisan

The Christmas 2017 Mandala was originally published as a CAL over the Christmas season 2017 but would make a lovely centre piece for your holiday table.

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Crystal Coaster or Christmas Motif

by Christa Veenstra

A pretty coaster, tree decoration or just a little mat for on the table.

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Star Christmas Pot Holder

by Lilia Vanini

A stunning pot holder and what a beautiful gift for someone special.

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Christmas Tree Centerpiece

by Darleen Hopkins

Super cute, this little tree is so pretty

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Indie Design Gift Along 2020 A Crochet Christmas – Wreaths

Christmas wreath gift tag

by Caitie Moore (Thoresby Cottage)

I only found one full size wreath in the Gift Along this year but these tiny gift tags are so cute I had to show you them.

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Indie Design Gift Along 2020 A Crochet Christmas – Nativity

Nativity Set

by Jennifer Percival

A crochet nativity and so sweet, I love the little details on this set.

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Indie Design Gift Along 2020 A Crochet Christmas – Gifts

Christmas Washcloths

by Agrarian Artisan

This pattern includes 3 designs of washcloth which were designed for the 2020 Advent CAL. They are quick projects and ideal for last minute gifting.

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Christmas Elf Baby Bib

by Darleen Hopkins

Darleen has a beautiful range of baby bibs but this is my favourite, well right now, tomorrow it could be Santa.

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Amigurumi Reindeer – Marley

by Kate E. Hancock

Love, love, love this cute little reindeer

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Sleepy Stocking Stuffers

by Jennifer Percival

Adorable animals asleep in the stockings, who could resist?

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Ye Olde Christmas Stocking

by Connie Lee Lynch

I lovely take on the traditional stocking made with granny squares.

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December Mice

by Justyna Kacprzak

i know one of the GAL designers is making this for a relative who just moved home, isn’t it a great gift?

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Christmas Baby

by Lilia Vanini

Love the bright, festive colours in this little baby hat and bootie set.

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Mr. Gnome aka Santa, Wizard

by Darleen Hopkins

Crochet peeps, the gnomes have finally caught up with you!

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Freshwater

by Ms. Mal

A cute gift, easy to crochet and always handy

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Lotus Bud Spa Set

by Lilinette Crochet

Who doesn’t want a spa break right now after 2020? Love the delicate colours of this set.

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