Thursday, January 23, 2014

Review of the Luscious One Skein Cowl

This year for Christmas I was lucky enough to receive all kinds of new yarn from family members. The only downside was that I only received one skein of each new color so I needed a project that I would be able to complete with only one skein.  Tamara Kelly over at has wonderful patterns and in the past I have finished quite a few of them. Her patterns are very easy to follow along and she has video tutorials for each stitch that she uses in her patterns. If you haven’t visited her blog before I highly recommend it!

The pattern that caught my eye was the Luscious One Skein Cowl I mean how perfect is that it has exactly what I need in the pattern name. Overall the pattern can seem a little scary with all the new concepts for those who are just beginning but for those who do not want to learn something new each stitch has a variation that just about anyone can learn to do.
Finished the starting chain
Almost finished cowl
 For the pattern I chose to do the foundation single crochet but a chain and then a single crochet row works just as well. For the chainless starting double crochet I opted out and chose instead to chain three and continue on with the pattern. The yarn that I used for this project was from the Deborah Norville Collection Serenity Chunky Yarn which is a (5) bulky 3.5oz 109 yard acrylic skein. Also I opted for a smaller crochet hook than recommended and the result was a thicker resulting cowl. I love the colors of the yarn and coupled with the pattern my overall product is just what I was hoping for.
The finished Product
Front view of the Finished Product

Close up of the finished product
This pattern is great for a beginner and expert as well and the resulting product would make a perfect gift. My new cowl will be making its way into my mother’s closet because as soon as she saw it I could tell she wanted it. What will you do with your new cowl? Do not forget to check out to see some more great free patterns!


Welcome to InstinctivelyYouCreations! This blog was created for me to tell my thoughts about my current projects and inspiration for crochet. Below is the text from my about me page:

My name is Alyssa and I am a 20 year old college student. This is my second year of college.I have an identical twin sister named Alexis and when we are together we are all kinds of trouble. Also I have a boyfriend of four years this May. Recently I made the switch of majors to biology in hopes of getting into optometry school to become an optometrist.
Jared and I

Crochet is an outlet for my stress and helps me feel creative after a long week of repetition. Many times you can find me snuggling under a blanket studying for class and crocheting another project.

Alexis and I

Overall I would consider myself a beginner when it comes to crochet. I started to learn my senior year in high school but all I could do was make a chain and maybe a second row. After a few weeks of chaining stitches I knew that I was ready to learn something new. However this time was hectic for my family life and that along with the stress of senior year left me little time to spend learning something new.

The fall of my first year in college I started to learn how to knit. Now I know the basics but it was difficult for me to stop working on a project and pick it up at a later date. This caused me to lose interest and after a few months schoolwork once again became overwhelming and I stopped knitting.
Alexis and I (I am on the right!)

Then in the summer of 2013 I was a nanny for five children from multiple families and ranging in age. I began crocheting again and taught the two girls that I watched after learning myself. Throughout the summer I learned so much more than I expected and I fell I love with crochet.

Since then most of my free time from schoolwork is spent crocheting of spending time with my boyfriend and family.

One of my favorite pictures with my sister.

This blog was created for me to share my ideas and thoughts with others. The fact that I have just begun to learn more about crochet allows me to give a beginners perspective on patterns and stitches. Hopefully this blog will help me learn along the way!

 So if you have any more questions feel free to ask!