Last week, I posted that I was participating in ELK Studio Handcrafted Crochet Designs’s Christmas CAL here. I’d set out to only do the worsted weight cowl, but, as I completed it, I decided to work on the bulky one as well. I also decided to work up a quick review on the CAL.
*DISCLAIMER* – ELK Studio did not commission this review. It solely worked out that I did both CALs and decided to write up a review.
Because both the worsted weight and bulky weight patterns are very similar, I will write my review of both of them in one review, as opposed to two separate reviews.
I worked my first CAL in worsted weight using Red Heart’s Super Saver in Charcoal.
I worked the second CAL in bulky weight using Lion Brand’s Tweed Stripes in Woodlands.
Both yarns are fantastic to work with. The Red Heart Super Saver is forgiving and glides easily on your hook. It behaves exactly how you’d want it to behave.
The Lion Brand Tweed Stripes is such a soft yarn to work with. It drapes beautifully and is smooth as you yarn over and pull through to create stitches.
The layout of the pattern on the website is very easy to understand. You are given the types of yarn used for the pictures shown that represents the pattern. For both projects of different fiber weights, you are given the specific type of yarn used, though, it is noted that ANY #4, worsted weight yarn, or #5 bulky weight yarn can be used.
You are also given the amount of yarn used in yardage. A rule of thumb, though, is that it’s always good to have a little bit more than the yardage given because, as we all know, no two crocheters crochet alike and gauge will always differ from project to project. It is stated that gauge is not important, as it’s a cowl.
You are also given the other materials you’ll need to complete the cowl including hook size and needles for weaving in those pesky ends no crocheter likes.
What I really liked about this pattern is that you are given instructions on how to make the cowl bigger or smaller, if you so desired, in the ‘Notes’ section. This is always good as it gives the crocheter an idea of how they can make it bigger or smaller.
The directions for the pattern itself are very easy to follow. I found that this is a great beginner project for someone who is doing a FPDC – front post double crochet – for the first time.
The pattern introduces the crocheter to styles of repeats needed in a pattern when repeats are necessary. Also great for someone who is just learning how to read patterns. Another great thing, which I love and tend to rely on, is that you get a stitch count at the end of each round. This helps the crocheter to know that they are on track with the amount of stitches needed for each round.
At the end of the pattern, there is a photo tutorial to help the crocheter locate where some stitches need to be placed, if you are a visual learner.
There is also a video tutorial (here) that helps you to understand rounds 3 & 4, if you are stuck. Sometimes we come across a pattern that we need to see how it’s done in order to get to understand the pattern. I know I’m a visual learner, especially if I’m working on a stitch or concept for the first time.
ELK Studio did a fantastic job in designing this Christmas Present CAL for us to follow along and get a head start on Christmas presents. Now, my question to you is, will you gift your cowl or will you keep it? I’m tempted to keep mine because I love cowls!
Do I recommend this Christmas Present CAL by ELK Studio? You bet I do! It’s a great beginner project. It works up really quick, the bulky more so than the worsted weight. And it’s a fun project that is repetitive and can be worked on while drinking mojitos and watching a great flick, like I did.