'Crocheted Scarves and Cowls' by Nicki Trench is a collection of 35 colourful and contemporary crochet patterns. Ranging from simple to more advanced, this is a versatile collection showcasing a huge variety of crochet stitches and techniques.
If you're a beginner, you can start with something simple like the soft and chunky Lagoon pom-pom scarf (page 40) then move onto more complex designs as you build your confidence, such as the Samphire scarf (page 52) which has a pretty beaded edging.
If you're more experienced in crochet, the simpler designs are perfect for relaxing. The repetitive nature of simple stitches means that you can lose yourself in the rhythm and calm your mind, which is perfect after a stressful day's work. When you feel like a challenge you can make a start on one of the more advanced designs.
My personal favourites are the Jewel Cowl, page 84, the Carousel Scarf, page 104 and the Coast Scarf, page 42.
Nicki's book reminds us that scarves are not just for Winter - with the huge variety of yarns available, scarves and shawls can be worn the whole year round.
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