I am a very practical person. I spend a lot of time outdoors, snuggled up in woolly hats and scarves. Just before Christmas I decided it was time for a bit of luxurious “me crochet”. Something to keep off the chill and add a bit of glamour to my Christmas shopping expeditions rather than another gardening hat or inevitable cowl.
I had a ball of Louisa Harding Luzia in Ruby and set about making a quick collar. I was inspired by the pewter clasp I had in my button tin (bought 2 years ago at Woolfest and waiting for just the right project).
If you aren’t a regular user of fur yarn there are a few things you should know. Firstly, it’s important not to be too hard on yourself. It’s very difficult to see the stitches as you crochet. I often tell pupils it’s easier to “feel your way”, using your fingers to find the next stitch rather than looking for it! Secondly, particularly with this project you might find it easier to work into the space below the stitch. This makes the fabric slightly denser – and I’ll be honest – it hides mistakes!!!
The curved neckline is achieved with a row of spaced increases and thereafter it’s just rows of htr. So, if you get the stitch count slightly wrong, no-one will know but you!
My collar fits beautifully around the top of my winter coat and also looks great with a simple black cardigan. The neckline (measured along row 1) measures 60cm and I would guess it would fit someone who is up to size 14. If you want a larger collar then you just need to make a slightly longer chain and buy 2 balls of yarn. If you would like to have a go at making one, the pattern is here. If you prefer to buy this item ready made, you can find it in my Etsy shop.
And, if you are in need of even more fur yarn inspiration, take a look at Anna Elliott’s pretty coat trim.