OK, people. You asked – well, some of you asked – for the crochet version of The Hiking Reindeer cowl pattern. So I hooked, and I made wonky trees, and I engaged in complicated de-wonking calculations, and now I can at last present to you… The Hiking Moose, a free pattern for the colourfully-inclined hooker.
You wouldn’t expect to bump into a moose within three thousand miles of where this picture-in-yarn was taken, so Mr Moose here has been on a really long hike. The final pattern that I’m about to present is actually a wee bit wider than in the picture above, because I got fed up with dragging this small cowl over my big head (no sniggering at the back there, please). But at least my headless friend approves of the finished object:-
I designed The Hiking Reindeer (i.e. the knitted version) to capture the drama of a beautiful sunset over an ugly motorway on my drive home from work. And in the process, I have learned something profound and important: it would have been a lot quicker and easier to have taken a photograph. Ah well. Lesson learned.
So just in case you fancy making one of your own, HERE IS THE PATTERN. You’ll need a 100g ball of Stylecraft Head Over Heels in shade ‘Etna’ (75% wool, 25% nylon). I paired it with a ball of Stylecraft Life 4-ply in Black, which is a different and slightly chunkier beast, so if you happen to have some nice black sock yarn lying around instead, do use it. You’ll also need your very best 3.0 mm crochet hook, too.
All the details that you need are in the pattern. From previous comments, I realize that some of you have experienced a wee bit of strife getting hold of ‘Etna’, but I notice that more of the major online suppliers are stocking it now (e.g. here), so you should be able to buy some.