This pretty pink cowl is soft and fluffy--and surprisingly easy to crochet. The fun texture is created with the loop stitch, which is really just a variation on the single crochet stitch. The only tricky part, for me anyway, is keeping the size of the loops uniform. When you're learning loop stitch, the "a picture is worth a thousand words" rule definitely applies. So, rather than try to describe the process, I'm sharing a link to a Loop Stitch tutorial on the Annie's website. (They're the publishers of some of my favorite needlework magazines--Crochet World, Crochet!, and JustCrossStitch.)
When you master the stitch and you're ready for a project, give this cowl pattern a try. For the model shown in the pictures, which is 7 inches high by 28 inches diameter, I used Caron Simply Soft yarn in color #9719 Soft Pink and a size I/9 crochet hook. I made my loop stitches long so they cowl would be extra fluffy. Follow the instructions below, or click here to download a printable pattern.
Row 1: Chain 26, single crochet in second chain from hook and in each chain across, turn. (25 single crochet)
Row 2: Chain 1, loop stitch in first single crochet and in each single crochet across, turn. (25 loops)
Row 3: Single crochet in each stitch across, turn. (25 single crochet)
That's the pattern--I told you it was easy! Just repeat rows 2 and 3 until the piece measures 28 inches long, and then fold it in half widthwise, with the loop sides facing. Stitch the two short edges together with slip stitch. Fasten off the yarn, turn the cowl to the right side, and your cowl is ready to wear. I added a few heart charms to dress my mine up for Valentine's Day, but I think it's just as pretty plain.